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Lightning defeats Avalanche in Game 3

After losing in Game 2, the Tampa Bay Lightning needed several things to happen in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final at home: a better first period and a bye.

They got both and carried it to a 6-2 victory that cut their deficit against the Colorado Avalanche to two games to one and showed why they are a two-time defending champion. They took their home win streak to eight games, while the Avalanche lost for the first time on the road.

The Avalanche had scored three first-period goals in both games at Denver, winning 4-3 in overtime and 7-0. They seemed to get off to another fast start when the red-hot Valeri Nichushkin scored. But that’s when the breakup happened.

The Lightning video team, after lengthy examination, finally found a good angle and Lightning trainer Jon Cooper challenged the goal. The NHL, after a lengthy review, ruled that Avalanche defenseman Bowen Byram had moved the puck slightly out of the zone and the play was out of play.

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