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Avalanche extends points streak but loses in overtime to Vegas Golden Knights – The Denver Post

The Vegas Golden Knights scored 1:56 into overtime on Saturday to defeat the Avalanche 3-2 at Ball Arena.

The Avs, who fell a point behind the Knights for the West Division lead, had their seven-game home winning streak snapped but extended their points streak to 10 games (8-0-2).

Max Pacioretty got the win for Vegas, tapping in a loose puck in the crease of goalie Philipp Grubauer. Grubauer suffered his first loss in nine games and failed to secure his 100th career win.

Vegas outshot the Avs 34-24. It marked the first time Colorado didn’t produce 30 shots since Feb. 26 at Arizona (15 games) and the first time it was out-shot since Feb. 16 at Vegas (19 games).

The Avs scored on the game’s first shot. It came from winger Joonas Donskoi, who carried the puck in from the right circle, toe-dragged around the first defender and used the second for a screen as his wrist shot beat goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.

Vegas tied it 1-1 on its first power play late in the first period. Defenseman Alex Martinez’s one-time slap shot nicked off the stick of the Avs’ Ryan Graves and past Grubauer. But the Avs regained the lead shortly thereafter when Devon Toews and Nathan MacKinnon worked a give-and-go and Toews scored on the shot.

The Knights tied it again when William Carrier redirected Shea Theodore’s shot from the point, and it stood 2-2 to begin the third frame.

Footnotes. The Avs will take Sunday off ahead of Monday’s game against the visiting Anaheim Ducks. … Former NHL forward Stu Grimson, now a scout for the Seattle Kraken, attended the game. The Avs will lose one good player in the offseason expansion draft.

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