Lightning strike back to force game four

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Steven Stamkos, Pat Maroon and Ondrej Palat (AHN-dray puh-LOT) each had a goal and an assist, and the Tampa Bay Lightning scored four times in the second period and beat the Colorado Avalanche 6-2 in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. Anthony Cirelli (Sir-El-EE), 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. Nikita Kucherovc (nih-KEE-tuh KOO-chuhr-awv) and Victor Hedman had two assists, and Andrei Vasilevskiy (Vas-Eh-Leh-Ski) stopped 37 shots. Stamkos, Paul, Maroon and Perry scored in the second period, when the Lightning chased Colorado goalie Darcy Kuemper while pulling away to trim their series deficit to 2-1. Gabriel Landeskog had two goals and Mikko Rantanen had two assists for the Avalanche. Game 4 is Wednesday night.