2022 Stanley Cup: Ondrej Goal Helps Palata Lightning Survive Avalanche Game

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Tampa Bay Lightning survived to play another day with a victory in the fifth game vs. Colorado Avalanche 3–2.

Ondrej Palat scored the go-ahead with 6:22 left. Palat’s shot missed Avalanche goaltender Darcy Kemper’s glove and hit the net. It was exactly what the Lightning needed to get past Colorado. Tampa Bay is not far behind the entire game, and now sends the series back to the East Coast.

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Ondrej Palat #18 of the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrates a goal in the third period of Game 5 of the 2022 NHL Stanley Cup Final against the Colorado Avalanche at the Ball Arena on June 24, 2022 in Denver, Colorado.

Ondrej Palat #18 of the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrates a goal in the third period of Game 5 of the 2022 NHL Stanley Cup Final against the Colorado Avalanche at the Ball Arena on June 24, 2022 in Denver, Colorado.
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It was Palat’s 11th goal in the series.

Tampa Bay got a big game from goaltender Vasilevskiy. He stopped 36 shots and somehow managed to keep Powerful Colorado an attack at bay for most of the game. The only two goals he conceded came from Valery Nichushkin in the second period and Cale Makar in the third period.

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In the third period, Makar’s shot landed on Vasilevsky, then ricocheted off Lightning guard Eric Cernak and went through Vasilevsky’s legs. A goal equalized early in the period.

No. 8 Cale Makar of the Colorado Avalanche celebrates with his teammates during the third period of Game 5 of the 2022 NHL Stanley Cup Finals at the Ball Arena on June 24, 2022 in Denver, Colorado.

No. 8 Cale Makar of the Colorado Avalanche celebrates with his teammates during the third period of Game 5 of the 2022 NHL Stanley Cup Finals at the Ball Arena on June 24, 2022 in Denver, Colorado.
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Colorado Avalanche right winger Valery Nichushkin (13) celebrates a second-period goal during Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Colorado Avalanche at the Ball Arena in Denver, Colorado, June 24, 2022 of the year.

Colorado Avalanche right winger Valery Nichushkin (13) celebrates a second-period goal during Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Colorado Avalanche at the Ball Arena in Denver, Colorado, June 24, 2022 of the year.
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But it was Palat’s goal that gave the Lightning extra hope.

Ian Rutta scored in the first period and put the Lightning in first place. In the second period, Nikita Kucherov scored on the powerplay and increased Tampa Bay’s score 2:1.

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Ian Rutta (44) and right winger Corey Perry (10) celebrate after scoring a goal in the first period of Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Colorado Avalanche at the Ball Arena in Denver, Colorado, June 24th.  , 2022.

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Ian Rutta (44) and right winger Corey Perry (10) celebrate after scoring a goal in the first period of Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Colorado Avalanche at the Ball Arena in Denver, Colorado, June 24th. , 2022.
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Colorado could end the series with a win. The team is currently leading the series 3-2 over the Lightning, and Sunday’s victory could earn them their first Stanley Cup title since 2001.

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A Lightning victory on Sunday would lead to Game 7.