RECAP: Nazem Kadri’s last-minute goal lifts Avs to 3-2 win over Knights

Feb 14, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (29) vies for the puck with Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Alex Pietrangelo (7) during the third period at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: John Locher/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

Nazem Kadri scored on a rebound with 41 seconds left to break a tie and give the Colorado Avalanche a 3-2 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday night in Las Vegas.

It was the seventh goal in seven career games against Vegas for Kadri, who tapped in a rebound of a Joonas Donskoi deflection off a Bowen Byram shot from the right point.

Brandon Saad had a goal and an assist, Nathan MacKinnon scored a goal and Donskoi added two assists for Colorado, which bounced back from losing the opener of the four-game stretch of games against Vegas 1-0 on Sunday. The teams meet again on Saturday afternoon in Stateline, Nev., in an NHL Outdoors at Lake Tahoe contest before concluding their series on Monday night in Denver.

Philipp Grubauer finished with 27 saves for his eighth victory in 11 games.

Mac Pacioretty and Jonathan Marchessault scored goals and William Karlsson had two assists for West Division-leading Vegas, which lost for just the second time in regulation in 11 home games (8-2-1). Marc-Andre Fleury, starting his fifth straight game, made 22 saves.

Colorado, coming off its first shutout loss since Jan. 6, 2020, at the New York Islanders, jumped out to a 1-0 lead at the 7:08 mark of the first period on MacKinnon’s third goal of the season and first ever regular-season tally at T-Mobile Arena. The score came on a three-on-two rush with MacKinnon cutting into the slot from the left wing and one-timing a Saad pass over Fleury’s right pad.

Vegas tied it near the end of the second period on Pacioretty’s eighth goal of the season when he whipped a wrist shot from right circle past a Cody Glass screen and over Grubauer’s glove. It was just the fifth power-play goal allowed on 43 penalties by the Avalanche, who entered the contest ranked No. 1 in the league in penalty kill at 90.5 percent.

Colorado regained the lead just 63 seconds later. Saad broke in on the left wing and powered around Alex Pietrangelo, then backhanded a shot through Fleury’s pads for his sixth goal of the season.

Marchessault tied it 2-2 at the 6:52 mark of the third period when he chipped in a rebound during a goalmouth scramble for his fifth of the season.

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