It was a dream come true for Colorado Avalanche forward Nazem Kadri, who made his Stanley Cup Final debut with an overtime victory after recovering from a thumb injury that required surgery.
Officials needed a few seconds to locate the puck after Kadri dangled past Mikhail Sergachev and roofed one past Andrei Vasilevskiy. Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper gave a lengthy post-game press conference regarding the Avalanche’s six-man roster before he left the room without answering any additional questions concerning the Kadri goal.
Before He Stepped Down from The Podium, Cooper Had This to Say:
It’s the most prestigious league in sports. It’s run by some truly remarkable individuals. Every aspect of it. My childhood ambition has come true, especially as a Canadian kid who has grown up and experienced so much. So, you know, I’ve been a part of a group that just fights, fights, and fights, and I’ve been in a lot of painful loses and defeats. This is the third time in a row that they’ve made it to the Stanley Cup Finals. It’s even more difficult in a cap age, where the rules are stacked against you since the league wants to ensure equal playing time for everyone.
And that’s what I enjoy most about the league. That’s why it’s so difficult. Watch this team, what they’ve been through, and how they’ve battled. Furthermore, we’re all in this together: the athletes as well as the staff. Due to the fact that it was taking on, it was conceivable… this one will hurt far more than the others. I’m stumped. It’s difficult for me to get my head around this. For whatever reason, I can’t speak clearly. Speaking up is necessary… When you see the winning goal, you’ll understand what I mean. My heart goes out to the players, as well. Due to the fact that we probably still need to play. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
It Took All of Cooper’s Willpower to Keep Quiet.
For me, this is quite difficult. With his hand raised, he said, “It will be difficult for me to talk.” “I’ll get back to you tomorrow,” she promised. When you see the winning goal, you’ll understand what I mean.
The players’ plight also tears my heart. Due to the fact that we probably still need to play. The next time you need me, I’ll be around.
Cooper then got up, left the interview room, and walked out, leaving the interested and befuddled crowd wondering where he had come from.
Looking at Nazem Kadri’s overtime dagger more closely, it’s clear that he took his feed from Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon, who was replacing him on the bench, in the middle of the ice near the blue line just four seconds before the goal.
The Avalanche rebounded from two one-goal deficits, with two goals from MacKinnon and Cogliano, and were the better team in overtime in Wednesday’s Game 4. And that doesn’t include the two hits on the post and crossbar by Artturi Lehkonen and Bowen Byram.
When apprised about Cooper’s remarks, Kadri remarked, “I’m not exactly sure what he’s thinking, why that shouldn’t have counted.” You know, I’m not quite sure what to make of that. The game was over when the puck found its way into the net. Why would he say that?”
It’s true that teams have been able to get away with considerably more egregious instances of too many men. And Kadri didn’t score on a breakaway either. At one-on-three, he entered the Lightning zone.
Because Cooper was acting as if the series was over Wednesday, the Lightning had better forget about this quickly and put Game 4’s questionable ending behind them.
The Series Will Be Over for The Avs on Friday if They Don’t Get Their Act Together.
There was a thump in the net. That’s it.
“I didn’t hear any confusion,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said of the goal.
Derek Lalonde, an assistant coach for the Lightning, was more direct.
According to Lalonde, “it made the difference” in the game-winning goal since they were able to achieve an unusual change. There will be a lot of fighting. Probably a 50-foot shift is in the cards for us here. MacKinnon replaced Kadri, of course.
“It’s not a good look at all. Because we’re on the receiving end of it,”
According to Nhl Hockey Operations, the Stripes Should Be Held Responsible for This Loss:
A penalty for too many men on the ice can be issued by any one of the four on-ice referees.
Hockey Operations met with the four officials immediately following the game, as is standard procedure. Every single one of the four referees who looked at the action said that there were not too many men on the ice at the time of the winning goal.
Hockey Ops and the on-ice officials will not be reviewing this call for video evidence.