Stanley Cup Closing: Avalanche dominate Lightning in Game 2, bewitch 2-0 assortment lead

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Stanley Cup Final: Avalanche dominate Lightning in Game 2, take 2-0 series lead

Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon, proven March 15, 2018, recorded an abet within the Game 2 bewitch over the Tampa Bay Lightning. File Photo by Invoice Greenblatt/UPI | License Photo

June 18 (UPI) — The Colorado Avalanche beaten the defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning 7-0 in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Closing on Saturday night at Ball Enviornment in Denver.

With the dominant shutout victory, the Avs took a 2-0 lead within the finest-of-seven assortment. In doing so, Colorado became the fifth group in NHL historical previous — and the predominant for the reason that 1976 Montreal Canadiens — to bewitch a 2-0 lead within the Closing against the defending Cup winners.

Three of the old four teams to enact that feat went on to hoist the Cup. Game 3 is determined for Monday night in Tampa.

The Lightning shrugged off their 4-3 time previous law loss to the Avs in Game 1 of the assortment, insisting they could soar reduction at the reduction of big title goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy and their high-powered offense led by captain Steven Stamkos.

As yet any other, the Lightning conceded three dreams all over the opening duration, becoming graceful the third group ever to enable three or extra first-duration dreams within the predominant two games of a Stanley Cup Closing.

Avalanche forward Valeri Nichushkin persevered his crimson-scorching play this postseason with a energy-play aim graceful 2: 54 into the predominant duration. Josh Manson and Andre Burakovsky every added dreams later within the duration to offer Colorado paunchy adjust.

Nichushkin scored again within the 2nd to lengthen the Avs’ lead to 4-0. Near the end of the 2nd physique, ancient forward Darren Helm notched his 2nd aim of the playoffs to develop Colorado’s profit.

Avalanche big title defenseman Cale Makar’s quick-handed aim early within the final duration made it 6-0. He later added a energy-play aim — assisted by big title center Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen — because the Avs improved their league-most productive dwelling sage to 58-8-5 of their previous 71 games at Ball Enviornment, including the postseason.

It marked graceful the 2nd time in Vasilevskiy’s 465-sport NHL career that he allowed seven dreams in a single sport.

The Lightning comprise yet to beat the Avalanche this season, dropping twice within the regular season in Denver and twice this postseason.