Brakovsky’s Overtime Goal to Open Stanley Cup Finals Avs Edge Lightning | Stanley Cup

Andre Burakovsky scored 1:23 in overtime, and Colorado Avalanche opened the Stanley Cup finals Wednesday night by defeating two defending champions Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3.

Brakovsky ended it because three-time champion Patrick Maroon was unable to score an avalanche in the power play that began in the second half of the regulation when he put the puck on the glass. Brakovsky is one of the two avalanche players who won the cup.

The game would not have reached OT without a large penalty kill by Avalanche, which was 3 to 3 against Tampa Bay’s powerful power play. The final kill featured a decisive save by goalkeeper Darcy Kaempfer and a series of clears by Norris Trophy finalist defenseman Cale Makar.


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Earlier kills gave Colorado momentum, scoring a goal from captain Gabriel Landeskog 40 seconds after Josh Manson’s penalty expired. Manson – one of General Manager Joe Sakick’s expensive deal deadline pickups – was more than compensated for holding a stick miner with some blockbusters.

Obtaining other deadlines for Avalanche also maintained his knack for scoring important goals. Arturi Rekonen had a third goal in the first period after Valeri Nichuskin scored a second goal as part of his dominant performance in the ice.

The latest addition to Tampa Bay also played a major role, with Nick Paul overtaking Colorado defenseman Jack Johnson, limiting damage on his first goal and retaining the defense champion. Brandon Hegel, who was smashed and a question of play, was beaten by Randeskog, a featureless goal of giving up playoff MVP Andrey Vasilevsky by sneaking under his left arm.

In another example of making Lightning the best NHL team in the last three years, Ondřej Pharat and Mikhail Selgachev scored goals every 48 seconds to change the course of the second phase. It set the first stage of many great finishes in the series among evenly matched opponents.

The arena has been rocking since the start of the warm-up of the first Stanley Cup Finals game in the city in 2001. Last year, Avalanche won the Stanley Cup and Sakic was the captain. Fans chanted, “I want a cup!” During the lead-up, and sometimes during the game, this was an all-season standard high-scoring hockey showcase.

Tampa Bay’s most prolific goal scorer is back in each of the last two title runs. Briden Point of the Center has returned to his first match since his right leg was injured a month ago.

Colorado has a series lead despite playing without a forward. Nazem Kadori (right thumb) and Andrew Colliano (right hand) were injured in the final series of Edmonton sweeps in the Western Conference final.

Avalanche also swept Nashville in the first round, dispatching rival St. Louis at 6, and then taking out Connor McDavid and the Oilers. If anything, Game 1 against Lightning showed that this series wasn’t easy for either team.

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