Avalanche Beat Oilers 4-2 to Take 3-0 Series Lead

 

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Pavel Francouz took J.T. Compher off the hook for a penalty with a key save on Connor McDavid. Just a few seconds later, Compher took the life out Rogers Place — and put the Colorado Avalanche on the cusp of the Stanley Cup Finals.

Compher got here out of the penalty field to give Colorado the lead with 7:18 left and the Avalanche beat the Edmonton Oilers’ 4-2 on Saturday evening to take a 3-0 lead within the Western Conference finals.

Called for tripping Leon Draisaitl simply three minutes after Ryan McLeod tied it for Edmonton, Compher raced out of the field, beat defenseman Evan Bouchard for management alongside the boards and scored between goalie Mike Smith’s legs.

Valeri Nichushkin scored twice for Colorado, Mikko Rantanen had an empty-netter with 30 seconds left, and Francouz made 27 saves.

Francouz stepped in halfway via the Colorado’s 8-6 victory in Game 1 when Darcy Kuemper sustained an upper-body harm, then made 24 saves Thursday evening in a 4-0 win for his second profession playoff shutout. In Game 3, he made the large cease on McDavid to preserve it tied earlier than Compher scored.

 

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“Frankie’s fast and acquired over there and made an incredible cease on it,” Colorado ahead Nathan MacKinnon stated. “That exhibits some energy to find a way to reset after they tie it up within the style they did and find a way to reset and get again to it.”

McLeod tied it at 2 at 7:34 of the third, going the size of the ice and beating Francouz with a snap shot from the excessive slot.

McDavid opened the scoring 38 seconds in for Edmonton. Smith made 39 saves.

“Our aim is similar because it was at present, which is we’ve acquired to win one hockey recreation,” Edmonton interim coach Jay Woodcroft stated.

Game 4 is Monday evening in Edmonton, with Colorado a recreation away from advancing to the Stanley Cup remaining. The Avalanche gained titles in 1996 and 2007.

“No doubt, clearly, a giant win, however the job’s not achieved,” captain Gabriel Landeskog stated.

After McDavid’s fast aim, Edmonton killed a five-minute penalty on Evander Kane for boarding Nazim Kadri simply 28 seconds after McDavid’s aim, and stopped the Avalanche energy play once more halfway via the interval after Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse was referred to as for capturing the puck over the glass. Kadri was injured on Kane’s hit and didn’t return.

Coach Jared Bednar dominated out Kadri for not less than the remainder of the collection, if not longer.

“He’s out,” Bednar stated. “The hit? It’s essentially the most harmful hit in hockey.”

Nichushkin scored on two lucky deflections to give Colorado the lead. He tied it with 3:48 left within the first interval when his centering cross deflected in off Nurse. Then at 4:37 of the second, Nichushkin managed a deflection off a shot from the purpose that MacKinnon and fired a wrist shot via Bouchard’s legs and previous the screened Smith.

“Val is a large a part of our crew and our offensive recreation and our checking recreation and helps out in all areas of the sport,” Landeskog stated. “Tonight, clearly, he was a drive and comes up with two large objectives for us, and I assumed did an incredible job on the forecheck and impartial zone, staying above their high gamers and never giving them a lot room. It’s a troublesome process, however he’s been enormous for us and he simply continues to get higher and higher and a giant, essential piece for us.”

Colorado killed off MacKinnon’s tripping penalty late within the second, and Edmonton stopped the Avalanche’s energy play once more early within the third with Draisaitl off for high-sticking.

Only 4 NHL groups have ever come again from a 3-0 deficit to win a seven-game collection. The Los Angeles Kings had been the final to accomplish the feat within the first spherical of the 2014 playoffs in opposition to San Jose.

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