5 takeaways from the Avalanche's 4-3 shootout victory at Tampa Bay

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TAMPA, Fla. — The Avalanche snapped a three-game losing streak in difficult fashion on Saturday night, defeating the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions on the road. Colorado never trail…
TAMPA, Fla. — The Avalanche snapped a three-game losing streak in difficult fashion on Saturday night, defeating the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions on the road.

Colorado never trailed and outlasted the Tampa Bay Lightning in a game that went to a shootout, prevailing 4-3 (3-2 in the shootout) at Amalie Arena.

The Avs (2-3) had Sunday off. They will practice Monday ahead of Tuesday's home game against the Vegas Golden Knights at Ball Arena.

Five takeaways from Tampa:

The extra point. Goalie Darcy Kuemper, despite allowing goals for the Lightning to tie the game 1-1, 2-2 and 3-3, was outstanding for much of regulation and overtime and he outperformed 2019 Vezina Trophy and 2021 Conn Smythe Trophy winner Andrei Vasilevskiy in the shootout. In his fourth start, Kuemper had his best game with the Avs.

"Kuemps played unbelievable tonight. He kept us in the game. There's not much else to it," defenseman Cale Makar said.

Leaders led the way. The Avs' best players were just that against the star-studded Lightning lineup. Center Nathan MacKinnon and his line had three goals in regulation — with each of the three members scoring — and two in the…
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