Golden Knights defeat Avalanche, end four-game skid


DENVER — The Vegas Golden Knights ended a four-game losing streak with a 3-1 win against the Colorado Avalanche at Ball Arena on Tuesday.

Chandler Stephenson, Reilly Smith, and Keegan Kolesar scored, and Robin Lehner made 26 saves for Vegas (2-4-0).

Cale Makar scored, and Darcy Kuemper made 26 saves for Colorado (2-4-0), which has lost four of its past five games.

Stephenson gave the Golden Knights a 1-0 lead at 2:00 of the first period, scoring with a backhand after Brayden McNabb‘s point shot was blocked in front.

Smith made it 2-0 at 9:37 with a shorthanded goal. He knocked the puck away from Makar at the blue line, skated in on a breakaway and held off J.T. Compher before scoring with his backhand for his first of the season.

Makar cut it to 2-1 at 19:23 of the second period, shooting from above the face-off circles after receiving a pass from Nathan MacKinnon during a 4-on-4.

Kolesar scored an empty-net goal with 30 seconds remaining for the 3-1 final. 

Colorado defenseman Jack Johnson was given a game misconduct and a major penalty for interference on Kolesar at 18:45 of the second period. He also received a fighting major after being instigated by Vegas forward Nicolas Roy, who was assessed a 10-minute misconduct on the play.

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