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Stanley Cup Controversy: Stanley Cup Glory Beckoned for The Colorado Avalanche After a Controversial OT Win

Nazem Kadri’s overtime goal on Wednesday put the Colorado Avalanche one win away from their first Stanley Cup triumph since 2001. Although the two-time defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning believes it should not have counted.

Colorado won Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final 3-2 on a Kadri overtime goal at 12:02 of the extra period.

The Tampa Bay Lightning’s Head Coach, Jon Cooper.

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Jon Cooper, the head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning, didn’t go so far as to declare that the goal should have been disallowed because Colorado had too many men on the ice. “We’re all in this together,” he continues. Everyone, including players, coaches, and referees, is included. In spite of that, he said, “this one is likely to hurt more than the others.”

“Speaking is going to be difficult for me… The next time we talk will be on Thursday. It will all become clear after you watch the winning goal. In addition, I’m devastated for the athletes. As a matter of fact, we should probably be playing.”

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Hockey’s National Governing Body Has Stated that On-Ice Referees Can Call Penalties.

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The NHL issued a statement saying that on-ice officials can make the penalty call. All four referees acknowledged they didn’t see that the winning play had too many men on the ice. There will be no video review of this call.

Mikko Kadri’s return to the lineup after a month out with a thumb injury allowed him to slip a shot past Andrei Vasilevskiy and give Colorado a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference series. I’d call that a big win. “It was a tough win,” said Kadri, who had been out since Game 3 of the Western Conference final against Edmonton because of an injury.

My whole life, I’ve dreamed about this moment.” The time had finally come for me to join in on the fun.”

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Vasilevskiy Made a Diving Stop for Colorado as The Game Was Still in The Balance.

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In the overtime period, the Avalanche outshot the Lightning 11-3. While Colorado had a breakaway stopped by Vasilevskiy and two shots that clanged against the post and hit the crossbar, Kadri sealed it with a goal.

Two goals in the first 36 seconds of the game from Anthony Cirelli and Victor Hedman gave the Lightning the win in regulation. They entered the third period with a 2-1 advantage. Nathan MacKinnon scored on a second-period power play for Colorado and Andrew Cogliano knotted it early in the third.

Game 3 starter Darcy Kuemper, who had surrendered five goals in a 6-2 loss, saved 37 shots and assisted on the winning goal in Game 4. Vasilevskiy made 35 saves in the game’s final minutes. Despite conceding 11 goals in the first two games, he has rebounded to keep the Avalanche to just five goals in the last two games.

The New York Islanders won four straight Stanley Cups from 1980-83, the last time a team won at least three straight. The Lightning is attempting to do the same. Avalanche won the Cup in 2001, their last time out

With the Lightning having rallied from a terrible performance in Games 1 and 2 to make it interesting, they restricted Colorado’s speed, restricted Avalanche scoring opportunities, and increased the pressure on Kuemper, who had only faced 16 shots in a 7-0 blowout in Game 2.

In the first period, the Lightning outshot the Avalanche 17-4, setting the stage for another difficult night for Kuemper after Cirelli’s goal, the fastest in a Stanley Cup final since 2006. Colorado was able to kill off Tampa Bay’s first power-play by shooting twice while skating with two fewer skaters.

Colorado’s early disadvantage was eliminated at 5:17 of the second period by MacKinnon’s first goal of the series, his 12th of the playoffs. Cogliano, assisted by Nico Sturm and Darren Helm, scored on a deflection less than three minutes into the third period to get the Avalanche back into the game.

Colorado, which has a 7-2 postseason record, will host Game 5 on Friday night in Denver.

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