Mark Stone gives Knights 3-2 series lead with OT win over Avs

Golden Knights

DENVER (AP) — Mark Stone scored on a breakaway 50 seconds into overtime as the Vegas Golden Knights overcame a two-goal deficit to beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 on Tuesday night and take a 3-2 lead in their second-round series.

Max Pacioretty corralled the puck after a blocked shot and fed it to Stone, who was off to the races. Stone beat Philipp Grubauer on the glove side to hush what had been a boisterous crowd.

Trailing 2-0 entering the third, the Golden Knights found another gear with Alex Tuch scoring 1:03 into the period and Jonathan Marchessault tying it up just 3:04 later.

Really, though, it was the Marc-Andre Fleury Show, with the Vegas goaltender stopping 28 shots, many of the sensational variety. He stuffed J.T. Compher just 10 seconds into the extra period.

Fleury picked up playoff win No. 88, which ties him with Billy Smith and Ed Belfour for the fourth-most in NHL history.

Colorado appeared in command after a 2-0 lead courtesy of Brandon Saad late in the first and another from Joonas Donskoi in the second. The Avalanche couldn’t make it stand as their 13-game home winning streak was snapped. It’s a string that dated to March 27 — an overtime loss to Vegas.

The Golden Knights are in the driver’s seat, with the winner of Game 5 going on to take the series 78.8% of the time when a best-of-seven series is tied at two games.

Game 6 is Thursday at Vegas.

It was another big performance from Marchessault, who had a hat trick in Game 4.

Grubauer, who’s been dominant at home, finished with 22 saves. He’s now 17-1-1 in his past 19 games at Ball Arena.

Before the game, Avalanche coach Jared Bednar switched up his lines in an effort to generate more energy and production. He paired Saad, Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen on the top line, while moving captain Gabriel Landeskog to the second unit.

It worked, with Saad scoring with 1.8 seconds left in the first period on a shot that appeared to cross up Fleury. Saad has now scored in seven of Colorado’s nine postseason games.

Donskoi made it 2-0 late in the second on a pinpoint pass from rookie Alex Newhook, who was reinserted into the lineup after sitting out the last two games.

BACK IN ACTION

Returning to the lineup for Vegas was Mattias Janmark, who was hurt on a check from Ryan Graves in Game 1. Back for Colorado was forward Logan O’Connor, who hasn’t played since since March 31 due to a lower-body injury.

SUSPENSION UPHELD

Colorado Avalanche forward Nazem Kadri saw his eight-game suspension for an illegal hit in the St. Louis series upheld by an arbitrator hours before Game 5. Kadri will be eligible to return if there’s a Game 7 — or if the Avalanche advance.

AROUND THE RINK

Vegas F Ryan Reaves was a scratch. … There was a shout-out on the video screen to Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, who was named the NBA MVP on Tuesday.

This story will be updated throughout the game

FIRST PERIOD: Avalanche goal: Brandon Saad (7) (Wrist shot), Assists: Devon Toews and Mikko Rantanen. AVALANCHE 1, KNIGHTS 0. Shots on goal: Avalanche 10, Knights 9.

SECOND PERIOD: Avalanche goal Joonas Donskoi (3) , Assists: Alex Newhook (1), Patrik Nemeth (1). AVALANCHE 2, KNIGHTS 0. Shots on goal: Avalanche 23, Knights 15.

THIRD PERIOD: Knights goal Alex Tuch (4) (Snap shot), Assist: Nicolas Roy (3). AVALANCHE 2, KNIGHTS 1.

Knights goal  Jonathan Marchessault (8) (Wrist shot), Assist: William Karlsson (7). KNIGHTS 2, AVALANCHE 2. Shots on goal: Avalanche 28, Knights 24.

OVERTIME: Knights score :50 into OT.  Mark Stone (5) (Wrist shot), Assists: Max Pacioretty (3) and Alex Pietrangelo (6). KNIGHTS 3, AVALANCHE 2 OT, FINAL.

This is the pregame story

Vegas Golden Knights (40-14-2, second in the West Division during the regular season) vs. Colorado Avalanche (39-13-4, first in the West Division during the regular season)

Denver; Tuesday, 6 p.m. PDT

LINE: Avalanche -151, Golden Knights +126; over/under is 5.5

NHL PLAYOFFS SECOND ROUND: Series tied 2-2

BOTTOM LINE: The Vegas Golden Knights visit the Colorado Avalanche for game five of the second round of the NHL Playoffs with the series tied 2-2. The teams meet Tuesday for the 13th time this season. The Golden Knights won the previous matchup 5-1. Jonathan Marchessault scored a team-high three goals for the Golden Knights in the victory.

The Avalanche are 39-13-4 against division opponents. Colorado has scored 197 goals and leads the league averaging 3.5 goals per game. Mikko Rantanen leads the team with 30.

The Golden Knights are 40-14-2 against West Division teams. Vegas is eighth in the NHL with 32.7 shots per game and is averaging 3.4 goals.

TOP PERFORMERS: Rantanen leads the Avalanche with a plus-30 in 52 games this season. Nathan MacKinnon has eight goals and five assists over the last 10 games for Colorado.

Mark Stone leads the Golden Knights with 61 points, scoring 21 goals and adding 40 assists. Marchessault has five goals and two assists over the last 10 games for Vegas.

DURING THE PLAYOFFS: Avalanche: Averaging 4.1 goals, 7.1 assists, 3.5 penalties and 10.4 penalty minutes while giving up 2.2 goals per game with a .929 save percentage.

Golden Knights: Averaging 2.8 goals, 4.9 assists, 3.4 penalties and 9.4 penalty minutes while giving up 2.4 goals per game with a .905 save percentage.

INJURIES: Avalanche: Jacob MacDonald: out (lower body), Bowen Byram: out (upper body), Matt Calvert: out (undisclosed), Dennis Gilbert: out (face).

Golden Knights: Peyton Krebs: out (upper body), Mattias Janmark: day to day (undisclosed), Tomas Nosek: day to day (undisclosed).

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