The reigning Stanley Cup winners may have been on a rope. But Tampa Bay Lightning, who has won consecutive titles, returned home and reduced his doubles to one, beating Colorado Avalanche 6: 2 in Monday’s third game.
Not only did Lightning fans worry about a two-game loss to the Stanley Cup final; so the Avalanche won. Colorado took the lead early in both games and was completely dominated by Tampa Bay in the 2nd game. Lightning goalkeeper Andrei Vasilevski, one of the best post-season scorers in NHL history, scored seven goals on Saturday.
But on Monday, the Colorado goalkeeper was under pressure. Darcy Kuemper pulled in when Tampa Bay took the lead 5: 2 in the second half.
Here’s what happened when Lightning got it back on their home ice in Game 3.
We have a series for ourselves
Colorado is located in a somewhat uncharted territory.
The Avalanche had not lost since May 25 before falling to 6: 2 on Monday. They hadn’t lost so much in the afternoon. The camper pulled and placed a cloud over their goalkeeper. All this depth peeling dry together. It was all bad.
Tampa Bay was a force. It should have been a gratifying victory – unless Lightning lost due to injuries to Nicholas Paul and Nikita Kucherov. Kucherov left at the end of the third after finishing the table with Devon Toews. Paul left in the second period, right after the goal was scored.
It was Colorado’s first loss to the playoffs, but Avs still leads the series 2: 1. Tampa Bay will be a perfect home for the off-season. What does this mean for Wednesday’s 4th game? Stay tuned. – Kristen Shilton
Tampa Bay came to play
As Jon Cooper said before Game 3, “These guys are a pagan team, but so are we. And we’ve been to these places before.”
He is right; lightning has been on the ground before. They have been read before. And as in these places, the reports of their deaths in the Stanley Cup final seem greatly exaggerated.
Second reference period: pic.twitter.com/d10Uflmrsp
– Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) June 21, 2022
Just as Lightning roared back from a 2-0 defeat in the final of the Eastern Conference, they see him as a different team in the 3rd game against Avalanche. In the 2nd game, they made 16 strokes; they have hit 26 shots at the Avalanche goal tonight. They have earned 50% of the throw-in in the two periods after only 29% in the 2nd game. They failed to score in the first two games. they finally won one in the 3rd game. Their stars were kept in check in Denver; The multiplayer games were written by Nikita Kucherov, Steven Stamkos, Ondrej Palat and Victor Hedman.
Oh, and perhaps most importantly: they scored six goals, the Avalanche scored two goals and chased the Colorado goalkeeper Darcy Kuemper.
“We have to go and find our best game right now,” Pat Maroon said before game 3, where he helped get involved in the attack. “They haven’t seen our best. So we’re excited. Hopefully we can show them our best tonight.”
Within 40 minutes, they showed something close to it. But there is still 20 minutes left and Avalanche is one of the few teams to cross the four-goal gap. – Greg Wyshynski
Colorado down big through two
Jared Bednar did not hesitate. When Lightning took the lead 5: 2 in the second half, Darcy Kuemper was out when he scored five goals from 21 assists. Pavel Francouz received a nod.
It had to be done.
Kuemper was sharp at the beginning of the first period, but it had become an obligation. He could not resist Lightning’s pressure, and Colorado (perhaps not by chance) did not play with confidence.
It was the first game in a time that Kuemper was really invited to perform. Tampa Bay missed the cup final 2-0 and everyone knew a setback was coming. Avalanche hasn’t had much trouble lately and Kuemper, who saw only 16 shots in the second game, didn’t do well.
True, Colorado doesn’t do much to help either webmaster. Lightning has reversed the 2nd game scenario and wins races and battles. They beat Colorado in its own game. And Andrei Vasilevsky seems locked again. It could be even worse for the Avalanche than seeing their own start-up fight. – Shilton
Lightning led through one
Much of this seemed to Lightning’s first period as a survival rather than a confident response to Avalanche’s 2-0 lead. About four minutes later, they needed Andrei Vasilevsky’s toe control on JT Compher. They needed room for NHL situations to take Valeri Nichushkin’s hovercraft off the table due to a deadlock. They needed Anthony Cirelli’s fantastic free kick to slide Darcy Kuemper past the net to score the first goal after the second period of the 1st game.
But then for a moment they looked like Lightning again. Ondrej Palat stole the puck from Devon Toews. Nikita Kucherov attracted defenders in the attack zone. Steven Stamkos set a 2: 1 goal for the Palace as the unsung winger scored a point in his ninth consecutive playoff home game. And Vasilevskiy held the lead against Colorado’s increased pressure as Avs scored 14 shots during that period.
Lightning is 6: 1 when driving after one period. More importantly, they were not behind several goals after the first 10 minutes of the game in this series. Small wins. – Wyshynski
The avalanche is behind
Valeri Nichushkin thought he had scored the first goal of the game, which defeated Andrei Vasilevsky at the beginning of the first period.
It was Tampa Bay that gets the change.
Lightning successfully challenged the game to a standstill, taking the wind out of Colorado sails in a frame mostly driven by Tampa Bay.
But it didn’t last long. Colorado is as resilient a team as you can find, and showed it again with both the initial impetus for Tampa Bay and their early power play opportunity. Not only did Avalanche hold back Lightning, but he also penalized. Gabriel Landeskog then set up the following goal for Tampa Bay.
It was Colorado’s ninth unanswered goal in the series.
It was a nine-minute stretch that showed the best of Colorado: depth, confidence, talent, identity.
The Avalanche needs more of these segments as the night develops. They became sloppy as the period progressed. And it was lightning that took advantage of a few gates. Colorado has not had to face major disasters recently. Now how can they cope with the real challenge between a rebounded goal and being left out of the cup final for the first time? – Shilton
Colorado Rockies thrower and Denver-born Kyle Freeland stood out from the crowd as he delighted his hometown team.
Friendly faces in enemy territory
– Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) June 21, 2022
Did anyone say “chicken parm”?
Peanut butter and jelly. Batman and Robin.
John Buccigross and the chicken farm. The tradition of the teams to present Buccigross with a meal continued even before the 3rd game. The flash even comes with its own mascot ThunderBug.
– ThunderBug (@ThunderBugTBL) June 20, 2022
If you need a better look, our Greg Wyshynski offers you.
– Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) June 20, 2022
Tampa Bay is down, but not outside
Is the situation perfect? No. Is the series over? Far from it. Is this flash video of Tampa Bay fans ready to run through the wall before the litter falls? Probably.
Rewrite the story. ⚡️ pic.twitter.com/AwMiVyTMrY
– Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) June 20, 2022
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