TAMPA, Fla. – Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper asked a question during his post game media session. He suggested not counting the overtime target of snowfall, without getting specific about whether there were too many men on the Colorado ice.
After losing 3-2 in the 4th game of the Stanley Cup Final, Cooper said Wednesday night, “It’s going to sting more than the others.” It can be hard for me to talk. I’m coming to talk. I’ll talk to you tomorrow. You are going to see what I mean when you see the goal of success. And my heart breaks for the players because we should probably still be playing. I will be available tomorrow.
“And look at this team, look at what they experienced and the fight that was going on. And we’re all in it. The players, the coaches, the referees, everyone. And they reached the third Stanley Cup final in a row.
Game 4:With the overtime victory Avalanche pushed the lightning to the brink of elimination
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Kadri’s goal was scored at 12:02 in overtime and the avalanche took the lead in the 3-1 series, pushing Lightning’s three-beat bid into serious trouble.
The NHL has issued a statement saying the penalty is a judgment call that on-ice officers can make. Each of the four officials said they did not see much on the snow condition over the game they won. The call is not subject to video review.