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Who scored? What time was remaining in the period? Who assisted who?
- Nathan Mackinnon scored with 12:02 remaining in the first period. He was assisted by Mikko Rantanen and Brandon Saad. 1-0 COL
- Max Pacioretty scored with 3:24 remaining in the second period. He was assisted by Shea Theodore and William Karlsson. 1-1 Tie
- Brandon Saad scored with 2:27 remaining in the second period. He was assisted by Ryan Graves and Joonas Donskoi. 2-1 COL
- Jonathan Marchessault scored with 13:06 remaining in the 3rd period. He was assisted by Reilly Smith and William Karlsson. 2-2 VGK.
- Nazem Kadri scored with :41 remaining in the third period. He was assisted by Joonas Donskoi and Bowen Bryam. 3-2 COL.
What went on in period 1
The Vegas Golden Knights had many great 1st periods, but that period wasn’t it. The Golden Knights were outshot 9-7 and outscored 1-0. They also took 4 penalties, with one of the penalties being a fight by the rookie Keegan Kolesar. The penalty kill stood tall not surrendering a goal in that department. Hopefully the Vegas Golden Knights can answer back in the 2nd period.
The Colorado Avalanche won that period. Scoring wise, and edging out in shots on goal. Colorado’s Nathan McKinnon scored the only goal in the 1st period. The Avalanche only took 1 penalty, the fighting major in the first 20 minutes, and that was with 18:04 remaining. Could they keep up the momentum in the 2nd period?
what went on in the 2nd period?
Although the Golden Knights’ Max Pacioretty scored the only Vegas goal in the period the Vegas Golden Knights slowed down that period as Colorado put their speed on display. Can the Vegas Golden Knights redeem themselves in period 3?
Colorado’s Brandon Saad scored not even a minute after the Pacioretty goal to make it 2-1. The Avalanche just looked like a better team with their speed for the for the first 40 minutes of game time. Could they keep it up though?
what went on in the 3rd period?
The Golden Knights failed to put this one away in the 3rd period. Jonathan Marchessault scoring wasn’t to tie the game and the onslaught in front of Grubauer wasn’t enough.
it all seemed like it was starting to be an interesting game after that Jonathan Marchessault goal, but with :41 remaining in regulation, Nazem Kadri scored to make a final game of 3-2 on a wacky goal in front.
Who’s the one to blame here? Was it Vegas’ offense/defense? Was it their goalie that played 4 straight? Or is it two giants battling it out for superiority in the division as we all pretty much expected? Both teams were pretty much even throughout besides Colorado’s speed. A positive of note for Vegas is the power play is starting to heat up and defensively they were mostly solid with a heavy amount of blocked shots. One should expect more thrilling battles the rest of the way starting with Sunday in Lake Tahoe.