A Weird Day at Lake Tahoe

STATELINE, NEVADA - FEBRUARY 20: General view of action between the Colorado Avalanche and the Vegas Golden Knights during the 'NHL Outdoors At Lake Tahoe' at the Edgewood Tahoe Resort on February 20, 2021 in Stateline, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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What a beautiful, yet weird day it was at Lake Tahoe. I’m torn between wanting to play another outdoor game and never wanting to play an outdoor game. Read on to here why.

Who scored? What time was remaining in the period? Who assisted who?

  • Samuel Girard scored with 17:20 remaining in the 1st period. He was assisted by Nathan Mackinnon and Mikko Rantanen and Devon Toews. 1-0 COL
  • Alec Martinez scored with 12:30 remaining in the 2nd period. He was assisted by Jonathan Marchessault and Alex Pietrangelo. 1-1 TIE
  • Nathan Mackinnon scored with 8:42 remaining in the 2nd period. He was assisted by Devon toews. 2-1 COL
  • Devon Toews scored with 6:49 remaining in the 3rd period. He was assisted by Nathan Mackinnon and Mikko Rantanten. 3-1 COL
  • Alex Tuch scored with 6:35 remaining in the 3rd period. He was assisted by Zach Whitecloud. 3-2 COL

What went on in the 1st period

The Golden Knights had a roller coaster ride of a first period, going from stealing and controlling the puck for the first few minutes, to losing the puck towards the middle of the period, all the way back to getting the puck past the blue line in the last minutes of the period. The announcers were commenting that Marc-Andre Fleury had the glare of the sun in his eyes, so he couldn’t see the first goal that Samuel Girard scored, but I personally think that he’s slowly getting tired from starting in the past 5 games. Can Vegas come back from a 1 goal deficit in the 2nd? We’ll soon find out.

The Colorado Avalanche also had a roller coaster ride of a first period, but they made up for it by a Samuel Girard wrist shot goal. Philipp Grubauer had a great period, blocking 7 shots. The Colorado Avalanche offense and defense displayed their amazing speed and fired off 17 shots on goal. Can Colorado execute more goal in the net in period 2? Keep reading to find out.

What went on in the 2nd period

Before we start this one off, let me tell you all what happened during the 1st period and before the 2nd period. The player’s and the referee’s were having a hard time trying to skate due to the bright sun glare and the ice melting notably around the logos making it a hazard. We saw multiple times throughout the period, players falling and even the referees taking a spill. The sun was so bright that Grubauer tried wearing sunglasses to reduce the glare. Shortly after the 1st period was over (at 1pm PST, 4pm EST), commissioner Gary Bettman decided to delay the game until 9pm PST/12am EST so that the sun can cool down. May I mention 9pm PST is the latest the Vegas Golden Knights have ever played? Now that’s out of the way, let’s see what happened during the second period.

After going 8 hours of not playing hockey, you would think that the Golden Knights would pull through and be on their A game. Nope. They couldn’t find a way to match the Avalanche’s speed, and it just seemed messy overall. Can Vegas pull off a big comeback in the 3rd?

The Colorado Avalanche pulled through the entire 20 minutes of the 2nd period. Nathan MacKinnon scored a goal in the early stages of the 2nd period. Can they finish this off in the 3rd period?

What went on in the 3rd

The Golden Knights’ offense and defense looked stronger in the last 20 minutes, but they still needed work. Alex Tuch scored what will be a goal of the year candidate with his spin-o-rama in front of Grubauer with not even 5 minutes left in the game, but sadly that goal wasn’t enough. As much as I like Fleury, he needs a break this upcoming game. It seems impossible for a 35-year old goaltender to play his sixth game in a row.

Well… The Colorado Avalanche won the Lake Tahoe game with 3-2 being the final score. Out of all the players on the lineup, I’ve got to give credit to Nathan Mackinnon who was everywhere throughout the entire game. One thing of note to watch for in the upcoming matches and probably Stanley Cup Playoff battle is how Vegas counters Colorado’s speed and neutralizes it. So far for the majority of the time, it has caused Vegas all kinds of problems.

In conclusion

Does Vegas need to work on their offense/defense more? Absolutely. Does Fleury need/deserve a break? Absolutely. I guess we’ll find out who’s the goalie before puck drops this Monday 6:00pm PST.

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