2022 Stanley Cup Final – Best moments, scenes, and breakdown from the Colorado Avalanche – Tampa Bay Lightning 4

Tampa Bay Lightning showed some life in Game 3 of the 2022 Stanley Cup Final against the Colorado Avalanche on Monday. After blasting into match 2, Tampa got goals from six different players in a 6-2 win.

After scoring 11 goals in his first two matches, Andrei Vasilevsky regained his strength and made 37 saves. Lightning has now won an eight-game franchise record at home.

And for the 23rd consecutive season, there will be no sweep in the Stanley Cup Final.

Avs center player Nathan McKinnon, who scored 32 goals in the regular season, finally broke his small touchdown in the Stanley Cup Final. He finally reached the board in the second half with a wild goal that bounced off his skate after a shot from Mikko Rantanen.

It will be a pivotal night in Tampa before the series returns to Denver for its Fifth Friday Game. Here are all the sights and sounds from Game 4.

Final meals of the game 4

Colorado went to the quick finish in overtime again.

Three of the 15 post-regulation periods in these playoffs ended in 90 seconds or less. Andrei Burakovsky ended things in a hurry for Colorado again at the end of Match 1 4-3 OT.

Valeri Nichuskhkin came dangerously close to doing it again with his quick attempt on Andrei Vasilevkiy, but he couldn’t get enough air to get past Tampa Bay’s superb defensive coverage.

Logan O’Connor had the next great scoring opportunity after a split but didn’t get a great shot on Vasilevskiy. The goalkeeper easily stopped his attempt.


Bowen Byram hits the crossbar. Devon Toews hit the post. Vasilevsky stopped a slap shot from Josh Manson.

It was only right that Nazim Qadri finished the match with an overtime win to give Avalanche a solid 3-1 lead in the Stanley Cup Final.– Kristen Shelton

Avs take the game 4

Nazem Qadri is the hero in overtime, scoring the match-winning goal after 12 minutes. It was the first time Kady played since he broke his thumb on June 4.

Fast food in the third period

The rulers seemed to put their whistles away.

It happened in the third inning as Colorado and Tampa Bay passed them in search of the game-winning goal.

However, players on both sides did not seem happy about it. There have been pleas to officials for calls that would have been massive changes in momentum.

No such decisions were made by the rulers.

Regardless, it was a fitting end to the regulation. This was the most controversial game in the series. Tampa Bay looked dominant early on and the avalanche over them was third. Darcy Comber and Andrei Vasilevsky were great.

Puts a big end in overtime. Who breaks first? – Kristen Shelton

Back and forth

This could ultimately be the closest match in the Stanley Cup Finals, as Avalanche tied again with a goal from Nico Storm.

Takeaway avalanche in the second period

Nathan McKinnon entered the chat.

It couldn’t have come at a better time.

The Colorado star’s heart was affected by the start of the Stanley Cup Final, where he failed to score a goal during the first three games. McKinnon vowed not to get discouraged (a feature of his during past recessions) and keep shooting until he finds an opening.

His goal of power play wasn’t exactly a pretty thing, nor did it require an actual shot. But they tied the score in Match 4 with a 1-1 draw.

It was McKinnon who passed the disc to Mikko Rantanen, and Rantanen sent him back to the net as the disc bounced off his skate and passed Andrei Vasilevsky.

Don’t ask how. They ask how much.

However, no one needed a target like McKinnon. While Tampa Bay’s stars were advancing, it was heartbreaking for Colorado to see her top performer with only two passes in three rounds.

End problem, though? Colorado doesn’t have an equal-strength target since the series moved to Tampa; All three have arrived so far with the extra man. Not great. – Kristen Shelton

Fast food lightning second period

Last night was a strange night for lightning defenseman Victor Hedman and Colorado Avalanche defender Cal McCarr. It was the night before Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final and they were in suits at the NHL Awards Dinner, held at a local brewery in Tampa. Hedman got it all just by watching McCar win the Norris Award as the best defender in the NHL. This was the sixth time that Hedman had been nominated for the award. He only won it once.

