Philipp Grubauer and Marc-Andre Fleury were both playing very well in Sunday’s game between the Colorado Avalanche and Las Vegas Golden Knights at 7:00 p.m. EST
Fleury made 29 saves to secure a shutout and his 473rd career win. Grubauer allowed only one goal, scored by Golden Knights goals leader, Max Pacioretty. He sniped a shot gloveside in the second period. It was an even-strength goal.
The first period began with a penalty called on Colorado 42 seconds into the game for too many men on the ice, served by Jayson Megna. Followed about four minutes later by another penalty called on the Avalanche, this time on Conor Trimmins for high-sticking Alex Tuch.
Also during the first period, Grubauer made a remarkable save where he deflected the puck with his right pad, but it continued toward the net so he swiped it away from the goal with his stick.
Another two penalties were called in the second period. Vegas defenseman Alec Martinez received a penalty call for holding against Jayson Megna. Megna had been about to shoot the puck, but was obstructed by the penalty.
With 33 seconds left on Colorado’s power play, officials called another penalty on Conor Timmins, this time for interference against Nicolas Roy.
No penalties were called, however, when a Colorado player made a bit of a late hit after an offsides call. Ryan Reaves responded with some shoving. Officials decided neither action was worthy of a penalty call.
Avalanche missing key players
Colorado put up a fairly good fight for their first appearance after a 12 day absence. Additionally, the avalanche were missing Gabriel Landeskog, Tyson Jost and Samuel Girard who are all currently on the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list.
Cale Makar was not able to play due to an upper-body injury, but Nathan MacKinnon was able to be back on the line-up, after being out with injury for a while.
This game was the first of four in a row these teams are scheduled to play against each other. The next is set for Tuesday at 10:00 p.m. EST.
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