The Vegas Golden Knights were in danger of falling into a 3-0 hole to the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night and through two and a half periods, it looked as though they would need to hope for a reverse sweep to beat the NHL’s best team. Then 45 seconds changed everything. In what is currently the NHL’’s best postseason series, this might have been its best game. The Vegas Golden Knights snatched victory from the jaws of defeat and in the process, made the Stanley Cup favorites sweat a little. Here’s how they did it.
The Colorado Avalanche would… Oh wait, I’m sorry. For the first time in this series, the Vegas Golden Knights would strike first. After a first period that saw the teams head to the locker room tied at zero, William Karlsson stepped up and scored the first goal of the game at 4:38 of the second period. Alex Pietrangelo would wire a shot on net that would rebound into a crowd in front of Philipp Grubauer and Karlsson would find the lose puck and slide it past Grubauer on the backhand. The Knights had finally struck first but their lead would last only about a minute and 30 seconds.
At 6:07 of the second period, the Avalanche would get on the board when Carl Soderberg scored his first goal of the playoffs. After a great breakout from their own zone, orchestrated by Ryan Graves, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare would rifle a shot on net that would rebound off Marc-Andre Fleury and right to a streaking Soderberg. Soderberg nailed the open net and the Avalanche had tied the game in the blink of an eye. The teams would go to the locker room tied at one goal a piece.
The Avalanche were quick to remind everyone how good they are. Just 5:04 into the third period, Cale Makar and Mikko Rantanen would hook up on the power-play to give the Avalanche a 2-1 lead. Makar would send a cross-ice pass to an open Rantanen who lasered a one-timer past Fleury. The Avalanche again looked like they were on their way to another win but like I mentioned above, 45 seconds changed everything. Jonathan Marchessault and Max Pacioretty would score at 14:42 and 15:27 of the third period to take a massive 3-2 lead on the President’s Trophy winners. Marchessault would bank the puck off of Grubauer from behind the goal line and Pacioretty would tip-in a big shot from Nick Holden just about 45 seconds apart. Vegas would hold the lead for the rest of the third period and win Game three by a score of 3-2.
Game four is Saturday, June 6th at 8:30 pm at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Will the Colorado Avalanche take a 3-1 series lead? Will the Golden Knights tie the series? FIND OUT NEXT TIME ON DRAGON BALL Z! (Just kidding with that last line but seriously, if you aren’t watching this series watch it.)