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COLORADO AVALANCHE 4 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 (42-29-6 90 PTS)

The Golden Knights needed one point to clinch a playoff berth, but the Colorado Avalanche wouldn’t make it easy. Vegas coming off a two-game skid traveled to Denver in search of a win.

The Avalanche were flying on the ice creating heavy pressure on the Golden Knights defense. Matt Calvert scooped up a centering pass and wristed past Malcolm Subban for the 1-0 Avs lead. Three minutes later Vegas center Paul Stastny took a costly high-sticking penalty in the Colorado zone. Avalanche superstar Nathan MacKinnon doubled up the score 2-0 on the ensuing power play for his 38th goal of the season.

Down two, the Golden Knights would have some work to do if they were to get back in the game. Both teams traded chances for half the period when Paul Stastny got Vegas on the board with a beautiful wraparound goal. Four minutes later Reilly Smith scored his 19th goal of the season getting Vegas within one. Two and half minutes later Colorado made a two-goal game again leading 4-2 after two periods of action.

Vegas would begin the final period on the power play down 4-2. The Golden Knights would be turned away on their man advantage and had trouble generating offense for most of the period. Colorado tightened up their defense with under five minutes but Alex Tuch punched a high rebound into the net for Vegas’ third goal of the night. Subban was pulled with 1:10 to go in the game giving Vegas the 6-on-5 advantage. After some really close chances the Avalanche evaded an overtime period beating Vegas 4-3.

The Golden Knights record drops to (42-29-6) and remain in the Pacific Division’s third place position, with five games left to play. Vegas still needs one point to clinch a playoff berth. The team will get back on the ice Friday night in Vegas against the Minnesota Wild. Opening faceoff is scheduled for 7PM.(Recap by Jason)


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Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Alex Tuch
** Paul Stastny
* Mark Stone

How The Golden Knights Can Clinch By Sunday

The Golden Knights clinched last year on March 26th. They can actually do it sooner this year.

Having won 10 of the past 11 games the Golden Knights have soared well above the playoff cut line and it’s only a matter of time until it becomes official that Vegas is heading to the postseason.

But, like everything in sports, nothing is a sure thing until it’s actually a sure thing. It can become a sure thing soon though, as soon as Sunday afternoon.

The Golden Knights currently have 89 points with eight games left to play. The first team out of the playoff picture is Arizona with 78 points, also with eight to go.

Thus, the easiest way for the Golden Knights to lock in their place is to eliminate the Coyotes. Using our “Points to Elimination” tool, it takes six points to do so (and only five VGK clinches the tiebreaker).

Arizona plays at New Jersey tomorrow and at the New York Islanders on Sunday. Vegas hosts Detroit tomorrow. If the Golden Knights win in regulation or overtime, and Arizona records only one point in those two games, Vegas will clinch.

If Arizona records two or more points, the Golden Knights still have a chance to clinch.

The attention would then turn to the Minnesota Wild, Colorado Avalanche, and Chicago Blackhawks. With a Vegas win tomorrow, the Golden Knights would need just one more point to eliminate Chicago and three to eliminate Minnesota and Colorado.

The Wild have a back-to-back in Washington and Carolina tonight and tomorrow while Chicago and Colorado have a home-and-home back-to-back against each other Saturday and Sunday.

So, if Vegas wins tomorrow, they would need Minnesota to record one or zero points in their two games, and Chicago and Colorado would have to split (with Colorado’s loss coming in regulation).

VGK win + ARI loss to NJD + ARI loss to NYI

OR

VGK win + MIN loss to WSH + MIN loss to CAR + COL/CHI Split 2 Games

If any piece of both of those scenarios falls short, the next Golden Knights attention will turn to Monday in St. Louis.

It could happen Sunday, it could not, but either way, it’s happening soon. Once that’s locked up, the focus is going to start to shift towards San Jose, who as of this article are five points ahead of Vegas with eight to go. It’s a tall task, but if the Golden Knights can knock off the Sharks again on the 30th, things could get very interesting that final week.

BOSTON BRUINS 3 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 (32-25-5 69 PTS) – SO (2-1)

For the seventh time in the last eight games, the Golden Knights conceded the first goal of the game. An incredible play by Jake DeBrusk got Boston on the board, but Vegas was able to get even before the 1st intermission. A scoreless 2nd led to a thrilling start to the 3rd. Boston jumped ahead again, but an unbelievable play by Nate Schmidt tied it just moments later. Both teams had multiple chances and hit posts within seconds of each other but the game would remain tied into OT. A too many men on the ice penalty gave the Golden Knights a power play late in the OT. Boston scored one more in the skills competition than Vegas did.

