Artturi Lehkonen Sends Avalanche To Stanley Cup Final


Edmonton – Artturi Lehkonen sent his team to the Stanley Cup Finals for the second year in a row.

Likonen scored in overtime and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Edmonton Oilers 6-5 on Monday to sweep the Western Conference final.

Avalanche earned its first berth in the Stanley Cup Finals since 2001. They will face the series winner between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the New York Rangers.

The Finnish winger also got assists. He scored the goal that sent the Montreal Canadiens to the 2021 Stanley Cup Final.

Cal Makar scored a goal and made four assists. Captain Gabriel Landskog got one goal and two assists.

“It’s a step in the right direction,” the captain said in a press briefing after the match. “The job wasn’t done, but we showed a lot of flexibility in 3e a period. We scored big goals and were able to finish the job. »

Nathan McKinnon also starred with a goal and a crucial pass. Devon Toews and Mikko Rantanen both hit Jared Bednar’s men’s tag.

“We have to appreciate what lies ahead. It’s a great opportunity,” McKinnon said. “We pushed, we pushed, and finally, we can say we’re taking the next step. »

Zach Hyman scored two goals in the loss, while Conor McDavid scored a goal and two assists.

Ryan Nugent Hopkins also flashed a red light for the two mixtures.

Although he provided four assists in the loss, Leon Drysittel looked very uncomfortable during the match. In great pain for most of the match, the German put in a superb performance under the circumstances. According to goalkeeper Mike Smith, several Oilers players suffered serious injuries during that streak.

“They are warriors,” Smith summed up. “Our warriors are our leaders. They are models. When we see our leaders face casualties and leave everything on the ice, we want to do the same.”

Mike Smith stopped 36 shots in the loss.

It’s hard. We didn’t do the job we wanted to do. We didn’t do the job we wanted to do. We are a hungry group that will do anything to get into this position again. »

Pavel Francos won his sixth game in a row – he has not lost yet in 2022. Favorite season starter Darcy Quimper, he stopped 30 shots.

With Oilers striker Evander Kane suspended from one game for seriously checking Nazim Qadri, rookie Dylan Holloway entered the roster. Holloway, the 2020 first-round pick, had never played in the NHL until Monday.

roller coaster match

The avalanche was the first to record and it did so early in the first period. Makar took a bullet from Dot’s wrists and managed to vibrate the tendons.

At 7:39 into the middle of the period, Oilers tied the match. A pass from Draisaitl allowed Hyman to slip through Francouz on his own. After a trick, he finished the maneuver with a backhand punch into the top of the net.

Oilers took over late in that period. First, Nugent-Hopkins rocked the ropes with a separate backhand after a spin in the avalanche’s blue line.

Moments later, in the power play, McDavid used his allotted time to fire a bullet that overcame Francos on the side of the gauntlet.

31 seconds into the third game, Toews cut the home side’s lead by one goal. His shot veered off the Oilers’ defensive leg Cody Cisse and misled Smith’s vigil.

After only three minutes, Heymann regained the lead of Oilers with two goals. He accepted a Draisaitl pass and scored once for his eleventh goal in the playoffs.

But the avalanche did not say its last word. They scored three unanswered goals to take the lead.

After a dangerous exit from Smith, Landeskog took advantage of the jamming in front of the network to push the disk onto the network.

McKinnon put the teams back in square one when he used his speed to surprise the Oilers defense and then beat Smith on the short end.

With 5:13 remaining in the third frame, Rantanen brought the lead back to the avalanche with a shot that smashed through Smith’s podiums.

With nearly three minutes to go, Cassian pounced on the bouncing ball from Drysetel’s shot to force overtime.

Only 1:19 after extra time, Laconon redirected Makar’s shot into the net, but Smith stopped the ball. Likonen took his own comeback to flash a red light and sent an avalanche into the Stanley Cup Final.

Makar breaks the ice. A first step towards sweeping

Draisaitl joins Hyman who equalizes from a backhand

Draisaitl’s ankle hurts more and more

RNH jumps at a chance after turning

On one leg, Draisaitl powers McDavid

Toews closes the gap at the start of the 3rd

Heymann does it again, oilers regain a two-goal lead

The gap is up to one goal. Mike Smith is angry

New game thanks to McKinnon

The third unanswered target, Rantanen’s work

Oilers refuse to surrender, cruel equals

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