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The Avalanche pushed the Lightning to the brink of elimination with a 3-2 overtime win in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final Wednesday at Amalie Arena.
Kadri scored with Tampa Bay trying to make a change, getting around defenseman Mikhail Sergachev and beating goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy under the right arm 12:02 into the extra period.
Colorado will take a 3-1 series lead into Game 5 Friday in Denver. The Lightning now will need to win the final three games to claim their third consecutive Stanley Cup championship.
Nico Sturm tied the game at 2 less than three minutes into the third period by putting a shot off Andrew Cogliano’s right knee into the net.
Anthony Cirelli scored 36 seconds into the game to give the Lightning a quick 1-0 lead.
Victor Hedman and Nathan MacKinnon exchanged goals in the second period, which ended with Tampa Bay in front 2-1. Hedman’s goal came at 10:42 of the second, about 5-1/2 minutes after MacKinnon tied the game at 1 with his first goal of the series.
Here’s how it happened:
Andrei Vasilevskiy stops Valeri Nichushkin with left leg from point-blank range after Jan Rutta partially blocks the shot
Nick Paul shot from left circle blocked by Darcy Kuemper after Bowen Byram lost his stick
Mikhail Sergachev breaks up Compher pass for Andrew Cogliano
Josh Manson gets back to prevent breakaway opportunity for Alex Killorn
Vasilevskiy stops Logan O’Connor with the glove after he got behind the Lightning defense
Devon Toews hits the right post after his shot was tipped by Killorn
Landeskog shot from left circle deflected wide by Vasilevskiy off feed from Nichushkin
Bowen Byram shot hits the crossbar
Vasilevskiy makes glove save on Manson one-timer from the center point
Hagel shot from slot kocked down by Kuemper
Manson sharp-angle shot saved by Vasilevskiy
Erik Johnson shot gloved by Vasilevskiy
Rantanen shot blocked out of play
Hagel clears puck out of the zone after extended time in Lightning zone
AVALANCHE GOAL: Nazem Kadri scores the winner on a drive to the net off of a change, getting around Sergachev and beating Vasilevskiy under the right arm. Avalanche 3, Lightning 2.
(Avalanche win 3-2, lead series 3-1)
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Anthony Cirelli back on the ice, but Brandon Hagel takes the opening faceoff
Erik Johnson shot blocked by Steven Stamkos
Stamkos blocks another shot
Alex Newhook shot deflected into the corner
AVALANCHE GOAL: Nico Sturm gets rebound of his own tip-in shot and shoots the puck off Andrew Cogliano ‘s right leg past Vasilevskiy. Lightning 2, Avalanche 2 (2:53)
Jan Rutta pokes the puck off Cale Makar’s stick on the rush
Nikita Kucherov hits the post
Erik Johnson shot blocked by Steven Stamkos, who is slow to get back to his feet
Corey Perry slap shot saved by Kuemper
Ryan McDonagh wrist shot saved by Kuemper
Rutta shot blocked by Landeskog
Kucherov tries to set up Stamkos for a tip in front
Hagel just misses connecting with Killorn going to the net as a backchecking MacKinnon gets his stick on the puck
Kuemper makes glove save on Rutta drive from right point
Cirelli sharp-angle shot off the rush misses the net
Kuemper stops Hedman shot from the point and Paul follow-up on the backhand
Compher blocks Hedman shot from the point
McDonagh ices the puck, bringing the faceoff into the Lightning end (4 seconds left)
(Lightning and Avalanche tied at two after regulation)
Anthony Cirelli backhander caroms off Darcy Kuemper into the corner
Zach Bogosian shot blocked by Erik Johnson
Corey Perry blocks Cale Makar shot
Makar wrist shot saved by Andrei Vasilevskiy
Nathan MacKinnon snap shot saved by Vasilevskiy
Artturi Lehkonen shot saved by Vasilevskiy
Victor Hedman penalized for interference against Nico Sturm
MacKinnon one-timer from left circle misses wide
Makar shot from center point goes off back wall
MacKinnon blast from point knocks down Cernak
Mikko Rantanen shot blocked
Makar shot blocked
AVALANCHE GOAL: Rantanen shot deflects off Vasilevskiy and then MacKinnon’s skate into the net. Lightning 1, Avalanche 1 (5:17)
Bowen Byram penalized for hooking Victor Hedman close to the Colorado net
Nikita Kucherov shot from right circle saved by Kuemper
Palat pass in front blocked
Darren Helm clears the puck out of the zone
Palat tip-in saved by Kuemper
Stamkos whiffs on one-timer fro left circle
Corey Perry tight-angle shot saved by Kuemper
Mikhail Sergachev shot blocked by J.T. Compher
Avalanche kill the penalty; Lightning had two shots on goal during power play
LIGHTNING GOAL! Hedman skates unimpeded from the neutral zone and scores on a backhander from the right faceoff dot, beating Kuemper over the leg pad on the stick side. Lightning 2, Avalanche 1.
