Colorado Avalanche

The Tampa Bay Lightning and Colorado Avalanche met Wednesday night for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final and it was a thrilling affair, with the Avalanche winning 4-3 in overtime. The Lightning have their sights set on a three-peat, which would be the first time a team has won three consecutive NHL championships since the New York Islanders won four straight from 1980 to ’83. Tampa Bay showed resolve in the Eastern Conference finals, rebounding from a 0-2 hole against the New York Rangers to win the series in six games. The Lightning had to show more perseverance in Game 1 as they faced a 3-1 deficit after the first period. Despite Colorado’s fast start, Tampa Bay found its groove as the game progressed. It tied the game in the second by scoring two goals in 48 seconds. The third period went by without any goals, but shortly into overtime Andre Burakovsky scored the game-winner for the Avalanche. It’s the first career playoff overtime goal for Burakovsky, and very good news for Colorado: Game 1 overtime winners are 14-4 in Stanley Cup history.