Colorado Avalanche winger Andrei Burkowski defeated his team 1-0 in the Stanley Cup Final Series 1-04 on Wednesday with an overtime goal from Tampa Bay Lightning.
This is Burkowski’s second goal of the season. He told ESPN’s Emily Kaplan after the game that it was a dream come true.
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“These fans are amazing. They’ve been amazing to us all year long,” Burkowski said when asked how it felt to hear the roar of the crowd at the ball arena.
“It’s great. It’s been a dream of mine since I was a kid.
Avalanche took a 3-1 lead in the first period, starting with a goal from Gabriel Landeskog and in less than two minutes, Valery Nichushkin got another on board. Colorado appeared to have caught the lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevsky to start the game. However, Avalanche struggled to hold on to the lead as two-time defending Stanley Cup champions forced a tie and overtime in the game.
“I think we really struggled with this whole game. We had a mental breakdown in the second period, but recovered in the third period. Great job the boys did,” Burkowski added.
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Lightning winger Nick Paul halved the lead at 12:26 with his fourth goal of the season. His score came with the help of Victor Headman and Braden Points. It did not take long to return to Colorado. It was the work of Arthuri Lehkonen, and it gave Avalanche a 3-1 lead.
Tampa Bay returns in a big way in the second season. Andrzej Palt scored his ninth goal at 12:51 and tied the game, beating Mikhail Sergachev’s equalizer Avalanche goalkeeper Darcy Kumper.
Both teams became scoreless in the third period, with Burkowski game-winner on an extra shot from JT Comfer and a pass from Valerie Nichushkin.
Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said he thought Burkowski was playing well all night.
“Tonight I thought he’s tough, really tough. He handled the puck well, had no turnovers, checked hard, got over the puck. He’s skating well,” he said. Via NHL.com.
“And that ‘Burkee’ could do it. If you put him in a position, he’s able to finish. He’s a streaky scorer. When he gets the chance, he can keep the puck on the net.
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Game 2 is set for ET at 8pm on Saturday night.