Stanley Cup Final 2022 – Colorado Avalanche-Tampa Bay Lightning Game 4 Best Moments, Scenes & Breakdowns

The Tampa Bay Lightning showed some life in match 3 of the 2022 Stanley Cup final against the Colorado Avalanche on Monday. After being blown away in Game 2, Tampa scored goals from six different scorers in a 6-2 win.

After scoring 11 goals in his first two games, Andrei Vasilevskiy returned to goal form, making 37 saves. The Lightning have now won a franchise record of eight consecutive home playoff games.

And for the 23rd consecutive season, there will be no victory in the Stanley Cup final.

Avs center Nathan MacKinnon, who scored 32 goals in the regular season, finally broke his mini slump in the Stanley Cup final. He eventually hit the scoreboard in the second period with a wild goal that bounced off his skate after a shot from Mikko Rantanen.

It will be a pivotal night in Tampa before the series returns to Denver for Game 5 on Friday. Here are all the sights and sounds of match 4.

Final conclusions of the game 4

Colorado went again for the quick finish line in extra time.

Three of the 15 post-settlement bouts in these playoffs ended in 90 seconds or less. Andre Burakovsky put an end to things quickly for Colorado in the 4-3 OT final of Game 1.

Valeri Nichuskhkin came dangerously close to doing it again with his quick attempt on Andrei Vasilevkiy but failed to get enough air under the puck to beat Tampa Bay’s impressive defensive cover.

Logan O’Connor had the next big scoring chance on the break, but didn’t get a great shot on Vasilevskiy. The goalkeeper easily stopped his attempt.


Bowen Byram hits the crossbar. Devon Toews hit the post. Vasilevskiy stopped a slap from Josh Manson.

It was fitting for Nazem Kadri to finish with an overtime winner to give the Avalanche a 3-1 lead in the final Stanley Cup series.– Kristen Shilton

Avs takes the game 4

Nazem Kadri is the hero in extra time, scoring the winning goal in 12 minutes. It was the first time Kadri had played since he fractured his thumb on June 4th.

Takeaway of the third period

It seems the referees have put their whistles aside.

It happened in the third period when Colorado and Tampa Bay pulled him out looking for the goal of victory.

However, the players on both sides did not seem happy. There have been appeals to officials for appeals that could have been huge changes in momentum.

No such decision was returned by the referees.

Regardless, it was an adequate conclusion to the regulation. This was the most contested game in the series. Tampa Bay looked dominant in the beginning and the Avalanches were all over the place in the third. Both Darcy Kuemper and Andrei Vasilevskiy were fantastic.

He sets a big milestone in overtime. Who breaks first? – Kristen Shilton

Back and forth

This could end up being the closest match of these Stanley Cup finals, as Avalanche drew again with a goal from Nico Sturm.

Avalanche second period takeaway

Nathan MacKinnon entered the chat.

It couldn’t have come at a better time.

The Colorado star center had been bitten by a snake to start the Stanley Cup final, failing to score a goal in his first three games. MacKinnon promised not to get frustrated (a characteristic of him during past collapses) and to keep shooting until he found an opening.

Her power-play goal wasn’t exactly a beauty thing, nor did it require a real shot. But he equalized the score in Game 4 at 1-1.

It was MacKinnon who actually passed the puck to Mikko Rantanen, and Rantanen sent it back to the net where the puck bounced off his skate and passed Andrei Vasilevskiy.

They don’t ask how. They ask how many.

Nobody needed a lens like MacKinnon, though. As the Tampa Bay stars intensified, it was painful for Colorado to see his outstanding performer with just two assists in three outings.

A lasting problem, though? Colorado hasn’t had an equal strength goal since the series moved to Tampa; all three have come this far with the extra man. Not good. – Kristen Shilton

Lightning-fast removal of the second period

Last night was an odd night for lightning defender Victor Hedman and Colorado defender Avalanche Cale Makar. It was the night before Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final and they were dressed in suits at the NHL Awards dinner, held at a local Tampa Brewery. Hedman dressed up only to see Makar win the Norris Trophy as the best defender in the NHL. It was the sixth time that Hedman has been nominated for the award. He only won it once.

