The Vegas Golden Knights have shown some kind of spirit in these playoffs. They just absolutely refuse to die and after going down 2-0 in the series and 2-0 in Game Five, they have rallied and now hold a 3-2 series lead after winning Game five 3-2 in overtime. It’s been an incredible story once again for Vegas and yes, the series is not over yet but Colorado really needs to come out on fire in game six if they want any hope of moving on. Here’s how Game five went.
The first period started with domination from the Avalanche. They came out flying at Ball Arena and they were using their speed and skill to take it to the Golden Knights early on. Marc-Andre Fleury was the difference maker for Vegas and really held them in the game early when the Avalanche were all over them. After an almost perfect first period from Fleury, Brandon Saad would finally break through and would score with less than two seconds left. From the side boards, Saad would snipe the puck top shelf on Fleury to end the first period and give the Avalanche a 1-0 lead going to the locker room.
The second period was more of the same with both teams trading chances and it featured another late score. Joonas Donskoi would be the recipient of a great pass from Alex Newhook and would absolutely smash a one-timer past Marc-Andre Fleury for a 2-0 Avalanche lead at 16:28 of the second period. The Avalanche looked like they were on their way to taking Game Five at Ball Arena but Vegas had other ideas in the third period.
The third period was all Vegas as they would score twice to tie the game. At 1:03 of the third period, Nicolas Roy would send a quick pass to Alex Tuch. Tuch would then bat the puck past Phillipp Grubauer to cut the Avalanche lead to 2-1. Just three minutes later, Jonathan Marchessault would add to his current playoff legend and score another one of the biggest goals in Golden Knights history. William Karlsson would break into the Avalanche zone, cut across the middle of the ice and send a pass to Marchessault who would tap the puck in the backdoor past Grubauer. It was his sixth goal of the playoffs. The teams exited the ice tied at three with the biggest period of both their seasons coming up.
Just 50 seconds into overtime, Mark Stone would score and put himself into Golden Knights playoff lore. Max Pacioretty would send a quick pass from the Vegas zone to a streaking Stone in the neutral zone. Stone would break in on a breakaway and snap the puck past Grubauer, blocker side, to seal a 3-2 win for the Golden Knights and 3-2 series lead. Game six is Thursday, June 10 at 9:00 pm at T-Mobile Arena.