Colorado Avalanche push Tampa Bay Lightning to brink of elimination with overtime win

The Colorado Avalanche pushed the two-time defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning to the brink Wednesday night with a 3-2 win that put them up 3-1 in the best-of-seven Stanley Cup Final.

The Avalanche overcame two one-goal deficits with fortuitous bounces, then Nazem Kadri scored in overtime to leave them one win away from their first championship since 2001.

Kadri was making his first appearance since having thumb surgery during the conference final.

Colorado can wrap up the series at Denver’s Ball Arena on Friday (8 p.m. ET, ABC).

The Lightning, who won 6-2 in Game 3, got off to a strong start when Anthony Cirelli scored 36 seconds in against Avalanche goalie Darcy Kuemper. Kuemper, who had been pulled in Game 3, had lost his mask before Cirelli scored on a rebound.

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Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (29) is congratulated by teammates after scoring against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period.

Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon tied the game on the power play with a deflection off his skate for his first goal of the series and 12th of the playoffs.

Defenseman Victor Hedman put Tampa Bay ahead 2-1 in the second period before Andrew Cogliano tied the game in the third period when Niko Sturm’s shot bounced in off him.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Stanley Cup Finals: Avalanche win in overtime, push Lightning to brink