Ondrej Palat broke the deadlock with 6:22 left of the game and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat Colorado Avalanche 3-2 to stay alive in the Stanley Cup final on Friday.
The Avalanche remain 3-2 ahead and will have another chance to win their first championship since 2001 starting on Sunday, although the team obviously wanted to finish the job tonight in front of their fans.
Goalkeeper Darcy Kuemper stressed the importance of a quick closure.
“We are ready for the next match. We won at home last time, so we have to play our style. We must maintain morale despite the ups and downs. We remain 3-2 ahead and are in a good position, “said Kuemper.
“We have improved in the game and we have to continue like this. I think we played well, but tonight it didn’t end in our favor. It would have been nice to finish today, but we have another chance to do it. We knew it was going to be the toughest game of the series against this experienced team. Each game is more and more difficult in the end, “he added.
“It shouldn’t be easy and it won’t be,” said captain Gabriel Landeskog. We knew that before the start of the final and before tonight’s match. You have to have short memory in series and that’s what we’re going to do. “
Lightning, who had lost 48 hours earlier in overtime, reacted like the two-time defending champion they are, attacking the game aggressively. The Bolts led twice before being tied in scoring, but in the end they got the last laugh thanks to Palat.
Then the Avalanches shot themselves in the foot. After the controversy of an unassigned penalty for having too many players on the ice on the goal of the AVS victory in the last game, this time they were sanctioned for this reason with 2 min 43 of the term, nullifying their chances of a draw. and force another overtime.
Coach Jared Bednar did not contest this decision, aware of this flagrant mistake, but in turn was questioned about the referees’ work in relation this time to the punishment awarded to Cale Makar for tripping Palat, which he gave to Lightning a 4 out of 3 leading to Nikita Kucherov’s goal.
“I didn’t like that decision because it wasn’t intentional, I don’t think he was going to hit the player. In my opinion, he (Palat) got stuck in his stick. Then they scored on the power play and he hurt, but that’s the life, you have to face it. “
Furthermore, Bednar was not entirely satisfied with his concierge’s job.
“He was fine. I would have liked him to save the first goal, but otherwise he fought well, “she said.
In general, however, he appreciated the effort of his troop despite a slow start.
“We weren’t as aggressive in attack as we would have liked to start and the two penalties we got hurt us. Afterwards, the boys played well and all they had to do was take advantage of one or two more scoring chances. We had good chances, but it was a tight match. “