Stanley Cup Final 2022 – Tampa Bay Lightning-Colorado Avalanche Game 5 Best Moments, Scenes & Breakdown

Stanley Cup Final 2022 – Tampa Bay Lightning-Colorado Avalanche Game 5 Best Moments, Scenes & Breakdown

The Stanley Cup is in the building. The Colorado Avalanche led the best-of-seven series with the Tampa Bay Lightning, 3-1. The Avs could close the series and keep the Cup in the building in Game 5 on Friday.

Game 4, which ended in Colorado’s 3-2 overtime victory, was not without controversy. The video replay appeared to show Colorado had too many men on the ice when Nazem Kadri scored the game-winning goal. It looked like Kadri made an incorrect line change seconds before Nathan MacKinnon returned to the bench.

The call was not made. The NHL’s official response said the penalty was a judgment call and the goal stood.

Now the two-time defending champion Lightning is on the ropes and the Avalanche are on the verge of winning their first Cup since 2001. Colorado coach Jared Bednar wants his team to feed on nerves and emotions.

Here are the 5 best scenes from the game.

Avs tie it up

Horrible break for the Lightning, as we sneak through Vasilevskiy to tie the game 2-2. Cale Makar is the one credited with the goal.

Avalanche second period takeaways

Cale Makar couldn’t help looking up at the sky.

Ondrej Palat had just skated over his stick and fell onto the ice, which was called as a penalty for tripping over Makar. The teams were already playing 4-on-4 after JT Compher was given a late holding penalty and after Alex Killorn was already called for a hold.

Nikita Kucherov scored on the ensuing Lightning power play, which was only Tampa Bay’s second goal with the man advantage in the Cup Final.

Considering Makar is one of Colorado’s top penalty killers, this wasn’t an entirely shocking development.

It was one of the few no-calls that didn’t favor Colorado in the second. Pat Maroon was not penalized for dropping Nathan MacKinnon on the ice and a trip to Tampa Bay was not canceled in front of the official.

Then there was no timeout when Nick Paul fired the puck out of play on a shorthanded punt attempt.

The margin for error in the game so far is very slim at even strength, so the special teams battle is – and will continue to be – important. -Kristen Shilton

Second-half lightning takeaways

Non-contact icing has its benefits, such as preventing players from catastrophic collisions in end panels. This also has its downsides, as the linesman makes a judgment on which player would theoretically touch the puck first in a chase between opponents. The Lightning were burned by the latter in the second period, because it certainly appeared that Nick Paul was in position to touch the puck but the linesman whistled the icing. This led to a face-off at the other end of the ice, which then led to Valeri Nichushkin’s tying goal.

But officials take away and they give. With the teams playing 4-on-4 after tying the holding penalties, Cale Makar was called in for a rather specious triggering penalty to set up a 4-on-3 power play. Should the Lightning ever score on the power play , it would be here, and Nikita Kucherov threw his eighth of the playoffs into the net at 8:10. It was only the Lightning’s second power-play goal in 17 attempts this series.

Icing aside, the Lightning got the officiating advantage in Game 5. Which conspiracy theory wins: that the NHL “wants” a Game 6 or that Jon Cooper’s protest that missed too many men on the ice penalty at the end of game 4 influenced the refereeing of game 5?

Either way, the Lightning are 20 minutes away from keeping the hat-trick alive. –Greg Wyshynski

Tampa Strikes Back

The Lightning don’t want this streak to end tonight, with Nikita Kucherov once again giving Tampa Bay the lead with a power-play goal.

All tied up

A little confusion in front of the Lightning’s goal led to an Avalanche score, this time by Valeri Nichushkin.

Friends watch hockey together

Former Denver Broncos teammates and longtime friends Von Miller and Brandon McManus took to the Stanley Cup rink.

Love at first sight for the first period

The Lightning identified the first 10 minutes of Game 5 as absolutely crucial.

“They feed off of those first 5-10 minutes and you have to really be committed to your game. Because then they start to build momentum,” coach Jon Cooper said.

The good news for the Lightning was that, unlike their first two games in Denver, they hadn’t dropped multiple goals midway through the opening period. The bad news is that they spent 40% of those minutes on the power play and had nothing to show for, getting just two shots on goal.

The best news: they ended up scoring the first goal at 15:21 of the first period, as Jan Rutta beat Darcy Kuemper cleanly. In addition to a good first 10 minutes, the Lightning also talked about how getting a lead would get them their game and Colorado would chase it down a bit. Given Colorado’s endurance advantages at this stage of the playoffs, that’s key. –Greg Wyshynski

Points to remember from the Avalanche’s first period

Colorado’s special teams performed well in the first period.

Tampa Bay fired two penalties in the first 10 minutes, forcing the Avalanche’s aggressive penalty-killer to find quick answers. Colorado was excellent on the shorthanded in every series and that continued as the Lightning fell to 1-for-17 with the extra man in that Cup final.

The Avalanche’s lone power play attempt in the frame generated great looks on Andrei Vasilevskiy, but failed to beat the Big Cat.

While no one spilled blood on powerplay, a special teams executive probably wasn’t the starting point anyone wanted for an eventual Stanley Cup tiebreak. There were obvious nerfs on both sides with poor passes and poor shot attempts. A few times the Avalanche have been caught being too cute with the puck, 5-on-5 and on the power play, which is a dangerous game to play against the opportunistic Lightning.

In this series, the first period has often been a feeling process before the back and forth really begins. The pace has already accelerated significantly in the last two minutes. Let’s see if it continues in the second. -Kristen Shilton

Another early lead for Tampa

A bit of a surprise goal from the Lightning, as Jan Rutta slipped one through Darcy Kuemper’s defenses.

Bring your fans with you

Tampa Bay had a very special cheer section for them in a noisy Ball Arena.

Pre-match looks

The Avalanche opted for sleek looks in front of neon lighting for their march to the arena, while the Lightning looked bright and upbeat despite their deficit.

The cut is rested and ready

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