2022 Stanley Cup Final – Game 3 Review: Colorado Avalanche at Tampa Bay Lightning

In-Game
* Colorado has scored nine consecutive goals dating to the overtime winner by Andre Burakovsky in Game 1. The Avalanche became the ninth team in NHL history to score nine straight goals in a Stanley Cup Final and first since the 1991 Penguins (9 G from Game 5-6 vs. MNS) – the only clubs with a longer run of consecutive tallies in the championship series are the 1922 Toronto St. Patricks (11 G from Game 4-5 vs. VMI) and 1955 Red Wings (10 G from Game 1-2 vs. MTL). 

Gabriel Landeskog (10) became the second Avalanche player with a double-digit goal total this postseason, joining Nathan MacKinnon (11). It marked the third playoff year where multiple Colorado players had 10 or more goals, following 2001 (Joe Sakic Chris Drury) and 1996 (Sakic, Peter Forsberg Valeri Kamensky).

Anthony Cirelli pulled the Lightning even with his second career Stanley Cup Final goal. His first was in Game 2 of the 2021 Final.

Ondrej Palat scored his 10th goal of the postseason, the second time in his NHL career he has accomplished the feat (11 in 2020). The only active player with more playoff years with 10+ goals is Evgeni Malkin (10 in 2008, 14 in 2009 & 10 in 2017).

Ondrej Palat extended his home point streak to nine games, the longest in franchise playoff history. Of note: Brayden Point had a point in nine straight games when the Lightning were designated as the home team while playing in the neutral-site bubbles in Toronto and Edmonton in 2020.

* The Lightning have their first lead of the Stanley Cup Final. Colorado never trailed for the first 136:17 of the championship series.

Cale Makar’s assist in the first period was the 300th point by an Avalanche defenseman in 2021-22 (62 in playoffs, 238 in regular season). They are the 11th team in NHL history to have defensemen contribute at least 300 points during the regular season and playoffs combined and first since the 1993-94 Rangers had 307 (66 in playoffs, 241 in regular season).

* The Lightning are 6-1 during the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs when leading at the first intermission.

Nicholas Paul, one of five players in the Lightning lineup looking for his first Stanley Cup (also Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Brian Elliott, Brandon Hagel & Riley Nash), put Tampa Bay up 3-1. The Lightning have scored three straight goals after Colorado tallied nine consecutive times.

Gabriel Landeskog cut the Avalanche’s deficit to 3-2 with his second goal of the night. There have been 39 hat tricks scored in the Stanley Cup Final, with the last coming more than 26 years ago by Avalanche forward Peter Forsberg in Game 2 of the 1996 Final against Florida.

Gabriel Landeskog scored Colorado’s 18th power-play goal in the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs and tied New York for the most among all teams this postseason.

Cale Makar and Mikko Rantanen reached 19 assists this postseason, passing PeterForsberg (18 in 2002) and tying Peter Stastny (19 in 1985 w/ QUE) for the most in one postseason in Avalanche/Nordiques franchise history.

Cale Makar became the fifth defenseman in NHL history to record at least 26 points in a single postseason. Of note: Miro Heiskanen recorded 0-4—4 of his 6-20—26 during the Stanley Cup Qualifiers (3 GP) in 2020.

* Cale Makar‘s 26 points trail only Joe Sakic (34 in 1996) and Peter Forsberg (27 in 2002) for the most in one playoff year in Avalanche/Nordiques franchise history.

Mikko Rantanen (0-2—2) recorded his sixth multi-assist game of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the most in a single postseason in Avalanche/Nordiques franchise history.

* Mikko Rantanen (0-2—2) recorded his eighth multi-point game of 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The only Avalanche/Nordiques players with more in a postseason are Joe Sakic (10x in 1996) and Peter Forsberg (9x in 2002).

* Mikko Rantanen (0-2—2) recorded his 25th career multi-point game in the postseason and tied Peter Stastny (25) for the third most in Avalanche/Nordiques franchise history, behind only Joe Sakic (54) and Peter Forsberg (45).

Steven Stamkos (1-1—2) recorded his 25th career multi-point game in the postseason and surpassed Martin St. Louis (24) for sole possession of second most in Lightning history, behind only Nikita Kucherov (44).

Gabriel Landeskog, Ondrej Palat and Steven Stamkos became the seventh, eighth and ninth 10-goal scorers this postseason. The 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs mark the second postseason in NHL history to feature nine players with a double-digit goal total, following 1991 (9).

Nikita Kucherov boosted his 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs totals to 7-18—25 (20 GP). He became the fourth player in NHL history to record 25-plus points in three consecutive postseasons, joining Wayne Gretzky (1983-85), Mike Bossy (1981-83) and Bryan Trottier (1980-82).

Nikita Kucherov recorded his 44th career multi-point game in the playoffs. He passed Nicklas Lidstrom (43) and moved into a tie with Gordie Howe and Mike Bossy on the NHL’s all-time list.

Corey Perry became the first player in NHL history to score a goal in the Stanley Cup Final with four different franchises (also ANA: 2 G, DAL: 3 G & MTL: 1 G).

* This is the fifth time in Stanley Cup Final history – and third time in the NHL’s modern era (since 1943-44) – that each of the first three games has had 7+ goals. The other instances: 198119801932 and 1918.

* The Lightning became the third team in Stanley Cup Final history to score six goals after allowing seven-plus in their previous contest, joining the 1980 Islanders (8-3 L in Game 2 & 6-2 W in Game 3) and 1973 Canadiens (8-7 L in Game 5 & 6-4 W in Game 6). Tampa Bay can become the first club in Final history to score seven goals immediately after allowing seven or more.

Nikita Kucherov recorded his seventh career multi-point game in the Stanley Cup Final, passing Sidney Crosby and Patrick Kane (both w/ 6) for the most among active players. Victor Hedman has his sixth career game with multiple points during the championship series – he passed Bobby Orr (5) and tied Larry Murphy for fourth place in NHL history among defensemen. The only blueliners with more multi-point games in the Final are Paul Coffey (8), Denis Potvin (7) and Doug Harvey (7).

* The 6-2 goal today was the 22nd this series, the most through three games played in a Stanley Cup Final in 40 years – the Islanders (15) and Canucks (9) combined for 24 through three contests in 1982.

Post-Game
* The Lightning became the 25th team in NHL history to win Game 3 after facing a 2-0 series deficit in a best-of-seven Stanley Cup Final and first since the 2017 Predators. Thirteen of the 24 previous clubs also went on to win Game 4 (54.2%).

* Tampa Bay’s win guaranteed that there won’t be a sweep in the Stanley Cup Final for a 23rd consecutive season, extending the longest such stretch in NHL history. 

Andrei Vasilevskiy earned his 10th career win in the Stanley Cup Final and became the seventh goaltender in the NHL’s expansion era (since 1967-68) to record a double-digit win total in the championship series. The others: Ken Dryden (24), Patrick Roy (18), Martin Brodeur (17), Billy Smith (17), Grant Fuhr (14) and Chris Osgood (11).

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