Vegas Take Control, Tampa Advances Past Carolina

Jonathan Grant | June 9th, 2021

The Las Vegas Golden Knights are in charge of their second-round NHL playoff series against the Colorado Avalanche. Having lost the opening two games of the series, it looked like a quick elimination could be on hand, but instead, they have fought back to the tune of three consecutive victories, the latest one coming on Colorado’s own ice. It also came in over time, increasing the drama significantly. The Avalanche essentially imploded on this night. They saw Brandon Saad score right before the end of the first period and made it 2-0 when Joonas Donskoi scored late in the second. They looked like retaking control, but the Knights had other ideas in mind.

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Alex Tuch scored just over a minute into the third and about three minutes later Jonathan Marchessault equalized it at two apiece. From there, the scores remained the same until only 50 seconds had elapsed in OT. Mark Stone found the net, handing them a win that gives them a crack to win the series at home next time out. Elsewhere, the Tampa Bay Lightning advanced past the Carolina Hurricanes after winning Game 5 by a 2-0 score. Andrei Vasilevskiy saved all 29 shots he faced in a shutout showing while Brayden Point scored his eighth postseason goal on a power play in the second period. Ross Colton scored unassisted in the third to give them insurance, and that was all they needed to propel them into the semi-finals for the Stanley Cup.

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