2022 Stanley Cup Final | Game 4 Review – Colorado Avalanche at Tampa Bay Lightning

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Game 4 Trends 

* Teams with a 2-1 lead in a best-of-seven hold an all-time series record of 373-165 (.693), including a 4-7 (.364) clip in 2022 and a 43-11 (.796) mark in the Stanley Cup Final.

* Teams with a 3-1 lead in a best-of-seven hold an all-time series record of 298-31 (.906), including a 2-1 (.667) clip in 2022 and a 35-1 (.972) mark in the Stanley Cup Final.

* There have been 285 best-of-seven series in NHL history that were tied 2-2 after four games, including eight in 2022 and 26 in the Stanley Cup Final. The winner of Game 5 in that scenario holds an all-time series record of 224-61 (.786), including a 5-3 (.625) clip in 2022 and 19-7 (.731) mark in the Stanley Cup Final.

* The Lightning will try to become the 14th team in NHL history to even a best-of-seven Final at 2-2 after losing the first two games. The Lightning would be the third defending champions to accomplish the feat, following the 1966 Canadiens and 1962 Black Hawks.

* Teams with a 2-0 lead in a best-of-seven hold an all-time series record of 341-54 (.863), including a 47-5 (.904) clip in the Stanley Cup Final. The five teams to win a Cup after overcoming a 2-0 series deficit in a best-of-seven Final are the 2011 Bruins, 2009 Penguins, 1971 Canadiens, 1966 Canadiens and 1942 Maple Leafs. The 1942 Maple Leafs are the only club to claim a championship after rallying from a 3-0 series deficit in the Final. 
 

Colorado
Game 4 record in best-of-seven: 29-20 (.592) overall, 20-10 (.667) on road
Game 4 record in Stanley Cup Final: 1-1 (.500), both on road
Leading 2-0 in best-of-seven: 16-4 (.800) overall, 13-3 (.813) starting at home; 2-0 in 2022
Leading 2-1 in best-of-seven: 15-8 (.652) overall, 11-5 (.688) starting at home; 1-0 in 2022
Leading 3-1 in best-of-seven: 12-2 (.857) overall, 9-2 (.818) starting at home; 1-0 in 2022
Tied 2-2 in best-of-seven: 11-11 (.500) overall, 6-5 (.545) starting at home

Tampa Bay
Game 4 record in best-of-seven: 22-13 (.629) overall, 8-7 (.533) at home
Game 4 record in Stanley Cup Final: 2-2 (.500) overall, have yet to play at home
Trailing 2-0 in best-of-seven: 2-4 (.333) overall, 1-1 (.500) starting on road; 1-0 in 2022
Trailing 2-1 in best-of-seven: 6-5 (.545) overall, 3-4 (.429) starting on road; 2-0 in 2022
Tied 2-2 in best-of-seven: 8-6 (.571) overall, 3-4 (.429) starting on road; 2-0 in 2022
Trailing 3-1 in best-of-seven: 1-2 (.333) overall, 1-2 (.333) starting on road 


Goals Galore 

* There have been 549 goals scored this postseason, the sixth-most in a four-round playoff year in NHL history and highest count in 29 years (581 in 1993).
 

* There have been at least seven goals scored in each of the first three games of the Final. Only two championship series in NHL history saw that happen in each of the first four contests: 1980 and 1918


* The NHL record for most combined goals through four games in a Stanley Cup Final is 36, seen in 1981 between the Islanders (21) and North Stars (15) and 1918 between the Vancouver Millionaires (20) of the PCHA and Toronto Arenas (16). 

* Four goals in Game 4 by the Avalanche (13 goals in 3 GP) would make them the highest-scoring team through four contests in a Stanley Cup Final in 34 years. The 1988 Oilers completed a sweep of the Bruins by outscoring them 18-9 in the four completed contests.

* The Avalanche can become the 10th team in NHL history to score first in each of the first four games of the Stanley Cup Final. The 2016 Penguins (4 GP vs. SJS) are the only club to do so in the past 23 years. The record is six games, by the 1987 Oilers (vs. PHI) and 1975 Flyers (vs. BUF). 

