Lightning strike back in Stanley Cup Final

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Tampa Bay Lightning have got their NHL title defence back on track with a 6-2 home win over the Colorado Avalanche in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Steven Stamkos, Pat Maroon and Ondrej Palat each had a goal and an assist, and the Lightning scored four times in the second period as they cut their series deficit to 2-1 on Monday night.

Anthony Cirelli, Nicholas Paul and Corey Perry also scored to help the two-time defending champion Lightning bounce back after playing poorly while losing the first two games on the road.

Game 4 is Wednesday night, also at Amalie Arena, where the Lightning have won a franchise-record eight straight playoff games and Colorado lost on the road for the first time this postseason.

Nikita Kucherov and Victor Hedman had two assists for the Lightning in Monday's win and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 37 shotsg.

Gabriel Landeskog had two goals and Mikko Rantanen had two assists for the Avalanche. Colorado goalie Darcy Kuemper gave up five goals on 22 shots before he was replaced by Pavel Francouz, who finished with nine saves.

Two nights after being limited to just 16 shots in a 7-0 loss in Denver, the Lightning rebounded by finally finding way to neutralise Colorado's speed and solve Kuemper to avoid falling to the brink of elimination.

The Avalanche lifted their goaltender when Maroon scored a soft goal that put the Lightning up 5-2 with 8:45 remaining in the second. Perry reached behind Francouz to tap in a rebound that came off the right post to make 6-2 with 5:02 left in the period.

The back-to-back champions overcame a 2-0 series deficit in the Eastern Conference final to eliminate the New York Rangers in six games.

They're looking to do it again against Colorado to complete their quest for the NHL's first three-peat in nearly 40 years.

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