With shootout to determine 1st seed at Western Conference and time passed, Alex Tuch scored 4:44 in extra time as Vegas Golden Knights edged Colorado Avalanche 4-3 to win the round robin tournament. in Edmonton on Saturday.
The Golden Knights, who made a coaching change with the side stuck in seventh place in the west in January, bringing Pete DeBoer on for Gerard Gallant, having won 3-0 in the circle, hitting defeat Dallas and St. Louis before winning. overcoming Colorado, securing a first-round match against the No. 8 Chicago Blackhawks, a team that finished their 12th season in the West before beating Edmonton in qualifying.
Vegas, the team that progressed to the Stanley Cup Final in 2018, received two goals from Jonathan Marchessault, including one on penalties, as well as another by Nicolas Roy, as the Knights completed a tournament. unbeaten.
“We have come here to tackle every challenge ahead. We have done a great job,” Marchessault said. “We want the first seed after the round-robin play and we have completed it. So I think it’s pretty positive. We’re really happy that our game is a team. “
Goalkeeper Robin Lehner made 32 saves en route to victory, setting up a unique streak against the Blackhawks, who exchanged Lehner for Vegas before the sport was halted in March. Several Blackhawks, one day after eliminating Oilers in their home turf, watched the Knights’ victories from the stands.
Tuch scored the decisive goal with a shot over the shoulder of Avalanche goalkeeper Philipp Grubauer. Avalanche ended the game with an illegal 1:02 as JT Compher poked the slot. It was Tuch’s third goal in the roundabout match.
“It feels pretty good,” Tuch said. “Honestly, it was a huge goal to get the first seed. I don’t care who scored as long as we did.”
Joonas Donskoi and Nathan MacKinnon scored for Avalanche. Grubauer scored against Pavel Francouz, who blocked 27 shots in Wednesday’s win over Dallas. The veteran Grubauer managed to save 22 shots.
Colorado’s Pierre-Edouard Bellemare got a break through at the end of the third half against his old side, only to put the shot on too high.
Intensity was taken to another level in the second half with four goals. The pace of the goal kicked off as Marchessault swung a powerful shot past Grubauer. MacKinnon was in the box for an unsportsmanlike call after expressing dissatisfaction about a freeze call.
MacKinnon, a contender for the tournament’s MVP title alongside Lady Byng Trophy, atoned for for losing his temper by ending the game with a backswitch in the power game.
Vegas took the lead again before Roy took a shot with heavy traffic in front of the net. The lead lasted less than two minutes before Donskoi equalized.
Colorado had a golden opportunity in the first phase of the long five-on-three power game. Mikko Rantanen’s best shot went by, but his shot went wide by the keeper. Lehner.
With the loss, Colorado finished second in the circle, and will meet Arizona in the first round.
“We are talking like we lost and our game is bad. I don’t see that. I don’t see it at all,” said Avalanche coach Jared Bednar. “If we expected this to be easy, we were in the wrong league. This would be the result. It’s a really good hockey team. I’m not really disappointed.”
Associated Press contributed to this report.