Stanley Cup Finals Game 3 Live Blog
DENVER — The Colorado Avalanche continue their run for their first Stanley Cup in 21 years in Game 3 Monday in Tampa, Fla.
The Avs won 7-0 in Game 2 on Saturday against Tampa Bay to push their series lead to 2-0, dominating on both defense and offense and going 14-2 so far in the playoffs.
AFTER: Photos: Avalanche and Lightning face off in Game 3 of the 2022 Stanley Cup Finals
Denver7 is the home of the Stanley Cup Finals throughout the playoffs, and we’ll have pre-game and post-game coverage after every game in the series, which you can watch on Denver7 or the Denver7+ free streaming app, which is also embedded below.
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We have full coverage of the series, what fans need to know and much more about the Avalanche and their Stanley Cup winning teams on our Avalanche Stanley Cup page.
Below, we’ll post live updates from the game and from our reporters across Ball Arena and Denver as the Avs try to win the third of four they’ll need to bring home the Stanley Cup again. (All mountain times. Refresh the page for the latest updates.)
The Colorado Avalanche couldn’t beat the home advantage of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Hear from Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar, as well as Corey Perry and Steven Stamkos from the Lightning.
Avs head coach talks about what went wrong after Game 3 loss
Lightning’s Corey Perry and Steven Stamkos speak to the media after Game 3 win
Avalanche fans are disappointed but remain hopeful after the team lost in Game 3 on Monday.
Fans disappointed but still hopeful after Avs’ Game 3 loss
We have a recap online here and we’ll have continued post-game coverage on Denver7 and the Denver7+ streaming app from now until 10:30 p.m., so stay tuned!
Hedman hit the post with just a minute left on the power play, but wore it down with the rest of the game. The Lightning take advantage of the ice at home with a 6-2 victory over the Avs.
It’s Stanley Cup hockey time. Cogliano grabs another penalty and Logan O’Connor and Ross Colton get penalties for fighting after a few good tedders. Tampa Bay will find themselves on the power play.
The Avs had Frankie out of the net for a while on their power play, but now that both teams are back in full swing, he’s back in net. 2h30 remaining in the game.
Nikita Kucherov, who was injured during Toews’ cross-check after clumsily descending and into the boards, leaves the ice. The Lightning are called for too many men on the ice, so we have 4-on-4 hockey for a minute with about 5 minutes to go. But the goaltender is out for the Avs, so we have 5-4 for a bit longer before the Avs get a one-minute power play.
And Devon Toews is called in for cross-checking. Lightning continues the 5v3 for the next 26 seconds. We have 6 minutes left in the game.
And Cogliano gets another penalty as Corey Perry sits on the puck beside the boards. Tampa Bay on the power play.
Vasilevskiy once again stops Compher on good luck – more than people expect from him than the last two games.
We start the third with 4-on-4 hockey for the first 1:44, let’s see what the Avs can do. Lightning advances 6-2.
They are chirping loudly on the ice in Tampa after Andrew Cogliano and Mikhail Sergachev each received brutal penalties with 16 seconds left in second.
No power play goals. With 1:32 to go in the second, it’s 6-2 Lightning.
The Avalanche have the chance to recover one on the power play after Alex Killorn was called for slashing.
And the power play didn’t last long as Corey Perry scored to give the Lightning a 6-2 lead. We have 4h30 left in the second.
And the Lightning will get their first big chance to test Frankie as he hits the power play again after Nico Sturm was called in for late play after kicking the puck into the stands.
The teams are back at full strength and Maroon, fresh out of the box, puts one in the back of the net for the Lightning. Tampa Bay leads 5-2 with 8:45 left in the second.
Pavel Francouz is in the net for the Avs.
He’s fine when they play D well and protect him. Even in the shutout, there were 16 shots. He allowed 5 tonight out of 21 shots. So the leash was short and Frankie is on it. Again, this is no shock. Lightning had to put his foot down. The surprise awaits. I thought if won it would be 3-2 #Denver7 https://t.co/l0iwMfQ373
— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) June 21, 2022
We get 4-on-4 hockey after Josh Manson and Pat Maroon’s roughing penalties.
The Avalanche are quickly back to a two-goal deficit after Stamkos put one on Kuemper’s left shoulder. 4-2 Lightning with 11:26 to go in the second.
Number 2 for Landy! Landeskog gets the power play goal from the slot with the pass from Makar and Rantanen. The Lightning lead 3-2 with 14:50 left in the second. Let’s check out Ball Arena:
Vasilevskiy has another flawless save on Compher. But Colton is called for hanging and the Avs will play on the power play again with just under 16 minutes left in the second.
Nick Paul put one in the back of the net after a turnover from the Avs in their own zone, assisted by Ross Colton. Lightning leads 3-1 with 18 minutes left in the second.
The playoffs have been pretty long for Cale Makar and Mikko Rantanen so far.
We have another photo gallery for the best shots from Game 3. Click here for more.
The Avs get a few more shots on goal to end the period, but we head into the first intermission with Tampa Bay leading 2-1. The Avalanche have outshot Tampa Bay 14-12 so far.
After an Avs giveaway in the Lightning zone, Palat gives the Lightning their first series lead with an assist from Stamkos. Tampa Bay leads 2-1 with 5 minutes left in the first period.
The Avalanche killed the penalty, but Anthony Cirelli recovered the puck from the neutral zone to pass Kuemper and tie the game 1-1.
Alex Newhook is called for holding the stick so the Lightning have another power play coming after the break.
Gabriel Landeskog points in a loose puck after a shot from Mikko Rantanen on the power play to give the Avs a 1-0 lead with 11:35 left in the first period. The Avs have scored seven first-period goals so far in the Stanley Cup Final.
Tampa Bay’s Ondrej Palat is assessed a high-sticking penalty. We’ll have 4-on-4 hockey for 41 seconds and the Avs will get a power play for 1:19 to follow.
After the goal is taken off the board, Compher is called for interference against Steven Stamkos. Lightning struck the power play for the next two minutes.
I laugh. We’re back at 0-0 after Toronto officials ruled the Avs offside after the puck slipped slightly over the blue line.
VALERI NICHUSHKIN AGAIN! Chu Chu scores his fourth goal of the series on a floater to put the Avs up 1-0 with exactly 15 minutes left in the first. But wait, there’s a challenge that the Avs were offside on the play…
Darcy Kuemper denies the Lightning on two good chances, while Andrei Vasilevskiy somehow manages to slide to his right to stop a shot from JT Compher. 0-0 with 15 minutes left in the first.
Your Colorado Avalanche starting lineup for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Denver7’s crews in Tampa for Games 3 and 4 have the full breakdown of the atmosphere in the city heading into Monday night’s game.
Behind the bench: Avs prepare for Game 3 in Tampa Bay
Colorado Avalanche in the Stanley Cup Final: third pre-game game
Andre Burakovsky, who has three points so far this series, is unlikely to play tonight. Nicolas Aube-Kubel should replace him in training. Brayden Point is also a scratch for Tampa Bay.
No André Burakovsky on the ice for the Avalanche in pre-game warm-ups, so Nicolas Aube-Kubel will likely be back in the lineup #Denver7
—Nick Rothschild (@nick_rothschild) June 20, 2022
A little salty to start things off in Tampa tonight.
Anne Trujillo is in Tampa for coverage of Games 3 and 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals, and sat down before heading to Florida to talk about her favorite Avalanche moment and how hockey is become a mainstay to his family and others in Denver over the past 27 years. Click here to watch.
What is your favorite Avs moment? Let us know by clicking here.
Anne Trujillo: My favorite Avalanche moment and what hockey meant to my family