Steven Stamkos penalized for hooking
MacKinnon shot blocked by Sergachev, who appears to be in some pain
Makar pass from center point goes off Bellemare’s skate
Killorn knocks the puck out of the zone
MacKinnon wrist shot saved by Vasilevskiy
MacKinnon slap shot saved by Vasilevskiy
Byram wrist shot saved by Vasilevskiy
Cernak back on Lightning bench
Valeri Nichushkin shot blocked by Stamkos
Josh Manson picks off pass in front for Pat Maroon
Sergachev sharp-angle shot goes off Kuemper’s arm
Hagel shot blocked by Alex Newhook
Anthony Cirelli goes off the ice and down the runway after falling and landing on his right arm (1:17 left)
Makar shot blocked by Ross Colton
Kuemper stops Colton tip from the crease as the period expires
(Lightning lead 2-1 after two periods)
Alex Killorn wrist shot saved by Darcy Kuemper
Anthony Cirelli tip saved by Kuemper
Erik Cernak wrist shot saved by Kuemper
LIGHTNING GOAL! Anthony Cirelli flips the puck over Kuemper’s stick from the crease. Lightning 1, Avalanche 0 (0:36)
Valeri Nichushkin wrist shot saved by Andrei Vasilevskiy
Ondrej Palat wrist shot saved by Kuemper
Victor Hedman shot blocked by Cale Makar
Josh Manson shot blocked by Mikhail Sergachev
Artturi Lehkonen shot blocked by Ryan McDonagh
Makar shot blocked by Brandon Hagel
Devon Toews shot blocked by Palat
Cirelli wrist shot saved by Kuemper
Nazem Kadri shot deflects off Steven Stamkos in on Vasilevskiy
Lehkonen wrist shot saved by Vasileveskiy
Pierre-Edouard Bellemare shot blocked by Erik Johnson
Jan Rutta shot saved by Kuemper
Toews shot blocked by Palat
Rutta wrist shot blocked by Alex Newhook; strong backcheck by Riley Nash prevents breakaway
Nash forces the puck out of the Lightning zone
Kuemper stops Nick Paul from low slot after Nathan MacKinnon turnover in his own end
Toews shot from slot blocked by Sergachev, who limps back to bench
Toews shot blocked by Killorn
Kuemper makes glove save on Stamkos wrister from slot
Zach Bogosian whiffs on shot from right circle
Bellemare shot from center point goes off Bowe Byram into the corner
Darren Helm penalized interference against Riley Nash, putting Lightning on the power play
Nikita Kucherov shot blocked by Kuemper
Cale Makar shot saved by Vasileveskiy
Maker wrist shot saved by Vasilevskiy
Killorn backhander from low in right circle stopped and smothered by Kuemper
Avalanche kill the penalty
Cirelli wrist shot saved by Kuemper
Cernak shot turned aside
Cirelli gets knocked down at the offensive blue line, but no penalty on the play
Shot in final seconds goes through the legs of Kuemper and out the other side
(Lightning lead 1-0 after one period)
Pregame scouting report
The Lightning have been talking about making history all season long.
Now, they have another chance to do so.
Complete their comeback from a two-game series deficit, and the Bolts will become the first team since the Islanders of 1980-83 to win three or more consecutive Stanley Cup championships.
They also can become the first team in league history to come back from a 2-0 series deficit in a best-of-7 series in back-to-back rounds after first doing so against the Rangers in the Eastern Conference final.
But first, they have to get the series against the Avalanche back to even.
The Lightning took the first step with a commanding 6-2 win Monday in Game 3. They have a chance to tie the series tonight on home ice, where they have won eight straight playoff games. Tampa Bay is 8-1 this postseason at Amalie Arena. Game 3 was the Avalanche’s first road loss of the playoffs after seven straight wins.
Head coach Jon Cooper seemed to suggest that center Brayden Point will be out for the 12th time in the past 14 games when he said this morning that he anticipates the Lightning will play the same lineup as in Game 3. Right wing Nikita Kucherov, who left the ice shortly after taking a cross-check from behind late in Monday’s game, is expected to play.
Forward Andre Burakovsky, who remains in Colorado receiving treatment, will be out of the Avalanche lineup for a second straight game. Forward Nazem Kadri, who has 14 points, including six goals, in 13 playoff games, is back in the lineup after missing four games following hand surgery.
Darcy Kuemper, who was pulled in favor of Pavel Francouz in the second period of Game 3, will start in goal.
Game night scene
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