Lightning top Avs in OT for franchise-best 11th straight win

Nikita Kucherov stole the puck from Nathan MacKinnon and scored Three:03 into additional time, sending the Tampa Bay Lightning to a franchise-record 11th directly win, Four-Three over the Colorado Avalanche

DENVER —
Issues are going so smartly for the Tampa Bay Lightning that the they are beginning to pass judgement on the standard in their wins.

“I have no idea. I do not believe we performed smartly these days … We need to enhance so much in our recreation as a result of we’ve got numerous excellent groups forward people. I do not believe we had a excellent effort these days,” Nikita Kucherov mentioned after stealing the puck from Nathan MacKinnon and scoring in additional time for a Four-Three victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Monday night time.

Kucherov’s game-winner Three:03 into additional time despatched the Lightning to a franchise-record 11th directly win and all at once slumping Colorado to its 3rd directly loss.

“Their excellent participant will get a breakaway and I wasn’t ready to forestall it,” Colorado goaltender Pavel Francouz mentioned. “Their excellent participant will get the puck at the blue line, he was once racing with Nathan. He more or less opened me up somewhat bit and he shot it Five-hole.”

Kucherov was once disillusioned within the Bolts’ puck ownership however mentioned, “We had a perfect goalie these days,” praising the play of Curtis McElhinney. “He had a heck of a recreation getting hit however he caught with it. He made some large saves for us.”

The sport between two of the league’s best groups had the texture of a playoff showdown entire with momentum swings, arduous hits and quick tempers.

“It isn’t a group we play steadily, however in case you have a excellent group like that and each groups wish to win, it is going to boil over,” mentioned Cameron Gaunce, who scored certainly one of Tampa Bay’s 3 objectives in the second one length.

Gaunce scored 16 seconds after Alex Killorn’s purpose and Tampa Bay constructed a Three-1 lead prior to Colorado got here again to pressure additional time regardless of shedding ahead Mikko Rantanen to a left shoulder damage — “He’s going to be out weeks,” Avs trainer Jared Bednar mentioned.

Steven Stamkos additionally had a purpose for Tampa Bay in the second one length that erased a 1-Zero deficit, and McElhinney stopped 24 photographs regardless of getting greatly surprised by way of Colorado’s J.T. Compher halfway throughout the 3rd length, sparking the primary of 2 brawls in a traumatic finishing.

McElhinney crumpled awkwardly and lay immobile for a second prior to emerging slowly. He was once visited by way of a teacher however stayed within the recreation. Compher was once known as for interference.

McElhinney mentioned he was once wonderful bodily and held no grudges.

“Truthfully, I used to be more or less tied up, my fingers have been folded up below me. It wasn’t successful to the top or the rest,” he mentioned. “It is a excellent hockey play. I adore it when guys pressure to the web and I just like the reaction from our group status up for me. It is great to peer. It is arduous hockey play on their phase and I do not need the rest towards that.”

Every other scuffle broke out after MacKinnon leveled Ondrej Palat cleanly in entrance of Tampa Bay’s bench.

“I love the best way that we hung in there. Excellent penalty kill on the finish. In additional time it comes right down to a key save right here and there and a big-time play from certainly one of our huge gamers,” McElhinney mentioned.

The Avalanche misplaced Rantanen when he was once tripped into the forums at full-speed by way of Erik Cernak in the second one length. Rantanen instantly left the ice and headed within prior to the Bolts killed the facility play.

Francouz stopped the primary 11 photographs he confronted beginning rather than Philipp Grubauer, who suffered a decrease frame damage within the Avs’ Three-1 loss to the Kings within the NHL Stadium Sequence on the Air Drive Academy on Saturday night time.

Then Palat despatched a move throughout the slot to Killorn as he skated towards the crease, and Killorn redirected the puck into an open internet at Four:54. Gaunce scored his first purpose since March 24, 2017, simply 16 seconds later with a shot from the purpose that beat Francouz at the quick facet.

Stamkos made it Three-1 when he got here from at the back of the web and tapped within the unfastened puck sitting at the back of Francouz within the crease.

Colorado pulled to Three-2 on MacKinnon’s purpose with 94 seconds left in the second one length and the Avs tied it up when Cale Makar’s shot deflected off Valeri Nichushkin with 12:43 left within the 3rd.

The Avs at the moment are with out Grubauer and 3 key forwards — Rantanen, Matt Calvert and Nazem Kadri — for a number of weeks.

“Different guys must step up,” Bednar mentioned. “It is a nice alternative. We need to carve out wins like we did previous within the 12 months. It will be harder and harder however with a bit of luck we will be able to get the ones guys wholesome and again to rejoin our group once conceivable.”

Tampa Bay’s 11th directly victory — the longest profitable streak within the NHL this season — broke the franchise mark of 10 set final season and tied previous this season. Tampa Bay is simply the second one NHL franchise to checklist a couple of double-digit profitable streaks a unmarried season, becoming a member of the Boston Bruins, who did it in 1929-30 and 1970-71.

“It is lovely surreal this run we’ve got been at the final couple of months,” McElhinney mentioned. “This 11-game run has been numerous amusing. It is particular, it kind of feels like we are going about our industry and it is not in reality such a lot in regards to the streak.”

The important thing to all of it?

“Scoring extra objectives than the opposite group,” Gaunce mentioned.

NOTES: The Avs are the highest-scoring group within the league, averaging Three.56 objectives in line with recreation, and the Lightning are 2d at Three.54 objectives in line with recreation. … Tampa Bay has allowed 3 or fewer objectives in 22 consecutive video games, going 19-2-1 over that reach. The Bolts are surrendering a league-low 1.71 objectives in line with recreation in 2020.

UP NEXT

Lightning: Play at Vegas on Thursday night time.

Avalanche: Host the New York Islanders on Wednesday night time.

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