Lightning’s Jon Cooper disagrees with the overtime goal in Game 4: ‘You will see what I mean’

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The Colorado Avalanche is just a victory away from becoming Stanley Cup champions but Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper doesn’t think Nazem Kadri’s overtime goal should have counted after six Avs players appeared to be on the ice at the time the game’s winner was scored.

Cooper, who seeks to lead Lightning to three consecutive titles, struggled to speak to reporters after Wednesday’s loss.

Colorado Avalanche center Nazem Kadri, # 91, shoots the puck at the top of the goal past Tampa Bay Lightning goalkeeper Andrei Vasilevskiy, # 88, for a goal during overtime of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals on Wednesday, June 22, 2022, in Tampa, Fla.

Colorado Avalanche center Nazem Kadri, # 91, shoots the puck at the top of the goal past Tampa Bay Lightning goalkeeper Andrei Vasilevskiy, # 88, for a goal during overtime of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals on Wednesday, June 22, 2022, in Tampa, Fla.
(AP Photo / John Bazemore)

“This one is going to burn a lot more than others,” Cooper said of the 3-2 loss. “It’s hard for me. It’s going to be hard for me to talk. I’m going to have to talk. I’ll talk to you tomorrow. You’ll see what I mean when you see the winning goal. And my heart breaks for the players “Because we should probably still play. I’m available tomorrow.”

AVALANCHE’S NAZEM KADRI SCORES GAME 4 GAME WINNERS AT TIME FROM INJURY, COLORADO A VICTORY AWAY FROM THE TITLE

TAMPA, FLORIDA - JUNE 22: Head coach Jon Cooper of Tampa Bay Lightning watches the second period against the Colorado Avalanche in Game Four of the 2022 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena on June 22, 2022 in Tampa, Florida.

TAMPA, FLORIDA – JUNE 22: Head coach Jon Cooper of Tampa Bay Lightning watches the second period against the Colorado Avalanche in Game Four of the 2022 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena on June 22, 2022 in Tampa, Florida.
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Kadri returned to the bench after being put on the sidelines with a broken thumb on June 4th. After scoring 12:02 in overtime, a broader look seemed to show that Nathan MacKinnon was still on the ice – apparently not making it to the bench in time.

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The NHL issued a statement saying the penalty is a verdict that can be made by on-ice officials, and each of the four officials said they did not see too many men on the ice during the winning game. The call is not subject to video review.

Gabriel Landeskog, # 92 in the Colorado Avalanche, celebrates with teammates after a goal scored against Andrei Vasilevskiy, # 88 from Tampa Bay Lightning, in the second period of Game Four of the 2022 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena on June 22, 2022 in Tampa, Florida.

Gabriel Landeskog, # 92 in the Colorado Avalanche, celebrates with teammates after a goal scored against Andrei Vasilevskiy, # 88 from Tampa Bay Lightning, in the second period of Game Four of the 2022 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena on June 22, 2022 in Tampa, Florida.
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“I’m not quite sure what he was thinking, why it should not have counted,” Kadri said of Cooper’s remarks. “The puck hit the back of the net, the end of the story.”

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Tampa Bay will look to keep theirs hoping for a third title in a row alive when they visit Colorado for Game 5 Friday night.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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