After a dominant performance by the Avalanche in Game 2, the Stanley Cup Finals moves to Tampa Bay where Lightning and Avalanche face off in Game 3 tonight.
Colorado leads the series 2-0. After a 4-3 overtime win in Game 1, the Avs played a near-perfect game on Saturday night, scoring a touchdown in a 7-0 win over Lightning.
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Valeri Nichushkin and Cale Makar each scored two goals, Mikko Rantanen recorded three assists and Andre Burakovsky, Andrew Cogliano and Alex Newhook all scored multiple points. Burakovksy, Darren Helm and Josh Manson were the other three scorers as Darcy Kuemper stopped all 16 shots he faced in the win.
Now the Lightning almost have their backs to the wall. It’s not uncharted territory, as Tampa Bay fell 2-0 to the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Finals before enjoying four straight wins. However, it’s fair to say that the Avalanche are a much superior team to the Rangers and winning four games out of five is no easy feat.
“We’re not in an all-or-nothing situation right now,” Lightning forward Pat Maroon said ahead of Game 3. “But let’s go out there and find our best game now. They haven’t seen our best yet.”
While not technically a ‘must-win’, a loss tonight puts them back 3-0 in the series. There was only one time in NHL history that a team came back to win the trophy after losing three games in the Finals, and that was the 1942 Maple Leafs.
SCF PREVIEW, PREDICTION: Lightning vs. Avalanche
The Sporting News provides live updates and highlights from Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals (all times east).
Lightning vs Avalanche Score
Lightning vs. Avalanche live updates, highlights from the 2022 Stanley Cup Finals
8:06 p.m.: This is how both sides line up for the opening draw.
Landeskog – MacKinnon – Nichushkin
Toes – Makar
Killorn – Cirelli – Hail
– David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) June 21, 2022
7:40 p.m.: No spot on the ice to warm up. Looks like he’ll sit out Game 3 after playing the first two games of the series. Riley Nash is on the ice as his replacement. Also as expected for the Avs, no Kadri or Burakowski. Nicolas Aube-Kubel slides back into the line-up.
Riley Nash warming up
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) June 20, 2022
19.00: Andre Burakovsky is not in Tampa Bay. Coach Jared Bednar considers him ‘everyday’ alongside Nazem Kadri. Burakovsky left Game 2 after being hit in the hand with a puck. For the Lightning, Brayden Point is a game changer. He played in the last two games but participated in the morning skate.
#Avs HC Jared Bednar says F. Andre Burakovsky and C. Nazem Kadri are commonplace. Let’s see if Nicolas Aube-Kubel in game 3 vs #TBLightning Burakowski hasn’t arrived at the crime scene yet. Bednar hasn’t ruled him out, but he’s not expected to play.
– Ken Wiebe (@WiebesWorld) June 20, 2022
Brayden Point is the game decider, said Jon Cooper.
— Joe Smith (@JoeSmithTB) June 20, 2022
How to Watch the 2022 Stanley Cup Finals
- Date: Monday June 20th
- TV channel: ABC (US) | Sportsnet (Canada)
- Live streaming: fuboTV | ESPN+ (US) | SN Now (Canada)
Game 3 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 3
- Date: Monday June 20th
- Time: 8 p.m. ET
Tampa Bay and Colorado will face off in Game 3 on Monday, June 20th. Puck drop-off will be just after 8 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||8 p.m||ABC|
|Monday, June 20th||game 3||Avalanche at Lightning||8 p.m||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.