Lightning vs. Avalanche live score updates: Tampa leads 1-0 in Stanley Cup Final Game 4

Lightning vs. Avalanche live score updates: Tampa leads 1-0 in Stanley Cup Final Game 4

June 22, 2022 at 8:57 PM EDT

Dominant first period by the Lightning and they lead 1-0

JoeSmith·

Staff Writer, Lightning

June 22, 2022 at 8:54 PM EDT

killing a penalty without one of your top penalty killers

Darren Helm takes an interference penalty with 3:03 remaining, putting Colorado in the dreaded “killing a penalty without one of your top penalty killers” zone. I’m trying to get this post published before Tampa scores. Come on Darcy Kuemper, bail me out like you bailed out Nathan MacKinnon.

Sean Gentille

Sean Gentille·

Senior Writer, NHL

June 22, 2022 at 8:52 PM EDT

Pop quiz, hot shot.

What do these four players have in common: Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen, Nikita Kucherov, Victor Hedman?

We could go with “they’re all megastars in their prime”, which would be true. But I’m looking for a different answer – they all have yet to score in this final. That’s not to say they haven’t been productive (Rantanen has seven assists!), but rather that we’re seeing some strong offense from both teams without scoring some big names yet.

In other words, if everyone heats up, this series could go from good to great.

Sean McIndoe

Sean McIndoe·

Senior Writer, NHL

June 22, 2022 at 8:52 PM EDT

Sir Charles is back in the house

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June 22, 2022 at 8:48 PM EDT

The Lightning have blocked eight of Colorado’s 14 shot attempts

In the first 14 minutes, Colorado had two shots on the net… and 14 total attempts. The Lightning blocked eight of those attempts. Eight! The Avs’ zone time has been obvious, but I dunno. I’ll trust the Jon Cooper game plan, in this instance.

Sean Gentille

Sean Gentille·

Senior Writer, NHL

June 22, 2022 at 8:41 PM EDT

Start him, but keep him on a short leash

I suppose whether Jared Bednar should’ve started Pavel Francouz over Darcy Kuemper was a valid question; Colorado didn’t ask Kuemper to do much in the first two games, then watched him toss out a dud when they actually needed something more. Still, Francouz isn’t Andrei Vasilevksiy waiting in the wings for Tampa against Chicago way back in 2015. It’s better for the Lightning if Kuemper is good. My thought was “start him, but keep him on a short leash.”

The early goal didn’t bode well, and Kuemper’s rebound control hasn’t been great, but the first 12 minutes could’ve gone worse. Tampa had eight shots and a few chaotic moments in front of the Avs’ net, and Kuemper came through, particularly on a quasi-breakaway save against Nick Paul. We’ll see if that lasts.

Sean Gentille

Sean Gentille·

Senior Writer, NHL

June 22, 2022 at 8:34 PM EDT

Here’s the full rule on a goalie losing his mask

“When a goalkeeper has lost his helmet and/or face mask and his team has control of the puck, play shall be stopped immediately to allow the goalkeeper the opportunity to regain his helmet and/or face mask. When the opposing team has control of the puck, play shall only be stopped if there is no immediate and impending scoring opportunity.”

That’s pretty clear-cut, and you’ll notice there was no complaint from the Avalanche.

Now, should that be the rule? Maybe not. A goalie’s face and head don’t suddenly get an invincibility boost just because the other team has a scoring chance, so if the rule is there for safety (and it is) then this carve-out doesn’t make much sense. Then again, we’ve seen enough goalies be able to shake a helmet loose to get a stoppage that making it absolutely automatic in all cases would probably backfire badly at some point.

Sean McIndoe

Sean McIndoe·

Senior Writer, NHL

June 22, 2022 at 8:28 PM EDT

Some added context on that Lightning goal

Some added context on that Lightning goal — you never want to see a goalie playing without a mask, but that goes doubly for Kuemper. Earlier in the playoffs, he took an accidental stick to the eyeball from Nashville’s Ryan Johansen, and he had issues with blurry vision against the Oilers. That was no reason for the Lightning to stop — you play until the whistle, and sometimes after — but man, as soon as Kuemper’s mask popped off, I thought of the stuff he’s dealt with over the past few weeks.

Sean Gentille

Sean Gentille·

Senior Writer, NHL

June 22, 2022 at 8:27 PM EDT

A first time for everything

That’s the first time in this series that Colorado has given up the first goal. But scoring first hasn’t mattered all that much to them this postseason — heading into tonight, they’re 8-2 when they score first and 6-1 when they don’t. (It does seem to matter to Tampa, though. They’re 9-2 when scoring first, and just 4-5 when they don’t.)

Sean McIndoe

Sean McIndoe·

Senior Writer, NHL

June 22, 2022 at 8:25 PM EDT

Anthony Cirelli gives the Lightning a 1-0 lead

Just like I said, Jon Cooper was setting his team up for a decisive, immediate win. Anthony Cirelli scored. He’s better than Nathan MacKinnon. Case closed.

Sean Gentille

Sean Gentille·

Senior Writer, NHL

June 22, 2022 at 8:23 PM EDT

Mini controversy?