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Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** William Karlsson
** Nate Schmidt
* Cody Eakin

COLORADO AVALANCHE 3 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 0 (32-25-4 68 PTS)

The Golden Knights really never got going in this one. A mistake in their own end handed Colorado the first goal of the game. Then a couple more, one in the 2nd and another in the 3rd, were enough to dig a deep enough hole Vegas couldn’t get out of. A rough night in Colorado, but now home for four more.

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Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Jon Merrill
** Malcolm Subban
* No one deserves this spot

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 COLORADO AVALANCHE 1 (21-15-4 46 PTS)

Vegas took a penalty in the middle of the 1st and it led quickly to a goal by the Avalanche. However, an Alex Tuch forecheck, following by a nice pass helped Paul Stastny get on the board and tie it up. The Golden Knights controlled the 2nd period but couldn’t find the back of the net. Then, in the 3rd, what looked like a harmless shot from the point by Brandon Pirri found its way all the way through and past Philipp Grubauer. The Avs made a push, especially late with two straight power plays, but couldn’t tie it up.

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Ken’s Three Stars
*** Nate Schmidt
** Paul Stastny
* Alex Tuch

COLORADO AVALANCHE 5 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 (4-1-0 Preseason)

Golden Knights started out a bit sluggish giving one up early. The 1st ended down 2-0 but Vegas got going a bit as the game went on. Goals from Max Pacioretty, Jake Bischoff, and Brad Hunt helped the Golden Knights get to back within a goal with over nine to play in the 3rd. Vegas could not climb all the way back on a night which wasn’t the best for either the defense or Malcolm Subban. Luckily, it didn’t count.

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  • The team is taking two days in a row off, so we are taking one. No new articles until Wednesday… unless Shea signs.

Three Stars (Coming Soon)
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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5 COLORADO AVALANCHE 1 (2-0-0 Preseason)

As it often is when he’s on the ice, it was the Erik Brannstrom show in Denver. Brannstrom helped start the scoring with a nice pass along the wall on the power play to set up a Brandon Pirri goal. Then, after skating the puck out of trouble from below his own net, Brannstrom flew down the center of the ice, got a pass from Tomas Hyka, and buried the puck past Semyon Varlamov. Alex Tuch scored the Golden Knights third goal on a sweet set of passes by Paul Stastny and Oscar Lindberg. Reid Duke and Erik Haula added goals late.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Colorado Avalanche preseason game at Pepsi Center.

  • Defensemen Power Rankings

Three Stars (Were not awarded by Pepsi Center)
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What Do The Avalanche Think Of Playing The Golden Knights In The Playoffs?

Has there ever been a more fitting picture for an article on this site? I think not. (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

Like we asked after the Minnesota Wild game, we posed the same question to the Colorado Avalanche. How does your team matchup against the Golden Knights in a seven game series?

I think it would be a good matchup. I think it would be a fun series. In the playoffs anything can happen.  -Gabriel Landeskog, Colorado Captain

The Captain was diplomatic and carefully didn’t give out any bulletin board material. His frustrated teammate however…

I think it’s pretty even. They came out buzzing in the third, but I thought for the first two periods of 5-on-5 we did a good job. Yeah, hopefully we do see them in the first round. I think we match up pretty well against them. -Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Forward

The Hart candidate followed up with why he believes playing the Golden Knights in the first-round would be a good draw for the Avalanche.

Yeah, it’s not a super physical game from either team. I think it’s exciting hockey to watch. I think in Denver it was a fun game to watch and being here is another entertaining game. It’s a lot of off the rush stuff and a lot of speed. -MacKinnon

Avs coach Jared Bednar initially spit out a whole bunch of nonsense coach speak, but we eventually got him talking Golden Knights.

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 (48-21-7 103 PTS) COLORADO AVALANCHE 1

Another scoreless first between the Avs and Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena. The Golden Knights came out looking much better in the 2nd and took a lead. Colorado tied it up on a goal that looked like it should have been back for goalie interference. Then, a high stick to the face of Pierre-Edouard Bellemare seemed to light a fire under the Golden Knights. They scored on the ensuing penalty and looked incredible to start the 3rd. They took a 3-1 lead and hung on all the way to the finish when William Karlsson scored his 40th goal. With the win, the Golden Knights have clinched a playoff berth!

Playoffs, baby. -Alex Tuch

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Three Stars
***  Alex Tuch
** Shea Theodore
* Jonathan Marchessault

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