Kadri scores in overtime to beat Lightning, Avalanche on brink of NHL championship

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TAMPA, Fla. -

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.

“That was a immense win. A resilient win,” said Kadri, who had been sidelined since being injured during Game 3 of the Western Conference last against Edmonton.

“I've been waiting for this my full life,” the Colorado centre added. “I figured it was clip to articulation the party.”

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.

Game 5 is Friday nighttime successful Denver, wherever Colorado won the archetypal 2 games of the bid and are 7-2 this postseason.

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 and had an assistance of the winning extremity 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.

The Lightning person rebounded from playing poorly successful Games 1 and 2 to marque it absorbing by neutralizing Colorado’s speed, limiting the Avalanche’s scoring opportunities and turning up the unit connected Kuemper, who was hardly tested erstwhile helium faced conscionable 16 shots successful a 7-0 blowout successful Game 2.

Cirelli’s extremity was the fastest successful a Stanley Cup Final since 2006, and the Lightning acceptable the code for different engaged nighttime for Kuemper by outshooting the Avalanche 17-4 successful the opening period. Two of Colorado’s shots came portion skating short-handed, sidesplitting disconnected Tampa Bay’s archetypal powerfulness play of the night.

MacKinnon’s archetypal extremity of the bid — 12th of the playoffs — erased Colorado’s aboriginal shortage astatine 5:17 of the 2nd period. The Avalanche pulled adjacent again erstwhile Cogliano, assisted by Nico Sturm and Darren Helm, scored connected a deflection little than 3 minutes into the third.

INJURIES

Kadri returned to the lineup aft missing 4 games. He had been retired since injuring his thumb erstwhile helium was boarded by Evander Kane successful Game 3 of Colorado’s expanse of Edmonton successful the Western Conference final.

Kane received a large punishment and was suspended a game

As expected, Lightning close helping Nikita Kucherov played, portion centre Brayden Point was retired of the lineup again for the defending champs.

Kucherov departed Game 3 aft getting cross-checked by Colorado’s Devon Toews.

Point played successful the archetypal 2 games of the Final aft missing 10 consecutive owed to a close limb injury.

Avalanche near helping Andre Burakovsky (hand) missed his 2nd consecutive game. He was injured blocking a changeable successful Game 2.

HELPING HANDS

Mikko Rantanen and Cale Maker assisted connected MacKinnon’s goal, giving some of them 20 this postseason — a franchise grounds for a azygous playoff year. Peter Stastny had 19 with Quebec successful 1985.

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