Avalanche’s Andre Burakovsky may not play in Stanley Cup Final Game 3

Injured Avalanche winger Andre Burakovsky did not accompany the team on their charter flight to Tampa, Fla., after being injured in Saturday’s 7-0 Game 2 win over the Lightning.

“He’s actually getting evaluated (Sunday) and he’s going to join the team (Monday) in Tampa,” coach Jared Bednar said Sunday morning.

The Avalanche, which leads the Stanley Cup Final 2-0, faces the Lightning in Monday’s Game 3.

Burakovsky was injured 1:27 into the second period when he went to down to one knee in the neutral zone and blocked Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman’s passing attempt to winger Nikita Kucherov with his right hand or wrist.

Burakovsky had one goal and assist apiece in 7:51 of ice time in Game 2.

“I thought he was exceptional early in the game,” Bednar said. “He was skating, he was making good decisions and when the play was there, he made it and if not, he made the safe play and tried to put the puck into a position where we can retrieve it and maintain possession.”

If Burakovsky can’t play, winger Nicolas Aube-Kubel would likely draw back into the lineup after sitting out Game 2.

Kadri progressing. Bednar said center Nazem Kadri (thumb) did make the trip to Tampa and remains day to day.

“He’s been progressing and he’s been skating every day and he’s starting to shoot pucks and handle the puck more and catching and releasing with passing and shooting,” Bednar said. “I’m not sure about (Kadri playing) Game 3 or Game 4.”

Kadri has been out since Game 3 of the Edmonton series (June 4) when he was checked from behind by Oilers winger Evander Kane.

Keeping composure. The Avalanche’s 26 penalty minutes were its most this postseason and only the second time it had more than 10 minutes (22 in Game 1 of Nashville series). During a third-period scrum, Jack Johnson, Darren Helm, Artturi Lehkonen and Valeri Nichushkin all received double-minor roughing penalties.

“You all saw (Tampa Bay) get a little more physical and that’s just gamesmanship on their part,” Avs defenseman Erik Johnson said. “They were trying to get into a 4-on-4 situation and then maybe we take another penalty and they get a 4-on-3 and some momentum.

“All playoffs long, I think we’ve played teams that have tried to get us off our game. We’ll take the first punch in the face, get the power play and skate away. We’re not going to get sucked into that stuff.”

Makar joins Coffey. The Avalanche’s Cale Makar became the first defenseman to have power-play and short-handed goals in the same playoff game since Detroit’s Paul Coffey against the Avalanche in 1996.

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