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Andre Burakovsky Praised for OT Winner as Avs Beat Lightning in Game 1

Andre Burakovsky Praised for OT Winner as Avs Beat Lightning in Game 1

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How about that for a Game 1?

Andre Burakovsky gave the Colorado Avalanche a 1-0 advantage in the Stanley Cup Finals on Wednesday night, scoring the game-winning goal one minute and 23 seconds into overtime to give the Avs a 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.



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“This is a dream since I was a kid.”

@andreburakovsky after scoring the game-winning goal in Game 1 of the #StanleyCup Final

Not surprisingly, his huge goal was the talk of Twitter after the game:

Grant Paulsen @granthpaulsen

Andre Burakovsky just scored an OT game-winner in the Stanley Cup. That’s my baby boy.

Samantha Pell @SamanthaJPell

Tonight wasn’t the first time Andre Burakovsky has played hero for his team vs Tampa.

In 2018 with WSH, he scored two goals in a Game 7 win in the Eastern Conference finals vs Tampa. We know what happened next.

Zach @_jewy_

The Tampa bay lightning when they see Andre Burakovsky

Peter Baugh @Peter_Baugh

Andre Burakovsky just scored the biggest goal of his career.

Avs lead the series 1-0.

Pierre LeBrun @PierreVLeBrun

Burakovsky on the one-timer, Avs win 4-3 in OT.
This is going to be such a fun series. High-event hockey.

Jesse Montano @jessemontano_

What an unbelievable pass from Nichushkin. Great look, and great patience to throw that puck back across the grain, and a great finish from Burakovsky.

That was a fantastic game.

Mark Scheig @markscheig

Andre Burakovsky can shoot a puck. Biggest shot of his life so far.

Lukas Weese @Weesesports

Andre Burakovsky with the OT winner for the Avalanche.

This Stanley Cup Final is going to be AWESOME.

Burakovsky was given his flowers, and justifiably so, but this was a wild game that played out over three acts.

Act One: The Avs jumped to 2-0 and 3-1 leads behind goals from Gabriel Landeskog, Valeri Nichushkin and Artturi Lehkonen.



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Valeri Nichushkin is up and running! #StanleyCup

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Artturi Lehkonen with the perfeeeeeect deflection! 👌 #StanleyCup

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Act Two: The Lightning, showing the poise of a two-time defending champion, pulled even behind goals from Ondrej Palat and Mikhail Sergachev within a minute of one another.


KUCH. 😳😲🤯 #StanleyCup

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Sportsnet @Sportsnet

Never count out the defending champs 😤

WE. ARE. TIED. #StanleyCup | #GoBolts

Act Three: The two teams, after the explosive opening periods, played to a stalemate in the third period before Burakovsky called game in overtime.

We’ve got all the early makings of an epic series here, folks.

The Lightning will look to bounce back in Colorado during Saturday’s Game 2 at 8 p.m. ET (ABC/ESPN).

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