Avalanche beat Oilers 4-2 to take 3-0 series lead

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J.T. Compher came out of the penalty box to give Colorado the lead with 7:18 left and the Avalanche beat the Edmonton Oilers’ 4-2 on Saturday night to take a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference finals.Called for tripping Leon Draisaitl just three minutes after Ryan McLeod tied it Edmonton, Compher came out of the penalty box, beat Oilers defenseman Evan Bouchard for control along the boards and put the puck between goalie Mike Smith’s legs.
Colorado Avalanche left wing J.T. Compher (37) scores on Edmonton Oilers goalie Mike Smith (41) as Leon Draisaitl (29) defends during the third period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Western Conference finals, Saturday, June 4, 2022, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
((Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP))Valeri Nichushkin scored twice for Colorado, Mikko Rantanen had an empty-netter with 30 seconds left, and Pavel Francouz made 27 saves. Francouz stepped in midway through the Colorado’s 8-6 victory in Game 1 when Darcy Kuemper sustained an upper-body injury, then made 24 saves Thursday night in a 4-0 win for his second career playoff shutout.McLeod tied at 2 at 7:34 of the third, going the length of the ice and beating Francouz with a snap shot from the high slot.AVALANCHE VS. OILERS GAME 2 SCORE: PAVEL FRANCOUZ, NAZEM KADRI LEAD AVS TO 4-0 WINConnor McDavid also scored for Edmonton. Smith made 39 saves.Game 4 is Monday night in Edmonton, with Colorado a game away from advancing to the Stanley Cup final. The Avalanche won titles in 1996 and 2007.
Colorado Avalanche left wing J.T. Compher (37) celebrates his goal against the Edmonton Oilers with  Bowen Byram (4) during the third period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Western Conference finals, Saturday, June 4, 2022, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
((Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP))McDavid opened the scoring 38 seconds into the game, beating Francouz to the far side with a wrist shot.RANGERS BEAT LIGHTNING 3-2 IN GAME 2 FOR 2-0 SERIES LEADEdmonton then killed a five-minute penalty on Evander Kane for boarding Nazim Kadri just 28 seconds after McDavid’s goal, and stopped the Avalanche power play again midway through the period after Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse was called for shooting the puck over the glass. Kadri was injured on Kane’s hit and didn’t return.
Colorado Avalanche goalie Pavel Francouz (39) is crashed into by Edmonton Oilers’ Ryan McLeod (71) as Avalanche center Nico Sturm (78) defends during the second period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Western Conference finals, Saturday, June 4, 2022, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
((Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP))Nichushkin scored on two fortunate deflections to give Colorado the lead. He tied it with 3:48 left in the first period when his centering pass deflected in off Nurse. Then at 4:37 of the second, Nichushkin controlled a deflection off a shot from the point that hit teammate Nathan MacKinnon and fired a wrist shot through Bouchard’s legs and past the screened Smith.CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COMColorado killed off MacKinnon’s tripping penalty late in the second, and Edmonton stopped the Avalanche’s power play again early in the third with Draisaitl off for high-sticking.Only four NHL teams have ever come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a seven-game series. The Los Angeles Kings were the last to accomplish the feat in the first round of the 2014 playoffs against San Jose.

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