IS THERE ANYTHING NAZEM KADRI CAN’T DO?! The Colorado Avalanche put the Tampa Bay Lightning in a chokehold with their OT win tonight in Game Four of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Avs now have a 3-1 lead in this series headed home to Colorado. This team has me questioning if my savings account is worth seeing this Game Five with my own eyes. It’s feeling like it is.
The Avalanche did not start this game well enough. They were a mess. They got scored on in the first 36 seconds and could not recover in the first twenty minutes. They only put up four shots in the first period compared to the seventeen the Lightning managed. Someone in the Avs’ locker room gave a hell of a speech to get them back into this game.
As I was walking into my garage after getting home from Olive Garden (don’t judge) and Nathan MacKinnon answered my prayers with a powerplay goal to tie this game.
The Avs tie did not last too long. At the 10:42 mark, Victor Hedman sniped a goal to get the Lightning the lead back. Despite leaving this period trailing, the Avs bounced back in a big way. Val Nichushkin had some absolutely great chances but the Lightning were there to stop every single one. They put up seventeen shots to the Lightnings’ nine. The Avalanche felt electric, they felt dangerous going into the final frame.
No matter what my heart rate was during those final eighteen minutes were was worth the hockey. The Avalanche absolutely dominated on puck control but they just could not crack Vasilevskiy. On the other end, Darcy Kuemper kept his head held high and stopped all ten shots he faced to keep the Avs in this one. No matter how many incredible chances the Avalanche got it was not enough. So this game needed extra time and apparently, the hockey gods thought we need more stress.
This OT was not brief but the Avalanche controlled almost every second of it. Left and right they were coming up with the most thrilling chances with little intermissions for the Lightning to think they had a chance. But who the fuck else to get one of the most insane OT goals of this postseason but the newly returned Nazem Kadri:
He may have missed time but he didn’t miss a step. Kadri left the night with 18:39 on the clock and two other shots on net. This team is magical. One win, just one more. They’re going home and everyone knows how absolutely dangerous the Avalanche play at home. I am buzzing. I just cannot wait until Friday night. I will be the most insufferable person on this planet. One more win, at home, in Colorado. Oh my God. Go Avs Go!!!
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