Tampa Bay closes gap against Colorado in NHL Finals

The Colorado Avalanche, which hopes for a third coronation after those of 1996 and 2001, only leads 2-1 in the NHL final.

In this best-of-seven series, Tampa Bay, two-time defending champion, closed the gap with Colorado in its quest for a new Stanley Cup by winning its first victory Monday (6-2).

Humiliated 7-0 on Saturday and led 2-0 after two games, the Lightning of Frenchman Pierre-Edouard Bellemare reacted well at home in Florida to maintain the suspense and the hope of saving their crown.

“We knew coming home we were playing well in front of our fans and it was a great comeback tonight. It’s very difficult to play in Colorado but we can do it at home too.”responded Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos.

The next game in the final is scheduled for Wednesday, again on the Tampa Bay rink.

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