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Nazem Qadri, after missing more than two weeks with an injury, lifted the Colorado Avalanche to a crucial Game 4 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning, 3-2, and brought the team one step closer. Stanley Cup title,
Kadri somehow got his shot under the arm of Lightning goalkeeper Andrei Vasilevsky. The puck then became trapped inside the top of the net, indicating a delay had indeed been scored. Avalanche players pointed The puck was lodged in the top of the net and the goal was finalized.
“It was a big win,” Qadri told ESPN’s Emily Kaplan after the win. “We stuck with it. flexible effort. Able to get it done in OT.”
Qadri said he was not quite sure that the goal went in.
“Not really. I mean, I tried to move a little there and go too far and I’m assuming that’s where it went. I don’t know if it’s got a hole,” he said. “It was a slightly delayed reaction. I thought he (Vasilevsky) had saved for a second. Next thing you know, people started running towards me. It’s a good feeling.”
Qadri missed by 18 days After injury in the Western Conference Finals against the Edmonton Oilers, but grew up when Colorado needed him the most.
“I’ve been waiting for this for the rest of my life. So, I figured I’d stop waiting and try to attend parties. I’m grateful that I’ve been able to be in this situation. This group of people With this, could not have written a better story,” he said.
Anthony Cirelli got Scoring for Tampa Bay The first period started early. He scored 36 seconds into the game, which was a controversial goal as Avalanche goalkeeper Darcy Kumper’s helmet came through with the puck in front of him.
NHL rules state: “When a goalkeeper has lost his helmet and/or face mask and his team has control of the puck, immediately to give the goalkeeper an opportunity to regain his helmet and/or face mark.” Play shall be stopped. When the opposing team has control of the puck, play shall be stopped only if there is no immediate and imminent scoring opportunity. / or have lost the face mask, the upcoming face-off will take place at one of the face-to-face locations of the rescue team’s end zone.”
Colorado did not challenge the score and the Lightning took an early 1–0 lead and maintained it in the second period.
But 5:17 in the second, the Avalanche tied the game with Nathan McKinnon’s 12th goal postseason. It came on a power play. Norris Trophy winners Kale Makar and Mikko Rentanen got their 20th assist on the score.
About 5 minutes later, Victor Heidmann somehow found a wavering puck in front of Kumper and returned the Lightning 2–1 in the third round.
Andrew Cogliano’s third goal later in the season was 2:53 at the equalizer in the third period. And just like that, Game 4 was tied up and just as nail-biter as Game 1.
In the overtime period, Vasilevskiy and Kuemper were up to the task. Colorado rookie Logan O’Connor went free and had a decent chance to score, but it was Wasilewski who rocked him with less than 15 minutes left in the overtime period.
With about 11:15 left, Wasilewski closed more of Colorado’s offense. Bo Byram hits the post with one of his shots and then Vasilevsky blocks a one-off attempt. Kumper will then follow up with a shot by Brandon Hegel.
But then Qadri’s shot ended the game.
Vasilevskiy finished with 35 saves and Kuemper finished with 38 saves and an assist on Qadri’s goal.
Game 5 is set for Friday night back in Denver at 8 p.m. ET. If Colorado wins, they will be the Stanley Cup champions.