Lightning Push Avalanche in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final

Denver – After Tampa Bay Lightning lost their disappointing overtime on Wednesday to three games behind in the Stanley Cup final, it was easy money for the Colorado Avalanche to close the series at home on Friday.

არა Why not? The avalanche was dominant in Denver throughout the season and beat Lightning in the first two games of the 11-3 series. Colorado’s speed and style of play was a big reason he went through the first three rounds of the playoffs and lost only twice.

But lightning is not the prey of nestlings or the future Edmonton Oilers. They are two-time champions who have not lost a playoff series in more than three years. They face all possible scenarios during this time, including playing three elimination games, all of which they won.

That number rose to four on Friday when lightning struck his hometown in an avalanche, he won 3-2 on a late goal from Ondrej’s home to send the best of seven series to Tampa for Sunday’s 6th game.

The avalanche, which shocked Elva on Wednesday with a controversial overtime goal in Game 4, seems to have had all the momentum. A supportive home crowd who wanted to see the avalanche conquer their first Stanley Cup in 21 years was pulsating with anticipation at the Ball Arena.

But the avalanche never led the game. The team was called up for a few penalties, which slowed down its momentum and gave Elva enough daylight to win.

“When you’re on the road,” Lightning coach John Cooper said after the game, “the mental stamina you need to not get caught up in the environment we just played in is the reason they have a few rings on their fingers.”

Injuries, wage limits and tougher competition all play a role, but so does fatigue. For the past two seasons, Lightning has played until the end of the hockey calendar, while almost every other team has recovered from home. The 2020 season was particularly stressful due to Kovid-related restrictions.

Cooper also admitted that his team lost one or two moves in Denver at one mile above sea level, especially in Game 2, which Avalanche won 7-0.

But Elva was different from the team that lost the first two games of the series. Tampa Bay took the lead on Colorado early penalties and advanced 1-0 in less than five minutes before the end of the first period when defender Ian Ruta landed intact on the right side of the ice and fired a powerful shot under the glove. Colorado goalkeeper Darcy Quemper.

After the second period started flat, the avalanche equalized the score about five minutes after the period. Colorado’s outstanding defender, Kyle McCarthy, took a wrist kick from the right circle, which was stopped by lightning keeper Andrei Vasilevsky at first in the abdomen, then thrown. This allowed Valery Nichushkin to score his ninth goal in the playoffs.

After Alex Kilorn of Lightning and JT Compher of the Avalanche received compensated penalties, Makar was called up for a shot that looked like a random game, giving Elva an advantage of four over three. After a shot against Kuemper, Nikita Kucherov scored a goal from Lightning and advanced Tampa Bay 2-1. Lightning also hampered the speed of the avalanche, causing several strange men to accelerate.

“I don’t even think he was checking on that guy,” Jared Bednar, Colorado coach, said of the penalty. “They scored the only goal through a game of power. So it hurts, it hurt a little bit, but that’s what it is. You have to come in with fists. “

Raising the desperate Stanley Cup at home, Avalanche played aggressively to start the third period. Less than three minutes later, Makar fired a shot from the right circle, which Vasilevsky could not correct. Tampa Bay Eric Cernack’s skate hit the ball into the net.

With an equal score and in the season line, the teams were playing at an furious pace. But Elva, despite her height, fatigue and tension, jumped forward forever when a chamber kick landed at Camper’s feet for her 11th goal in the playoffs.

“He seems to like these big moments and he plays very well under pressure,” said Kucherov, a fellow player in the chamber.

The avalanche launched a fierce attack to try to connect the game for the third time. But with the remaining time 2:43, too many men were called to the ice in Colorado – a penalty that was not named in Game 4 until the Avalanche won the overtime. When the lightning was in force, the avalanche was unable to pull the camper out until minutes had elapsed.

Despite the victory, Tampa Bay still has great chances to repeat as champion. Only five teams overcame a two-game losing streak in the Cup final, most recently the Boston Bruins in 2011.

31 teams overcame a 3-1 deficit to win the play-off series, the last of which the Rangers have opened in the play-offs this season. But only one team succeeded in the Stanley Cup final: the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs, who overcame a 3-0 loss and defeated the Detroit Red Wings.

More than 30 teams came back from 3-1 to force the seventh game, only to lose. New York Rangers fans will no doubt remember how the Blue Shirts lost their 5th and 6th games in 1994, before the Vancouver Cannox finished in their 7th game.

“We had no choice: do it or die for us,” said Stephen Stamkos, captain of Lightning. “Sometimes you are caught, you look a little ahead. But this group has done a great job of focusing on the present. ”

Now is the 6th game of the week in Tampa.

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