TAMPA, Fla. — Nazem Kadri scored at 12:02 in overtime as the Colorado Avalanche beat Tampa Bay 3-2 in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final on Wednesday night Victory came in a victory over two-time defending champion Lightning.
Kadri, in his first game since June 4 with a thumb injury, slid into Andrei Vasilevski and shot under the keeper’s right arm to give Colorado a 3-1 lead.
In overtime, the Avalanche defeated the Chargers 11-3. Vasilevskiy blocked Logan O’Connor on a breakout, Colorado shot just before Kadri finished and hit the crossbar on another.
Game 5 is Friday night in Denver, where Colorado won the first two games of the series and is 7-2 in the playoffs.
Anthony Cirelli scored 36 seconds into the game and Victor Hedman also scored in the Chargers’ game. They went into the third quarter with a 2-1 lead.
Nathan McKinnon scored for Colorado in the second quarter and Andrew Coliano tied the game early in the third.
Darcy Kuemper pulled out of the third game after five goals in a 6-2 loss, stopping 37 shots for the Avalanche.
Vasilevski made 35 saves. He has recovered from 11 goals in games 1 and 2, limiting the high-scoring avalanche to five in the past two games.
The Chargers are trying to become the first team to win at least three straight Stanley Cup titles since the New York Islanders won four straight in 1980-83. The last time the Avalanche lifted a trophy was in 2001.
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