Golden Knights defeat Avalanche in OT in round-robin, win West top seed


Alex Tuch scored with 16 seconds left in overtime to give the Vegas Golden Knights a 4-3 win against the Colorado Avalanche in a Stanley Cup Qualifiers round-robin game and the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference for the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Saturday.

Jonathan Marchessault had two goals, Nicolas Roy scored, and Robin Lehner had 32 saves for the Golden Knights (3-0-0), who will play the Chicago Blackhawks, the No. 8 seed.

J.T. Compher, Joonas Donskoi and Nathan MacKinnon scored, and Philipp Grubauer had 22 saves for the Avalanche (2-0-1), who will be the No. 2 seed and play the Arizona Coyotes, the No. 7 seed.

The top four seeds for the playoffs in each conference are determined by round-robin in the Qualifiers. The St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars play Sunday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, SN360, SN1) to determine the third and fourth seeds in the West.

Round-robin games in the Cup Qualifiers are played with regular-season overtime and shootout rules.

Marchessault put Vegas ahead 3-2 on a penalty shot by Grubauer’s glove at 3:02 of the third period after he was hooked to the ice by Ryan Graves on a breakaway.

Compher tied 3-3 with 1:02 left in the third with Grubauer on the bench for a sixth skater.

Vegas took a 1-0 lead at 1:34 of the second period when Marchessault tipped in Shea Theodore‘s point shot on a power play.

Colorado tied 1-1 at 6:46 on a power-play goal by MacKinnon, who put a backhand into an open net while spinning in the slot.

The Golden Knights regained the lead 2-1 at 12:55. Roy put in the rebound of Ryan Reaves‘ shot.

The Avalanche tied 2-2 at 14:51. Donskoi poked in the rebound of J.T. Compher’s shot.

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