Avalanche cruise past Lehner, Golden Knights in Game 1


DENVER — Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog each had two goals and an assist for the Colorado Avalanche in a 7-1 win against the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Second Round at Ball Arena on Sunday.

Cale Makar had a goal and three assists, Mikko Rantanen had a goal and an assist, and Philipp Grubauer made 24 saves for Colorado, the No. 1 seed in the Honda West Division.

William Karlsson scored for Vegas, the No. 2 seed. Robin Lehner allowed seven goals on 37 shots after being Marc-Andre Fleury‘s backup for all seven games against the Minnesota Wild in the first round.

Teams that win Game 1 are 495-224 (68.8 percent) winning a best-of-7 Stanley Cup Playoff series, including 5-2 in the first round this season.

Game 2 will be here Wednesday.

Rantanen gave the Avalanche a 1-0 lead at 4:55 of the first period with a backhand from the right face-off circle off a pass from Devon Toews after Makar broke up a 3-on-2 rush for the Golden Knights.

Landeskog made it 2-0 at 10:13 after Makar passed from the right point to him in the left slot for a shot into an open net.

Brandon Saad increased the lead to 3-0 at 1:04 of the second period, and MacKinnon made it 4-0 at 4:03 with a shot from the left circle after a return pass from Ryan Graves.

Landeskog redirected Rantanen’s pass on a power play to make it 5-0 at 14:23.

Karlsson redirected Max Pacioretty‘s pass to make it 5-1 at 14:59.

MacKinnon skated with speed into the Vegas zone and shot above Lehner’s left arm at 17:05 for a 6-1 lead.

Makar made it 7-1 at 15:49 of the third period during a 9:00 power play after Vegas forward Ryan Reaves was given a match penalty and two minors at 8:04 for driving Graves to the ice.

Golden Knights forward Mattias Janmark left the game at 8:26 of the second period after a hit by Graves, who was assessed an interference penalty.

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