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Stanley Cup final: Lightning-Avalanche Game 2 live updates

Valeri Nichushkin and Cale Makar each score two goals as Colorado takes a two-game series lead.
Tampa Bay Lightning players look at the scoreboard during the third period against the Colorado Avalanche in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup final Saturday, June 18, 2022 in Denver. The Lightning lost 7-0.
Published Jun. 18|Updated Jun. 19

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The Avalanche scored three first-period goals and rolled to a 7-0 victory over the Lightning in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup final Saturday at Ball Arena in Denver.

Valeri Nichurshkin and Cale Makar each scored two goals as Colorado’s speed overwhelmed Tampa Bay from the start.

The Avalanche lead the series 2-0 heading to Game 3 Monday at Amalie Arena in Tampa. The Lightning will need victories in four of the final five games to win a third consecutive Stanley Cup championship.

Nichurshkin, Josh Manson and Andre Burakovsky scored in the first period, as the Avalanche jumped out to a 3-0 lead, giving them a total of six first-period goals over the first two games of the series.

Darren Helm’s goal with 3:34 left in the second put the Avalanche up 5-0. Makar added two goals, including a shorthanded score, in the third.

The seven goals were the most Vasilevskiy has allowed in any game in his career, postseason or regular season. He made 24 saves on 31 shots.

Avalanche goaltender Darcy Kuemper stopped all 17 shots he faced to record the shutout.

Here’s how it happened:

Third period

Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) and Lightning defenseman Erik Cernak (81) look on as Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog (92) swats at the puck during the first period.
Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) and Lightning defenseman Erik Cernak (81) look on as Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog (92) swats at the puck during the first period. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]

Andrei Vasilevskiy remains in net for the Lightning

Mikko Rantanen penalized for tripping Steven Stamkos

Darren Helm clears the puck out of the Avalanche zone

Stamkos one-timer blocked by Stamkos

Cale Makar sweeps puck off the goal line after Stamkos shot

AVALANCHE GOAL: Makar scores shorthanded. Avalanche 6, Lightning 0.

Zach Bogosian down on the ice after getting hit on inside of left arm with Erik Johnson one-timer

Ondrej Palat penalized for cross-checking Cale Makar

AVALANCHE GOAL: Cale Makar scores on the power play. Avalanche 7, Lightning 0.

Lightning come away with a power play after a scrum along the boards (4:22 left)

Sergachev shot deflected wide

Avalanche kill the penalty

(Avalanche win 7-0, take 2-0 series lead)

Second period

Lightning and Colorado Avalanche players tangle during the final minutes of the first period.
Lightning and Colorado Avalanche players tangle during the final minutes of the first period. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]
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Brayden Point now skating on a line with Nikita Kucherov and Anthony Cirelli

Josh Mason wrist shot saved by Andrei Vasilevskiy

Valeri Nichushkin wrist shot saved by Vasileveskiy

Manson shot hits the post from right point

AVALANCHE GOAL: Ondrej Palat turnover behind Lightning net leads to Nichushkin goal. Avalanche 4. Lightning 0 (4:51)

Jack Johnson penalized for hooking Anthony Cirelli, Lightning get their first power play

Lightning offside, so faceoff will move out of the offensive zone

Burakovsky leads the Avalanche bench after a cross-ice pass hit him in the thumb

Victor Hedman ices the puck

Brayden Point deflection through Palat’s legs saved by Darcy Kuemper

Hedman shot from center point saved by Kuemper

Mikhail Sergachev shot from right circle saved by Kuemper

Avalanche kill the penalty

Johnson deflection saved by Vasilevskiy

Kucherov bad-angle shot goes into the opposite corner

Pat Maroon lifts Nico Sturm’s stick on 2-on-1 opportunity

Josh Manson slams Ryan McDonagh up against the wall

Vasilevskiy stretches to make a glove save on Nichushkin backhander from in close (5:40 left in period)

Manson wrist shot saved by Vasilevskiy

AVALANCHE GOAL: Darren Helm scores from the left circle, beating Vasilevskiy on the glove side. Avalanche 5, Lightning 0.

