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DENVER, CO - FEBRUARY 22: Vegas Golden Knights right wing Alex Tuch (89) celebrates with right wing Mark Stone (61) after scoring a second period goal during a game between the Vegas Golden Knights and the Colorado Avalanche at Ball Arena in Denver, Colorado on February 22, 2021. The Colorado Avalanche wore retro-themed uniforms with logos of the Quebec Nordiques. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Marc-Andre Fleury should really keep his gold pads with him at all times. Even when he’s sleeping.

Who scored during the game? What time was remaining in the period after each goal? Who assisted who?

  • Alex Tuch scored with 17:07 remaining in the 2nd period. He was assisted by William Karlsson and Alex Pietrangelo. 1-0 VGK
  • Alex Tuch scored with 13:46 remaining in the 2nd period. He was assisted by Mark Stone. 2-0 VGK
  • Jonathan Marchessault scored with 8:54 remaining in the 2nd period. He was assisted by William Karlsson and Nic Hague. 3-0 VGK

What went on in the 1st period

Although the Vegas Golden Knights didn’t score during the first period, they looked pretty decent in the first 20 minutes of play. The player who stuck out to me the most was Chandler Stephenson. Since coming over from Washington, he has been a stud with the way he works the puck and finds a way to keep it in Colorado’s zone. He’s truly a terrific pickup by the front office to add more depth down the center of the ice.

The Colorado Avalanche got some good looks on Marc-Andre Fleury in the 1st he kept the door shut. When not getting pucks through to the net, they kept giving the puck away one to many times and just looked sloppy. Unlike the outdoor game and the one prior to it, they were not able to establish a strong threat with their speed.

What went on in the 2nd period

The Vegas Golden Knights looked great in the second period. Their offense and defense were present; Alex Tuch scored 2 goals; Jonathan Marchessault scored 1 goal and they just flat out proved themselves that they can match up with the Avalanche. Pete DeBoer obviously made the right choice putting Alex Tuch on the first line with Chandler Stephenson and Mark Stone. Chandler Stephenson and Mark Stone are both two fast guys, and adding Alex Tuch to that line just leads to goals. Adding a powerplay goal was huge as the team is trying to get that back to a top tier threat. Can the Golden Knights keep the ball rolling in the 3rd period, or lose the lead big time?

While the Avalanche brought more offense in the second, they weren’t able to get anything past Fleury as he continued to dominate the crease. If the Avalanche wanted to score more goals and eventually beat the Golden Knights, they needed to wake up and play more like how they were back in Lake Tahoe.

What went on in the 3rd period

The Golden Knights kept their 2nd period mentally with them and when they needed a bailout from the backend, Fleury shut the door over and over. The Golden Knights officially split the series in half with that 3-0 win. The only takeaway from that period and the entire game though is that the Avalanche had more shots on goal but they were no match for Fleury

The Avalanche didn’t win the game, but they outshot the Golden Knights 34-28 including a 3rd period where they heavily outshot the Golden Knights. You could feel the tension between Vegas and Colorado with even Grubauer trying to mix it up with Vegas’ guys after the whistle. There is a bit of a layoff before the next meeting which is not until March 25th at 6:00pm PST. Let’s see if the juggernaut rivalry is kicked up a notch or two a month from now.

In conclusion

It’s always a great day when Vegas Golden Knights win. It’s even better when your goalie nails down a shutout. It’s way better when the goalie lets you have BOGO Krispy Kreme Doughnuts.

Too bad Robin Lehner couldn’t play the game due to his shoulder injury. I hope it isn’t a season-long injury.

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