Game 4 action is set to take place tonight between the Lightning and the Avalanche down in Tampa. The Lightning are aiming to keep the momentum going from Game 3, where they downed the Avs 6-2 on Monday.
Tampa Bay received goals from six different players and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 37 stops in their first win of the series. The Avs enter Game 4 with a 2-1 series lead and coming off a particularly poor effort on the defensive side of things.
However, Monday night’s contest is in the past, and Colorado has a chance to split the two-game set in Tampa and head back to Denver up 3-1 in the series if they can pull; together a winning effort tonight.
“We’re still in the driver’s seat,” Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson said on Tuesday. “We knew coming in here it would be tough to win both. We knew they were going to come with their best game. For us, to get the split, we’d be sitting pretty good. We’d be happy with it.”
For the Lightning, a victory would even the series at two goals a piece, putting the club another step closer to the three-peat.
SCF PREVIEW, PREDICTION: Lightning vs. Avalanche
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9:18 p.m.: Two big saves by Vasilesvkiy early in the second, one on a MacKinnon one-timer and another on Lehkonen slipping behind the defense. Now the Avs will get their first power play of the night as Hedman is called for interference. Colorado had two power play goals on Monday and have clicking at 33.9% during these playoffs.
End 1st period: Lightning 1, Avalanche 0
8:55 p.m.: After 20 minutes, it’s 1-0 Lightning. A strong, fast start by Tampa Bay paid off with the Cirelli goal, but both teams settled down after the first couple of minutes. Tampa peppered Kuemper with 17 shots, while the Avs only had four. But the play was a lot more even than the shots on goals say, as the Lightning blocked 13 of the Avs’ shot attempts.
8:54 p.m.: An ugly power play from the Lighting. They had three or four turnovers either in the neutral zone or just inside the blue line. Avs successfully kill it off.
8:51 p.m.: A great shift by the Lightning’s fourth line as they constantly cycle the puck and force turnovers by the Avs’ defense. It leads to a great chance for Riley Nash coming out from behind the net, but it’s stopped. Darren Helm is then called for interference and the Lightning go to the power play.
8:43 p.m.: Despite some extended time in Tampa’s zone, the Avs aren’t getting a lot of shots on net. We have less than six minutes left and they just got their second shot on goal of the period.
8:38 p.m.: After a fast start, things have slowed down on both sides. Nick Paul just had a great chance, stripping the puck away from an Avs defender in their zone and getting in alone on Kuemper, but didn’t have enough time and space to get a good shot and Kuemper makes the stop. The score is still 1-0 with less than eight minutes left.
8:24 p.m.: Here’s the ruling on why the play wasn’t blown dead when Kuemper mask came off.
Rule 9.6: When a goalkeeper has lost his helmet and/or face mask and … the opposing team has control of the puck, play shall only be stopped if there is no immediate and impending scoring opportunity.
— Down Goes Brown (@DownGoesBrown) June 23, 2022
8:20 p.m.: GOAL! That didn’t take long. Just 36 seconds in and the Lightning are on the board. A scramble in front has multiple stops by Darcy Kuemper before the puck kicks out and goes to the point. Erik Cernak rips a shot that appeared to break Kuemper’s mask and Anthony Cirelli cleaned up the rebound. A perfect start for Tampa Bay.
COMING IN HOT 🔥 pic.twitter.com/MfmSVUuQtD
— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) June 23, 2022
7:43 p.m.: Kadri taking part in warmups for the Avs, so he’s good to go. He takes his spot back on the second line, skating in the middle of Gabriel Landeskog and Valeri Nichushkin. Artturi Lehkonen and Mikko Rantanen skating up with Nathan MacKinnon on the top Colorado line. Kucherov and Paul both also on the ice for Tampa, but no Point as expected.
7:00 p.m.: Some reassurances from Game 3 for the Lightning. Despite both Nick Paul and Nikita Kucherov getting injured during the contest on Monday, they are in the lineup for Game 4. Brayden Point remains out for Tampa Bay, but he’s not out for the series. On the Avs’ side, Nazem Kadri could be suiting up for the game, coach Jared Bednar did not say if he would or would not, but he skated with the normal group in the morning.
So good news for #tblightning with Nikita Kucherov and Nick Paul expected in lineup. Brayden Point not ruled out for rest of series, Cooper said, but won’t be in tonight
— Joe Smith (@JoeSmithTB) June 22, 2022
Hearing from a team source that, as of this morning, the plan was for Nazem Kadri to play tonight for the #Avs. That was assuming no setback in morning skate — which there didn’t appear to be given Nicolas Aube-Kubel staying on the ice with the scratches — or in warmups.
— Peter Baugh (@Peter_Baugh) June 22, 2022
How to watch the 2022 Stanley Cup Final
- Date: Wednesday, June 22
- TV channels: ABC (U.S.) | Sportsnet (Canada)
- Live streaming: fuboTV | ESPN+ (U.S.) | SN Now (Canada)
Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Avalanche and the Lightning will be broadcast on ABC in the United States and Sportsnet in Canada.
The game can be live streamed on ESPN+ or fuboTV in the United States, and SN Now in Canada.
Lightning vs. Avalanche start time Game 4
- Date: Wednesday, June 22
- Time: 8 p.m. ET
Tampa Bay and Colorado go head-to-head in Game 4 on Wednesday, June 22. Puck drop will be shortly after 8 p.m. ET at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla.
Stanley Cup Final schedule 2022
|Date||Game||Matchup/result||Time (ET)/Series||National TV|
|Wed., June 15||Game 1||Avalanche 4, Lightning 3 (OT)||Avalanche 1-0||ABC|
|Sat., June 18||Game 2||Avalanche 7, Lightning 0||Avalanche 2-0||ABC|
|Mon., June 20||Game 3||Lightning 6, Avalanche 2||Avalanche 2-1||ABC|
|Wed., June 22||Game 4||Avalanche at Lightning||8 p.m.||ABC|
|Fri., June 24||Game 5*||Lightning at Avalanche||8 p.m.||ABC|
|Sun., June 26||Game 6*||Avalanche at Lightning||8 p.m.||ABC|
|Tue., June 28||Game 7*||Lightning at Avalanche||8 p.m.||ABC|
* If necessary.