Nazem Kadri returned to the Avalanche lineup in style, scoring the overtime winner in Game 4 to lead the Avs to a 3-2 win and a 3-1 series lead over the Lightning.
The Avalanche center rushed in and defeated Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy on the blocker side, initially unaware the puck was going in until he and his teammates realized it was stuck behind the back bar.
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The win, which was Colorado’s fifth of the overtime playoffs, now puts the Avs in the driver’s seat as they are one win away from winning the Stanley Cup for the first time since 2001.
The Lightning are now tasked with winning three straight games against the Avs, with two of those contests taking place in Denver. They face their first elimination game on Friday with Game 5.
SCF PREVIEW, PREDICTION: Lightning vs. Avalanche
The Sporting News provided live updates and highlights from Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals (all times east).
Lightning vs Avalanche Score
Lightning vs. Avalanche live updates, highlights from the 2022 Stanley Cup Finals
11:26 p.m.: GOAL! It looks like it’s Nazem Kadri with the OT winner. He interfered and it didn’t look like it was going to go in at first, but it was decided it hit the back bar and went out. The Avs take a 3-1 lead in the series with a home game in Denver on Friday.
— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) June 23, 2022
11:18 p.m.: Two big chances for the Avs. First, Nichushkin slices to the slot, holds and eventually finds Byram on the other side, but he hits the bar. Then Vasilevskiy stops at a shot from Josh Manson. We are approaching the halfway point of the first OT.
11:12 p.m.: Big stop by Vasilevskiy on a Logan O’Connor breakaway. O’Connor cheated ice and a clear try from the air sent him past the lightning blue liners.
11:06 p.m.: Overtime is announced. The next goal wins.
End of 3rd period: Lightning 2, Avalanche 2
10:49 p.m.: Sixty minutes isn’t enough as we head to the OT. Big chance from a late rebound for Nick Paul but the puck was too far away for him to put in a quick shot and Kuemper manages to come out of his corner and save. Tampa Bay remains without a goal in the third leg of this series. It’s the second time the Avs and Lightning have gone into overtime, Colorado deserved the OT win in Game 1.
10:32 p.m.: Gate update, the second Avs gate has been changed to Cogliano. Sturm is still looking for his first as an Av, but this is Cogliano’s third of the playoffs.
10:31 p.m.: Both teams lock it on defense and don’t allow a ton of shots. Tampa Juts had two chances, both from the rush. First it was Corey Perry, who parried a slapshot that Kuemper blocked, then a shot from Ryan McDonagh that he swallowed. Still 2-2 with 8:24 in the third.
10:14 p.m.: GOAL! The avs start less than three minutes later. Andrew Cogliano’s first shot on the brink was blocked, but his second attempt hits Nico Sturm and goes in, his first of the playoffs and first as Av. This is the first 5-on-5 goal the Lightning have allowed at home since Round 1. A slightly unlucky goal, but Colorado will pull it off.
– Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) June 23, 2022
10:11 p.m.: Both Cirelli and Cernak are returning for Tampa, Cernak had one shot blocked and went down the tunnel a couple of times at the bottom of the second.
End of 2nd Period: Blitz 2, Avalanche 1
9:52 p.m.: At the end of the 2nd, the Lightning stay ahead 2-1. A much more balanced period and one I’d say the Avs controlled more play, but a poor Kümper goal keeps Tampa Bay ahead.
9:51 p.m.: Cirelli throws off his glove and goes down the tunnel. It looks like he was cut by a skate.
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) June 23, 2022
9:45 p.m.: Hedman was stopped twice by Kuemper on a first try and then a wrap-around. He was the best player on the ice so far and took matters into his own hands offensively.
9:39 p.m.: Colorado failed to capitalize but their PP is humming. A couple of blocked shots and a strong save from Vasilevskiy towards the end put the Lightning up 2-1.
9:35 p.m.: Avs return to the power play as Stamkos is called to hook and falls squarely into the hands of Landeskog, who slices into the slot. Colorado can score here with its brand new power play.
9:31 p.m.: GOAL! The Lightning retake the lead as Hedman comes flying in, bypasses Avs defenders and places a backhand from Kuemper’s blocker. Not a great goal by the Avs goalkeeper. Hedman has gotten in play twice with the puck, first with Byram’s penalty and now with a goal, 2-1 Lightning with under 9:30 in the second period.
– NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) June 23, 2022
9:23 p.m.: Immediately after Landeskog’s goal, the Avs take a penalty when Bowen Byram hooks Victor Hedman. It looks like he lifted his racquet clean on the first try but got it in Hedman’s hands on the second.
9:21 p.m.: GOAL! The power play for Colorado strikes again as MacKinnon scores. The pass goes from his skate into the net, eventually scoring his first goal in the Stanley Cup Finals. Tampa Bay needs to stay out of the field against this Colorado PP unit. The goal makes it 1-1 with 14:40 in the second.
– NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) June 23, 2022
9:18 p.m.: Two big saves from Vasilesvkiy early in the second, one against a MacKinnon one-timer and another when Lehkonen slipped behind the defence. Now the Avs get their first power play of the night when Hedman is called in to interfere. Colorado had two power play goals on Monday and is 33.9% in this playoff.
