Lightning’s John Cooper disagrees on Game 4 overtime goal: ‘You’re going to see what I mean’

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Colorado Avalanches Are Just One win away from becoming Stanley Cup champion But Tampa Bay Lightning coach John Cooper does not believe that Nazem Qadri’s overtime goal should have counted, as six AVS players were on the ice at the time the game-winner was scored.

Cooper, who wants to lead the Lightning to three titles in a row, struggled to speak to reporters after Wednesday night’s loss.

Colorado Avalanche center Nazem Kadri, #91, shoots the puck on top of goal Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevsky, #88, for a goal during overtime in Game 4 of the NHL Hockey Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday, June 22. 2022, in Tampa, Fla.
(AP Photo/John Bezmore)

“It’s going to sting a lot more than the others,” Cooper said 3-2 damage. “It’s tough for me. It’s going to be hard for me to speak. I have to speak. I’ll talk to you tomorrow. You’ll see what I mean when you see the winning goal. And it breaks my heart for the players because we probably just have to.” Must play too. I will be available tomorrow.”

Avalanche’s Najem Qadri wins game after injury in Game 4, Colorado wins one

TAMPA, FL - JUNE 22: Tampa Bay Lightning Head Coach John Cooper looks on during the second period against the Colorado Avalanche in Game Four of the 2022 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena on June 22, 2022 in Tampa, Florida.

TAMPA, FL – JUNE 22: Tampa Bay Lightning Head Coach John Cooper looks on during the second period against the Colorado Avalanche in Game Four of the 2022 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena on June 22, 2022 in Tampa, Florida.
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Qadri returned to the bench on June 4 after being sidelined with a broken thumb. After scoring 12:02 in overtime, Nathan McKinnon still had a wide look to show on the ice – not clearing for the bench in time.

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The NHL issued a statement saying that the penalty is a judgment call that can be made by on-ice officials, and each of the four officials said they did not see too many men on the ice during the winning game. Call video is not subject to review.

Gabriel Landeskog, #92 of the Colorado Avalanche, celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against Andrei Wasilevsky, #88 of the Tampa Bay Lightning, second period in Game Four of the 2022 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena on June 22 during.  , 2022 in Tampa, Florida.

Gabriel Landeskog, #92 of the Colorado Avalanche, celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against Andrei Wasilevsky, #88 of the Tampa Bay Lightning, second period in Game Four of the 2022 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena on June 22 during. , 2022 in Tampa, Florida.
(Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

Qadri said of Cooper’s comment, “I’m not quite sure what he was thinking, why it shouldn’t have been counted.” “Puck hits the back of the net, end of story.”

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Tampa Bay will look to sustain itself Hoping for third consecutive title Alive when they head to Colorado for Game 5 on Friday night.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.