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The Tampa Bay Lightning forced Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals scheduled for Sunday after a 3-2 road win over the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night. Ondrej Palat recorded a 2-2 draw in Game 5 with just 6:22 left in the third period.
Palat has scored 12 Stanley Cup playoff wins, including three this postseason. He is only behind Joe Pavelski (14) and Evgeni Malkin (13) Playoff scoring goals among active players. He scored seven of his 11 goals in the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs in the third period.
The Lightning are hoping for a winner-take-all Game 7 in Denver on Tuesday. Only the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs bounced back from a 3-1 series loss in the Stanley Cup Final. Tampa Bay must repeat this feat to win the Stanley Cup for the third year in a row. Colorado claims the organization’s first league title since 2001.
TAMPA BAY 3 COLORADO 2 – Avalanche Leads Series 3-2
Ondrej Palat scored what was believed to be the game-winning goal with just 6:22 left in regulation, allowing Tampa Bay to survive the Stanley Cup Finals. He shares the lead this postseason with three game winners.
Cale Makar, who tied the game at 2:31 in the third period, had one goal and one assist for Colorado. He also had six game hits and five shots on goal.
Jan Rutta opened the scoring with his first goal in the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs at 15:23 in the third period.
Valery Nichushkin as well as Nikita Kucherov (in the majority) exchanged goals in the second period. Nichushkin’s ninth goal equalized 1-1, and Kucherov’s eighth goal, 4-on-3, put the Lightning ahead 2-1 and into third place.
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Nazem Kadri landed seven shots on goal. McKinnon and Kucherov each had six shots on target.
Josh Manson led all skaters with four blocked shots.
Andrey Vasilevsky stopped 35 of 37 shots in the win.
Darcy Kemper made 26 saves on 29 shots in loss.