Where do we even start here? The NHL is in the middle of a strange, strange season. Unable to have its typical Winter Classics in huge stadiums with thousands and thousands of people, they have instead taken a page out of baseball’s book by going back to their roots: playing on the ice in the great outdoors. Unfortunately Saturday’s affair between the Colorado Avalanche and the Las Vegas Golden Knights didn’t quite go as smoothly as planned.
Taking place in the searing sunshine, the game began but had to be stopped in the first period after Samuel Girard gave the Avs a 1-0 lead after less than three minutes. What followed was a NASCAR-like delay that lasted over eight hours. When play continued, Vegas tied it up via Alec Martinez in the second period. Nathan McKinnon, though, gave the Avs a lead again less than four minutes later before he collected a second assist- and third point- of the game in the third on Devon Toews’ goal that gave them a 3-1 edge. An Alex Tuch goal with six minutes to go made it interesting, but the Avs held on to win the unique spectacular in Tahoe by a 3-2 lead.