Sports · June 23, 2022

Game preview 4: Colorado try to regroup against Tampa Bay

After scoring 18 points in 59 games with Ottawa, Paul has scored 14 in 21 regular season games with the Lightning. In the first round against Toronto, Paul scored Tampa Bay’s only two goals in Game 7 to oust his hometown team.

“Trust,” said Paul, when asked what he noticed when he arrived. “And just being able to do it no matter what it takes.”

Clinging to the vague nomenclature that accompanies playoff injuries – dysentery, for example, could be classified simply as a lower body disorder – Paul said he felt “tingling” after a push from Avalanche defender Josh Manson. he’s sent for a career in his “funny bone”, which is quite the understatement for his right knee. The spreading sensation made the act of skating less of an inconvenience than an extravagance. But it dropped enough for him, in his first round return, to catch a pass from Ross Colton in the 86-second slot in the second period and unleash a shot past Colorado goalkeeper Darcy Kuemper.

“You see some comedies starting to go your way and suddenly you put your feet under you,” Stamkos said. “It’s almost like you feel lighter out there.”

Two more Lightning goals followed over the next 10 minutes or so, banishing Kuemper to the bench, and now it’s Colorado’s turn to falter, rest and recalibrate. This Avalanche team, in a sense, evokes the nascent Lightning, loaded with speed and skill but lacking, for the moment, the validation of a championship.

Last postseason, after drawing for the most points in the NHL, Colorado won their first two games of the second round against Vegas by a 10-3 margin. He then lost the next four. In the first two games of these finals, Colorado beat Tampa Bay 11-3. Now, with their aura of pierced invincibility and an unstable situation of the goalkeeper heading towards Game 4 on Wednesday night, Avalanche will try to avoid such a meltdown.

“We will come back,” said Captain Avalanche, Gabriel Landeskog, “and we will be fine”.

it may be Maybe not. Rangers, having expressed the same conviction during the Eastern Conference Finals, have scored all five goals and lost four in a row. The Avalanche are a more powerful opponent, but the Lightning remain the same as ever. Champions once, twice and, apart from an unsightly staggering, with their dynastic aspirations true and intact.