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Rapid Recap: Golden Knights 3, Avalanche 0

Marc-Andre Fleury makes 34 saves in last of four-game set

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Vegas Golden Knights used a three-goal second period to defeat the Colorado Avalanche 3-0 on Monday at Ball Arena.

Vegas goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury stopped all 34 shots he faced for his third shutout of the season.

It was the final outing of a four-game set between the clubs, as the Knights are the first team that the Colorado/Quebec Nordiques franchise has played against four consecutive times in the regular season. Both squads went 2-2-0.

Alex Tuch scored two of the Golden Knights' goals while Jonathan Marchessault also tallied. William Karlsson recorded a multi-point night as well with two helpers.

The Avs outshot the Knights 34-28. Colorado goaltender Philipp Grubauer made 25 saves.

Colorado and Vegas next meet on March 25 in Denver. 

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THE GOALS 

1st Period
No Scoring

2nd Period
2:53 VGK (0-1) - PPG, Alex Tuch took a pass during a rush up the ice and tallied on a mini-breakaway.
6:14 VGK (0-2) - Alex Tuch scored his second of the game on a shot that took a couple bounces and ended up in the back of the net.
11:06 VGK (0-3) - Jonathan Marchessault's shot from the slot sneaked in five-hole. 

3rd Period
No Scoring

Final: Golden Knights - 3 | Avalanche - 0

POWER PLAYS 

Colorado: 0 for 1
Vegas: 1 for 3

GOALTENDING BATTLE 

Colorado: Philipp Grubauer made 25 saves.
Vegas: Marc-Andre Fleury denied all 34 shots he faced.

STAT OF THE NIGHT 

Nathan MacKinnon, the No. 1 overall draft pick by Colorado in 2013, appeared in his 539th career game, moving past Paul Stastny (538) for sole possession of the 10th most played in an Avalanche sweater. Peter Forsberg is next on the list in ninth with 544 contests. 

NOTEBOOK 

As part of the team's 25th Anniversary Season in Denver, the Avalanche celebrated Retro Night at Ball Arena and wore its Quebec Nordiques-inspired adidas Reverse Retro jerseys for the second time... Colorado is now 1-1-0 all time in its Reverse Retro sweater... The Avalanche was wrapping up its four-game series against the Golden Knights, finishing 2-2-0. The teams will meet a total of eight times this season... The loss ends the Avs' four-game home winning streak vs. the Knights... Colorado is in midst of a stretch where it will play nine games in 15 days and 22 games in 40 days... The Avs had their five-game home winning streak come to an end (included Saturday's Lake Tahoe outdoor game)... Ryan Graves had a season-high five shots.

AVS RETRO NIGHT

Video: Blending the Avalanche past and present

IMAGE OF THE GAME

Confirmed, Reverse Retro jerseys still look sharp.

ROSTER REPORT

The Avalanche didn't make any changes to its personnel for the game. Goaltender Philipp Grubauer started for the fifth consecutive contest. Earlier in the day, the Avs recalled goaltender Hunter Miska from the AHL Colorado Eagles to its Taxi Squad, joining Sheldon Dries, Jacob MacDonald, Jayson Megna, Logan O'Connor and Dan Renouf.

INJURY UPDATE

Defenseman Dennis Gilbert had surgery and will miss four-to-six weeks after suffering an upper-body injury on Feb. 16 at Vegas. Erik Johnson continues to make progress from his upper-body injury, but a timeline for his return has yet to be set. Goaltender Pavel Francouz (lower body) is out indefinitely. 

UP NEXT

The Avalanche hosts the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday at Ball Arena. It is the rescheduled contest from the game that was postponed on Feb. 4.

LINE COMBINATIONS 

Based on the start of the game
Forwards

95 Andre Burakovsky - 29 Nathan MacKinnon - 96 Mikko Rantanen
20 Brandon Saad - 91 Nazem Kadri - 72 Joonas Donskoi
92 Gabriel Landeskog - 37 J.T. Compher - 17 Tyson Jost
13 Valeri Nichushkin - 41 Pierre-Edouard Bellemare - 11 Matt Calvert 

Defensemen
7 Devon Toews - 8 Cale Makar
49 Samuel Girard - 27 Ryan Graves
4 Bowen Byram - 22 Conor Timmins 

Goaltenders
31 Philipp Grubauer
30 Adam Werner 

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