Stanley Cup final: Lightning-Avalanche Game 5 live updates
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In Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final on Friday at Ball Arena in Denver, Ondrej Palat scored with little over six minutes left to give the Lightning a 3-2 victory against the Avalanche.
With the victory, Tampa Bay prevented Colorado from winning the Cup and reduced their best-of-seven series deficit to three games to two going into Game 6 on Sunday in Tampa.
Jan Rutta and Nikita Kucherov also scored for the Lightning, who kept their hopes for a third straight NHL championship alive for at least another game.
With 4:37 left in the first quarter, Rutta scored the game’s opening goal with a long-range shot. Just over five minutes into the second, Colorado knotted it when Valeri Nichushkin scored on a Cale Makar shot rebound.
Just over eight minutes into the second period, Kucherov scored a 4-on-3 power-play goal to give the Lightning the lead once more. When a Makar shot that Vasilevskiy blocked slid off Erik Cernak’s skate and through the goalie’s legs two and a half minutes into the third period, the Avalanche once more tied the score.
Of the 38 shots he faced, Vasilevskiy blocked 36 of them. Darcy Kuemper of Colorado stopped 26 out of 29 shots.
After taking a shot from Nathan MacKinnon off his left leg during Game 4 on Wednesday, Cernak made a comeback. Anthony Cirelli (arm), a centre, was also included. For the 13th time in the previous 15 games, centre Brayden Point (lower body) was not started.
Andre Burakovsky, an Avalanche forward who scored the game-winning goal in overtime of Game 1 before missing the subsequent two contests due to a hand injury sustained in Game 2, was also scratched.