With 30 of the 32 NHL teams no longer playing hockey, we are beginning to enter the most exciting months of the year in terms of NHL news. Free agent rumours are in full swing, coaches are being hired and management teams are preparing for the NHL entry draft.
That said, there has only been three games played in the Stanley Cup Final. After a dominant game two victory, the Avalanche looked to be on the verge of their third championship, but the Lightning showed up for the first time this series in game three.
After dropping the first two games in Colorado, the Tampa Bay Lightning answered back with a statement win of their own 6-2 on Monday night. Andrei Vasilevskiy led the way for Tampa, stopping 37 of the 39 shots he faced to bring them their first win of the series.
It wasn’t all good for Tampa on Monday. Late in the third period, star forward Nikita Kucherov was taken hard into the boards by a Devon Toews cross-check and forced out of the game. Despite leaving early, Kucherov joined Wayne Gretzky, Mike Bossy and Bryan Trottier as the only players to score 25+ points in three consecutive post-seasons.
Nazem Kadri, who has been out since game three of the Western Conference …
Author: Scott Ony / The Leafs Nation