Returning to action, Nazem Kadri gave the Colorado Avalanche the overtime victory as they defeated the Lightning 3-2 in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Wednesday. at Amalie Arena.
The “Avs” were pleased to find the 31-year-old striker, who had missed the last four games after having surgery on a thumb. Halfway through the extra 20 minutes, Kadri made a nice move to get around a defender and beat Andrei Vasilevskiy.
There was also a bit of confusion, when it was thought that the Russian goalkeeper had made the save. The puck, however, ended up between the net and the crossbar, and the goal was allowed.
Nathan MacKinnon had been rather discreet against the Lightning, but he scored his first goal of the final at the start of the second period. The star player hit the target on the power play by recovering a puck that had escaped Vasilevskiy.
Mikko Rantanen and Cale Makar both reached 20 assists in those series while teaming up with MacKinnon, which is also a franchise record.
Andrew Cogliano was the another Avalanche scorer.
Lightning strikes early
After the initial face-off, the “Bolts” only took a few seconds to settle in offensive territory and put pressure on goaltender Darcy Kuemper. The latter even lost his mask following a violent throw from Erik Cernak. Anthony Cirelli put the decisive touch, as the Avalanche goalkeeper seemed disoriented.
Halfway through the game, Victor Hedman had restored a one-goal lead to the local favorites in spectacular fashion . From his zone, the Swedish defender knitted between three Avalanche players before beating Kuemper with a sharp backhand shot.
The latter finished with 38 saves, against 35 for Vasilevskiy.
The Stanley Cup will be at the Pepsi Center in Denver for Game 5. The Avalanche lead this ultimate series three games to one.
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