Jun 20, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) celebrates with teammates after scoring against the Colorado Avalanche during the second period in game three of the 2022 Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

In Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final, the Tampa Bay Lightning have woken up and made this a series. Apparently all they needed was some home cooking because once the two teams got to Tampa, the Lightning came alive.

After being crushed 7-0 on Saturday, the Lightning rebounded to a 6-2 win thanks to goals from six different players, including Steven Stamkos. With that, the Lightning became the first team since the Montreal Canadiens in 1919 to win a Stanley Cup Final game after losing by seven or more goals.

Many reacted to the Lightning victory. The Avalanche had a chance to go to a 3-0 lead but the neutrals (and Lightning fans) are happy that it’s a 2-1 series.

This sets up a Wednesday contest in Tampa. While the Avalanche still have a 2-1 lead and should be the favorites, the Lightning’s home record indicates they’ll be tough to beat and will have a great chance to even the series and make this a best-of-three.

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