Andre Burakovsky scores wild OT winner for Avs

Andre Burakovsky is the undisputed hero of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals for the Colorado Avalanche.

The 2022 Stanley Cup Finals began with extreme fanfare on Wednesday as back-to-back champions took on the high-flying Avalanche in the Tampa Bay Lightning. Game 1 was an incredible display of the talent of these two teams, with the Avalanche leading 2-0 and 3-1 and the Lightning eventually fighting back to force the game into overtime 3-3.

It was really quick overtime, however, as Burakovsky scored the game-winner just a minute and 23 seconds into overtime after another costly rally burned the Lightning.

What preparation from Valeri Nichushkin with that wicked cross-ice pass that sent Andrei Vasilevskiy wide out of position to parry Burakovsky’s quick shot. And what a goal!

Thanks to Burakovsky’s second goal of the playoffs, the Avalanche now lead 1-0 in the series with Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals scheduled for Saturday.

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