As Series Progress, So Too Do Lightning 

* The Lightning are 10-2 in Games 3 through 7 in the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs, including a perfect 3-0 mark in Game 4s. They posted a 3-5 record in Games 1 and 2. 

Andrei Vasilevskiy enters Wednesday with a 13-4 record, 2.32 goals-against average, .925 save percentage and one shutout in 18 career Game 4s (17 of which have been starts).

In-Game

Mikko Rantanen (4-10—14 in 8 GP) extended his point streak to eight games and now has 0-8—8 in the 2022 Stanley Cup Final. He became the 10th different player in NHL history with eight or more assists in a Final and just the second in the last 30 years, joining Daniel Briere in 2010 (3-9—12 in 6 GP w/ PHI).

Mikko Rantanen (0-8—8 in 4 GP) became the second player in NHL history with eight assists through the first four games in a Stanley Cup Final, joining Wayne Gretzky in 1988 (2-8—10 in 4 GP w/ EDM). Gretzky’s totals include two helpers in the suspended contest on May 24.

Cale Makar (7-20—27 in 18 GP) and Mikko Rantanen (5-20—25 in 18 GP) and recorded their 20th assists of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs and established a new Avalanche/Nordiques franchise record for most in a postseason.
 

Cale Makar’s assist on Colorado’s first goal was the 47th by an Avalanche defenseman this postseason, besting 1996 (46) for the most in one playoff year in franchise history. That equals the fifth-highest total by any team in one year in playoff history.

* Cale Makar’s point on Colorado’s first goal was the 64th by an Avalanche defenseman this postseason, equaling the 1989 Flames for the fourth-most in one playoff year in NHL history, behind only the 1985 Oilers (77), 1994 Rangers (66) and 1981 Islanders (65).

* The Avalanche have scored five consecutive special-team goals dating to Cale Makar’s shorthanded marker at 2:04 in the third period in Game 2. The only team with a longer such streak during a Stanley Cup Final is the Islanders with nine straight during the 1980 championship series (since 1933-34 when goals by type were officially tracked).

Victor Hedman (3-14—17 in 21 GP) put the Lightning up 2-1 and now has 17 career Stanley Cup Final points. He passed Brad Park (7-9—16 in 16 GP) and Stefan Persson (3-13—16 in 18 GP) and moved into a tie with Allan Stanley (4-13—17 in 46 GP) for 11th place on the NHL’s all-time Final points list among defensemen.

Victor Hedman (2020–2022) became the sixth defenseman in NHL history to score at least one Stanley Cup Final goal in three straight seasons, joining Tom Johnson (1952–1955 w/ MTL), Denis Potvin (1980–1982 w/ NYI), Andre Dupont (1974–1976 w/ PHI), Red Kelly (1954–1956 w/ DET) and Gus Mortson (1947–1949 w/ TOR).

Cale Makar became the fifth defenseman in NHL history with 20 assists in a single postseason, joining Paul Coffey (25 in 1985 w/ EDM), Al MacInnis(24 in 1989 w/ CGY), Brian Leetch (23 in 1994 w/ NYR) and Miro Heiskanen (20 in 2020 w/ DAL). Coffey (16 GP in 1985) is the only blueliner among that group to reach 20 helpers in fewer games than Makar (18 GP).

Nathan MacKinnon (40-50—90 in 68 GP) reached 90 career playoff points in 68 games. The only other active player to record 90 career postseason points in 68 games or fewer is fellow Nova Scotian Sidney Crosby (33-57—90 in 66 GP).

Nathan MacKinnon became the third player in franchise history to score 40 playoff goals with the Avalanche/Nordiques, joining Joe Sakic (84 G in 172 GP) and Peter Forsberg (58 in 140 GP). Only seven players in NHL history reached 40 career postseason goals in fewer games than MacKinnon (68 GP): Mario Lemieux (46 GP), Brett Hull (54 GP), Maurice Richard (54 GP), Wayne Gretzky (56 GP), Jari Kurri (58 GP), Mike Bossy (59 GP) and Denis Savard (65 GP).

