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Lightning keep alive with Sport 5 win vs. Avalanche


The Tampa Bay Lightning’s three-peat bid stays alive.

After a robust Sport 4 loss during which a too many males on the ice infraction was missed, the two-time defending champion Lightning received 3-2 Friday evening to forestall the Colorado Avalanche for clinching the Stanley Cup on residence ice.

As an alternative, the collection will swap again to Tampa’s Amalie Enviornment on Sunday (8 p.m. ET, ABC), with the Avalanche nonetheless holding a 3-2 collection lead.

“You are down within the collection, the Cup’s within the constructing, an awesome surroundings for the house workforce and the way do you present gamesmanship? You do all the things they only did,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper advised reporters about his workforce’s effort.

Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat (left) celebrates his go-ahead goal against the Colorado Avalanche with center Steven Stamkos.

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The Lightning acquired a 35-save efficiency from goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy, one other clutch purpose from Ondrej Palat, a uncommon purpose from Jan Rutta and a uncommon power-play purpose to edge Colorado.

“We talked about it at the moment that we did not have a alternative,” captain Steven Stamkos mentioned. “This was do-or-die for us. Typically, you get caught wanting forward just a little bit and this group did an awesome job of specializing in the current.”

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