DENVER — The Colorado Avalanche continue their push for their first Stanley Cup in 21 years in Game 2 Saturday at Ball Arena.
The Avs won 4-3 in overtime over Tampa Bay Wednesday to open the series, as Andre Burakovsky scored 1:23 in overtime to seal the win, pushing Colorado to 13-2 so far in the playoffs.
Below, we'll be posting live updates from the game and from our reporters across Ball Arena and Denver as the Avs try to win the second of four they'll need to again bring home the Stanley Cup. (All times Mountain. Refresh the page for the latest updates.)
And that’s a wrap! The Avalanche will head to Tampa with a 2-0 series lead after blowing out the Lightning 7-0 Saturday in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final. The Avs are 14-2 in the playoffs and are undefeated on the road.
The Avs are back at full strength. Still not much working for the Bolts. 2 minutes to go.
Tampa Bay gets a two-minute power play after a scrum between the two teams. The Avs have doubled Tampa Bay’s shot total.
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TACO'S IN DENVER! Cale Makar scores his second of the night, on the power play, to make it 7-0 Avalanche.
Ondrej Palat with a crosschecking penalty on Cale Makar in front of the goal, Avs will hit the power play again.
CALE MAKAR WITH THE SHORTHANDED GOAL! 6-0 AVS! Nothing going for Tampa Bay for the rest of the power play.
Tampa Bay heads to the power play after a tripping penalty by Rantanen on Stamkos. Lightning are 0 for their last 12 on power play.
And we head to the locker rooms for the second intermission with the Avs leading 5-0. And it hasn't been close. Colorado has outshot Tampa Bay 23-12 and has nine takeaways, compared to three for the Bolts.
And the Lightning's Corey Perry takes a two-minute unsportsmanlike misconduct penalty and a two-minute roughing penalty while J.T. Compher gets a two-minute hooking penalty. The Avs hit the power play as we near the end of the second period. 1:52 left.
MAKE IT 5-0! Darren Helm can still score in his 15th year!
Val almost had a had trick! Avs still lead 4-0 with 4 minutes left in the second period.
Making it 4-0 @Avalanche in Game 2, Valeri Nichushkin joins Rod Brind'Amour (1997 with PHI), Joe Sakic (2001 w/COL), Jeff Friesen (2003 w/NJD) & Jake Guentzel (2017 w/PIT) as the only players in the last 25 seasons (1996-97 to pres) with 3+ goals in the first 2 gms of a SC Final pic.twitter.com/95BYfkfxNs— StatsCentre (@StatsCentre) June 19, 2022
The Avalanche kill off the power play as the Lightning got another three shots on goal, all stopped by Kuemper. The Avs lead 4-0 with 11:41 left in the second period.
Jack Johnson gets called for hooking. The Lightning will hit the two-minute power play.
Nichushkin sends another one home as Mikko Rantanen sends a turnover behind the Lightning goal up his way. 4-0 Avs with 14:44 left in the second period.
Josh Manson hit the post!! Avs still lead in shots 13-5.
And we're back underway for the second period. Also, check who's back in town supporting his team........👀
After the first period, the Avs lead 3-0 with goals from Nichushkin, Manson, and Burakovsky. The Avalanche are outshooting the Lightning 11-5.
Burakovsky misses on a breakaway, as Vasilevskiy gets the tip of his blocker on the puck. The Lightning are starting to get chippy as they get ready to head to the locker room down by three goals after the.
Both teams are back at full strength with less than 2 minutes left in the first period. Avs lead 3-0.
We get 4-on-4 hockey after penalties on Corey Perry and Darcy Kuemper after Perry's stick got stuck in Kuemper's pad.
After Gabriel Landeskog narrowly misses a goal on a beauty of a pass from Nathan MacKinnon, Andre Burakovsky scores to put the Avs up 3-0 with 6 minutes left in the first period. Assisted by Devon Toews and Mikko Rantanen.
Nothing working on the power play that go-around. Avs lead 2-0 with 9:16 left in the first.
Colorado will get ANOTHER power play after a delay of game penalty by Tampa Bay for shooting the puck into the stands. Can they make it three?!
And make it two! Josh Manson scores his third goal of the playoffs on a 2-on-1 off a defensive play, beating Valeri Nichushkin blocker side. 2-0 Avs.
GOAL!!!! The Avs take a 1-0 lead toward the end of the power play on a goal by Valeri Nichushkin, assisted by Andre Burakovsky and Alex Newhook.
The Avs catch an early power play after a roughing penalty on Tampa Bay's Ryan McDonagh.
Puck drop is nearly here! Here's your lineup for the Avs tonight.
From our sister station in Tampa:
Bucs’ center Ryan Jensen is a Colorado-native and grew up a Denver sports fan.— Kyle Burger (@kyle_burger) June 19, 2022
But after living in Tampa, his father-in-law stitched together this custom Lightning/Avs jersey just today for Game 2. #GoBolts #StanleyCup #GoAvsGo #GoBucs pic.twitter.com/Hx69j3q1d6
Let's take a look inside Ball Arena...
Tivoli Quad is rocking tonight even with a little rain! Auraria Campus says it is monitoring people leaving, but the quad is currently at capacity! Pregame coverage on Denver7 starts now. You can watch live on the Denver7+ app and watch the game live on Denver7.