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Vegas came up short on Wednesday in a 3-2 overtime loss to Colorado in Game 2 despite carrying the play for most of the contest. Friday’s match was looking like it was going to be another tough loss and a potential 3-0 series lead for the Avalanche, but the Golden Knights turned it around with a pair of goals late in the third period.
Jonathan Marchessault scored on a bank shot from behind the net to tie the game and it sent the home crowd into a frenzy. Max Pacioretty supplied what held up as the game winner 45 seconds later at 15:27 of the third period in a dramatic comeback victory.
Vegas broke the game open and got back in the series after Mikko Rantanen scored a power-play goal to give the Avalanche a 2-1 lead. He has 10 goals and 17 assists during a 17-game playoff point streak dating back to last postseason.
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Meanwhile, the big news outside of the playoff picture was injury related. Evgeni Malkin underwent knee surgery and he is expected to miss training camp. Additionally, Max Domi will be out for the start of the 2021-22 campaign following shoulder surgery.
MONTREAL 1 WINNIPEG 0 (Canadiens lead series 2-0)
The Canadiens won both games on the road at Winnipeg and will return home for a back-to-back set versus the Jets on Sunday and Monday.
Carey Price turned aside all 30 shots he faced for his first shutout of this postseason and the eighth of his NHL career. He has helped backstop the Canadiens to five straight wins in the playoffs.
Tyler Toffoli scored the only goal of the match 1:41 into the second period when Montreal was killing a penalty. His shorthanded marker was assisted by Shea Weber and Artturi Lehkonen.
Toffoli has three goals this postseason, which have all come during his current four-game point streak. He has added two assists during that span.
Connor Hellebuyck held the Jets in the contest and made 23 stops, but his teammates were unable to come up with the equalizer.
Mathieu Perreault had a game-high seven hits and he provided three shots.
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COLORADO 2 VEGAS 3 (Avalanche lead series 2-1)
The Golden Knights got back in the series with a hard-fought win over the Avalanche in Game 3.
William Karlsson’s third goal of the postseason opened the scoring 4:38 into the second period.
Carl Soderberg tied the game shortly later with his first goal of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs in his third appearance.
Mikko Rantanen extended his point streak to seven straight games with a power-play goal at 5:04 of the third period. He has four goals and seven helpers over that span. Rantanen has found the back of the net in four consecutive matches.
Jonathan Marchessault scored his second goal of the playoffs to even the score 14:42 into the third period. He has one marker and two assists during a three-game point spree.
Max Pacioretty deflected in the game winner shortly afterward. He had a game-high eight shots on target and he chipped in five hits. Pacioretty has two goals and two helpers across a four-game point streak.
Gabriel Landeskog, Cale Makar, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Kiefer Sherwood, Reilly Smith, Mark Stone, Alex Pietrangelo, Nicolas Hague, Nick Holden and Alec Martinez posted one assist each.
Landeskog had a game-high seven hits, while Marchessault was credited with six.
Philipp Grubauer was outstanding in the defeat with 40 saves. He almost stole another victory for the Avalanche after he guided the team to a sixth straight win in Game 2.
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 18 shots to get back in the win column. He had one victory in his previous four playoff starts, which came in Game 7 of the first round versus Minnesota.
Published: 2021-06-05 05:57:43
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