Colorado offers game 1 at the end of the suspense –

Colorado, thanks to a goal from Andre Burakovsky at the very beginning of overtime, won the first game (4-3) of the North American Ice Hockey League final (4-3) at the expense of Tampa Bay ( NHL), Wednesday.

The N.2 meeting will take place on Saturday, still in Denver. The first team to four wins will win the Stanley Cup. It was on a superb shift from Valeri Nichushkin that Burakovsky was able to adjust his powerful shot at the near post, which freed the Avalanche, in search of
a third coronation after those of 1996 and 2001.

If Colorado had the last word in this first game, it also started strong. Gabriel Landeskob opened the scoring opportunistically close to the net after less than eight minutes before Nichushkin lined up an unstoppable strike for the 2-0 a minute and a half later. Nicholas Paul then took advantage of an opposing defensive error to reduce the score, but Artturi Lehkonen gave the Avalanche a two-step lead.

In the second period, the Lightning, in turn dominating, came back up by scoring two goals in 47 seconds. First by Ondrej Palat, benefiting from a superb work from Nathan MacKinnon, then on a magnificent long shot from Mikhail Sergachev. Tampa Bay, which is aiming for a third consecutive Stanley Cup, was then unable to continue on this momentum, during a closed third period.

The results and program of the NHL final:

Colorado Avalanche – Tampa Bay Lightning: 4-3 (after extra time)
Game N.2, Saturday June 18: Colorado Avalanche – Tampa Bay Lightning
Game N.3, Monday June 20: Tampa Bay Lightning – Colorado Avalanche
Game N.4, Wednesday June 22: Tampa Bay Lightning – Colorado Avalanche
Game N.5 (IF NECESSARY), Friday June 24: Colorado Avalanche – Tampa Bay Lightning
Game N.6 (IF NECESSARY), Sunday June 26: Tampa Bay Lightning – Colorado Avalanche
Game N.7 (IF NECESSARY), Tuesday, June 28: Colorado Avalanche – Tampa Bay Lightning


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