Avalanche gain on Golden Knights in West race

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LAS VEGAS — The Colorado Avalanche gained ground on first place in the Honda West Division when they defeated the Vegas Golden Knights 2-1 at T-Mobile Arena on Monday.

Philipp Grubauer made 36 saves, and Alex Newhook had two assists for the Avalanche (37-13-4), who have three in a row and trail the Golden Knights by two points with one game in hand.

Robin Lehner made 19 saves for the Golden Knights (39-14-2), who played with 10 forwards and five defensemen due to salary cap constraints and injuries to forward Peyton Krebs (fractured jaw) and defenseman Alec Martinez (lower body).

Alex Pietrangelo gave Vegas a 1-0 lead at 8:11 of the first period. The rebound from Nicolas Hague‘s point shot kicked to Pietrangelo, who beat Grubauer glove side from the right circle.

Alex Tuch had the chance to extend the lead 18 seconds later, but he missed a wide-open net after receiving a pass from William Carrier on a 2-on-0..

Andre Burakovsky then tied it 1-1 at 7:04 of the second period from the high slot. The goal was Burakovsky’s 100th in the NHL.

J.T. Compher gave Colorado a 2-1 lead at 11:33 of the third period, jamming a centering pass from Newhook five-hole on Lehner.

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