Hoo boy, and we get a mini-controversy already as the Lightning score while Darcy Kuemper’s mask is off. But it’s the right call, as per Rule 9.6. A ref can blow the play dead when the goalie loses his mask, but only if his team has control. The Avs never did, and the goal was immediate, so there was no chance for a whistle. Good goal, and the Lightning finally have their solid start.

Sean McIndoe

Sean McIndoe·

Senior Writer, NHL

June 22, 2022 at 8:22 PM EDT

Tampa Bay strikes first

Looks like Jon Cooper is going to throw the Anthony Cirelli line out there against Nathan MacKinnon, at least to start. The Cirelli-MacKinnon matchup was kind of a mixed bag in Game 3; Tampa outscored Colorado 1-0 with both on the ice, but the Avs won attempts 19-7 and scoring chances 13-6

Sean Gentille

Sean Gentille·

Senior Writer, NHL

June 22, 2022 at 8:06 PM EDT

Injury updates on Kadari, Kucherov, and Point

Based on warmups, it looks like Nazem Kadri is back tonight, unless he aggravates something or the Avalanche are pulling off an elaborate decoy. Meanwhile, Tampa looks like they’ll have Nikita Kucherov but not Brayden Point, as we expected.

Sean McIndoe

Sean McIndoe·

Senior Writer, NHL

June 22, 2022 at 8:04 PM EDT

Russo: The Stanley Cup Final was going to have swings, and the Lightning just gave it one

If you’re not a fan of the Avett Brothers, one of their catchiest hits is a song called “Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise.”

There are many ways one could interpret the beautiful lyrics escaping Scott Avett’s mouth as he sits behind that piano. But the most logical may be that even if you are suddenly inundated by a head full of doubt, it’s important to remember there can still be a road full of promise that lies ahead.

The Colorado Avalanche may want to listen to that song on repeat Tuesday.

One decisive, 6-2 victory by the Tampa Bay Lightning, and there was a swift shift of momentum — and doubt — in the Stanley Cup Final.

(Photo: Geoff Burke / USA Today)

Michael Russo

Michael Russo

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Russo: The Stanley Cup Final was going to have swings, and the Lightning just gave it one

June 22, 2022 at 8:03 PM EDT

Avalanche line rushes

Peter Baugh

Peter Baugh·

Staff Writer, Avalanche

June 22, 2022 at 8:02 PM EDT

Tampa Lightning line rushes

JoeSmith

JoeSmith·

Staff Writer, Lightning

June 22, 2022 at 7:57 PM EDT

Avalanche observations: Inside Cale Makar’s award show experience and a potential Nazem Kadri return

Wearing a gray suit and sitting between his parents and general manager Joe Sakic at the NHL Awards ceremony, Cale Makar did all the right things. He sipped water, clapped at the proper times, and laughed at host Kenan Thompson’s jokes.

He never showed too much emotion: He’s humbled to begin with and, with the Avalanche playing against the Lightning for the Stanley Cup, had bigger goals in mind than an individual honor. He made that clear when accepting the Norris Trophy, awarded annually to the league’s top defenseman. on the eve of Game 4. His focus wasn’t straying from his bigger goal.

(Photo: Mark J. Rebilas / USA Today)

Peter Baugh

Peter Baugh·

Staff Writer, Avalanche

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June 22, 2022 at 7:46 PM EDT

Is the Lightning’s Stamkos one of the best captains ever? NHL legends weigh in

Steven Stamkos sat at his dais at Stanley Cup Final media day last week and looked around.

Over his right shoulder was a larger-than-life-sized photo of Wayne Gretzky holding the Stanley Cup over his head. To his left was an image of Ray Bourque finally hoisting hockey’s holy grail in 2001, with Avalanche captain Joe Sakic hugging him. In between, over Stamkos’ left shoulder, was a picture of himself, with his beaming grin and chipped front teeth showing as he cradled the cup last year. He pointed out the emotions on everyone’s face and their smiles, poking fun at how his teeth look a lot better now.

But here was Stamkos, the Tampa Bay Lightning’s captain, contemplating his place among these all-time greats, just four wins away from a three-peat. That’s something that very few legends have done, including Gretzky, Mark Messier and Steve Yzerman.

(Photo: Mark J. Rebilas / USA Today)

JoeSmith

JoeSmith·

Staff Writer, Lightning

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June 22, 2022 at 7:28 PM EDT

Both teams are undefeated in Game 4s in the 2022 playoffs

Heading into tonight’s Game 4, both teams are undefeated in Game 4s in the 2022 playoffs. The Lightning are 3-0, outscoring their opponents 13-4. The Avs are also 3-0, but they’ve been high-scoring games, as their total sits at 17-11.

Sean McIndoe

Sean McIndoe·

Senior Writer, NHL

June 22, 2022 at 7:13 PM EDT

Vasilevskiy looks to extend home winning streak

On Monday night, Lightning goalie Andrei improved to 8-0 in his last eight appearances at Amalie Arena. If he can notch another win in Game 4, he’ll become the fifth different goaltender in NHL history with a home winning streak of nine or more games in a playoff year, according to NHL PR. Grant Fuhr, Marc-Andre Fleury, Mike Vernon and Bernie Parent are the others to have accomplished the feat.

(Photo: Geoff Burke / USA Today)

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