Avs get the jump on defending two-time champs Lightning in Game 1

Stefan Luciani
FiredUp Network Sports Writer


Thursday, June 16, 2022

Final Score: 4-3 (OT)

DENVER–”They’re a team that’s looking to become a dynasty, we’re a team that’s looking to create a legacy.”


Those were the words that came out of Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar’s mouth prior to game one of the Stanley Cup FInals against defending two-time champs the Tampa Bay Lightning. With their last efforts to get this spot falling short, the Colorado Avalanche look to be the ones that upset the Lightning’s bid for NHL history.


They got off to a good start Wednesday night for game one with a 4-3 overtime win off the stick of Andre Burakovsky who collected just his second goal of these playoffs. 


Things seemed as if they were going right for Colorado who received the news that Darcy Kuemper would be back between the pipes for the home team prior to puck drop. The momentum carried into the game as the Avs scored first with Gabriel Landeskog beating Andrei Vasilevskiy less than 10 minutes into the first. They would tally two more with Tampa getting on the board thanks to Nick Paul, as Colorado held a 3-1 lead headed into the second frame. 


The second period was all Tampa though as Ondrej Palat and Mikhail Sergachev evened things up, leading to a scoreless final frame that would bring about overtime in the opening game of the finals. 


It didn't take long in the extra frame to get a decider though with Burakovsky taking a feed cross-ice from Nichushkin to rip it past Vasilevskiy and take the early lead in the final playoff series. 


Tampa Bay now finds themselves down 1-0 - a position they have been in before as they lost game one to Dallas in 2020 before coming back and beating them in six. 


Game two goes Saturday back in Denver, before heading down to Tampa for game three. 



1st Period 

7:47 - COL Gabriel Landeskog (9) 1-0

9:23 - COL Valeri Nichushkin (6) 2-0

12:26 - TB Nick Paul (4) 2-1

17:31 - COL Artturi Lehkonen PPG (7) 3-1


2nd Period 

12:51 - TB Ondrej Palat (9) 3-2

13:39 - TB Mikhail Sergachev (2) 3-3



1:23 - COL Andre Burakovsky (2) 4-3