There will be a Game 6. The Tampa Bay Lightning went into a raucous Ball Arena and pulled out a gutsy 3-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche in Game 5 of the 2022 Stanley Cup Final. The back-to-back champs are not quite done yet, despite entering the game down in the series 3-1. Colorado won Game 4 in overtime in Tampa. The Lightning returned the favor on Friday, pulling out this win in Colorado.
Much like in Game 3, the Lightning took leads of 1-0 and 2-1. This time, Jan Rutta and Nikita Kucherov did the scoring for Tampa Bay, and Colorado entered the third period trailing by one goal. However, it didn’t take long for the Avalanche to even things up, as a Cale Makar shot received a favorable bounce off the skate of Lightning defender Eric Cernak to sneak by Tampa goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy.
Not rattled by the bad puck luck, the Lighting kept pushing and eventually broke through to take the lead. With 6:22 left in regulation, Victor Hedman pinched into the corner and found Ondrej Palat wide open in the slot. Palat didn’t miss on a glorious scoring chance, firing a bullet through the legs of Colorado keeper Darcy Kuemper.
— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) June 25, 2022
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