NHL Playoffs: Avalanche blowout Lightning 7-0 in Game 2
The NHL Playoffs witnessed one of the most dominant performances by a team to date as the Colorado Avalanche obliterated the Tampa Bay Lightning.
This was the second straight poor start for Tampa as Colorado dominated from the drop of the puck. There was no allowing the Lightning off the mat as they did in Game 1 to force overtime, just a full 60 minutes of full-speed Avalanche hockey leading to a 7-0 victory on Saturday night.
“It’s certainly the fastest team that we’ve played, so we have to find a way to slow them down,” Lightning captain Steven Stamkos said. “Let’s man up and then turn the page.”
Colorado now has a 2-0 series lead as the scene shifts to Amalie Arena for Monday’s Game 3.
NHL Playoffs: Avalanche 7 vs Lightning 0
Fans of the Denver Broncos in attendance at the Avalanche game last night enjoyed a touchdown and a successful extra point.
Colorado goaltender Darcy Kuemper barely broke a sweat en route to a 17 save shutout in Game 2.
He was buoyed early and often by the highly skilled skaters that fill the Avs lineup. Cale Makar and Valeri Nichushkin each scored twice. Andre Burakovsky, who won Game 1 in OT added a goal and an assist.
Trade Deadline acquisition Josh Manson recorded a goal. Darren Helm rounded out the scoring with Mikko Rantanen picking up three helpers.
“I thought our guys played hard right from the drop off the puck,” Avs head coach Jared Bender said. “Highly committed on the defensive side of things. Dangerous offensively. We were tenacious on pucks, relentless puck pursuit. And that was throughout our entire lineup.”
On the losing side, Andrei Vasilevskiy was under siege and allowed 7 goals on 30 shots. Tampa’s defense was porous all night giving up odd man rushes and failing to take the man out in front.
“We left him out to dry tonight,” Stamkos said. “We owe it to him to have a better game next game.”
Despite the romp, it wasn’t all good news for the Colorado Avalanche as Burakovsky left the game in the second period after getting hit on the hand with the puck. There was no update after the game with coach Bednar stating he’s still under evaluation.
Injured forward Andrew Cogliano did return for the Avs. Nazem Kadri is working his way back.