The Colorado Avalanche hosted Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning. After blowing a 3-1 lead, the Avalanche ultimately won the game in overtime. Just over a minute into OT, Andre Burakovsky took a cross-ice feed for the one-timer, beating Andrei Vasilevskiy for the game-winner.
Just moments after the game ended, he was interviewed at his bench and could not hold back the emotion.
“This is a dream since I was a kid.”
Andre Burakovsky after hitting the winning goal in OT sudden death of the Stanley Cup Finals Game 1 🔥👏pic.twitter.com/UbcKHtJdsI
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“These fans are amazing, they've been amazing for us the entire year… this is a dream since I was a kid,” Burakovsky said. The Avalanche now lead the series 1-0 and are only three wins away from winning their first Stanley Cup since 2001.
Just over a minute into overtime, the Lightning turned the puck over at their blue line. The initial shot from J.T. Compher was blocked, right to Valeri Nichushkin's stick. He made a beautiful feed to Burakovsky who buried it on the one-timer. It was just his second goal of the playoffs.
Colorado jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, which they have come accustomed to doing in these playoffs. However, the two-time defending champion Lightning were not fazed. They scored two goals in the second period to tie the game 3-3. That's something the Avalanche are not used to as much.
Nevertheless, the team stuck together and played a great third period. They just could not beat Vasilevskiy until Burakovsky did 1:23 into overtime.
In the loss, Vasilevskiy had probably one of his worst playoff games of his career. The first two goals he allowed would be considered by most people to be soft. He entered this series on a hot streak and was supposed to be a major advantage for Tampa Bay. With one game played, that was not the case.