Avalanche vs. Lightning: Stanley Cup Finals Game 4 live stream, start time, TV, how to watch for free
NHL Stanley Cup Final 2022: How to Watch Game 4 of Lightning vs. Avalanche Tonight
2022 Stanley Cup Finals at Amalie Arena on Wednesday in Tampa at 8 p.m. EST between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Colorado Avalanche. The game will air on TV via ABC. Meanwhile, viewers can stream the game for free using fuboTV or DirecTV Stream.
The Lightning returned to Amalie Arena facing down a 2-0 series deficit in Game 3, but refused to back down, defeating the Avalanche, 6-2, on Monday night. The Lightning will now look to even the series, which Colorado leads, 2-1.
Gabriel Landeskog got the first points on the board in Game 3, giving the Avalanche an early lead on the power play. But, before the first period was over, the Lightning fought back, with goals from Anthony Cirelli and Ondrej Palat to claim the lead. The offensive battle continued in the second period, with the Lightning padding their lead with four additional goals. Gabriel Landeskog added one more for the Avalanche, but it was not enough.
How to watch Tampa Bay Lightning vs Colorado Avalanche (Game 4 | Stanley Cup Finals 2022)
What time does the game start? What TV Channels will it be on? - Wednesday’s Stanley Cup Finals game will begin at 8 p.m. EST in Tampa. Coverage will air on TV via ABC.
Live stream options: WatchESPN | fuboTV | DirecTV Stream | ESPN+ - Viewers who get ESPN from their TV provider can use their login credentials to watch via WatchESPN. Viewers who don’t have cable can also watch the game by signing up for streaming services like DirecTV Stream, ESPN+ or fuboTV, which has a free trial.
The Lightning still trail the best-of-seven series 2-1 after bouncing back from the most lopsided playoff loss in franchise history to beat the Avalanche in Game 3. C oach Jon Cooper is confident his team is trending in the right direction.
“I probably use this word too often, but there’s a recipe in place for us to have success. It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to see what hasn’t worked for us in games where we’ve gotten blown out and what’s worked for us in the games we’ve won. A big part of it is managing the puck,” Cooper said.
“(The Avalanche) are a hell of a team. You give them an inch, they’ll take a mile. So you have to take away the inches all over the ice,” the coach added. “And if it breaks down you hope your goalie is there to make a save for you. If you manage the puck, it all takes off from there.”
Game 4 is Wednesday night at Amalie Arena, with Colorado looking to move within one victory of its first Stanley Cup title since 2001 and Tampa Bay continuing its bid for the NHL’s first three-peat in nearly 40 years.
Two nights after yielding seven goals in a blowout loss, Vasilevskiy rebounded with 37 saves in a 6-2 victory Monday night.
The Lightning’s depth was an asset, too, with six players scoring goals and a total of 10 showing up on the scoresheet.
“I know it’s similar to the last series, being 2-1, but we still need to win the next one. It’ll be tough on us if we just sat here and said: `OK, we got one. We’re going to be OK tomorrow,’” Cooper said. “Each game gets tougher and tougher. But the guys, give them credit. They knew what they had to do and they did it. But now we have to do it again.”
Despite questions about who Colorado’s goaltender will be moving forward, the Avalanche feel they’re still in control of the series. A win Wedesday night would give them a commanding 3-1 lead heading back to Denver for Game 5 on Friday night.
“If you look at it, we are still in the driver’s seat. ...We knew coming in here that it would be tough to win both games,” Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson said.
“The way they played at home, and the way they responded after a lot of losses in the playoffs, we knew that they were going to come with their best game. ... For us to get the split, we’d be sitting pretty good,” Johnson added.
The Avalanche pulled goalie Darcy Kuemper after the netminder allowed five goals on 22 shots in Game 3, replacing him with Pavel Francouz.
Coach Jared Bednar did not say if he will stick with Kuemper as the starter for Game 4.
“That’s one possibility,” Bednar said.
Colorado’s Jack Johnson said the Avalanche have confidence in both goalies and are focused on regrouping as a team.
“We’re not letting anything deter us from accomplishing our goal. ... There’s no reason for us to waver mentally at all,” the defenseman said. “Even (Monday night), we did a lot of really good things for good stretches of the game. There’s no reason for us to have any frustration or downness in our mentality.”