Stanley Cup: Avalanche For Seven Goals on Lightning for 2–0 Lead

Stanley Cup: Avalanche For Seven Goals on Lightning for 2–0 Lead

DENVER (AP) — What emerged from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night wasn’t their championship pedigree or vaunted ability to bounce back but frayed nerves and maybe a realization that the Colorado Avalanche are coming swiftly for their crown.

Outmuscled. outthustled. Out-tussled.

Andrei Vasilevskiy and the two-time reigning Stanley Cup champions were thumped 7-0 by the Avalanche, losing not only the game but their cool and their mojo in the process.

This marked just the second time in Vasilevskiy’s 465-game NHL career that he allowed that many goals in a game.

Captain Steven Stamkos was hollering and angling for a fight with the Lightning down 3-0 in the first period. Corey Perry went to the penalty box at the end of the second with Tampa Bay trailing 5-0 after getting into a quarrel in the Colorado crease with JT Compher.

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