Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and two assists, and the Colorado Avalanche defeated the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2 in the Bridgestone NHL Outdoors Saturday in Stateline, Nevada.
The game started at 3:12 p.m. ET but was suspended after the first period with Colorado leading 1-0 because of poor ice conditions resulting from extreme sun.
The NHL’s 31st outdoor game resumed shortly after midnight ET following a delay of more than eight hours.
Devon Toews had a goal and an assist, Mikko Rantanen had two assists, and Philipp Grubauer made 27 saves for Colorado (9-4-1).
Alec Martinez and Alex Tuch scored, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 36 saves for Vegas (10-4-1).
The teams will play for the fourth straight time at Colorado on Monday.
Samuel Girard‘s goal at 2:58 of the first period, on a wrist shot from the right face-off circle off a pass from MacKinnon, gave the Avalanche a 1-0 lead.
The Golden Knights tied it 1-1 at 7:37 of the second period when Martinez scored on the rebound of Alex Pietrangelo‘s shot.
Girard and Martinez scored exactly nine hours apart.
The Avalanche went ahead 2-1 when MacKinnon scored on a three-zone solo rush at 11:18. He forced a turnover with a backcheck, got the puck in Colorado’s defensive zone from Toews, skated through the neutral zone and forced Pietrangelo to back up in Vegas’ defensive zone, giving him the space to score on a quick shot to the far side.
Colorado killed a 5-on-3 for 1:22 early in the third period.
Toews made it 3-1 at 13:11 of the third, scoring from the point with Fleury screened.
Tuch scored 1:14 later with a spin-o-rama move to make it 3-2 at 14:25.