Published on June 16, 2022 at 8:13 a.m. – updated on June 16, 2022 at 8:39 a.m.
Colorado took the lead in the Stanley Cup Finals. The Avalanche lead 1-0 after their 4-3 victory after overtime at home Tuesday night in Game 1 against the Tampa Bay Lightning of Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, two-time defending champion and who is aiming for a third consecutive coronation. Game 2 is Saturday, again in Denver.
Colorado takes the lead. The Avalanche, crowned twice (in 1996 and 2001) and who had not reached the Stanley Cup final since 2001, have led 1-0 in the series since Tuesday night and their success after overtime (4-3) at home against the Tampa Bay Lightning of Frenchman Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, double outgoing winner and who is aiming for a third NHL title in a row this year (which has not happened for thirty years). For the moment, things are off to a bad start for the Florida franchise, showered at the start of this extra period on a shot in force from the Swedish left winger André Burakovski, served by his Russian teammate Valeri Nichushkin at the near post. The goal of the issue on his Denver ice for the Avalanche, who finished Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final as strong as he had started it.
Tampa Bay comes back from -2 in… 47 seconds!
At the end of the first period, Colorado was already leading 3 goals to 1 against the Lightning thanks to goals from another Swede in the Gabriel Landeskog squad, imitated less than two minutes later by the same Nichushkin who would offer Burakovski the winning goal much later in the evening, then by the Finn Artturi Lehkonen at the end of the last period, while in the meantime, Nicholas Paul had revived the Lightning. That didn’t stop the regular season’s best team from getting scared, especially when she saw her +2 lead squandered in… 47 seconds after two goals (the only two scored in the second period) scored by Ondrej Palat and Mikhail Sergachev. Unfortunately for Bellemare (12 minutes of play, no points), already a finalist in 2018 with Las Vegas, and the Floridians, they stopped there, and the Avalanche had the last laugh. The two teams will meet on Saturday, again in Denver.
ICE HOCKEY – NHL / PLAY-OFFS 2022
Stanley Cup Final
COLORADO AVALANCHE (1) – TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING (5): 1-0
Match 1 – Colorado Avalanche – Tampa Bay Lightning: 4-3 (aet)
Game 2 on Saturday, June 18 in Denver
Game 3 on Monday, June 20 at Tampa Bay
Game 4 on Wednesday, June 22 at Tampa Bay
Game 5 (if needed) on Friday, June 24 in Denver
Game 6 (if needed) Sunday, June 26 at Tampa Bay
Game 7 (if necessary) on Tuesday, June 28 in Denver
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