Logan O’Connor breakaway stopped by Vasilevskiy

Vasilevskiy turns away Andrew Cogliano tip of Manson shot

Manson shot blocked by Sergachev

Perry (roughing, unsportsmanlike conduct) and Compher (hooking) penalized after Perry and Compher wrestle in the Colorado net, putting the Avs on the power play

Cale Makar shot from the point goes off Vasilevskiy up into the netting

Makar shot wide of the net

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare shot from the left side gloved by Kuemper

Nichushkin slap slot from left circle saved by Vasilevskiy

Lightning kill the penalty

(Avalanche lead 5-0 after two periods)

First period

Lightning left wing Pat Maroon (14), left, and Avalanche defenseman Josh Manson (42) chase a loose puck in front of the Colorado bench during the first period.
Lightning left wing Pat Maroon (14), left, and Avalanche defenseman Josh Manson (42) chase a loose puck in front of the Colorado bench during the first period. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]

Valeri Nichushkin backhander saved by Andrei Vasilevskiy

Erik Johnson shot blocked by Brandon Hagel

Ryan McDonagh penalized for roughing J.T. Compher

Mikko Rantanen wrist shot saved by Vasilevskiy

Nathan MacKinnon shot off the rush wide of the net

Cale Makar shot goes off Vasilevskiy’s right pad

Anthony Cirelli clears the puck out of the zone

AVALANCHE GOAL: Nichushkin scores on a tip-in from the low slot on the power play after Andre Burakovsky seam pass from the right circle. Avalanche 1, Lightning 0 (2:54).

Gabriel Landeskog shot blocked by Erik Cernak

Rantanen backhander saved by Vasileveskiy

AVALANCHE GOAL: Josh Manson scores on a 2-on-1. Erik Cernak drops to the ice to take away the pass, but Manson beats Vasileveskiy cleanly. Avalanche 2, Lightning 0 (7:55).

Mikhail Sergachev penalized for delay of game after shooting the puck out of play from the defensive zone

Rantanen shot from the high slot deflected into the corner, and Lightning clear the puck

Nathan MacKinnon shot-pass to the right post goes over Landeskog’s stick

Anthony Cirelli clears the puck out of the zone

Alex Newhook shot from right circle blocked out of play by Victor Hedman

Newhook one-timer from left circle blocked by Jan Rutta

Lightning kill the penalty

Nick Paul snap shot saved by Darcy Kuemper

Mikhail Sergachev shot blocked by Logan O’Connor

Bowen Byram shot blocked by McDonagh

Landeskog shot wide of the net

Landeskog tips MacKinnon shot wide

AVALANCHE GOAL: Burakovsky scores on a rebound of a Rantanen shot into a wide-open net. Avalanche 3, Lightning 0. (13:52)

Corey Perry penalized for roughing Darcy Kuemper, Kuemper penalized for holding Perry’s stick, so we’ll have 4 on 4 for two minutes (3:48 to play in the period)

McDonagh misses wide with shot from slot

MacKinnon shot from right circle saved by Vasilevskiy

Hedman shot blocked by Landeskog

Darren Helm shot from slot saved by Vasilevskiy

Back to 5-on-5 play

Burakovsky shot deflects off Vasilevskiy’s blocker on breakaway attempt

(Avalanche lead 3-0 after one period)

Pregame scouting report

Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) participates in a team practice in preparation for Game 2 against the Colorado Avalanche Friday at Ball Arena in Denver.
Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) participates in a team practice in preparation for Game 2 against the Colorado Avalanche Friday at Ball Arena in Denver. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]

It wasn’t all bad.

Yes, the Avalanche appeared to be the quicker team in the early going, Andrei Vasilevskiy let in a couple of goals on shots he ordinarily might have stopped and the Lightning dropped Game 1 Wednesday in Denver to fall behind in the Stanley Cup final.

But the Bolts showed after the first 10 minutes that they can skate with the Avs, their goaltender quickly regained his form and Tampa Bay came back to tie the game before losing on an Andre Burakovsky goal in overtime.

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The best part? No team is better at making game-to-game adjustments than the Lightning.

We saw it earlier this postseason, when Tampa Bay fell behind 2-1 (and 3-2) to Toronto and 2-0 to New York before rallying to win both series. Once they cleaned up their puck-handling, simplified their zone entries and committed to team defense, there was no question about who was the better team on the ice.

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Vasilevskiy, who appeared shaky at the start of both series, figured out how the Maple Leafs and Rangers were attacking him and, with the help of his defense, got back to being the best goaltender in the world.

While the adjustments differ slightly from one series to the next, the Lightning have shown an uncanny ability to consistently adapt and advance over the past three postseasons, as evidenced by their 18-1 record in games immediately following a loss.

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Can Tampa Bay step up its game against a Colorado team that isn’t only fast, skilled and deep, but will be making adjustments of its own, as well?

We’ll get our first answer tonight as Tampa Bay aims to bounce back from its Game 1 loss and even the series at one game apiece before it heads to Tampa for Games 3 and 4 Monday and Wednesday at Amalie Arena.

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Game night scene

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