Stanley Cup Final Game 4 Live Blog
DENVER — The Colorado Avalanche continue their run for their first Stanley Cup in 21 years in Game 4 on Wednesday in Tampa, Fla.
The Bolts rebounded in Game 3 in Tampa, beating the Avalanche 6-2 to improve the series to 2-1 and push the Avalanche to 14-3 so far in the playoffs.
AFTER: Photos: Avalanche and Lightning face off in Game 3 of the 2022 Stanley Cup Finals
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We have full coverage of the series, what fans need to know and much more about the Avalanche and their Stanley Cup winning teams on our Avalanche Stanley Cup page.
Below, we’ll post live updates from the game and from our reporters across Tampa and Denver as the Avs try to win the third of four they’ll need to win the Stanley Cup again. (All mountain times. Refresh the page for the latest updates.)
The Avs have pressured the Lightning in the final minutes, including a pass attempt by Nichushkin. Vasilevskiy has held firm so far.
AVS GOAL! The game is tied at 2:53 of the third period after Nico Sturm gets a rebound of his own and fires one towards goal – possibly informing Cogliano. 2 each!
Kuemper gets the last-second save on Colton and we head to the locker room for the second intermission with Tampa Bay up 2-1. The Avs had a much better stretch in terms of shooting and now trail Tampa Bay in the 20-26 category.
Tampa Bay’s Anthony Cirelli leaves the ice immediately after falling on his right arm.
Some good looks from both teams and long shifts here in the last two minutes. We are still 2-1 Lightning with 2 minutes to play.
The Avs get several shots on goal and a good appearance on the powerplay, but can’t put one in the net. Lightning leads 2-1 with 6 minutes left in the second.
The Avs are on the power play after a hook penalty on Stamkos. Nothing works in the first minute.
Tampa Bay’s Victor Hedman scores from the backhand just above Kuemper’s right leg. It’s 2-1 Lightning with 9:18 left in the second.
Mikko Rantanen’s eight assists are tied in the first four games of the Stanley Cup Final. Who is he related to? Wayne Gretzky.
The Avs are back in full force after killing another penalty. 1-1 with 11:20 to go in seconds.
And just like that, the Lightning will get another power play after Bo Byram was called out for hanging Hedman.
And the SCORE Avs! Tampa Bay repeatedly fails to clear the zone and the puck goes off MacKinnon’s skate, it seems. Who gets the credit remains to be seen. 1-1 with 14 minutes left in the second.
The Avalanche get their first power play of the game after Victor Hedman was called for interference on Nico Sturm.
Let’s go for the second! Kadri says the ice cream is… not great.
#Avs Kadri said ice cream is a kind of trash. I mentioned this when hosting @1043LeFan In Monday. It’s like baseball teams pushing the grass on the field longer than fast teams. It’s part of the sport. fair or not #Denver7
— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) June 23, 2022
After 1, it’s 1-0 Lightning. Tampa Bay outscores the Avs 17-4 so far.
The Avs look strong on the first penalty kill, getting two shots on goal and limiting Tampa Bay to just two. 1-0 Lightning with 20 seconds left in the first.
The Lightning will get the first power play of the game after Darren Helm was called for interference on Riley Nash. 3:03 left in the first.
The Lightning try the same play that got them a goal last game and Kuemper grabs a wrist from Steven Stamkos. Still 1-0 Lightning with 4:37 to go in the first.
Kuemper gets a save after MacKinnon returns the puck to his own end. The Lightning outscore the Avs 9-1 so far. 7:24 left in the first.
We’re approaching 7:00 remaining in the first and the Avalanche are pretty well dominated by Tampa. 1 shot on goal. The best player on the ice in burgundy and white was…Darcy Kuemper – could be 2 or 3 goals for the Bolts #Denver7
—Nick Rothschild (@nick_rothschild) June 23, 2022
Here’s the rule for why play wasn’t stopped when Kuemper’s mask was knocked off.
Erik Johnson blocks a close shot from Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Kuemper smothers the puck in front of the net. Still 1-0 Lightning with 12 minutes left in the first.
Not how the Avs wanted to start! The Lightning knock off Kuemper’s mask, then Anthony Cirelli drops the puck into the net from the top of the crease. 1-0 Lightning 36 seconds later.
Nazem Kadri is back for the Avs, playing on the second line tonight. Darcy Kuemper will start in net for Colorado.