TAMPA — The Tampa Bay Lightning broke out offensively and held off the Colorado Avalanche with a 6-2 victory in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena on Monday.
Steven Stammos, Palate of Ondrej Y garnet pat each had a goal and an assist, and Nikita Kucherov Y Victor Hedman each had two assists for the Lightning, who rebounded from a 7-0 Game 2 loss on Saturday to cut the Avalanche’s series lead to best-of-7.
Tampa Bay has won eight straight at home, with Game 4 on Wednesday (8 pm ET; ABC, ESPN+, CBC, SN, TVAS).
“We knew this was pretty much a game we had to win,” Stamkos said. “So I thought we played like that tonight. I thought our attention to detail was much better and the game plan, not that it changed too much, but we executed it. So a better effort for our group.”
That included the goalkeeper Andrey Vasilyevskywho made 37 saves after allowing seven goals, which tied an NHL career high, in Game 2.
“Going through what happened two nights ago and performing like he did tonight and not only that, but them scoring first and then the team responding and backing it up, I guess that’s how you get to the places we’ve been,” Lightning trainer Jon Cooper said. “So it was a huge effort for everyone.”
gabriel landeskog scored two goals for the Avalanche, who lost on the road for the first time this postseason (7-1). darcy kumper allowed five goals on 22 shots before being replaced in the second half by pavel francouzwho made 10 saves.
“They came out and they’re fast and they’re desperate, and we knew that going in. We were going to expect them to come out strong here at home, back to the wall and desperate,” Landeskog said. “But I thought we did some really good things, and we need to clean up our zone a little bit and make sure we’re coming out of our zone a little bit cleaner than tonight.”
After managing 16 shots in Game 2, the Lightning wanted to get more to center ice in the offensive zone and put more shots at Kuemper. The two-time defending Stanley Cup champions did just that from the start of Monday, generating 12 shots on goal and 24 shot attempts in the first period.
“We needed more shot volume and more shot attempts,” Maroon said. “I think when you do that and you work hard and you work hard to reload and you work hard to get on top of them, you’ll get a second chance and a third chance, and we did a better job tonight.” “
Valeri Nichushkin appeared to give Colorado the early lead at 5:00 of the first, but Cooper challenged the play for offside and the call was reversed after a video review. However, Landeskog put the Avalanche ahead 1-0 at 8:19 when he scored on a crease rebound on the power play.
antonio cirelli he tied 1-1 at 13:03 in a give-and-take with Maroon. Cirelli kept driving Devon Toews toward the net, and when he tried to get through the crease, he missed the puck but slipped it under Kuemper’s right bag.
Palat gave Tampa Bay its first series lead at 2-1 by beating Kuemper’s blocking side from the slot at 14:54.
Nicholas Paul extended the lead to 3-1 at 1:26 of the second period after a toss by joseph manson.
“There were some things that I really liked about our group,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. “It wasn’t consistent enough. The execution and some of the turnovers, we allowed one with an easy ball, good numbers back and we flipped it and it ended up in the back of our net. They executed our mistakes quickly.”
After Landeskog scored his second power play goal from the top of the left circle to make it 3-2 at 4:43, Stamkos answered from the front to make it 4-2 at 7:52.
Maroon ended Kuemper’s night by lifting a backhand over his right shoulder to push it 5-2 at 11:15, and corey perry he made it 6-2 when he grabbed a rebound in the crease on the power play at 14:58.
“We just wanted to come out strong and no matter what happens, stick to our plan, stick to the way we know how to play,” Cirelli said. “They got that one there early and we went on, we went on. Then we got those two big goals in the second and went on from there. But it’s just one game.”
GRADES: Cooper did not give a postgame update on Kucherov, who left with 6:05 remaining in the third period after appearing to injure his left leg on a hit by Toews, who assessed a cross penalty on the play 17 seconds earlier. … Vasilevskiy became the seventh goalie in the NHL’s expansion era (from 1967-68) with 10 or more wins in the Stanley Cup Final, joining Ken Dryden (24), Patrick Roy (18), Martin Brodeur (17), Billy Smith (17), Grant Fuhr (14) and Chris Osgood (11). … Perry became the first player in NHL history to score a goal in the Stanley Cup Finals with four different teams (also the Anaheim Ducks, Dallas Stars and Montreal Canadiens).