Vegas Golden Knights head coach Peter DeBoer surprised many by choosing goaltender Robin Lehner over Quebecer Marc-André Fleury for the first game of the second round series against the Colorado Avalanche. The 52-year-old will undoubtedly regret his decision, since his team lost 7-1 on Sunday in Denver.
The Avalanche had a two-goal lead after twenty minutes, but it was in the second period that Jared Bednar’s team really came out on top, scoring four goals.
In the third period, the Nevada squad tried to retaliate by hitting the Avalanche skaters, which led to several violent scenes. Ryan Reaves, among others, was sentenced to 16 minutes, including 14 on the same streak, he who was taken out of the game and who, at the same time, gave his rivals a nine-minute power-play advantage. Due to the seriousness of his actions, Reaves may well have to explain his actions to the Department of Player Safety.
The big Avalanche guns enlivened the spectacle. Defenseman Cale Makar rocked the ropes once, in addition to being the accomplice of three other goals, while Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog each scored two goals in addition to amassing an assist. For his part, Mikko Rantanen ended the meeting with a success and an assist.
In front of the winners’ net, Philipp Grubauer made 24 saves, while Lehner was left in front of his own net for the whole match by DeBoer. The Swede has yielded seven times on 37 shots.
The second game of the series will take place on Wednesday, still at the Ball Arena.