So there was probably some satisfaction for Hedman in the second period, when he scored the kind of goal Norris trophies are made of: dangling through the neutral zone, then the Avalanche defense, before throwing a shot over the back wall. Darcy Kuemper for a 2-1 lead at 10:42 of the period. Was a large part of this goal from Jack Johnson’s defense and a whiff of Kuemper? Sure, it was. But it was still a wonderful move and a monumental goal from Hedman. We’re checking the NHL charter to see if Makar is to legally hand him the Norris now.

The other great performance of the second period was goalkeeper Andrei Vasilevskiy. He gave up on a power-play goal on a puck bounced off Nathan MacKinnon’s skate – the sixth Avalanche power-play goal in the series – but otherwise it was vintage Big Cat with 15 saved in the period. If the lightning wasn’t blocking them, it was saving them.

The period did not end well for the Bolts, however. Anthony Cirelli, their key defensive center against the MacKinnon line, left the ice clutching his arm with just over a minute left. Definitely something to keep an eye out for on the third.
– Greg Wyshynski

Tampa takes back the lead

Victor Hedman gave the Lightning the first goal of the second period and the 2-1 advantage. It is Hedman’s third postseason goal and his first since May 10.

All tied up

Avalanche reacted within minutes of the start of the second period, with MacKinnon sending a rebound home for his first goal of the series after 32 attempts, more than any player from either team.

Removal of the first avalanche period

Colorado couldn’t have seen it start.

It would take Tampa Bay just 36 seconds to climb 1-0 over Avalanche in an incredibly random sequence.

The Lightning had good pressure in the attacking zone early when Erik Cernak fired a shot at Darcy Kuemper who took off the goalkeeper’s mask. Kuemper then failed to stop Anthony Cirelli which ensued Anthony Cirelli’s play bringing Tampa Bay to the scoreboard.

Normally, when a goalkeeper’s mask is removed there is an immediate whistle but, in this case, as there was an ongoing goal chance, the game could continue.

Kuemper had to face a fairly difficult Race 4 before then. He got the nod after being stopped midway through Game 3 for conceding five goals out of 22 shots. He didn’t need a weird goal that would further chase him away. Kuemper bounced well (no pun intended) as Avalanche reeled in front of him, being defeated 10-1 in the first 13 minutes.

In fact, Kuemper was the only thing holding Colorado together for those first 20 minutes. This is a dangerous position for the Avalanche to get into. He made a great stop glove on Steven Stamkos and then was keen on the possibility of late power-play from Tampa Bay.

Avalanche ended the period with a record of 17-4.

Yikes. – Kristen Shilton

Lightning-fast removal of the first period

The Lightning are 7-1 when they lead after the first playoff period, which is another way of saying this is a team that knows how to play ahead. They block 13 shots in front of Vasilevskiy and alter others. They blocked the neutral zone and did not allow the Avalanche to increase their speed game. The Lightning gained a notable time zone with their pre-check, especially with their fourth row earning the game’s only power play.

That said, it’s still only a 1-0 lead for the Lightning after the first, despite that power-play opportunity and 17 shots on target. There were a few missed chances and Kuemper was able to regain his footing after a shaky start. – Greg Wyshynski

Do not waste time

It seems the Lightning have finished their disastrous Game 2, as it took less than a minute for the first goal of the match. A scary moment for Kuemper too, as the goalkeeper grabbed a stick around his neck which made his helmet fall off.

The biggest smallest fan

The Butterfly Pavilion, a zoo located in Westminster, Colorado, and its resident kite wished the Avalanche good luck ahead of Game 4.

Watch the part, be the part

Both teams were all in direct arena business for Game 4.

Return of the rings

The mascots deserve their championship rings as much as anyone else, which is why it’s touching to see the lightning mascot take back two that he had lost.


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