Sport Golden Knights shake off blowout, but Avalanche win Game 2 in OT

09:10  03 june  2021
09:10  03 june  2021 Source:   nbcsports.com

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Golden Knights head coach Peter DeBoer is taking the same approach for his team. The blowout is one of those games you flush out of your system and reset. Colorado is only up 1-0 in the series, so this is not a time for overreaction or desperate moves. They responded by winning two of the next three games before falling in Game 6. When coaches and players throw out the “take it one game at a time” cliché, this is one of those situation. It snowballed quickly for Vegas in Game 1. The heat map shows lots and lots of red around the Golden Knights ’ net, the possession was dominated by the Avalanche

Golden Knights forward Reilly Smith tallied the only goal of the second period. It was the Avalanche 's first overtime game of the playoffs and the franchise is now 41-31 all-time, with a 31-22 mark since 1995-96. Colorado improved to 6-0 this postseason, the first time in franchise history the team has started with six straight wins . The six consecutive victories set the Colorado record (since 1995-96) for a winning streak at any point of a playoff year, and it ties the franchise mark of six straight set by the Quebec Nordiques in the 1987 postseason.

After a Game 1 blowout, Game 2 of Golden Knights – Avalanche required overtime. The Avs ultimately won again, though, taking Game 2 3-2 in OT, and Colorado now leads that anticipated series 2-0.

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Avalanche beat Golden Knights in Game 2 OT

Early on, it looked like the Avalanche might make Game 2 look a lot like Game 1, where they thumped the Golden Knights.

The Avs put a bunch of pressure on Vegas early on. Brandon Saad‘s goal felt like the inevitable happening just about four minutes in, and Tyson Jost‘s 2-1 power-play goal produced a similar feeling.

But the Golden Knights eventually adjusted, even carrying play for much of the second and third period.

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Reilly Smith made it 2-2, and there were plenty of opportunities, including some that hit Philipp Grubauer‘s post.

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Overall, the Golden Knights created a ton of chances against the Avalanche in Game 2. Not all of those chances were of the highest quality, but quite a few were.

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The power play is where the Avs seemed to be on the verge of running away with Game 2. Through the first three periods, the Avalanche generated eight high-danger chances at 5-on-4, while the Golden Knights managed just one.

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The Colorado Avalanche looks to keep its home winning streak going as the team hosts the Vegas Golden Knights tonight in Game 2 of their second-round series at Ball Arena. Colorado (3-0) is one of two teams in the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs that is undefeated at home (Winnipeg Jets, 2-0) and is riding an Philipp Grubauer is looking to become just the second goalie in Colorado/Quebec history to record victories in six straight postseason contests; he's currently tied with Patrick Roy for the Avs record with five. Below is the Avalanche 's projected lineup based on the forward combinations and defensive pairings

Vegas Golden Knights coach Peter DeBoer decided to go with Robin Lehner, and not Marc-Andre Fleury, as his team’s starting goalie in Game 1 of their Second Round series against the Colorado Avalanche and it is safe to say that it did not go as planned in a 7-1 loss. It is just one game. The Golden Knights were in a tough spot in this game coming off of a Game 7 win against a fully rested team that had just been waiting for them for a week. Now the Golden Knights get two full days to regroup, rest, and hopefully come back in Game 2 with a better performance.

Game 2 could’ve ended on a controversial call, as the Golden Knights received a late third-period power play right after officials didn’t call a penalty on an Avalanche semi-breakaway.

Colorado stood tall, though, and then Mikko Rantanen got revenge with that overtime-winner … after a penalty call that Vegas likely won’t be happy about. Just ask Peter DeBoer.

Of course, others will argue that Vegas got away with plenty in Game 2.

That’s playoff hockey for you.

Ultimately, the Golden Knights looked a lot better in Game 2, sometimes better than the Avs. It wasn’t enough, though, and now the Golden Knights must dig deep as the series shifts to Vegas.

AVALANCHE VS. GOLDEN KNIGHTS (COL leads 2-0) – series livestream link

Game 1: Avalanche 7, Golden Knights 1

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The Vegas Golden Knights started Robin Lehner instead of Marc-Andre Fleury in their Game 1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche .

Meanwhile, the Vegas Golden Knights look to avenge their embarrassing Game 1 blowout while the Colorado Avalanche can take full advantage of home ice and take a 2 -0 lead. The Golden Knights should turn back to Vezina Trophy finalist Marc-Andre Fleury in net. Meanwhile, agitator Ryan Reaves will serve the first of a two - game suspension for his end-of- Game 1 antics (including throwing Ryan Graves to the ice, and pulling out a chunk of his hair).

Game 2: Avalanche 3, Golden Knights 2 (OT)

Game 3: Fri. June 4: Avalanche at Golden Knights, 10 p.m. ET (NBCSN)

Game 4: Sun. June 6: Avalanche at Golden Knights, 8:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN)

*Game 5: Tues. June 8: Golden Knights at Avalanche TBD

*Game 6: Thurs. June 10: Avalanche at Golden Knights TBD

*Game 7: Sat. June 12: Golden Knights at Avalanche TBD

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