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Nazem Kadri plays the heroes upon his return

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PRINT | Nazem Kadri has shown that he has fully recovered from the operation he underwent the thumb of his right hand.

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Absent from their last four games, Ontario have played the heroes by beating Andrei Vasilevskiy, in the upper part, 12 minutes and 02 seconds from overtime.

“The last month has been a roller coaster. I thought my season was over. So being here right now is surreal. I have dreamed of this moment all my life “, launched the hero of the match, once on the podium in front of the media.

With this 3-2, conquered on the ice of Amalie Arena, the Avalanche have forged a lead of three wins to one in this final confrontation. The Colorado team will now have the opportunity to lift the Stanley Cup for the first time since 2001, in front of their fans tomorrow.

Kadri’s goal was just a fair return for the visitors who spent most of the extra time in enemy territory. They fired 11 out of three shots, many of them uncomfortable.

A few moments earlier Vasilevskiy had kept the game alive by getting the better of Valeri Nichushkin, who preceded him alone. Bowen Byram, meanwhile, saw his shot hit the post with full force.

“We dominated extra time, we deserved this victory, indicated Nathan MacKinnon. It is an incredible victory. Now let’s go home. We only have one game to win. “

Too many players?

Jon Cooper surprised many during his post-game press conference. He looked dejected and ready to give up. Until he drops that bomb.

“I’m heartbroken why we should keep playing this game. Watch the sequence and you will see that something was wrong, “she said before leaving the room.

Looking at the sequence, we understand that the Lightning manager implied that six Avalanche players were on the ice when Kadri accepted Artturi Lehkonen’s pass to turn in the direction of Vasilevskiy.

Also, by relaunching this attack himself, Darcy Kuemper became, seconds later, the first goalkeeper in NHL history to pick up an assist on a goal scored in extra time during the Stanley Cup final.

In pain

MacKinnon was just saying that his team dominated most of the game.

Lightning players blocked 34 shots, which is one less save than Vasilevskiy. Erik Cernak also had to retire under the showers in the fifth minute of the twenty second after stopping a shot from MacKinnon.

Tampa Bay therefore had to manage with five defenders for more than half of the match.

Visitors also suffered for the cause. She talks to Cale Makar, who spent 34:43 on the frozen surface. Inhuman game time.

That didn’t stop the latest Norris Trophy winner from attempting to defeat the immense Pat Maroon. Makar ran away with some numbness behind him.

First period

1-TB: Anthony Cirelli (3) (Cernak) 0:36

Penalties: Helm (Col) 16:57

Second period

2-Col: Nathan MacKinnon (12) (Rantanen, Makar) AN-5: 17
3-TB: Victor Hedman (3) (Burp) 10:42

Penalties: Hedman (TB) 3:57, Byram (Col) 6:12, Stamkos (TB) 11:48

Third period

4-Col: Andrew Cogliano (3) (Sturm, Helm) 2:53

Punishments: no punishment

Extension

5-Col: Nazem Kadri (7) (Lehkonen, Kuemper) 12:02

Punishments: no punishment

Shoot at the net

Colorado 4 – 17 – 6 – 11 – 38
Tampa Bay 17 – 9 – 10 – 3 – 39

Guardians:

Collar: Darcy Kuemper (G, 9-3), TB: Andrei Vasilevskiy (PP, 13-7)

Numerical advantages:

Collar: 1 in 2, TB: 0 in 2

Referees:

Wes McCauley, Kelly Sutherland

Linesmen:

Steve Barton, Brad Kovacik

ASSISTANCE:

19,092

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