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Injured Burakowski won't fly Avs to Tampa

Avalanche forward Andre Burakovsky remains in Denver for at least a day to be evaluated for an injury. Burakovsky was not ruled out for Game 3 on Monday. (Author: Gardener)

Injured BurakowskiDENVER — Colorado's Andre Burakovsky will not travel with the team to Tampa on Sunday after picking up an injury in the Avalanche's 7-0 win over Lightning in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Saturday. Coach Jared Bednar said Burakovsky is still being evaluated and will join the Avalanche in Tampa on Monday. His Game 3 availability remains unknown. Burakovsky left the tilt early on Saturday in the second period after slipping a shot from Victor Hedman. It's the second injury Burakovsky picked up in the postseason after missing two games in the Western Conference Finals against Edmonton with a leg injury. Burakovsky said last week he's only recently recovered from the problem, but he's still been taking regular maintenance days from workouts and morning skates. The Avalanche are already understaffed in their top-six as Nazem Kadri is out after thumb surgery. He last played in Game 3 of the conference finals and resumed skating with a stick last week. Bednar said Sunday that Kadri will travel to Tampa with the team but is still considered day-to-day. "We hope to see him at some point," Bednar said. "I'm not sure about Game 3 or Game 4." Burakowski has had his best playoff hockey since replacing Kadri on the Avalanche's second line. Burakovsky now has three goals and eight points in 12 postseason games. Bednar again juggled his lines in Game 2 without Burakovsky, bringing Artturi Lehkonen into the second session with Mikko Rantanen and J.T. Compher.Colorado will wait and see if Burakovsky can play in Game 3 on Monday.

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Colorado Avalanche overwhelms Tampa Bay Lightning to take a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup Finals

Valeri Nichushkin and Cale Makar each scored twice as the Colorado Avalanche defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-0 and held a 2-0 streak lead. (Author: Gardener)

Colorado AvalancheDENVER -- Less than hours before the puck fell in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals, Tampa Bay head coach Jon Cooper said he didn't know what lay ahead but was confident his team "would play a lot better" than it was the case in the loss of Game 1 early on Wednesday. Colorado Avalanche right winger Valeri Nichushkin (13) celebrates with right winger Mikko Rantanen (96) for his second-half goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Instead, things got even worse for the two-time defending champion. Colorado stormed out to a 3-0 lead in the first 13 minutes and 52 seconds, dominating all the way and capping a powerful opening streak of the series on home ice with a 7-0 win Saturday night at Ball Arena. From NFL games to college sports scores, all the top sports news you need to know every day. Valeri Nichushkin continued his excellent streak with two goals - he opened the scoring after a power-play conversion in the first three minutes - and an assist and star defender Cale Makar added a power-play goal and a goal from a man down in the third period a good measure. Winger Andre Burakovsky recorded a goal and two assists for the Avalanche, who are now two wins away from their first Stanley Cup title in 21 years. The high-profile Colorado offense, who had 69 goals in their first 15 postseason games, left no room for the drama that ensued in Game 1 as they gave up a two-goal lead before beating Tampa Bay 1-23 defeated in overtime. That night, the Avalanche rolled to a 30-16 shot lead, more than up to the task of besting outstanding Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy and outclassing the two-time defending champions across the board. The Avalanche have now won seven straight postseason games and haven't lost since Game 5 of Round Two against the St. Louis Blues on May 25. This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Colorado Avalanche Overwhelms Tampa Bay Lightning, 2-0 Lead in Stanley Cup Finals

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Colorado Avalanche vs Tampa Bay Lightning Stanley Cup Final 3 odds, tips and betting trends

The Tampa Bay Lightning host Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Colorado Avalanche, with the Avalanche leading the series 2-0. You can watch the game Monday at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC.Colorad... (Author: Gardener)

