Kadri pots OT winner in return from injury as Avs push Bolts to brink Stanley Cup final

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Nazem Kadri scored astatine 12:02 of overtime and the Colorado Avalanche bushed Tampa Bay 3-2 connected Wednesday nighttime successful Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final to determination wrong a triumph of dethroning the two-time defending champion Lightning.

Playing for the archetypal clip since June 4 owed to a thumb injury, Kadri skated successful connected Andrei Vasilevskiy and slipped a changeable nether the goaltender's close limb to springiness Colorado a 3-1 bid lead.

The Avalanche outshot the Lightning 11-3 successful the other period. Vasilevskiy stopped Logan O'Connor connected a breakaway, and Colorado had a changeable clang disconnected the station and different deed the crossbar earlier Kadri ended it.

Anthony Cirelli scored 36 seconds into the crippled and Victor Hedman besides scored successful regularisation for the Lightning. They took a 2-1 pb into the 3rd period.

Nathan MacKinnon scored connected a second-period powerfulness play for Colorado, and Andrew Cogliano tied it aboriginal successful the third.

Darcy Kuemper, pulled from Game 3 aft giving up 5 goals successful a 6-2 loss, stopped 37 shots for the Avalanche.

Vasilevskiy finished with 35 saves. He has rebounded from allowing 11 goals successful Games 1 and 2 to bounds the high-scoring Avalanche to 5 the past 2 games.

The Lightning are trying to go the archetypal squad to triumph astatine slightest 3 consecutive Stanley Cup titles since the New York Islanders won 4 successful a enactment from 1980-83. The Avalanche past hoisted the Cup successful 2001.

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