End of 1st Period: Blitz 1, Avalanche 0
8:55 p.m.: After 20 minutes it is 1-0 for Lightning. A strong, fast start from Tampa Bay paid off with a Cirelli goal, but both teams settled down after the first few minutes. Tampa peppered Kuemper with 17 shots while the Avs only had four. But the game was much more even than the shots on target would suggest, as the Lightning blocked 13 of the Avs’ shot attempts.
8:54 p.m.: An ugly power play of lighting. They had three or four turnovers either in the neutral zone or just inside the blue line. Avs successfully kills it.
8:51 p.m.: A great shift by the Lightning’s fourth row as they constantly flip the puck and force turnovers through the Avs’ defense. It creates a huge opportunity for Riley Nash, who comes out from behind the net, but it’s stopped. Darren Helm is then called to interfere and the Lightning engage in power play.
8:43 p.m.: Despite some extended time in Tampa’s zone, the Avs don’t get many shots at the net. We have less than six minutes and they just scored their second shot on goal of the period.
8:38 p.m.: After a quick start, things slowed down on both sides. Nick Paul just had a huge chance, clipped the puck from an Avs defender in his zone and came alone at Kümper, but didn’t have enough time or space for a good shot and Kümper made the stop. It’s still 1-0 with eight minutes to go.
8:24 p.m.: Here’s the verdict on why the piece didn’t blow up when the Kuemper mask was taken off.
Rule 9.6: If a goaltender has lost his helmet and/or face mask and… the opposing team is in control of the puck, play will only be stopped if there is no immediate and imminent scoring opportunity.
— Down Goes Brown (@DownGoesBrown) June 23, 2022
8:20 p.m.: GOAL! That didn’t last long. Only 36 seconds and the Lightning are on the board. A scramble up front has several stops from Darcy Kuemper before the puck steps out and goes to the point. Erik Cernak licks a shot that seemed to break Kuemper’s mask and Anthony Cirelli cleaned up the rebound. A perfect start for Tampa Bay.
COMES HOT 🔥 pic.twitter.com/MfmSVUuQtD
— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) June 23, 2022
7:43 p.m.: Kadri is participating in warm-ups for the Avs, so he’s ready to go. He resumes his place in the second row, running in the midst of Gabriel Landeskog and Valeri Nichushkin. Artturi Lehkonen and Mikko Rantanen skate with Nathan MacKinnon on the Colorado top line. Kucherov and Paul both also on the ice for Tampa but, as expected, no point.
19.00: Some assurances from Game 3 for the Lightning. Although both Nick Paul and Nikita Kucherov were injured during Monday’s contest, they are lined up for Game 4. Brayden Point is out for Tampa Bay, but he’s not for the series. On the Avs side, Nazem Kadri could be fit for the game, coach Jared Bednar didn’t say if he would or not but ran with the normal group in the morning.
So good news for #blightning with Nikita Kucherov and Nick Paul expected in the lineup. Brayden Point isn’t ruled out for the rest of the series, Cooper said, but won’t be there tonight
— Joe Smith (@JoeSmithTB) June 22, 2022
When I heard from a team source that this morning the plan was for Nazem Kadri to play for the tonight #Avs. That assumed there was no setback in the morning skating – which Nicolas Aube-Kubel didn’t seem to have when he stayed on the ice with the scratches – or in the warm-up.
— Peter Baugh (@Peter_Baugh) June 22, 2022
How to Watch the 2022 Stanley Cup Finals
- Date: Wednesday June 22nd
- TV channel: ABC (US) | Sportsnet (Canada)
- Live streaming: fuboTV | ESPN+ (US) | SN Now (Canada)
Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final between Avalanche and Lightning will be televised on ABC in the US and on Sportsnet in Canada.
The game can be streamed live on ESPN+ or fuboTV in the US and on SN Now in Canada.
Lightning vs Avalanche start time game 4
- Date: Wednesday June 22nd
- Time: 8 p.m. ET
Tampa Bay and Colorado will face off in Game 4 on Wednesday, June 22nd. Puck drop-off will be shortly after 8:00 p.m. ET at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida.
2022 Stanley Cup Finals schedule
|date||Game||Matchup/Result||time (ET)/row||National TV|
|Wed, June 15||game 1||avalanche 4, Flash 3 (OT)||Avalanche 1:0||ABC|
|Sat 18 June||game 2||avalanche 7, flash 0||Avalanche 2:0||ABC|
|Monday, June 20th||game 3||flash 6, avalanche 2||Avalanche 2-1||ABC|
|Wed, June 22nd||game 4||Avalanche at Lightning||8 p.m||ABC|
|Fri 24 June||Game 5*||Flash in case of avalanche||8 p.m||ABC|
|Sunday, June 26th||Game 6*||Avalanche at Lightning||8 p.m||ABC|
|Tuesday, June 28th||Game 7*||Flash in case of avalanche||8 p.m||ABC|
* If necessary.