ColoradoThe Tampa Bay Lightning host Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Colorado Avalanche, with the Avalanche leading the series 2-0. You can catch the game Monday at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC. Colorado celebrated its last game on June 18 with a 7-0 home win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Tampa Bay lost 7-0 in its last game on June 18 away to the Colorado Avalanche Everything You Need to Know About Monday's Stanley Cup Finals. Place your legal sports bets on this game or others in CO and NJ at Tipico Sportsbook. In 94 games as a moneyline favorite this season, Colorado has won 70 of those encounters. In 94 games at less than -112 moneyline odds this season, the Avalanche have won 70. The moneyline odds imply that Colorado has a 52.8% chance of winning this competition. Colorado and their opponent have surpassed the current total of 6 goals in 62 of 101 games (61.4%) so far this season. In the last 10 matchups, the Avalanche have played 9-0-1 to score 90.0% of possible points. They averaged 4.8 goals per game (48 in total) during that time. On the defensive side, the Avalanche have conceded 31 goals (3.1 per game) in those 10 meetings. The Lightning have been underdogs in 25 games this season, with 11 surprise wins (44.0%). Tampa Bay is 11-14 when odds makers have made them underdogs of -108 or more on the money line. The money line implies a 51.9 percent chance of winning the blitz. So far this season, 53.2% of Tampa Bay's (58/109) games have scored more goals than Monday's over/under of 6. In the last 10 competitions, the Lightning have 65.0% of the possible points with a 5-3-2 record. They average 2.7 goals per game at this stage (27 in total). On defense, the Lightning have given up 2.6 goals per game (26 total) in those 10 encounters. Gannett may earn revenue from Tipico for viewer recommendations on betting services. Tipico has no control over, nor is such revenue in any way dependent on or connected to the newsrooms or reporting. General terms and conditions see Tipico.com.

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Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Colorado Avalanche live stream tv channels time how to watch stanley cup finals

The Tampa Bay Lightning take on the Colorado Avalanche in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals Saturday night at the Ball Arena. The Lightning will be looking to bounce back from a 4-3 OT loss in the first game and look to steal home field advantage if they... (Author: Gardener)

TampaThere's no escaping this Lightning team. They're the true final boss of the NHL, terrifying - yet epic - music and all. And for the Avalanche to win their first Stanley Cup in 21 years, they must dethrone a team who haven't beaten in the postseason since the Blue Jackets in 2019. Aside from that, this Avalanche roster is a scary team on its own. Cale Makar was able to knock out Connor McDavid while earning nine points in four games in the Western Conference Finals. Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog are longtime NHL superstars who are finally getting their money's worth in the Stanley Cup Finals. Colorado is a strong team that has absolutely dominated their opponents en route to the Stanley Cup Finals. Also, they play really fun hockey and have some nice ice traditions at home too! And on the other hand, Pavel Francouz is trying to keep up with him, who has only 12 playoff games under his belt in his career. While the Avalanche can match the Lightning Star Power (MacKinnon, Landeskog, Makar, Nazem Kadri when healthy) in Star Power (Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov, Ondrej Palat, Victor Hedman), you don't want to be at a disadvantage when conceding this team from Tampa Bay. While I predicted the Lightning in Six here, I genuinely think this series is going to be an absolute rollercoaster in the best way possible. Ice hockey fans are in for a real treat over the next two weeks, that's for sure! The Lightning will win the Stanley Cup in overtime, the first Stanley Cup winner in overtime since 2014! The Tampa Bay Lightning take on the Colorado Avalanche in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals Saturday night at the Ball Arena. The Lightning will be looking to bounce back from a 4-3 OT loss in the first game and look to steal home field advantage when they take the ice tonight. Meanwhile, the Avalanche will be looking to take a 2-0 lead in the series before heading to Tampa Bay for Game 3 on Monday night. This is sure to be a good series, here's everything you need to know to watch and stream the action. Saturday Jun 18 8:00pm ET ABC, ESPN+ fuboTV (watch now) ESPN+ (stream now) NHL Odds courtesy of Tipico Sportsbook. The odds were last updated on Saturday at 18:00. ET. Fancy some action in the NHL? Place your legal sports bets on this game or others in CO & NJ at Tipico Sportsbook. We recommend interesting sports/streaming and betting opportunities. Auburn live stream, tv channels, time, Watch College World Series UFC Fight Night: Kattar vs. Emmett, live stream, tv channels, fight card, Watch UFC Portland Timbers, live stream, tv channels, time , lineups, how to see MLS

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Colorado Avalanche defeats Lightning in Game 2 of the 2022 Stanley Cup Finals

With a stunning 7-0 win, The Colorado Avalanche made good on their vow to avoid losing Game 2 and now they're just two wins away from winning it all (Author: Gardener)

