Golden Knights defeat Avalanche to extend winning streak to 10


LAS VEGAS — The Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Colorado 5-2 to extend their winning streak to 10 games at T-Mobile Arena on Wednesday.

Vegas leads the Avalanche by six points for first place in the Honda West Division. Each team has already clinched a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Max Pacioretty had two goals and an assist, and Mark Stone had a goal and two assists for the Golden Knights (35-11-2), whose streak is the longest in their history. Marc-Andre Fleury made 35 saves for his 488th win, one shy of tying Roberto Luongo for third in NHL history.

Devon Toews and Ryan Graves scored for the Avalanche (31-12-4), who have lost three in a row after winning their previous five. Devan Dubnyk made 21 saves.

William Karlsson scored 10 seconds into the game to give the Golden Knights a 1-0 lead. It was the fastest goal to start a game in team history; Karlsson scored at 14 seconds against the San Jose Sharks on Nov. 24, 2018.

Toews tied it 1-1 at 13:43 after getting to the loose puck during a scramble in the crease.

Pacioretty made it 2-1 at 9:36 of the second period on the power play, catching Dubnyk off guard with a shot from along the left boards.

Stone then made it 3-1 at 14:39 when he banked a shot off Dubnyk’s back from below the goal line. Pacioretty’s assist on the play was his 300th in the NHL.

Graves cut it to 3-2 at 17:06 of the second. Nathan MacKinnon had the assist to extend his point streak to 15 games (nine goals, 17 assists).

Pacioretty scored his second goal 55 seconds into the third period to make it 4-2, converting off a pass from Stone on a 2-on-1.

Jonathan Marchessault scored into an empty net at 18:41 for the 5-2 final.

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