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Avalanche bury Lightning 7-0 in Game 2 rout

Jun 18, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) saves the shot attempt by Colorado Avalanche right wing Valeri Nichushkin (13) during the second period in game two of the 2022 Stanley Cup Final at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Cale Makar and Valeri Nichushkin scored two goals each, Darcy Kuemper had 17 saves, and the Colorado Avalanche demolished the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-0 in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final in Denver on Saturday night.

Andre Burakovsky had a goal and an assist, Josh Manson and Darren Helm also scored, Mikko Rantanen had three assists and Alex Newhook had two assists for the Avalanche.

Burakovsky left the game in the second period after getting hit on the hand with the puck.

Colorado leads the series 2-0 with Game 3 set for Tampa Bay on Monday night.

Andre Vasilevskiy allowed all seven goals and turned away 23 shots for the Lightning.

The Avalanche went on the power play just 1:01 into the game when Ryan McDonagh was called for roughing. Tampa Bay nearly killed off the penalty until Burakovsky spotted Nichushkin going to the front of the net, fed him the puck and Nichushkin tipped it by Vasilevskiy at 2:54.

Colorado tacked on two more goals in the first.

Andrew Cogliano, who returned after missing Game 1 with a thumb injury, passed Manson the puck on a 2-on-1 and the defenseman beat Vasilevskiy to the far side at 7:55. It was Manson’s third of the playoffs.

The Avalanche capped their big period when Burakovsky skated down the slot and knocked in a rebound off Rantanen’s wrister at 13:52, his third goal of the postseason.

Nichushkin got his second of the game and eighth of the playoffs at 4:51 of the second period. Rantanen stole the puck from Ondrej Palat along the backboards, hit Nichushkin in the slot, and he one-timed it through Vasilevskiy’s pads to make it 4-0.

Helm padded the lead late in the second period when he skated into the Lightning end and beat Vasilevskiy with a high shot at 16:26. It was his second of the postseason.

Makar put Colorado ahead 6-0 with a short-handed goal at 2:04 of the third and scored a power-play goal at 9:49 — his seventh of the postseason — to complete the rout.

–Field Level Media