Game 2Cale Makar and Valeri Nichushkin each had two goals, Darcy Kuemper had 16 saves and the Colorado Avalanche defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-0 in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals in Denver on Saturday night. Colorado leads the series 2-0 with Game 3 scheduled for Tampa Bay on Monday night. It was the biggest Finals shutout since Pittsburgh beat the Minnesota North Stars 8-0 in Game 6 to win the 1991 Cup. Andre Burakovsky had a goal and an assist, Josh Manson and Darren Helm also scored, Mikko Rantanen had three assists and Alex Newhook had two assists for the Avalanche. Burakowski left the game in the second half after being hit in the hand with the puck. Coach Jared Bednar said Burakovsky needed further investigation before his status could be determined. Andre Vasilevskiy allowed all seven goals and saved 23 shots for the Lightning. "These are the playoffs. We are here to win hockey games. Vasy gives us the best chance of winning a hockey game," Cooper said. Tampa Bay almost nixed the penalty until Burakovsky spotted Nichushkin going to the top of the net, feeding the puck to him and Nichushkin tapping it from Vasilevskiy at 2:54. Colorado scored two more goals in the first game. Andrew Cogliano, returning after missing Game 1 with a thumb injury, passed the puck to Manson in a 2-for-1 and the defender beat Vasilevskiy at 7:55 at the back. The Avalanche capped their big streak when Burakovsky ran down the slot and ricocheted off a rebound off Rantanen's wrist at 1:52, his third goal of the postseason. Nichushkin earned his second place in the game and eighth place in the playoffs with a 4:51 of the second period. Rantanen stole Ondrej Palat's puck along the backboards, hit Nichushkin in the slot and he hit him once through Vasilevskiy's pads to make it 4-0. Helm extended the lead late in the second half when he ran into the Lightning end and beat Vasilevskiy 16-26 with a high shot. It was his second of the postseason. Makar gave Colorado a 6-0 lead with a shorthanded goal at 2:04 of the third and scored a power-play goal — his seventh of the postseason — at 9:49 to end the loss. Even so, the Avalanche expect two-time defending champion Lightning to perform strongly in Game 3. They are patient and will adapt," Manson said. "We can't believe we're getting under their skin, we just have to keep going.

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Nazem Kadri's absence through injury is unfortunate. But J.T. Compher has championed Avalanche as a second-line center

Avalanche forward Andrew Cogliano was again a full participant in Saturday's morning skate, and the 35-year veteran could return to the lineup for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning. (Author: Gardener)

AvalancheAvalanche second-line center Nazem Kadri missed his third straight playoff game in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Saturday. T. Compher and his increasing role, Kadri's recovery from a broken thumb, did not do much harm to the club. Compher moved from third to second row and went into Game 2 sixth in the Avalanche in playoff goals (five), ninth in points (eight), and seventh in Ice Age forwards (13: 50). Compher's shot early in Wednesday's 4-3 overtime win was blocked by Lightning defender Victor Hedman but deflected to winger Valeri Nichushkin, who fed winger Andre Burakovsky for the decisive goal. "He was good," Bednar said of Compher before the game. “At some point in the St. Louis series, he really started to improve his game. "And then, with the loss of Kadri, he moves up to the Edmonton Series, does a really good job for us and continues to be a responsible defender." Compher didn't have a point in the first three games of the Nashville Series and up game 6 of the St. Louis series (two) not scored. Kadri is expected to travel to Tampa with the Avs on Sunday and potentially play in Games 3 and 4 on Monday and Wednesday, respectively. Avalanche forward Andrew Cogliano was a full participant in Saturday morning skating and the 35-year-old returned to the line-up. In Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals against Edmonton, he broke a bone in his right hand. Cogliano underwent surgery and missed Wednesday's Game 1 against the Lightning. Cogliano, who has 111-game NHL playoff experience, was among four acquisitions prior to the March NHL close. Lightning center Brayden Point received positive reviews from Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper after playing in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals, his first game since suffering a lower body injury on May 14. "He hasn't played a game in well over a month, so it was an insane effort to jump in and do what he did," Cooper said ahead of Game 2. So much of Point's game, Cooper said, is based on his outburst. With a game under his belt, Cooper said he expects his star to feel more comfortable and confident in his approach. Point logged an assist in Tampa Bay's Game 1 loss. Shane Wright was among the NHL's top four contestants visiting skaters and Avalanche players on Saturday morning. Wright, 18, is expected to be voted No. 1 overall in next month's draft in Montreal. He was a rookie for Kingston of the Ontario Hockey League with 94 points (32 goals) in 63 games. "Just to be here, to be in the Stanley Cup Finals, that's what you work your whole life for," Wright said. The Lightning are 18-1 in games since 2020 after losing in the playoffs. In Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals, they are 4-0 all-time. ... Bednar could become the first coach to lead his teams to the ECHL's Kelley Cup, the AHL's Calder Cup and the Stanley Cup. He coached the ECHL's South Carolina Stingrays in 2009 and the Lake Erie Monsters in 2016 when those clubs won league titles. I think it just speaks to his knowledge and success as a coach and bringing out the best in his players," said Avs veteran Jack Johnson, 35, who is in his 15th NHL season.

