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Tampa Bay Lightning win 3-2 over Colorado Avalanche in Recreation 5 of Stanley Cup last

Maintain the champagne chilled. It’s again to the slushy ice of Amalie Area for the Colorado Avalanche after they failed to shut out the Tampa Bay Lightning within the Stanley Cup Closing.

The Lightning overpowered Colorado with more durable physicality, clogged the impartial zone and as soon as once more relied on goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy’s firebolt reflexes to counter Colorado’s superior velocity in a 3-2 victory in Recreation 5 on Friday night time at Ball Area.

Coach Jon Cooper discovered a manner for the Lightning to lastly bottle up Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen to ship the collection again to Tampa with an opportunity to tie it up in Recreation 6 on Sunday night time.

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Ondrej Palat despatched the puck by Darcy Kuemper’s legs with 6:22 remaining within the third interval to interrupt a 2-2 tie and Colorado was whistled for too many males on the ice with 2:38 remaining as they had been making an attempt for the equalizer.

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Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat (18) celebrates a purpose in opposition to the Colorado Avalanche with Mikhail Sergachev (98) and Steven Stamkos (91) throughout the third interval in Recreation 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Closing, Friday, June 24, 2022, in Denver.

(AP Photograph/Jack Dempsey)

Cooper had complained 48 hours earlier that Colorado’s game-winner in additional time got here with too many males on the ice, however the Avs didn’t get away with it this time.

The whistles and the breaks simply didn’t go Colorado’s manner in Recreation 5. Neither did the calls because the Lightning knocked the Avalanche round, with or with out the puck on their sticks.

Tampa Bay went with 4 forwards when Avalanche star Cale Makar was whistled for tripping within the second interval throughout a 4-on-4 skate. Nikita Kucherov capitalized moments later by scoring simply the second purpose in 17 energy play probabilities by the Lighting within the last.

Makar atoned with a purpose early within the third interval that tied it at 2.

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The Lightning are actually in place to knot up the collection this weekend again in Florida, the place Avalanche centre Nazim Kadri complained concerning the dangerous ice earlier than scoring the game-winner in Recreation 4.

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Makar stated after that thriller that the Avalanche nonetheless weren’t exhaling, insisting a fourth win over the back-to-back champs would show the toughest to return by.

Enjoying of their 67th playoff recreation because the first spherical of the 2020 playoffs, the Lightning stored alive their hopes of turning into the primary staff to win three consecutive Stanley Cups within the wage cap period.

To do this, they’ll additionally should change into the primary staff because the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs to bounce again from a 3-1 deficit to win the Cup.

One down, two to go.

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