Stanley Cup: Avalanche wins 4-3 in extra time Game 1 against Lightning



DENVER – Andre Burakovsky scored at 1:23 in extra time and the Colorado Avalanche defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 on Wednesday to take the 1-0 lead in the Stanley Cup Finals.

After a JT Compher shot was stopped in front of the net, Valeri Nichuskin slipped the puck to Burakovsky, whose shot beat Andrei Vasilevskiy on the left.

“I’ve been there before,” said Burakovsky, who scored two big goals in Game 7 of the Eastern Finals against Lightning in 2018 when he took it all with Washington.

“I know a little what to expect in terms of pace of play and level of stakes. “

“Andre is playing well these days,” said teammate Mikko Rantanen. He fully deserves it. He completed a great match. “

Lightning 3 – Avalanche 4 (Extension)

Nichushkin, Gabriel Landeskog and Artturi Lehkonen had the other goals for Avalanche, looking for the first league since 2001.

Nick Paul, Ondrej Palat and Mikhail Sergachev scored for the Lightning, the two-time reigning champions.

Darcy Kuemper made 20 saves, while Vasilevskiy faced 38 shots.

The Lightning has been shut down in three power games.

“We can still take positives from the meeting,” said Jon Cooper, the Lightning pilot. You have to credit the Avalanche for winning the victory. “

The second game is Saturday night, once again in Colorado.

Under 3-1 in the first half, the visitors put pressure and stalled with two goals in 48 seconds midway through the period.

Palat completed a nice rally with Kucherov and Sergachev stuck the needle with a long shot in traffic. The opportunity came from a mess of Logan O’Connor of the Avalanche.

Nichushkin hit the crossbar in the fourth minute of play.

Captain Landeskog scored the opening goal of the game at 7:47 in the opening period, after a Mikko Rantanen shot was partially blocked by Vasilevskiy.

Just 1:36 later, Nichushkin doubled the lead with a wrist shot on a casual pass from Victor Hedman. The winning streak resulted from an aggressive Rocky Mountain club forecheck.

Paul cut the lead to 2-1 at 12:26 in the first period. He converted what became an irregular semi-escape, after a long throw from Hedman.

The other accomplice was Brayden Point, who hadn’t played since May 14. He got injured in the last game of the first round, against Toronto.

Point has 28 goals and 30 assists in 66 regular season appearances.

The Avalanches knew how to stay calm

Lehkonen scored on power play at 17:31 in the first period, assisted by Landeskog and Rantanen.

The former Montreal Canadiens hit the mark with a wrist shot, while Tampa Bay tried to manage five on three.

Towards the end of the second period, Compher was frustrated on the run, having grabbed a brilliant pass from Burakovsky.

Pat Maroon put the Lightning in a cold sweat by sending a puck into the stands with 1:24 left in the third period, giving the home club a superiority.

Absent forwards Nazem Kadri and Andrew Cogliano for Avalanche. Coach Jared Bednar said their condition is being re-evaluated on a daily basis.

Nichushkin takes advantage of MacKinnon’s turnaround

Landeskog proposes the first goal of the final

Lehkonen restores the two-goal lead

A passage on the Kucherov Palatine

Sergachev clears the deficit in 48 seconds


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