Stanley Cup Finals Game 5 Live Blog

DENVER — The Colorado Avalanche are chasing their first Stanley Cup in 21 years in Game 5 at the Ball Arena in Denver.

The Avs won 3-2 in an overtime thriller at Tampa on Wednesday to take a 3-1 series lead. Colorado is now 15-3 in the playoffs.

AFTER: Photos: Avalanche and Lightning face off in Game 5 of the 2022 Stanley Cup Finals

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Below, we’ll post live updates from the game and from our reporters across Ball Arena and Denver as the Avs bid for the Stanley Cup. (All mountain times. Refresh the page for the latest updates.)

7:51 p.m.
The Avs will go on the power play with 3:43 left in the second after Ross Colton was called for a high stick on Logan O’Connor.
7:47 p.m.
We’re starting to get after whistle nuggets in this one!
7:44 p.m.
Some analysis of the sports team. We have 6 minutes left in the second half.

7:43 p.m.
Mentioned earlier that Brandon McManus was in the house…

AP Photo

Denver Broncos kicker Brandon McManus stands tall during the first period of Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals of NHL hockey between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Colorado Avalanche on Friday, June 24 2022, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

7:34 p.m.
And the penalty pays for the Lightning, who score on a goal from Nikita Kucherov. 2-1 Lightning with 11:30 to go and we are now back at full strength on both sides. The Lightning are now 2 for 17 on the power play in this series.

7:31 p.m.
And the refs decide to call a penalty for tripping over Makar after his stick got stuck between the legs of a Lightning player. Hockey 4 on 3 for 1:29.
7:28 p.m.
I thought the Avs were getting some power there on an Alex Killorn penalty, but the refs are also calling one on JT Compher, so we’ll have 4-on-4 hockey for the next two minutes. 1:33 to do in the second period.
7:25 p.m.
AVS SCORE!!! Vasilevskiy fails to catch a shot from Cale Makar, which bounces past the slot. Val Nichushkin puts the rebound in the back of the net. 1-1 Avs with 2:40 to go in the second. Makar adds another point to his tally.
7:24 p.m.
A few shots on goal for both teams in the first 4:30 of the second period, but nothing in the net. Lightning advance 1-0.
7:17 p.m.
Here we go again for the second period!
7 p.m.
The Avs trail 1-0 after the first period due to Rutta’s goal. They lead the Lightning 13-11 in shots and had several good chances. Kuemper has also made some solid saves so far.

6:56 p.m.
MacKinnnon JUST missed the net on a breakaway, putting the puck between Vasilevskiy’s legs but just past the left post. 10 seconds remaining in the first.
6:53 p.m.
We have Broncos legends in the house for Game 5 tonight!

6:49 p.m.
And Tampa Bay is first on the board as Jan Rutta sends a slap shot between Kuemper’s glove and pad. 1-0 Lightning with 4:30 to go in the first.
6:43 p.m.
The Avalanche had two shots on goal during the power play – two easy saves from Andrei Vasilevskiy.
8:51 p.m.
The Avs nearly scored on a Kadri shot on a delayed penalty and now get their first power play of the night after Nathan MacKinnon tripped.
6:36 p.m.
And the Avs also killed that penalty — even getting two shorthanded shots themselves. It’s still 0-0 with 10:25 to go in the first.
6:32 p.m.
The Avalanche grab another penalty — a hook violation on Nazem Kadri. Lightning takes the power play with 13 minutes left in the first.
6:27 p.m.
The Avalanche kill yet another Lightning power play! Back to full power.
6:24 p.m.
The Lightning get their first power play just over 3 minutes into the first after a high stick from JT Compher.
6:23 p.m.
One thing is already certain in this game: both teams strike!
6:14 p.m.
It’s time, Avs fans! Let’s take him home!
6:05 p.m.
Here is your Avs lineup for Game 5! No André Burakovsky tonight.

6:04 p.m.
The Tivoli Quad is full for tonight’s watch party from 5:40 p.m.

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