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Game 2 of the 2022 Stanley Cup Final is Saturday night. The Avalanche have a chance to take a 2-0 lead in the series over the Lightning.

Andre Burakovsky sent Colorado home happy in Game 1 with his overtime winner, lifting the Avs to a 4-3 victory.

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June 16, 2022

It was the 27-year-old Austrian’s first goal since the first round of the playoffs, and it could not have come at a better time. The tally halted the Lightning’s comeback attempt; Tampa Bay had knotted the score in the second period after falling behind 3-1 in the first.

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Colorado improved to 4-1 in overtime games this postseason with the victory. The only loss came in Game 5 of the second-round series vs. the Blues.

The Lightning have lost back-to-back games just once in the last three postseasons. The two defeats in a row came last round against the Rangers, when New York opened the series with a 2-0 lead before Tampa Bay ripped off four in a row. The Lightning are aiming to avoid having to clear that obstacle again.

SCF PREVIEW, PREDICTION: Lightning vs. Avalanche

The Sporting News will provide live updates and highlights from Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final (all times Eastern).

Avalanche vs. Lightning score

Game 2
P1
P2
P3
OT
F
Lightning
0
0
0
0
0
Avalanche
3
0
0
0
0

Avalanche vs. Lightning live updates, highlights from 2022 Stanley Cup Final

2nd Period

9:25 p.m.: First power play of the night for the Lightning upcoming. Jack Johnson is called for hooking Anthony Cirelli. It’s a chance for Tampa Bay to find some life here.

9:23 p.m.: GOAL! Horrible turnover by the Lightning behind their own net and Nichushkin puts it in the back of the net. Ondrej Palat passed it right to Rantanen who found Nichushkin in front for the one-time goal.

9:19 p.m.: Less than three minutes into the 2nd period and Manson rings the iron off the faceoff. Vasilevskiy never saw the shot. Tampa Bay is struggling in a lot of areas tonight.

1st Period: Avalanche 3, Lightning 0

8:53 p.m.: The first 20 minutes conclude with Burakovsky almost making it 4-0 on a breakaway, but nice blocker save by Vasilevskiy. An absolutely dominant performance in the first by Colorado. Tampa Bay’s only sign of life has come from a couple of scrums out of frustration. The Lightning enter the first intermission down multiple goals for the second game in a row.

8:47 p.m.: Corey Perry gets dangled up with Darcy Kuemper in the crease and gives him a shove as his stick gets stuck in pads. Kuemper didn’t seem to engage, but they both will get penalized. 4 on 4 hockey for two minutes.

8:44 p.m.: GOAL! The Avs score on the rush yet again. Burakovsky buries the rebound attempt from the shot by Rantanen. 3-0 Colorado with just over six minutes left in the first period. Ball Arena is LOUD.

8:43 p.m.: Another close chance generated by MacKinnon. Sensational spin move to find the stick of Gabriel Landeskog, but he can’t finish. Horrible defending by Sergachev who doesn’t engage with Landeskog or even has his stick on the ice.

8:40 p.m.: The Avs are dominating yet again. They don’t allow the Lightning to get settled and are so quick in the transition game.

8:37 p.m.: Sergachev is out of the box. No shots on goal on the power play, but Nathan MacKinnon nearly made it 3-0, whiffing on a backdoor tip-in attempt.

8:34 p.m.: Avs are going back on the power play as Mikhail Sergachev is called for delay of game. He rushes the clearing attempt and it goes over the glass.

8:31 p.m.: GOAL! Josh Manson jumps up into the play and rips one by Andrei Vasilevskiy on the blocker side. It’s all Colorado right now, Tampa Bay has no answer for their speed. 2-0 Avs less than eight minutes into the first.

8:22 p.m.: GOAL! Valeri Nichushkin capitalizes on the power play to give the Avs an early 1-0 lead. An excellent feed from Andre Burakovsky sets up Nichushkin for the tip in front of the net. Great start for Colorado. The penalty kill continues to struggle as of late for Tampa Bay.

8:19 p.m.: Just 1:01 in and Colorado goes to the power play. Ryan McDonagh is whistled for roughing J.T. Compher. The Avs were 1-for-3 in Game 1 on the man advantage.

Pregame

7:56 p.m.: After participating in warmups, Cogliano is in. Nicolas Aube-Kubel will sit for Colorado. Here’s a look at how both teams line up ahead of Game 2.

7:00 p.m.: Nazem Kadri won’t be back for Game 2, but it’s possible that Andrew Cogliano inserts into the Colorado lineup. He had surgery on a finger that he injured during the conference finals and missed Game 1 against Tampa Bay.

How to watch the 2022 Stanley Cup Final

Date: Saturday, June 18
TV channels: ABC (U.S.) | Sportsnet (Canada)
Live streaming: fuboTV | ESPN+ (U.S.) | SN Now (Canada)

Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Avalanche and the Lightning will be broadcast on ABC in the United States and Sportsnet in Canada.

The game can be live streamed on ESPN+ or fuboTV in the United States, and SN Now in Canada.

Avalanche vs. Lightning start time Game 2

Date: Saturday, June 18
Time: 8 p.m. ET

Tampa Bay and Colorado go head-to-head in Game 2 on Saturday, June 18. Puck drop will be shortly after 8 p.m. ET at Ball Arena in Denver.

Stanley Cup Final schedule 2022

Date
Game
Matchup/result
Time (ET)/Series
National TV
Wed., June 15
Game 1
Avalanche 4, Lightning 3 (OT)
Avalanche 1-0
ABC
Sat., June 18
Game 2
Lightning at Avalanche
8 p.m.
ABC
Mon., June 20
Game 3
Avalanche at Lightning
8 p.m.
ABC
Wed., June 22
Game 4
Avalanche at Lightning
8 p.m.
ABC
Fri., June 24
Game 5*
Lightning at Avalanche
8 p.m.
ABC
Sun., June 26
Game 6*
Avalanche at Lightning
8 p.m.
ABC
Tue., June 28
Game 7*
Lightning at Avalanche
8 p.m.
ABC

* If necessary.

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