TAMPA, Florida –
Nazem Kadri scored 12:02 into overtime and the Colorado Avalanche beat Tampa Bay 3-2 Wednesday night in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals to edge closer to a win by dethroning the two-time champion in Lightning title.
Playing for the first time since June 4 with a thumb injury, Kadri skated over Andrei Vasilevskiy and slipped a shot under the goalie’s right arm to give Colorado a 3-1 series lead. .
The Avalanche outshot the Lightning 11-3 in overtime. Vasilevskiy stopped Logan O’Connor on a breakaway, and Colorado had a shot at the post and another hit the crossbar before Kadri finished it off.
Game 5 is Friday night in Denver, where Colorado has won the first two games of the series and is 7-2 in the playoffs.
Anthony Cirelli scored 36 seconds into the game and Victor Hedman also scored in regulation time for the Lightning. They took a 2-1 lead in the third period.
Nathan MacKinnon scored on a second-period power play for Colorado, and Andrew Cogliano tied the game early in the third.
Darcy Kuemper, retired from Game 3 after allowing five goals in a 6-2 loss, stopped 37 shots for the Avalanche.
Vasilevskiy finished with 35 saves. He rebounded from allowing 11 goals in Games 1 and 2 to limit the Avalanche to five goals in the last two games.
The Lightning are trying to become the first team to win at least three consecutive Stanley Cup titles since the New York Islanders won four in a row from 1980 to 1983. The Avalanche last lifted the Cup in 2001 .
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