Stanley Cup Final 2022: Avalanche’s Andre Burakovsky scores game-winner in thrilling opener vs Lightning

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Colorado Avalanche left winger Andre Burakovsky capitalized on a turnover in the neutral zone early in overtime and got a shot past Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy to win Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final 4-3 on Wednesday night.It was his second goal of the postseason and gave Colorado a 1-0 lead in the series.CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COMColorado and Tampa Bay treated fans at the Ball Arena in Denver to a riveting first game of the series.
The Colorado Avalanche celebrate after an overtime goal by Andre Burakovsky in Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, in Denver.
(AP Photo/John Locher)The Avalanche jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first period, starting with a goal from Gabriel Landeskog and less than two minutes later Valeri Nichushkin got another one on the board. It appeared Colorado had caught Vasilevskiy off guard to start the game.Lightning winger Nick Paul would cut the lead in half at the 12:26 mark with his fourth goal of the postseason. His score came on assists from Victor Hedman and Brayden Point. But it wouldn’t be long before Colorado got one back. It would be Artturi Lehkonen’s doing, and it gave the Avalanche a 3-1 lead heading into the intermission.STANLEY CUP FINAL 2022 PREVIEW: LIGHTNING LOOK TO MAKE HISTORY WITH THREE-PEAT, AVALANCHE SEEK TO END DROUGHTTampa Bay would come back in a big way in the second period.Ondrej Palat scored his ninth goal of the postseason at the 12:51 mark and Mikhail Sergachev would put the equalizer past Avalanche goaltender Darcy Kuemper to tie the game.
Colorado Avalanche left wing J.T. Compher, left, celebrates next to Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy, right, after an overtime goal by Andre Burakovsky in Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, in Denver.
(AP Photo/John Locher)Both teams would go scoreless in the third period leading to Burakovsky’s game-winner in the extra session on a missed shot from J.T. Compher and a pass from Valeri Nichushkin.The last time the Avalanche were in the Stanley Cup Final was in 2001 and they defeated the New Jersey Devils in Game 1 as well. It will be a bit of a tougher challenge because the Lightning are coming into the series as the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions.Tampa Bay lost their first two games of the Eastern Conference Final on the road before bouncing back to win.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPGame 2 is set for Saturday at 8 p.m. ET. Ryan Gaydos is the sports editor for Fox News and Fox Business. Story tips can be sent to

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