Cale Makar factored on five straight Avalanche goals, a streak which ended when Andrew Cogliano pulled Colorado even at 2:53 of the third period. Makar became the third defenseman in NHL history to have a point on five consecutive team goals in a Stanley Cup Final, joining Paul Coffey in 1985 (6 G w/ EDM) and Eddie Bush in 1942 (6 G w/ DET).

Overtime


* This is the 96th overtime game in the history of the Stanley Cup Final. Road teams own a 50-42-3 advantage in the 95 prior contests.
 
* This is the 15th Stanley Cup Final in which at least two of the first four games required overtime and first since 2016 (also 2 between PIT and SJS).

* The Lightning own an all-time record of 2-4 in overtime games during the Stanley Cup Final, while the Avalanche are 2-0. Tampa Bay’s wins were during Game 4 in 2020 (OTG: Kevin Shattenkirk) and Game 6 in 2004 (OTG: Martin St. Louis), while its other losses were during Game 4 in 2021Game 5 in 2020 and Game 5 in 2004. In addition to Game 1, Colorado’s other overtime contest was its championship-clinching win in 1996 (Game 4; OTG: Uwe Krupp).

* The Lightning are 23-15 all-time in playoff games which required overtime (1-1 in 2022), including a 9-8 record at home. Colorado is 45-33 (4-1 in 2022), including a 25-14 mark on the road.

* The Lightning (23-15, .605; 4th) and Avalanche (45-33, .577; 6th) both sit among the top six in all-time playoff overtime win percentage. The only teams with a higher such percentage than Tampa Bay are NY Islanders (.645), Anaheim (.615) and Carolina (.614), while Ottawa (.579) sits fifth between the Lightning and Avalanche.

Corey Perry is the only current Lightning player with an overtime goal during the Stanley Cup Final. He had the double-overtime winner against Tampa Bay in Game 5 of the 2020 Final as the Stars staved off elimination.

Corey Perry (TBL) and Andre Burakovsky(COL) are the only players on either roster with an overtime goal in the Final. Only four players in NHL history have multiple career overtime goals in the Stanley Cup Final: Maurice Richard (3), John LeClair (2), Jacques Lemaire (2) and Don Raleigh (2).

* Seven players in the Lightning lineup have at least one overtime goal in the playoffs: Corey Perry (5), Nikita Kucherov (2), Anthony Cirelli (1), Victor Hedman (1), Pat Maroon (1), Ryan McDonagh (1) and Ondrej Palat (1).

* Seven players in the Avalanche lineup have at least one overtime goal in the playoffs: Artturi Lehkonen (2), Nathan MacKinnon (2), Mikko Rantanen (2), Darren Helm (1), Gabriel Landeskog (1), Cale Makar (1) and Josh Manson (1). 

* The only player in NHL history to score an overtime goal in a Stanley Cup Final contest at Tampa is Oleg Saprykin (Game 5 in 2004 w/ CGY).


Post-Game


Nazem Kadri, who returned to the Avalanche lineup Wednesday after missing their last four games, scored the overtime winner to give Colorado a 3-1 series lead.

* Nazem Kadri became the ninth player in NHL history to score an overtime goal in his Stanley Cup Final debut (and first to do so in a contest that wasn’t a Game 1). He joined Andrew Shaw (Game 1 of 2013 SCF w/ CHI), Anze Kopitar (Game 1 of 2012 SCF w/ LAK), Greg Adams (Game 1 of 1994 SCF w/ VAN), Petr Klima (Game 1 of 1990 SCF w/ EDM), Denis Potvin (Game 1 of 1980 SCF w/ NYI), Jacques Lemaire (Game 1 of 1968 SCF w/ MTL), Alf Pike (Game 1 of 1940 SCF w/ NYR) and Dave Trottier (Game 1 of 1935 SCF w/ MMR).

Darcy Kuemper became the first goaltender in NHL history with an overtime assist in a Stanley Cup Final game and the fourth in any playoff contest, following Pekka Rinne (Game 6 of 2016 R2 w/ NSH), Tuukka Rask (Game 4 of 2010 CQF w/ BOS) and Dominik Hasek (Game 3 of 2002 CF w/ DET).

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