Burakovsky's OT Goal Gives Avs A 4-3 Win In The Stanley Cup Final Opener

2022 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game One

Colorado Avalanche forward Andre Burakovsky (95) scores the game-winning goal in the Avs 4-3 overtime win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in game one of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday, June 15 at Ball Arena in Denver. (Photo: Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)Photo: Getty Images

It always seems to be someone different to come through for the Colorado Avalanche.

Game one of the Stanley Cup Final was no different.

Andre Burakovsky buried a shot past Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy 1:23 into overtime to give the Avalanche a 4-3 win and a 1-0 lead in the Final.

Burakovsky scored 22 goals during the regular season but had only one in the first 14 games of the postseason. He picked a terrific time for number two.

J.T. Compher created a turnover in the neutral zone, skated in but had his shot blocked. Nichushkin jumped on the rebound to Comper's left, slid the puck to his right to Burakovsky, who ripped it past an out-of-position Burakovsky for the game-winner.

The Avs came out firing to start the game. Gabriel Landeskog opened the scoring for the Avs 7:47 into the game. One minute, 36 seconds later, Valeri Nichushkin made it 2-0 Avs.

After a Lightning goal by Nicholas Paul, Arturri Lehkonen tipped home a goal with the Avs on a 5-on-3 advantage and the Avs had a 3-1 lead at the first intermission.

The Lightning scored two goals in 48 seconds of the second period to get the game tied 3-3.

Colorado is now 13-2 in the playoffs, 6-2 at home.


Game two of the Stanley Cup Final will be Saturday, June 18 at 6 p.m.

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