One win to go.
Nazem Kadri scored the extra time winner to carry the Colorado Avalanche over the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 in Sport 4 of the 2022 Stanley Cup Closing on Wednesday night time at Amalie Area. Colorado leads the best-of-seven collection 3-1 with the possibility to clinch the Stanley Cup on house ice as Sport 5 is scheduled for Friday night time again in Denver.
Nazem Kadri scored the extra time winner in his first recreation again within the lineup since Sport 3 of the Western Convention Closing after struggling an upper-body damage and present process surgical procedure. Nathan MacKinnon scored on the energy play, whereas Andrew Cogliano additionally discovered the again of the web for the Avalanche in regulation. Darcy Kuemper made 37 saves on 39 pictures within the victory.
For Tampa Bay, Anthony Cirelli and Victor Hedman scored in regulation. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 34 saves on 37 pictures in regulation.
KADRI RETURNS AND SCORES OVERTIME WINNER:
The Avalanche went coast-to-coast on the extra time winner. Kuemper made a save – and earned the first-ever goalie help on an OT winner within the Stanley Cup Closing in NHL historical past – after which Artturi Lehkonen took the puck up the ice and fed Kadri. The centerman, who skated into the low slot and pulled the puck from his backhand to forehand and launched a low wrist shot. The shot squeaked previous Vasilevskiy’s elbow and crossed the aim line at 12:02 to seal the Sport 4 victory for the Avalanche.
Colorado outshot Tampa 10-3 in extra time.
In his return, Kadri skated alongside Gabriel Landeskog and Valeri Nichushkin. Kadri logged 18:31 minutes, fired off two pictures and threw one hit.
Regardless of going through a smothering model of play and defensive dominance from the Lightning, the Avalanche stayed affected person and trusted their perception within the course of to remain the course and finally come up victorious.
The Lightning skated out to a quick begin as they executed the primary strike simply 36 seconds into the sport and dominated the primary interval with a 17-4 pictures benefit.
Simply after puck drop and gaining possession, the Bolts charged into the Avs’ defensive zone and cycled the puck. An Erik Cernak shot from atop the best faceoff circle was smothered by Kuemper, however on the play his masks fell off. Because the netfront scramble ensued, Cirelli buried the unfastened puck over Kuemper’s stick to offer Tampa a 1-0 lead.
The Lightning did not permit the Avalanche to report a second shot on internet via 11 minutes of play.
The Avalanche acquired on the board early within the second interval with their sixth power-play aim of the collection. Hedman was despatched to the field 3:57 into the body for interference on Nico Sturm. On Colorado’s man benefit, MacKinnon zipped a cross-slot go to Mikko Rantanen the place the Finnish winger put a shot on internet. Vasilevskiy kicked out the save along with his toe, however MacKinnon crashed the web and the rebound redirected off his skate and into the Lightning aim for the 1-1 equalizer at 5:17.
The Lightning regained the lead at 10:42 on an end-to-end particular person effort by Hedman. The Swedish defenseman – and runner-up within the Norris Trophy to Colorado’s Cale Makar – skated from his personal blueline into Colorado’s zone. Hedman dangled previous Colorado’s skaters and from the within of the best faceoff circle, floated a backhanded shot to the far aspect and over Kuemper’s blocker to offer Tampa Bay a 2-1 lead.
Early within the third interval, the Avalanche equalized the rating up 2-2 with a aim from Sturm. Colorado executed d-to-d passing and Josh Manson slung a wrist shot on internet. Sturm tipped the puck and whereas Vasilevskiy made the preliminary cease, the German centerman chipped the rebound up and it deflected off Cogliano and previous Vasilevskiy into the web at 2:53 into the interval and on the aim that may pressure extra time.
Kuemper made 37 saves on 39 pictures within the extra time victory.
Kuemper got here up with an enormous glove save at a pivotal level within the third interval when the rating was tied 2-2 as he denied a Ryan McDonagh level shot with 8:24 remaining in regulation.
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- Kadri scored his seventh aim of the postseason and his second recreation winner.
- MacKinnon scored his twelfth aim of the playoffs and sixth aim on the ability play.
- Cogliano buried his third aim of the postseason, which matches his personal profession finest.
- Kuemper earned an help on Kadri’s extra time winner.
- Colorado recorded its ninth comeback win of the postseason, the second most in a single postseason in NHL historical past behind the 2009 Pittsburgh Penguins.
- Colorado completed the sport 1-for-2 on the ability play (has scored six PPG’s within the collection) and is 2-for-2 on the penalty kill.
- Nicolas Aube-Kubel, Andre Burakovsky, Ryan Murray, Kurtis MacDermid, Justus Annunen and Samuel Girard (higher physique) had been scratches for Colorado.
The 2022 Stanley Cup Closing between Colorado and the Lightning returns to Denver with Sport 5 scheduled on Friday night time at Ball Area. Puck drop is scheduled for six p.m. MT.