Ramblings: Avs/Bolts Game 1; Denisenko Injury; Hughes, Thomas, Smith, and Bratt’s Scoring Chances – June 16

Michael Clifford

2022-06-16

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Question of rust on the Colorado Avalanche side of the ledger were put to be quickly in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Gabriel Landeskog and Valeri Nichushkin both scored before the 10-minute mark of the first period to give the Avs a quick 2-0 lead. The teams traded goals later in the frame for a 3-1 game heading into the second.

Tampa Bay did what they do best, though, as all playoff teams do: show resiliency. A beautiful play by Nikita Kucherov set up Ondrej Palat to bring the game to a 3-2 margin, and then Mikhail Sergachev scored on a screened shot not even a minute later to tie things up 3-3. It truly was a wonderful dangle and dish by Kucherov on the second goal:

Colorado had the run of play at times, including their share of power plays, but it was a tied hockey game after 40 minutes, and it would stay a 3-3 game until overtime.  

It didn't take long for the game to end as Andre Burakovsky finished a feed from Nichushkin to give the Avalanche a 4-3 overtime win less than 90 seconds into the extra frame, and a 1-0 series lead. A spectacular game to watch, as a fan, basically from start to finish. Game 2 goes Saturday.

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We had a Florida update, and specifically an update on a Grigori Denisenko injury: