Avalanche v. Golden Knights – Marchessault’s Hat Trick Evens Series

#1 Colorado Avalanche v. #2 Vegas Golden Knights – Game 4
Colorado Leads Series 2-1

Last recap I mentioned how this is the best series in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and this game just proved my point even further. The Vegas Golden Knights looked dead in the water after game two of their series with the Colorado Avalanche. A 2-0 hole against the President’s trophy winners isn’t a spot anyone wants to be in. Vegas didn’t back down and they have now stormed back to tie the series at two games a piece with the series shifting back to Ball Arena. Here’s how they did it. 

The Avalanche would have a strong start and would score just a minute and 50 seconds into the game. Brandon Saad would find the puck inside a mess of players at the front and slam it past Marc-Andre Fleury for a 1-0 Avalanche lead. There might not be a hotter goal scorer than Saad right now. That was his sixth goal in the last seven games. But, just like last game, Vegas refused to back down and roughly five minutes later they would respond with a goal of their own. After a scramble in front of the Colorado net, Jonathan Marchessault would tip the puck into the net to tie the game at one. Vegas has looked like a different team these last few games and this goal showed off their patented work ethic. The teams would head to the locker room tied at one. 

The second period began with a bang from the Golden Knights when they scored just a minute and eleven seconds in. Mark Stone would begin the breakout out of the Colorado zone and slide a pass to Max Pacioretty in the neutral zone. Pacioretty, Stone and Chandler Stephenson broke into the zone and Pacioretty sniped the puck past Phillipp Grubauer’s shoulder. Vegas now held a 2-1 lead early in the second period. 10 minutes later, it was Marchessault’s time to shine once again. With the Golden Knights on the power-play, Alex Pietrangelo would make a nice move to freeze all of the Avalanche’s penalty killers and then slid the puck over to Marchessault. Marchessault would rocket a one-timer past Grubauer to give Golden Knights a 3-1. They were on a roll and would enter the locker room with a two goal lead. 

Six minutes into the third period, Marchessault completed his hat trick and a special moment in the Vegas Golden Knights’ short history had been made. William Karlsson and Reilly Smith worked really hard down low to get the puck and make a play. Eventually, Smith would find a wide open Marchessault in front of the net and slid the puck to him across the crease. Marchessault would knock the puck past Grubauer and give Vegas a 4-1 lead. They weren’t done yet. At 13:13 of the third period, Patrick Brown would slam the puck under Grubauer’s pads for a 5-1 Vegas lead. Vegas would go on to win and tie the series at two games a piece. 

Game five is Tuesday, June 8th at 9:00 pm at Ball Arena in Denver, Colorado. 

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