TAMPA, FL – Stephen Stamkos, Pat Maroon and Ondrey Palace had goals and assists, while Tampa Bay Lightning scored four times in the second period and beat Colorado Avelanche 6-2 Monday night in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final.
Anthony Sirelli, Nicholas Paul and Corey Perry also scored to help the two-time championship defender Lightning bounce back after playing poorly until he lost his first two games on the road. Nikita Kucherov and Viktor Hedman had two assists, and Andrei Vassilevski stopped 37 shots.
Stamkos, Paul, Maroon and Perry scored in the second period when Lightning chased Colorado goalkeeper Darcy Kumper as he stepped back to reduce his deficit to 2-1.
Gabriel Landeskog scored two goals and Miko Rantanen made two assists for Avalanche. Kumper conceded five goals in 22 shots before being replaced by Pavel Frankuz, who finished with nine saves.
Game 4 is Wednesday night at the Amalie Arena, where Lightning won the franchise’s record-breaking eight playoff games and Colorado lost on the road for the first time this postseason.
Two nights after being limited to just 16 shots in a 7-0 loss to Denver, Lightning returned, finally finding a way to neutralize Colorado’s speed and decide Kuemper not to fall to the brink of elimination.
Avalanche picked up their goalkeeper when Maroon scored a soft goal that put Lightning 5-2 with 8:45 left in the second. Perry reached behind Francois to touch a rebound that came out of the right post and made it 6-2 at 5:02 by the end of the period.
The successive champions overcame a 2-0 series in the Eastern Conference finals to eliminate the New York Rangers in six games. They are looking to do it again against Colorado to complete their quest for the first three-peat in the NHL in nearly 40 years.