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MacKinnon injured in Avalanche loss to Wild
He did not play in the third period due to an undisclosed lower-body injury.Already playing without Erik Johnson, Matt Calvert, and Devon Toews, the Avalanche lost superstar forward Nathan MacKinnon to an undisclosed lower-body injury in their 4-3 overtime loss to the Minnesota Wild.
The Vegas Golden Knights only needed one goal to beat the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday.and a tight-checking Golden Knights defense managed to pull off a 1-0 win against the Avalanche in a clash of West Division powers.
Fleury adds to his legacy, and hot start
Remember all of the talk about how Marc-Andre Fleury could serve as an important partner forduring this shortened season? Between Lehner’s injury and Fleury’s hot start, the Golden Knights are likely glad they haven’t traded him.
(At least yet?)
Fleury made 30 saves to shut out the Avalanche on Sunday. It’s his second shutout of the season, and the 63rd of his career. The 36-year-old improved his impressive career wins total to 473.
Avalanche grind out rugged win over Wild without MacKinnon
The Avs managed to beat the Wild at their own game on Tuesday.In what ended up becoming a bit of a goalie duel, Philipp Grubauer got the upper hand over Cam Talbot, but both were sharp. Then again, space wasn’t always easy to come by.
MAF already came into Sunday’s game with a .934 save percentage. So, yeah, he’s off to quite the start. Maybe his back healed up?
Rested (but rusty and understaffed) Avalanche vs. Golden Knights
Sunday’s Golden Knights – Avalanche game presented an interesting scenario of rest and rust., Colorado last played on Feb. 2. Meanwhile, Vegas was closing off a back-to-back set after beating the Sharks 3-1 on Saturday.
Combine those factors withappearing in his first game since Jan. 31, and you’d think it would be advantage: Avs.
Video: Fleury denies Ducks with another spectacular save (NBC Sports)
Naturally during these times, it wasn’t quite that simple. Between continued COVID protocol absences and injuries to the likes of, the Avalanche weren’t exactly at full-strength vs. the Golden Knights.
Colorado avalanche: Three skiers are missing after getting caught in a large avalanche
Three skiers are missing after getting caught in a large avalanche between the Colorado towns of Silverton and Ophir, according to a preliminary report from the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. © From Colorado Avalanche Information Center The group of skiers' tracks are still visible to the right of the avalanche, according to the Colorado The three belonged to a larger group of back-country skiers who were traveling Monday and triggered the avalanche in an area locally known as "The Nose."Four people were caught in the avalanche and fully buried in debris, the report said.
A recap of the Avs’ health situation:
Playing: MacKinnon, Toews, Bellemare
Out: Makar (day-to-day), Johnson, Calvert (back on ice this weekend), Francouz (LTIR)
AHL: Martin Kaut (injury) didn’t make the trip to California
In COVID-19 protocol: Jost, Landeskog, Girard
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Maybe you can chalk some of the tight play to those factors for both teams. Sure, Nathan MacKinnon did what he could, despite Vegas having even more incentive than usual to smother the speedy center.
Have mercy, Nathan MacKinnon.
Imagine if that had gone in.
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… And it’s also fair to note that there were moments when the game could’ve gotten a bit more freewheeling.may still be haunted after getting handcuffed by an absolutely golden opportunity set up by .
Ultimately, it waswho beat with the kind of goal you can only really expect from a true sniper.
Former Red Wings winger Justin Abdelkader signs in Switzerland
In his prime, Abdelkader was a capable top-six power forward, twice reaching the 40-point mark while recording at least 100 hits in all of his 11 full NHL seasons. However, his offensive production dried up considerably in recent years, including a goalless 2019-20 campaign during which he managed just three assists in 49 games that resulted in the Red Wings opting to pay him more than $6M in total over the next six years to get out of his contract.
That was Pacioretty’s first goal since he generated a hat trick against the Blues on Jan. 26. “Patches” also broke a three-game pointless drought with what would end up being the lone goal of the Golden Knights’ win against the Avalanche.
NBC Sports will premiere Doc Emrick – The Voice of Hockey, Presented by Discover – detailing the illustrious career of U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame member and eight-time Sports Emmy Award winner Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick – on Sunday, February 21 at 2 p.m. ET on NBC, leading into coverage of the NHL outdoor game at Lake Tahoe featuring the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers.
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