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Colorado Avalanche takes a 2-0 lead with a 7-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning

The Colorado Avalanche defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-0 in the Stanley Cup Finals and took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. (Author: Gardener)

Colorado AvalancheDENVER -- The Colorado Avalanche, looking like the far better team against the defending champions, defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-0 in Saturday night's Stanley Cup Finals and went 2-0 in the best-of-seven series Guide. Valeri Nichushkin scored his seventh and eighth goals in the playoffs and continued to be the best player on the ice, overtime hero in Game 1 Andre Burakovsky again beat Andrei Vasilevskiy, and even defensive back Josh Manson and 35-year-old grinder Darren Helm got in on the fun with a goal apiece. Playoff MVP leader Cale Makar scored twice in the third period and shouted "We want the trophy!" from an enthusiastic crowd. We're not," said Lightning coach Jon Cooper. Seldom have the Lightning been outclassed in this postseason winning streak, but neither have they faced an opponent like the Avalanche, who forced them to make one unusual error after another. The Avs were dominant in every facet of the game to be two wins away from their first title since 2001 and the first by this core, led by Nathan MacKinnon. The Avalanche head to Tampa, Fla. for Game 3 Monday night of the series, though MacKinnon hasn't scored in the series. They still became only the third team in NHL history to score more than three goals in the first period of Games 1 and 2 of the Finals. The dominant performance began with him catching an early error from typically reliable Lightning defender Erik Cernak when he bounced the puck at the blue line in one of the early shifts of the game. Their aggressive forecheck saw them draw a penalty on veteran Ryan McDonagh and score on the ensuing power play when Burakovsky served Nichushkin for the first time of the night. It wasn't his last, and the Avalanche poured it with six of the game's first seven shots and complete territorial domination with much of the game played in the Lightning ending. "We came out with a goal," said forward Andew Cogliano, who returned after missing Game 1 with a right finger injury. “We got into our game, we ran from the drop of the puck and we just didn't let up. With Vasilevskiy - whose play was key to the Lightning's incredible ability to bounce back from a playoff loss - he looked shaky and even dropped his head after being swept away by Makar in one of many 2-on-1s -Let rushes be hit cleanly, the Avalanche mostly made their offensive zone time. The team with the most goals this postseason held a trial against the team that has played more hockey than anyone else in the last two years. That could ultimately take its toll, and it's made worse by the frenzied pace at which the Avalanche are playing. "Am I shocked that we lost 7-zip?" Said Lightning captain Steven Stamkos. The Lightning fell to 18-2 after one loss since the start of the first round in 2020. The 18-straight streak ended in the Eastern Conference Finals against the New York Rangers when the Lightning fell 2-0 before roaring back. although it's hard to see the Avalanche falling into the same trap. After retrieving Andrew Cogliano after missing the series opener with a right finger injury, the Avalanche Burakovsky lost again in the second period. Burakovsky blocked a shot in the first game in the West Finals and has been playing in pain ever since. Coach Jared Bednar said he would be re-evaluated ahead of Game 2. Of course, even MacKinnon threw goals in the third half despite the game being in good control. "He was just rock solid," Manson said.

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cup and dress? Graduate Johnson Sees Avs Titles

Jack Johnson has waited 16 years to reach the Stanley Cup Finals, but has already achieved a long-standing goal by graduating from the University of Michigan after 18 years. (Author: Gardener)

