Andre Burakovsky, a playoff hero, wins the OT to win Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final for Colorado Avalanche

Andre Burakovsky, a playoff hero, wins the OT to win Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final for Colorado Avalanche

DENVER — Andre Burakovsky He was like a child on Christmas morning, before Game 1 on Wednesday in the Stanley Cup Final. He was the one who delivered the gift.

Colorado's big-winger scored in overtime the game winning goal to lift the trophy Avalanche Past the Tampa Bay Lightning For a 1-0 lead in series, it is 4-3 Burakovsky is the only Colorado player — alongside Darren Helm To have won a Cup previously, back in 2018, with the Washington Capitals. This experience hasn’t diminished his desire to compete for a championship again or to make an impact.

Burakovsky explained that he was “a bit nervous” and had difficulty sleeping last night. “I woke at 6 am and couldn’t wait to get to the game. “I feel like I've been there before, and I know the situation and what is at stake.”

Gabriel LandeskogBurakovsky was also part of Colorado's win and was sharing a podium for the postgame news conference. Despite his admiration, he couldn't help but to gently mock his teammate.

Landeskog stated, “Just wait till you have children.” “You'll get up at 6 every single day.”

Burakovsky was aware going into Game 1 of his expanded role in the Cup Final and played 12:34 for a special-teams-laden matchup. Nazem Kadri He is currently sidelined by a broken thumb from the Western Conference finals. This was the same series Burakovsky blocked a shot from his leg, and he had to miss Games 2 & 3.

For Game 4, he was back and replaced Kadri in Colorado's second-line. Burakovsky stated earlier this week that he had not felt nearly as healthy since recent times, but it was a positive sign for the series. It was helped by the fact that Colorado had only eight days to complete its sweep of the series. Edmonton Oilers In the Conference finals, June 6, and puck drop Wednesday's.

The Avalanche took a lead over Tampa in the first period, jumping out to an early 3-1 lead. However, Tampa, two-time Cup champions, roared back to tie the game in the second period. Burakovsky needed less than 90 seconds to tie the game.

“I just saw!” [J.T.] Compher He said, “Get the puck past the neutral zone and win the battles.” “And I tried my best to get out as quickly as possible, and then obviously Val [Nichushkin] I got the puck back and made a great pass to me. It was up to me now to shoot it.”

This was Burakovsky’s second postseason goal, his first since he lit a lamp in Game 4 against Colorado. Nashville Predators. Burakovsky's inability to produce led to him being scratched from the Avalanche’s second-round matchup against the St. Louis Blues. He overcame that challenge, as well as the recent injury. Jared Bednar, Burakovsky's coach, was pleased with what he saw across the board in Wednesday’s win.

Bednar said, “I thought he had been really solid tonight.” “Managed the puck very well. No turnovers. Checked hard. Was getting above pucks. Skating well. Burky is able to do that. You can put him in any spot and he will finish. He's a good streaky scorer who can put the puck in his net when he has an opportunity. It was an all-around performance for him tonight. It was great.

Although Burakovsky may not have scored many goals, his postseason contributions have been very timely. Burakovsky scored two goals against Tampa Bay in Game 7 of Eastern Conference finals while Washington was still on its Cup run. This goal secured the Capitals' passage to the Final.

He is now a playoff hero again, and Colorado is only three wins away winning the Cup.

He stated, “It's kind of a crazy sensation.” “I was just ready to be here in the Final and help my team win a match and it was a pleasant feeling for sure.”

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