By MARK DIDTLER, Related Press
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Colorado not solely didn’t take a stranglehold within the Stanley Cup Last after a 6-2 loss to Tampa Bay in Recreation 3 Monday evening, but in addition wound up with goaltending questions.
Darcy Kuemper, after not often being examined in a 7-0 win in Recreation 2 Saturday evening that put the Avalanche up 2-0 within the collection, was pulled halfway via the second after giving up 5 targets on 22 photographs
“I don’t assume he had evening … neither did our crew,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar stated.
Kuemper left Recreation 1 of the Western Convention Last towards Edmonton with an upper-body damage and was changed by Pavel Francouz, who was in web for a four-game sweep over the Oilers.
There have been discussions about who would begin the Tampa Bay collection however a now wholesome Kuemper obtained the decision and issues had been going properly for Colorado till the Lightning returned dwelling for Recreation 3 and turned the tables on the Avalanche. After being the crew thriving on pressuring the Lightning into errors and holding them to 16 photographs in Recreation 2, Monday evening discovered the Avalanche on their heels with various unhealthy defensive turnovers that noticed Kuemper unable to make the large save on ensuing Tampa Bay photographs.
“I feel it was on us, for positive,” Colorado proper wing Mikko Rantanen stated of the skaters in entrance of Kuemper. “Grade-A’s (scoring probabilities) within the slot. We all know Darcy is a good goalie and he’s going to bounce again.”
The top for Kuemper got here when Tampa Bay powerful man Pat Maroon made it 5-2 with an in-close backhander 11:15 into the second. The aim got here after Colorado defenseman Josh Manson made an errant go from behind the online.
Colorado middle Nathan MacKinnon replied “simply shake it off” when requested what his message to Kuemper can be.
“He is been nice all yr,” MacKinnon added. “Each mistake we made they capitalized on.”
Francouz, 6-0 this postseason, gave up one aim on 10 photographs in mop-up responsibility.
Regardless of Kuemper posting an 8-3 mark within the playoffs this yr, there was rapid speculations about which goalie would begin Recreation 4 on Wednesday evening.
Virtually forgotten is the actual fact Colorado leads the collection 2-1.
“It’s enjoyable, that is superior,” MacKinnon stated. “Good or unhealthy, we’re not going to commerce our spot with anyone on the planet.”
NOTES: MacKinnon has not scored a aim within the collection. He had six photographs on aim and 13 total shot makes an attempt Monday, … The Avalanche ended up outshooting Tampa Bay 39-32. Additionally they had 27 photographs blocked and missed the online on 13 extra.
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