by WG Ramirez
Vegas (AFP) – Alex Petrangelo scored his first post-season tie-breaker late in the second half, defeating the Vegas Golden Knights Colorado Avalanche 6-3 in Game 6 of the second round Thursday night to advance. to the Stanley Cup semi-finals.
Nick Holden, William Carlson, Keegan Colsar, William Carrier and Max Pasurietti also scored for Vegas, who won four consecutive goals in the series and will next face the Montreal Canadiens. The Golden Knights are in the final four of the NHL for the third time in four years of the franchise.
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 30 rounds and moved up to fourth place of all time with 89 playoff wins.
Devin Toyuz, Miko Rantanen and Andrei Burakowski scored for Colorado. Grubauer made 17 saves.
After firing 45 high-volleys for the team during the post-season, Petrangelo found 46 nets with 18 seconds left after collecting a rebound from Alex Tosh’s shot that bounced off the end board, sending the top shelf of the game. To beat Colorado goalkeeper Philip Grobauer to give Vegas a 4-3 lead.
The third period belonged to Fleury, who held 11 rounds in the final frame, including one timer by Valeri Nichushkin from the bottom of the circle. Florey rushed across the crease to thwart the attempt with what might be his biggest save of the match, holding a 4-3 lead with about 14 minutes of play and keeping momentum for Vegas.
Carrier secured his first goal of the post-season when he came home on a rebound from the doorstep, and Pacioretty added a blank netter to provide the final margin.
Colorado came out of the opening encounter looking to silence an out-of-the-way crowd, as the avalanche capitalized on the spin of Vegas defenseman Shea Theodore. Colorado fast driver Nathan McKinnon raced into the attack zone with the puck and fed the Toews streak, who beat Fleury by sniping just 23 seconds.
The crowd flared up again when Holden fired a shot from the point and crossed the Grubauer pentathlon, leveling the match after just 52 seconds.
Later, it was Carlson who created a turn and found Martinez across the area. Completing a powerful shot, Martinez chose to return the ball to Carlson, who fired once between Grobauer’s skate and the post to score his third goal and seventh point in the series to give Vegas a 2-1 lead.
With Petrangelo sitting in the penalty area after a game-call delay early in the second half, Rantanen skated across the area and fired an unbalanced wrist shot through the legs of Vegas defender Zach Whitecloud and off the inside of his right skate, and off Florey’s blocker to tie the match back.
After winning the showdown and taking the shuttle ball to Theodore, Colsar positioned himself perfectly to redirect Petrangelo’s shot from the blue line past Grobauer to return Vegas to the top, with a 3-2 score.
Colorado tied the game for the third time when former jockey Pierre-Edouard Bellemare sent a cross over the red line to Burakovsky, who went down to the right wing and fired a laser shot from Fleury on the far side.