NHL Roundup: Golden Knights rally; Carey Price on fire; and Evgeni Malkin knee surgery
Jonathan Marchessault and Max Pacioretty scored 45 seconds apart late in the third period to rally the Vegas Golden Knights to a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche in the second round of the West Division playoffs on Friday night in Las Vegas.
Marc-Andre Fleury made 18 saves and William Karlsson also scored a goal for Vegas, which still trails the best-of-seven series, 2-1. Game 4 is Sunday night, also in Las Vegas.
Golden Knights late rally leads to win
Marchessault tied it, 2-2, with 5:18 to go when he banked in his own rebound from behind the goal line off Grubauer’s leg and into the net for his 17th career playoff goal.
Pacioretty then made it 3-2 when he redirected Nick Holden’s shot from the left point under Grubauer for his second goal of the playoffs and the game-winner.
“You know you get that first goal you just have a feeling the next one’s going to come,” Pacioretty said. “So that floater comes in from [Holden], you just have a little bit more confidence that you’re going to tip it, and that’s how it played out.”NHL.com
Carey Price on fire for Canadiens
Tyler Toffoli scored the game’s lone goal and goaltender Carey Price recorded his eighth career playoff shutout to give the visiting Montreal Canadiens a 1-0 victory over the Winnipeg Jets and a surprising 2-0 lead in their Stanley Cup playoff series.
Price made all 30 saves needed to earn his first shutout of this year’s playoffs.
“The guys did a great job in front; it was a pretty complete team effort tonight,” Price said. “We’re playing well on both sides of the puck. We’re just making smart decisions and backing each other up all over the ice.”NHL.com
Evgeni Malkin knee surgery, will miss training camp
Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin underwent successful knee surgery and is expected to miss training camp in September.
The Penguins said Friday they expect to have a more definitive time frame for his return at that time.
Malkin suffered the injury on March 16 in the Pens’ game against Boston. He was sidelined for 23 games before making his return on May 3 against Philadelphia. He tallied five points in Pitt’s first-round series loss to the New Islanders.
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