Johnson Sees Avs TitlesColorado's veteran defenseman waited 16 years to finally play in the Stanley Cup final, which the Avalanche led 1-0 against Tampa Bay ahead of Saturday's Game 2. At the same time, Johnson realized another childhood dream – graduating from the University of Michigan with a degree in general science. It's been a long - and somewhat ironic - road to both achievements. Johnson was drawn to an apprenticeship because he thought he would never make it in pro hockey. It turned out that he would simultaneously reach the pinnacle of personal and professional success. "What did it take, 18 years [to finish]? I grew up with dreams of playing college hockey in Michigan, I wanted to graduate there. [To] graduate, [I'm] pretty proud of it next." spent two years with legendary coach Red Berenson in Michigan." I never wanted to miss that opportunity," Johnson said. "And then, after my freshman year, I just thought I wasn't physically ready for the NHL I wanted to enjoy another year at the University of Michigan. To be perfectly honest, I wasn't ready to leave a big university. I had the best time of my life there and I don't regret it one bit." Johnson didn't go to graduate school in 2007 NHL without making a definitive commitment. "I promised Red Berenson that I wanted to get it done," Johnson said. "So I called him right away." Over the years, Johnson used off-season downtime to return to spring semesters or take classes online. The The COVID-19 pandemic helped with that, allowing Johnson to take classes virtually that would normally have been held in person.While the Avalanche have had a long run this postseason, it hasn't been the norm in Johnson's career.Across stints at Los Angeles, Columbus, Pittsburgh and the Rangers, Johnson had only made the playoffs six times prior to this season.He was an unrestricted free agent last summer when Colorado brought Johnson to training camp for a professional test.He made the Avalanche roster and signed a one-year contract over $750,000 for the league.Johnson appeared in 74 regular-season games, scoring one goal and nine Points. Johnson was out of the picture when Colorado began its postseason run. But when Samuel Girard broke his sternum in the middle of the second-round match between Colorado and St. Louis, Johnson got the nod and has been in the lineup ever since. Now he is an integral part of the third pairing in the cup final. "It was everything I thought it would be," Johnson said of Game 1. "I was trying to stay pretty calm, cool and collected just because I knew it was another hockey game and the adrenaline was going to get going, once I'm on the ice with the atmosphere and fans. We enjoy being in the moment, but there's a lot of work ahead of us here.” Fortunately, hard work doesn't scare Johnson. He can handle stats ("toughest course, no doubt") as well as a keyshot block (which happened during the Lightning's power play in Game 1 in the first period). When the journeyman has learned something, then always enjoy the ride. "It's incredibly special," said Johnson while playing for the trophy. "You never know if you'll get the opportunity to play for it. And we've worked so hard this year to get to this point where we have an opportunity now. You never know if you're coming back here.

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Colorado beats Tampa Bay 7-0 to take a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup finals

The Avalanche thoroughly outplayed the Lightning from start to finish, making the Bolts' chances of a three-peat look slim (Author: Gardener)

ColoradoGame 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals started out similar to Game 1: the Colorado Avalanche came out and put a quick lead on the Tampa Bay Lightning. The difference this time was that the Avalanche didn't let the Lightning off the ropes en route to a dominant 7-0 win. Goals came early and often for Colorado as Valeri Nichushkin opened the scoring with a power-play goal less than three minutes into the game. About five minutes later, Josh Manson doubled the lead, and Andre Burakovsky capped a first three-goal third for the Avs. Unlike Game 1, Tampa Bay didn't have an answer in the second period, and the Avs put two more goals on the board. Colorado added two more in the third period to take an impressive 2-0 series lead. After Game 2 it's hard to find positives for the Lightning. Tampa Bay came back from a 2-0 deficit in the last round but they don't play the New York Rangers now. The Lightning can only hope that a return to Tampa can help change the momentum in this series as the Avalanche roll into Game 3. Before the series goes to Tampa, though, here are some takeaways from Game 1. Not only was that assessment wrong, but Colorado somehow took its game to another level. The Avs jumped all over the lighting and didn't let them catch their breath. In Game 1, the Avalanche only took their foot off the accelerator for a few moments in the second period - and it cost them. The Avs learned from that mistake this time around and kept their foot to Tampa's throat for 60 minutes. Colorado scored 2.48 expected goals while allowing just 0.89 expected goals per Natural Stat trick. The Avs were able to create dangerous chances without giving up anything in return. In the rare moment the Lightning could get into the offensive zone, they weren't there long. Looking at the scoreboard, the Avs' seven goals certainly catch the eye. I trust Vasilevskiy to figure things out, but Tampa Bay's offense didn't really do much in two games. In the first two games of this Stanley Cup final, the Lightning could only muster 40 shots and 1.71 goals expected. The most shocking part of all of this is how ineffective Tampa's best offensive players have been. In Game 2, Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov, Brayden Point and Ondrej Palat combined to score 0.0 expected goals. Colorado deserves a lot of credit for taking away time and space, but at some point these players need to make a play and create some dangerous scoring chances. Otherwise, the Avalanche will be running to their third Stanley Cup in franchise history. The Lightning have been very good at home this postseason, and they have to hope that a change of scene is the cure for their ailments. Once that matchup was settled, I and many others had a feeling that the series would last six or seven games. At this point, Tampa Bay is only hoping to make Game 5. The Avalanche are playing at a different pace than the Lightning, and there's no easy fix for Tampa Bay head coach Jon Cooper.

