Avalanche silenced at even-strength in 6-2 loss in Game 3 at Tampa Bay

TAMPA, Fla. — Unlike its blowout victory in Game 2 on Saturday at Ball Arena, the Avalanche got little done at even strength here in Game 3 on Monday night.

The Tampa Bay Lightning crushed Colorado, 6-2, by shutting the Avs down at even strength. Both of Colorado’s goals came on the power play by left wing Gabe Landeskog.

In the Avs’ 7-0 rout in Game 2, they had four even-strength goals and one shorthanded. Save for another excellent special-teams performance in Game 3 (2-of-4 power play and 7-of-8 on penalty kill), the Lightning’s defense when things were even was the difference.

“Just didn’t score tonight. That’s the main difference and they capitalized on their opportunities,” Avalanche defenseman Josh Manson said. “We did a lot of good things tonight. We still put up 40 (actually 39) shots. How many shots did we get the first two games, about the same? That’s the way hockey goes.”

The Lightning fed off their sellout home crowd.

“We had the advantage in Game 2, the competitive spirit, and tonight they had it,” Avs coach Jared Bednar said. “They played with a little bit more desperation. I thought we had a pretty good start but you got to be able to clean up some of the things we didn’t do well. We kind of gave them life.”

Avalanche star defenseman Cale Makar assisted on Landeskog’s goals but was minus-3, as was partner Devon Toews. Winger Artturi Lehkonen was also minus-3 and fellow forwards Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen and J.T. Compher and defenseman Erik Johnson were minus-2. And goalie Darcy Kuemper was pulled.

It was just Colorado’s third postseason loss in 17 games and its first on the road.

“You can’t be frustrated about it,” Manson said. “They lost 7-0 (in Game 2). You wipe the slate clean. You come out the next night. …read more

Source:: The Denver Post

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