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Sunday, December 04, 2022

Kumper returns after allowing 5 goals in AVS’ 6-2 loss

TAMPA, Fla. ( Associated Press) — Colorado not only failed to hold on to a firm hold in the Stanley Cup Finals after losing 6-2 to Tampa Bay in Game 3 on Monday night, but was also plagued with goalscoring questions.

Darcy Kumper, after rarely being tested in Saturday night’s 7-0 win in Game 2, which topped the Avalanche 2-0 in the series, pulled in the middle of second after conceding five goals on 22 shots. was taken

Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said, “I don’t think they had a good night… and neither did our team.”

Kumper left Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against Edmonton with an upper body injury and was replaced by Pavel Françoise, who was in the net for a four-game sweep over the Oilers.

There was talk about who would start the Tampa Bay series, but the now healthy Kumper got the call and things were going well for Colorado until the Lightning returned home for Game 3 and turned the tables on the Avalanche. After putting pressure on the Lightning for mistakes and being the thriving team to hold them to 16 shots in Game 2, Monday night found an avalanche on their heels with several poor defensive turnovers, with Kumper making a big save on the upcoming Tampa Bay shots. were unable to. ,

“I think it was on us, for sure,” Colorado right winger Mikko Rentanen said of Kumper’s front skaters. “Grade-A in slots (scoring chances). We know Darcy is a great goalkeeper and he will come back.

Kumper’s end came when Tampa Bay tough guy Pat Maroon took a 5-2 lead in the second with a close backhander of 11:15. The goal came when Colorado defenseman Josh Manson made a false pass from the back of the net.

Colorado center Nathan McKinnon responded “just shake it up” when asked what his message to Kumper would be.

“He’s been great all year,” McKinnon said. “Every mistake we made, we took advantage of it.”

Françoise, 6–0 later this season, dropped one goal on 10 shots in mop-up duty.

Despite Kumper posting 8-3 points in the playoffs this year, there was immediate speculation about which goalkeeper would start Game 4 on Wednesday night.

Almost forgotten is the fact that Colorado leads the series 2-1.

“It’s fun, it’s awesome,” McKinnon said. “Good or bad, we’re not going to trade our place in the world with anyone.”

Notes: McKinnon has not scored a single goal in the series. He made six shots on goal and a total of 13 shot attempts on Monday, … The Avalanche beat Tampa Bay 39-32. He had also intercepted 27 shots and missed the net on 13 more.

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