The Las Vegas Golden Knights seemed to be well on the way toward being ousted from the Stanley Cup Playoffs after the opening two games of the second round against the Colorado Avalanche. Facing a 2-0 hole, they weren’t expected to make a third semi-finals run in four seasons. Yet they went on a four-game winning run that culminated in Game 6 on Thursday night. On home ice, the Knights fell behind to the Avalanche. after just 23 seconds when Darren Toews found the net.
Vegas responded within a minute through Nick Holden. Five minutes before the end of the first period, they took their first lead as William Karlsson registered his fourth playoff goal. Mikko Rantanen continued his fine form to tie it for the Avs early in the second before Keegan Kolesar restored the lead for Vegas at 3-2. Andre Burakovsky equalized once more with just over three minutes in the second period. That’s when the Knights wrestled control away from the Avalanche. for good. Alex Pietrangelo got his first playoff goal of the campaign with only 18 seconds remaining in the period. In the third, William Carrier did the same to hand them a two-goal edge at 5-3. Max Pacioretty scored unassisted to cap off the 6-3 win, propelling the Knights into the semis where they will take on the Montreal Canadiens.