So maybe there were a few things to please Hedman in the second period when he scored the kind of goal that made Norris’ awards: dangling across the neutral zone, then the avalanche defense, before floating a shot past the blocking side of Darcy Comber. Advance 2-1 at 10:42 of the period. Was much of that goal Jack Johnson’s defense and a whiff of Comber’s? Granted, it was. But it was still a great move and a massive goal by Hedman. We’re checking NHL regulations to see if McCar should legally hand Norris over to him now.

Another great performer in the second half was goalkeeper Andrei Vasilevsky. He gave up a power-playing goal in a disc rebounding from skate Nathan McKinnon—the sixth power-performance goal in an avalanche in the series—but he was otherwise a stale Big Cat with 15 passes in the period. If the lightning wasn’t stopping them, it was saving them.

However, the period did not end well for the screws. Anthony Cirelli, their main defensive center against the McKinnon streak, let the ice grab his arm with just over a minute to go. Definitely something to watch out for for the third.
– Greg and Shinsky

Tampa regains the lead

Victor Hedmann gives Lightning the first goal in the second half and leads 2-1. It’s Heidman’s third post-season goal and his first since May 10.

Everything is tied up

The avalanche returned a few minutes into the second half, with McKinnon sending a rebound home to score his first goal of the series after 32 attempts, the most by any player on either team.

Takeaway avalanche in the first period

Colorado couldn’t see this beginning coming.

It will take Tampa Bay just 36 seconds to rise 1-0 over the avalanche in an incredibly tricky sequence.

Lightning had good offensive area pressure early on when Erik Cernak fired a shot at Darcy Kuemper that instantly knocked out the goalkeeper’s mask. Then Kuemper couldn’t cross to stop Anthony Cirelli’s Anthony Cirelli play that put Tampa Bay on the board.

Usually, when the goalkeeper’s mask is taken off, there is an instant whistle, but in this case, since there was a constant opportunity to score, play was allowed to continue.

Kuemper in a 4 game was tough enough before that. He got the nod to start after being pulled midway through Match 3 to allow five goals from 22 shots. He didn’t need a strange target which only increased his self-confidence. Kuemper bounced (no pun intended) well despite the avalanche stumbling in front of him, outselling him 10-1 within the first 13 minutes.

In fact, Kuemper was the only thing holding the Colorado together in the first 20 minutes. This is a dangerous situation for an avalanche to put themselves in. He made a great stop for Stephen Stamkos and then was sharp at Tampa Bay’s opportunity to play power.

The avalanche ended the period with a 17-4 lead.

Yikes. – Kristen Shelton

Lightning fast food in the first period

Lightnings are 7-1 when they have a lead after the first half in the playoffs, which is another way of saying this is a team that knows how to play with a difference. They blocked 13 shots in front of Vasilevskiy and changed little. They closed off the Neutral Zone and did not allow the avalanche to build their speed game. Lightning had a big time in the area with their foreclosure check, especially with their fourth streak having the power of the single game.

However, Lightning still had a 1-0 lead after the first, despite that power play opportunity and 17 shots on target. There were some missed opportunities there and Kuemper managed to get his footing back after a shaky start. – Greg and Shinsky

do not waste time

The Lightning seemed to have finished their disastrous 2 game, as they needed less than a minute to achieve the first goal of the game. It was also a scary moment for Comber, as the goalkeeper took a stick to his neck causing him to take off his helmet.

The youngest biggest fan

Butterfly Pavilion, a zoo located in Westminster, Colorado, and its resident stag beetle wished good luck to the avalanche before Game 4.

Look the part, be the part

Both teams were heading to Arena 4.

return of the ring(s)

The amulet deserves their championship rings just as much as everyone else, which is why it’s so satisfying to see the Lightning amulet recover two of the ones they lost.

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