Avalanche Rout Lightning With Seven-Goal Flurry to Take 2–0 Stanley Cup Series Lead

DENVER (AP) — What emerged from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night wasn’t their championship pedigree

or vaunted capability to get better but frayed nerves and maybe a awareness that the Colorado Avalanche are coming rapidly for their crown.

or vaunted capability to get better but frayed nerves and maybe a awareness that the Colorado Avalanche are coming rapidly for their crown.

Outmuscled. Outhustled. Out-tussled.

losing not best the game however their cool and their mojo within the manner.

This marked simply the second one time in Vasilevskiy’s 465-recreation NHL career that he allowed that many goals in a game.

Captain Steven Stamkos become hollering and angling for a combat with the Lightning down three-zero within the first period. 

Corey Perry went to the penalty field at the quit of the second with Tampa Bay trailing five-0 after getting into a quarrel inside the Colorado crease with J.T. Compher.

The teams got into a scrum with four:22 left within the third period and the outcome long decided.

The Lightning had shrugged off their four-three beyond regular time loss to the Avalanche in Game 1, insisting they’d bounce back behind

their extraordinary goaltender now that they’d gotten a first-hand have a look at all that velocity and ability the Avalanche throw at teams.

They were equally confident they’d deciphered Darcy Kuemper after erasing

a couple of -purpose deficits within the opener earlier than dropping in time beyond regulation.

Instead, the Lightning have become just the 1/3 team ever to allow 3 or extra first-duration desires in the first two video games of a Stanley Cup Final, joining

the Minnesota North Stars in 1981 towards the Islanders and the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1936 towards the Detroit Red Wings.

The Avalanche saved each their lead and their heads all night and now they’re halfway to snaring Lord Stanley’s Cup from the two-time reigning champs because the series shifts to Tampa Bay for Game 3 Monday night.

The Lightning’s self belief in winning Game 2 and gaining manage of the series become well-based. They were the NHL’s nice bounce-returned group while prevailing lower back-to-returned titles

reaching a third consecutive Stanley Cup, going 18-1 after a playoff loss for the reason that begin of the primary round in 2020. Vasilevskiy changed into in internet for all of these video games.

Colorado defenseman Cale Makar’s short-handed purpose early in the third length made it 6-zero

Make that 18-2.

he poured salt in the gaping wound with a energy-play purpose because the Avalanche stepped forward their league-high-quality home report to 58-8-five in their final 71 video games at Ball Arena, inclusive of playoffs.

They’ve long past 7-2 at domestic this year and 7-zero on the road within the playoffs.

The Lightning have not begun to overcome the Avalanche this season, having lost twice within the everyday season in Denver, once in additional time and yet again in a shootout.

If they don’t restoration their myriad troubles quick, they received’t get the risk to return to Denver after Games 3 and 4 in Tampa.