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Colorado Avalanche defeats Tampa Bay Lightning 7-0 to take a 2-0 lead in the streak

Stephen Whyno | AP Hockey Author (Author: Gardener)

Colorado AvalancheDENVER — Cale Makar barely smiled after scoring his second goal and Colorado's seventh of the night. The Avalanche, who appear to be the far better team, defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-0 in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Saturday night and took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Coach Jared Bednar called it "a near perfect game as you can achieve from your players". "I feel like we played with our identities tonight," Makar said. “We had some good goals and things like that. Valeri Nichushkin scored his seventh and eighth goals in the playoffs and continued to be the best player on the ice in the finals. Game 1 overtime hero Andre Burakovsky once again beat Andrei Vasilevskiy and even got in the fun at defensive end Josh Manson and 35-year-old grinder Darren Helm by a goal apiece. Makar, who didn't even have a shot on target in Game 1, scored twice in the third period and sparked shouts of 'We want the trophy!' from a heated crowd. “They are playing at an elite level right now – give them credit. We're not," said Lightning coach Jon Cooper. They're just playing at a much higher level than us right now.” Rarely have the Lightning been completely downgraded during this post-season winning streak, but they've also never faced an opponent like the Avalanche, which they followed into an uncharacteristic error forced the other. Colorado was dominant in every facet of the game to be two wins away from its first title since 2001 and the first by that core, led by Nathan MacKinnon. The Avalanche head to Tampa Monday night in the series for Game 3, despite not scoring in the series, MacKinnon, who at times played like a man possessed to finally break through and win the trophy. They still became only the third team in NHL history to score more than three goals in the first period of Games 1 and 2 of the Finals. The dominant performance began with him catching an early error from typically reliable Lightning defender Erik Cernak when he bounced the puck at the blue line in one of the early shifts of the game. Their aggressive forecheck saw them draw a penalty on veteran Ryan McDonagh and score on the ensuing power play when Burakovsky served Nichushkin for the first time of the night. It wasn't his last, and Colorado poured it in with six of the game's first seven shots and complete territorial dominance with much of the game ended up being played by Tampa Bay. With Vasilevskiy - whose play was key to the Lightning's incredible ability to bounce back from a playoff loss - he looked shaky and even dropped his head after being swept away by Makar in one of many 2-on-1s -Let rushes be hit cleanly, the Avalanche mostly made their offensive zone time. The team with the most goals this postseason held a trial against the team that has played more hockey than anyone else in the last two years. This could finally be taking its toll, and it's made worse by the frenetic speed at which the Avalanche are playing. Not only did they once again pass the Lightning, but they used fast feet to force mistakes that resulted in goals. "We came out with a goal," said forward Andew Cogliano, who returned after missing Game 1 with a right finger injury. "We got to our game, we ran from the drop of the puck and we just didn't let up." Tampa Bay fell to 18-2 after one loss since the start of the first round in 2020. The 18-straight streak ended in the Eastern Conference Finals against the New York Rangers when the Lightning fell 2-0 before roaring back. although it's hard to imagine Colorado falling into the same trap. The manner in which the Lightning lost this one - by far the largest blowout loss during this run - came as a surprise to almost everyone. "Am I shocked that we lost 7-zip?" Said Lightning captain Steven Stamkos. Even if players shrug off the concept of game-to-game momentum during a playoff series, their rampage at the champions combined with a 7-0 record should fill the Avalanche with confidence. After getting Cogliano back, the Avalanche lost Burakovsky again in the second half. Burakovsky blocked a shot in the first game in the West Finals and has been playing in pain ever since. Bednar said he would be re-evaluated before Game 2. Colorado is inflicting a lot of pain on Tampa Bay, which has resorted to some tough stuff after going behind. Of course, MacKinnon also threw goals in the third period, although the game was in good control. "He was just rock solid," Manson said.

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