LAS VEGAS – Colorado coach Jared Bedon asked on Monday night how the Avalanche was able to pull Avalanche back after a 2–1 win over the Vegas Golden Knights.
“Simple. Bedalting – it was that,” Badnore said. “It was the only part of our game that I liked.”
JT Komaroff scored a goal in the third round and Philip Grubauer added 36 to help Colorado retain their chances to finish in first place in the West Division.
Despite playing with a smaller roster for the ninth time this season, his chances of scoring were nearly twice as high as Colorado — 40–22 – and the Avalanche outscored 37–21.
“Without (without Grubauer) we don’t have a chance,” Bednar said. “Vegas was more competitive. He won a large part of Puck’s battles, and played with greater speed, executing better. I didn’t think we would follow what we wanted. … I felt that they are a more physical team tonight, and engaged. “
Badnore said he was happy with Colorado’s penalty kill, which was 3-for-the-night.
Billed as the most important game of the year for both, neither team disappointed with every inch of space despite key players missing from both lineups, as the Golden Knight dominated the first two periods, while Grubauer and the Avalanche made it to the finals. Shloka performed his subtle.
Vegas was limited to 15 skaters due to cap restrictions and used 10 forwards with five defensemen.
Forward Peyton Krebs suffered a fractured jaw in Saturday’s win over St. Louis when he was hit with a shot during the second period and has been out indefinitely, general manager Kelly Mcrimmon said before the game. Defenseman Alec Martinez, who made nine of the team’s 17 blocked shots, was also injured against the Blues and did not play on Monday. After that Max Pacioretty, Ryan Reeves, and Tomas Nosk stayed out of the lineup with injuries.
“Not much strategy – everybody’s got to play and everybody’s got to climb the boards and work,” DeBoer said. “We talked about staying out of the penalty box and we did it for the most part. We talked about keeping the changes small and keeping our energy up, and I felt we had a third period. I did whatever we asked him and I want him to be rewarded for this. “
Meanwhile, Colorado got star center Nathan McKinnon back after missing two matches and still scratched six players, including regular contributor Brandon Saad and defenseman Samuel Girard, who combined for 55 points this season. Has participated from.
The Avalanche gained their first lead of the game when they took advantage of a rather sluggish line change to Vegas, which cleared Pak in the neutral zone and replaced it. The Comrades hit the Colorado bench and caught the puck while skating in the zone and started the play by dumping it to Connor Timmins, who drove to Alex Newhook. Newhook sent the crease to the crease, where Komaroff defeated Lehner with his second game-winning goal of the previous season.
Andre Burkowski also scored for the Avalanche, which divided the Golden Knights by double digits. There is one game left in Vegas, two in Colorado.
“It wasn’t our best game, but it was good to get a win,” Grubauer said. “We dialed it up a notch in the last period. We feel quite comfortable in those tight games. Tonight was a smoothie to end that road trip. “
Alex Pietrangelo scored for the Golden Knights. Robin Lehner, facing the Avalanche for the first time this season after joining Marc-Andre Fury in the first seven meetings, stopped 19 shots.
Vegas opened the scoring in the first period, when Pierrangello fired a rebound of Nick Hague’s shot from the point, with a one-timer from the right dot on Grubauer’s left shoulder.
Alex Touche had a chance to make it 2–0, when he skated with William Carrier on an odd-man rush, but missed a wide open net.
The Avalanche, whose second-period plus-36 goal difference is the best in the NHL in any period, found a seven-minute equalizer in the middle frame when Burakowski walked through the slot and glided sideways toward the wrist to make it. While firing it would equal it by 1-1.
“We didn’t have to lean more on our goal this season,” Badnore said. “We really feel that we are winning the game because our game is good. I don’t like to rely on our goal, it’s not a good recipe.
“Take a lesson from that game. We were not ready to compete. “
Colorado: Opens a season-and-to-date home series in Los Angeles on Wednesday.
Vegas: The regular season finishes in San Jose on Wednesday.
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