Denver | Nathan McKinnon was talking about a showdown between the two biggest teams in the NHL between avalanche and lightning. McKinnon is not only a great hockey player, he’s also a good analyst
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In this first game of the Stanley Cup Final, Avalanche struck a dramatic 4-3 overtime victory against Lightning yesterday at the Ball Arena.
Andrei Burakovsky scored the winning goal in the 83rd minute of the fourth half. The Austrian took advantage of a superb pass from Valeri Nichushkin to defeat Andrei Vasilevskiy in short order. Goalkeeper Lightning can do absolutely nothing about this game.
In the shadows in a team full of talented players, Nisushkin drew reflectors for him during this first meeting of the final. The former Dallas Stars made a solid game with a goal and assist, but also six shots into the net.
“Val (Valerie) is strong as a horse, and everyone can see that,” said defender Boyen Byram. He works hard. He skates well, it is difficult to cope with him. It is also very good at checking mortgages. He’s been amazing since the start of qualifying and he’s had a big game again tonight. »
Primarily used on the right wing alongside Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog, Nichushkin spent a crazy time in opposition territory. He finished the match with eleven attempts.
“Nishushkin got a huge bonus with a superb assist on the winning goal,” said winger Mikko Rantanen, the owner of the assists in this victory. He scored a goal, spent valuable time shortened and fired a lot of shots. He is really an important player for us. »
Like the Western Final against the Oilers, McKinnon also mentioned that he’s on a mission to get the first ring. On the scoring sheet, he only got one pass, but made several great plays thanks to his speed and amazing sense of anticipation.
The avalanche has not abated despite the return of the Stanley Cup champions in the past two years. After a while, Jared Bednar’s team looked alone on the ice with a 3-1 lead, but you shouldn’t make the mistake of thinking lightning is dead.
Nikita Kucherov set off the alarm for visitors in the second period. The No. 86 put the NHL’s best defensive duo, Devon Toews and Cale Makar, to sleep with a clever trick before providing an accurate pass to Ondrej Balat. The Czechs easily outdid Darcy
Kuemper in this game.
Less than a minute later, Mikhail Sergachev also hit the target. 3 to 1 was 3 to 3.
Despite the lightning-fast return, the avalanche took control of their emotions to stay in the game.
There’s a good chance he’ll see Brayden Point wear his uniform at the start of the Finals, John Cooper said after the Rangers were eliminated in Game Six of the Eastern Conference on Saturday in Tampa. Cooper did not lie.
Dot was actually wearing the uniform for this first match against Avalanche. He found himself in the middle of the third line alongside Ross Colton and Nick Paul. With a lower body injury in Game 7 of the first round against the Maple Leafs in Toronto, Point missed the last ten matches.
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