Palats late goal is postponed to the choice
Colorado started once again, but Tampa held against it. However, the Lightning missed two PowerPlay opportunities again and at that time only came to a goal in 16 overpayment situations in the final series. But the Avalanche also left the first power play unused.
- Kuemper doesn’t look good
- Kucherov counters Nichushkin
- Palat decides the game
- late punishment prevents the final offensive
Kuemper doesn’t look good
A Sunday shot from Jan Rutta from the right side and quite far out in the 16th minute caused the somewhat surprising tour for the defending champion-a hit, in which Colorado keeper Darcy Kuemper did not look good.
On the other hand, Tampa goalkeeper Andrei Vasilevskiy was lucky shortly afterwards because Nathan Mackinnon played the disc through his legs, but also just past the Tampa goal. So it went into the first third break for the guests.
Kucherov counters Nichushkin
In the middle section, Colorado initially equalized after Vasilevskiy did not see a shot from Cale Makar and the puck crashed from his schooner to Valeri Nichushkin, who only had to push the disc over the line (26th).
Only three minutes later, Tampa took the lead again. And then in the power play: With four-against-three, the Lightning initially left further chances-to Nikita Kucherov with a massive direct acceptance from a central position exactly in the left Toreck (29th).
In the final phase of the second third, the game suddenly became a little wild, both sides left top-class opportunities, so that it went into the cabin again with a narrow tampa lead.
Palat decides the game
When it was compensated in the 43rd minute, Cale Makar was lucky, because the shot, which was initially parried by Vasilevskiy, crashed into the skate of Tampa defender Erik Cernak and then exactly under the protectors of the keeper and somehow over the line.
Then it went on and down, the Avalanche fans chanted We Want the Cup!, Especially since her team only separated a hit from the winning of the Stanley Cup at that time.
But Tampa was now more dangerous. Mikhail Sergachev initially hit the goal stand (47th). The decision was made in the 54th minute: after a clever combination with Victor Hedman Schloss Ondrej Palat by direct acceptance and overcame Kuemper, whereby the puck was just rolling over the line.
late punishment prevents the final offensive
The final offensive failed to materialize because the Avalanche, at which Nico Sturm came to 6:07 minutes, had a punishment on the ice just three minutes before the end because of too many players. So the clarification and clever Lightning was allowed to celebrate the not undeserved second victory of the final series.
Game six will now take place in Tampa Bay on the night from Sunday to Monday (2 a.m. CEST).