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TRAIKOS: Kadori is an OT hero in return for Avalanche taking the lead in the 3-1 Series at the Stanley Cup Finals

Avalanche forward Nazem Kadri, right, celebrates with Nico Sturm, left, and Jack Johnson after scoring a goal in overtime to defeat the Lightning 3-2 in Game 4 of the NHL Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla., Wednesday, June 22, 2022.
Avalanche Forward Nazemukadori Right, after defeating Lightning 3-2 in Game 4 of the NHL Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida, Wednesday, June 22, 2022, scoring a goal overtime, Nicostorm, left, Celebrate with Jack Johnson. Photo: Douglas P. Defelice/Getty Images

Tampa, Florida — Fractures in case of injury It may take at least 6 weeks to heal completely.

Nazem Kadri managed to cut its recovery time in half.

Colorado Avalanche Forward, who needed surgery to repair his broken thumb on June 4, miraculously returned to ice for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Wednesday. Kadori may be a quick healer. However, it is possible that the thumb did not recover 100%. 

And again, everyone smashed at this time of the year. "I think it's just about managing the pain he's dealing with," said Jared Bednar, head coach of Avalanche.

Avalanche forward Nazem Kadri, left, defends against Ondrej Palat, right, of the Lightning during the third period in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla., Wednesday, June 22, 2022.
Avalanche Forward Nazem Kadori, Left, Ondray Parat, Right, The third phase of the Stanley Cup Finals Lightning at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida, on Wednesday, June 22, 2022.Photo: Mike Carlson /Getty Images

Score 6 goals and 14 points before being hit from behind in Game 3 of the West Finals Knowing the Kadori he won, the pain of missing out on the Stanley Cup Finals was probably even worse than how his thumb felt. But his earlier-than-expected return also spoke to the desperate level of Colorado in the series, which was at risk of slipping through their smashed fingers.

After winning 3-2 overtime, that's no longer the case. Kadori evaded defenseman Mikhail Sergachev and defeated goalkeeper Andreiva Silevsky with a gorgeous goal at 12 to perform the show. 02 for overtime.

That was what the avalanche wanted. And it robbed them of one win from winning the championship. Game 5 will be held in Colorado on Friday.

Kadori, who skated on the wings alongside Gabriel Landeskog and Valerie Nichushkin, wasn't the most element of the game. His best chance was the first time he sailed a wrist shot with Andrey Vasilevsky's glove hand clipped. But most of the time, his shots had no purpose.

But he did his best to the end.

This was a game of greasy goals and lucky bounces. One goal knocked in the goalkeeper's mask. The other stopped skating. The other is kneeling. In the playoffs, this is what you get. Not all games are a disaster. The playoffs are grind. And by the end of it, it's the one who can grind the hardest.

Currently, it didn't look like Colorado at first, but it looks like Colorado.

The game was just beginning when Tampa Bay's Anthony Cirelli gave Writing a 1-0 lead 36 seconds after the opening pack drop. It was a somewhat controversial goal. Cirelli hit the loose pack in the second Stanley Cup final, as some Colorado players expected to blow the whistle after Darcy Kaempfer's mask knocked the goalkeeper's head clean on a point shot. ..

From there, Tampa Bay continued to attack.

Lightning recorded 17 shots in the first period alone. This is one shot more than the overall 7-0 defeat in Game 2. But what was far more impressive was the defense of Tampa Bay. Clogged the neutral zone and blocked countless shots, they set up a defense clinic against high-flying avalanches and barely gave up in the process.

This is how to win the championship. How to win consecutively. It's not just about skill and scoring goals. At this point, the team should also be able to suffocate. 

In Games 1 and 2, Colorado was too fast to handle in Tampa Bay. Since then, the avalanche seems to be moving in slow motion. Or through 200 feet of mud. 

They don't seem to be able to find a room on the ice. When they do so, there are sticks and bunch of bodies that get in the way. As a result, Colorado had to rely on goals that didn't end with a highlight reel clip.

Avalanche tied things together in power play when Tampa Bay led 1-0 and Nathan McKinnon scored the first goal of the Stanley Cup Finals. skate.

About five minutes later, Tampa Bay had a defensive Victor Hedman who wanted to rush to pack every time he got one, passing by a couple of flatfoot defenders. I got the lead back when I skated. Then he defeated Kaempfer with the backhand he should have stopped.

Give Colorado credits. They didn't leave or quit. Avalanche drew the game early in the third period with another bounce of the body. This time, it was Nico Sturm who redirected the point shot online. He then tracked the rebound and banked shots that appeared to be off Andrew Coriano's knees.

It's not without chances, but that's how you've been working overtime.

Colorado increased the pace later in the match, Vasilevsky stopped Logan O'Connor with overtime breaks, and Arture Relay Konen and Bowwen Byram both rang the puck from the post.

Eventually, Colorado broke through. And they wouldn't have been able to choose a bigger hero.

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