Colorado Avalanche center Nazem Kadri scores past Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy during overtime of Game 4.

The Colorado Avalanche made two decisions before Wednesday night’s Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final.

They inserted Nazem Kadri into the lineup for the first time since he had thumb surgery during the Western Conference final and they went back to goaltender Darcy Kuemper after he was pulled in Game 3.

The moves paid off as Kuemper made 37 saves and started a play in overtime that Kadri finished off for a 3-2 victory. That gave the Avalanche a 3-1 series lead against the two-time defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Avalanche overcame two one-goal deficits with fortuitous bounces, and Kadri’s goal wasn’t announced right away after he got around Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev and wristed a shot past Andrei Vasilevskiy (34 saves).

“I thought he might have had it,” he told reporters, “so it was certainly a few seconds of confusion there. Then I saw everyone started bull-rushing the ice and that’s when I knew it was confirmed.”

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