LAS VEGAS — The Vegas Golden Knights eliminated the Colorado Avalanche with a 6-3 victory in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Second Round at T-Mobile Arena on Thursday.
The Golden Knights, who won the final four games of the series, will play the Montreal Canadiens in the Semifinals. It is the third time in their four seasons that they have advanced to the third round of the playoffs.
Alex Pietrangelo had a goal and assist for the Vegas, the No. 2 seed in the Honda West Division. Marc-Andre Fleury made 30 saves for his 89th playoff win, moving him past Billy Smith and Ed Belfour for fourth place in NHL history.
Nathan MacKinnon had two assists for Colorado, who won the Presidents’ Trophy. Philipp Grubauer allowed five goals on 22 shots.
Devon Toews scored 23 seconds into the game to give the Avalanche a 1-0 lead. He received a pass on a 2-on-1 from MacKinnon and shot glove side on Fleury.
Nick Holden scored 52 seconds later to tie it 1-1. His soft wrist shot from the left point beat Grubauer five-hole after the goalie was caught looking the wrong way for the puck.
William Karlsson gave the Golden Knights a 2-1 lead at 15:06 of the first on a one-timer off a cross-ice pass from Alec Martinez.
Mikko Rantanen tied it 2-2 at 3:47 of the second period with a power-play goal.
Keegan Kolesar answered for Vegas to make it 3-2 at 14:27 when he deflected Pietrangelo’s shot from the point.
Andre Burakovsky then scored his first goal of the postseason at 16:52 to tie it 3-3.
Pietrangelo gave the Golden Knights a 4-3 lead with 18 seconds remaining in the second. After Colorado failed to clear the zone, Alex Tuch‘s spinning shot caromed off the boards to Pietrangelo, who beat a lunging Grubauer over his glove.
William Carrier scored at the top of the crease to make it 5-3 at 11:46 of the third period, and Max Pacioretty shot into an empty net at 16:50 for the 6-3 final.