TAMPA, Florida – Avalanche ended a three-game losing streak in difficult conditions Saturday night, defeating two-time Stanley Cup champions on the road.
Colorado have never fallen behind the Tampa Bay Lightning and outnumbered Tampa Bay in the shootout by 4-3 (3-2 in the shootout) at the Amalie Arena.
Avs (2-3) had a day off. They will train on the Monday ahead of Tuesday’s home game against the Vegas Golden Knights at the Ball Arena.
Five takeaways from Tampa:
Additional point. Goalkeeper Darcy Kuamper, despite letting Lightning level the scores 1-1, 2-2 and 3-3, excelled mostly by the rules and in extra time, beating the winner of the 2019 Vezina Trophy and the 2021 Conn Smythe Trophy years of Andrei Vasilevsky in the game. shootout. In his fourth start, Kuamper had his best game with Avs.
“Queamps played incredible today. He left us in the game. Nothing more special, ”said defender Keil Makar.
The leaders led the way. The best Avs players were just that against the stellar Lightning roster. Center Nathan McKinnon and his team have scored three goals in main mode – three goals each – and two on penalties. McKinnon, a substitute who looked significantly better in his third game of the season, assisted captain Gabe Landeskog and reserve captain Mikko Rantanen on goals before scoring a power play in the third period and breaking the score 2-2. Landeskog and Rantanen scored two of Colorado’s three goals in the shootout.
Rantanen’s raids. Rantanen had a great start, despite playing the first three games unchanged. He scores points in every game and has scored a goal in the last three. Rantanen can score 50 goals and 100 points in a full season of 82 games, and despite adversity at the start of the season, he is on the right track.
OC factor. OC striker Logan O’Connor played two penalties, the latter leading to McKinnon’s power-play goal. O’Connor is a fast hound behind the puck who contributes to the team in many ways. He was signed as a free agent from the University of Denver as a top penalty boxer and energy drinker, and he has proven his worth as well as flashes of offensive ability with the wrist shot he has worked hard to develop.
Moments of magic Makara. Makar led ABs in ice time – 28:29 with two assists and a rating of plus 1. The 22-year-old Norris Trophy finalist entered the game with a draw worst rating in the NHL, with a minus-9, and he did not look himself after being as he did not play in any of the six preseason games. But Makar showed flashes of his former self against Lightning.
“It gets better, it gets better with every game. By far, it was Cale’s best game, said Avs coach Jared Bednar. “Still not perfect and not even what we are used to seeing. But it was better that way. ”
Footnotes. Defender Sam Girard left the game at the end of overtime after a tough boarding by Lightning captain Steven Stamkos. The coach got Girard off the ice and threw the helmet onto the bench before going into the locker room. “I didn’t like this hit,” Bednar said. “He catches him from behind. He appears. But I didn’t revise it when I played it. ” … Striker Sampo Ranta, a newcomer, and Mikhail Maltsev, who played only 36 games in the NHL, were replaced by Bednar in the third and subsequent periods. Both of them spent less than seven minutes on the game. Maltsev’s change resulted in Tampa Bay’s first goal. “The Malts had a tough night,” Bednar said.