Avalanche Vs. Lightning score: Colorado leads 1-0 in the series after the overtime winner from Burakowski

It took extra time, but the Colorado Avalanche lead 1-0 in the Stanley Cup Final after a thrilling end to Game 1. Andrei Burakowski played the hero in the avalanche by netting the game winner, finishing off a solid effort by his side on the ice at home.

The Avs came out with their hair on fire in the first half, as they jumped to a 3-1 lead and put bolts in their heels. Tampa Bay, one of the most prepared teams in the NHL, returned in the second half to tie the game, scoring twice in just 48 seconds from Ondrej Palat and Mikhail Sergachev.

Colorado completely dominated the third period, but Andrei Vasilevsky helped Tampa Bay escape regulations and get in overtime. However, the lightning couldn’t survive the barrage of Avs for much longer. After a bad spin by Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman, Valeri Nichuskin put Burakovsky into a beautiful feed, tearing a bullet into a large cage.

Tampa Bay will attempt to level up the series in Game 2, which is set at 8:00 PM ET Saturday night. Before then, here are a few takeaways from Colorado’s win in Game 1.

Avalanche engulfs lightning

The list of teams that can make Lightning seem over their heads is pretty short. In fact, it may only take one team. Obviously, Avalanche was the better team in the first game. It’s that simple.

No matter how she sliced ​​it, the Avs took it to back-to-back champs in the opening match. In five-on-five, Colorado has a projected 2.60 to 1.05 in Tampa Bay, per natural stat trick. When it came to special teams, Avalanche had the advantage there as well. Colorado turned in one of his three games in strength and had some good chances in the other two. Meanwhile, Avs’ penal killing unit completely silenced the Lightning Man’s killer advantage on all three opportunities. The Lightning is a resilient team – you can’t win a Stanley Cup straight without this quality – but they need a much better effort in Game 2 to tie this streak back to Tampa.

Concerned about Cumber

From the numbers shown above, plus the total number of shots, one might think that Colorado ran Tampa Bay out of the building. Instead, the Avs needed extra time, and one of them could have bounced the other way on the 1-0 hole to start the series.

That’s because Colorado’s only area of ​​interest in this game was between the pipes. Darcy Comber has faced only 23 shots in more than three periods of hockey, and allowed three. When you look at the basic numbers, it’s even worse. Tampa Bay created only 1.54 goals expected in all situations, which means that Kuemper allowed 1.46 goals above expected in this game alone. If it wasn’t already clear that Lightning has a huge advantage in the network, it sure is now. It remains to be seen how often Avs can go on to beat a disappointing start from the goalkeeper.

Nichuskin advances

Nathan McKinnon, Mikko Rantanen, or Cal Makar were not the leader of the expected avalanche targets in Game One. Instead, it was Nikosken who scored a predicted 0.74 with all that in five-on-five.

Part of the reason Avs are so killer is that their depth is unmatched by any team in the league, and Nichuskin is a great example of that. He earned his sixth goal in this post-season when he fired a shot off Vasilevsky’s legs in the first period, and helped score the winning goal by having the brain to pass a decent shot to give his teammate, Burakovsky. , great idea. After falling in Colorado’s second round elimination round a year ago, Nikosken has raised his level of play this year, making Avalanche a more dangerous team.

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