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2022 Stanley Cup Final: Avalanche take 3-1 series lead with Game 4 OT win in Tampa

The Colorado Avalanche took a 3-1 lead in the 2022 Stanley Cup Final with a 3-2 overtime win in a pivotal Game 4 in Tampa on Wednesday. After dropping their first game on the road this series, the Avalanche now head home with a chance to clinch their first title since 2001.

Colorado’s Nazem Kadri, playing in his first game since being sidelined with a thumb injury during Game 3 of the Western Conference final, scored the game winner at 12:02 in OT.

The Lightning opened scoring just 36 seconds into the game as Anthony Cirelli found the net. That would be the only goal of the first period.

Colorado finally answered with a power-play goal by Nathan MacKinnon — his first goal of the series — at 5:17 in the second period. Tampa Bay was quick to get back on the board, however, with Victor Hedman scoring at 10:42 to make it 2-1. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy had a monster second period in the effort, logging 15 saves.

Nico Sturm tied it up for Colorado at 17:07 in the third period. The score held at 2-2 for the rest of the frame, sending the game to overtime.

Kadri’s OT goal required a replay review after officials appeared unsure if it went in. Video showed the puck bounce off Vasilevskiy and hit the back of the net.

The Avalanche are now 5-1 in overtime this postseason, including a win in Game 1 of this series. Wednesday’s close contest deviated from the last two games, where the Avalanche and Lightning each logged a blowout win.

Game 5 is back in Colorado on Friday at 8 p.m. ET.

This story will be updated.

(Photo: Isaiah J. Downing / USA Today)

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