In a most unusual setting, a most unusual game went to the Colorado Avalanche by a 3-2 count on Saturday. The first of two NHL games slated to be played at Lake Tahoe this weekend, the game started in the afternoon and was delayed over eight hours because of hazardous ice conditions.
The first period was played at the normal afternoon start time before sun on the ice forced the delay to the evening. After Colorado took a 1-0 lead on a Samuel Girard goal at 2:58 of the first period, it would be nine hours later when the Golden Knights tied the game at 1-1 on Alec Martinez’s marker at 7:37 of the second period.
Colorado built a 3-1 lead on goals by Nathan MacKinnon and Devon Toews, but the Golden Knights drew within a goal when Alex Tuch scored on a spin-o-rama backhand at 14:25 of the third period.
Marc-Andre Fleury took the loss despite a tremendous effort, making 36 saves. Philipp Grubauer recorded the win for the Avalanche.
- Through three games of the current four-game set between the two teams, Colorado has shown itself to be just a little bit better in all aspects. The margin is razor thin, but the benchmark is obvious for what Vegas needs to beat in order to get out of the division.
- Cale Makar might be the best defenseman in the NHL right now. Watching him in this series so far has only confirmed what I saw in his college days and performance at the Frozen Four in Buffalo, NY a few years back. Makar will have a caseful of hardware before he hangs up the skates, along with a potential Hall of Fame phone call.
- The game took 10 hours, 37 minutes to complete with the delay.
- Nathan MacKinnon now has 3-9-12 in 11 career games against the Vegas Golden Knights. He scored once and had two assists tonight.
- The fourth and final game of the set comes Monday in Denver.