Golden Knights 1 – Avalanche 6 (3rd period) Nathan MacKinnon beat everyone in speed including Lehner
The clash many awaited in the West Division as the Colorado Avalanche pitted against the Vegas Golden Knights in the second round of the series kicks off.
Robin Lehner is playing his first game since May 10 and seemed to lose his bearings early in the game. He was surprised by a backhand throw into the top corner from Mikko Rantanen when there was not yet five minutes remaining.
AT?? Halfway through the bout, Cale Makar caught the Knights’ eyes on him with puck possession. Gabriel Landeskog broke free to Lehner’s right and after receiving the magnificent pass from his defender, he had no trouble making the ropes vibrate.
The locker room break didn’t allow Vegas to regroup properly. In the 64th second of the second period, Brandon Saad made it 3-0 in Colorado. The Avalanche had not finished with the Knights goaltender. Three minutes later, Nathan MacKinnon joined in the fun. His shot went through Lehner’s legs for his seventh goal in a series.
Author of a hat trick in Game 7 of the first round series against the Minnesota Wild, Mattias Janmark left in the second period after taking a severe re contact of Ryan Graves. Janmark put the puck back up the ramp and he didn’t expect to get hit afterward, except that Graves hit him hard with a check. It was held for a while before leaving the locker room with the help of the trainer.
The Avalanche Digital Advantage has been running at full throttle since the start of the sets with a staggering 50% efficiency rate in the first round. Landeskog showed why as he completed a perfect passing game with MacKinnon and Rantanen for his second goal of the game.
William Karlsson put the Golden Knights on the board as he shoved Samuel Girard in front of the net as he tried to cover him for space. Max Pacioretty took advantage of Girard’s fall to hand over to his teammate who easily pushed the record behind Philipp Grubauer.
MacKinnon was blown away with his speed two minutes later. He accepted a pass in the neutral zone before easily getting around the defenseman in Vegas to then lodge the disc over Lehner’s mitt for his second goal of the period.
The Avalanche arrives rested for this showdown as the players took advantage of a week off after sweeping their first-round series against the St. Louis Blues.
Quite the opposite happened for Vegas when he was pushed to the limit by the Minnesota Wild. A Marc-AndrÃ © Fleury at the top of his game, a hat trick from Mattias Janmark, as well as the return of Max Pacioretty, who scored in Game 7, allowed the Golden Knights to buy their ticket. for the division final.
Head coach Peter DeBoer turns to Robin Lehner for this first duel after seeing Fleury in action as late as Friday for the seventh time in a series.