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Golden Knights 4, Avalanche 1: Three Impressions

Three first-period goals put Vegas in control throughout in Tuesday's win

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights /

Once again the game didn't count in the standings. But once again the Golden Knights emerged victorious.

Vegas roared out to an early 3-0 lead within the game's first eight minutes and cruised to a 4-1 win against the Avalanche in Denver.

The Golden Knights improve to 2-0-0 in the preseason, after defeating the Vancouver Canucks 9-4 on Sunday.

Vegas also split a pair of Rookie Camp games with the LA Kings last week.

Here are three immediate impressions from Tuesday's win in Colorado.

1. The Golden Knights can score in bunches

After Vegas scored nine times on Sunday, the belief was that there was no way this team can maintain that scoring pace.

And of course, it's preseason. So it's not as if the scores in these games will carry much weight once the regular season starts in two weeks.

But three goals in a 2:31 span early in the first period on Tuesday was impressive.

Perhaps most impressive was Brad Hunt, who opened the game with a beautiful slap shot goal. Hunt, a journeyman AHL defenseman trying to make the NHL roster, now has four points in two games after netting three assists on Sunday.


Video: VGK@COL: Hunt rips a slap shot top corner


2. The power play is rolling

Although to be fair, both Vegas' second and third goals - scored by Jonathan Marchessault and Oscar Lindberg, respectively - came in 5-on-3s.


Video: VGK@COL: Marchessault beats Martin five-hole


So yes, some undisciplined play by Colorado sure helped.

But after going 3-for-9 on Sunday in Vancouver, the Golden Knights went 2-for-6 on Tuesday.

And whether the games count or not, whether the other team is down 5-on-3 or not, going 5-for-15 over two games is pretty darn good.


Video: VGK@COL: Lindberg finishes beautiful pass from Hyka


3. Wolves in good hands in goal

Barring unforeseen circumstances, Marc-Andre Fleury and Calvin Pickard will be the Golden Knights' two goalies this season. This would slot Maxime Lagace and Oscar Dansk into the two spots with Vegas' top minor league team, the Chicago Wolves.

Lagace started on Tuesday and stopped 10 of the 11 shots he faced. Dansk came in and secured the win by stopping every shot he faced in the third period.


Video: VGK@COL: Lagace goes into the splits to make the save


NHL goalies generally each start a couple preseason games, meaning Fleury and Pickard will probably carry the load most of the way.

But Dansk and Lagace both passed their tests on Tuesday, showing signs that either may have the ability to step up to play in the NHL and play in a pinch of need be.

Tuesday, however, of course being a very small sample size.

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