October 26, 2019 / 12:47 AM / 18 days ago

Avs carve up Golden Knights to close trip strong

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Oct 25, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Colorado Avalanche left wing Pierre-Edouard Bellemare (41) celebrates with teammates after scoring a first period goal against the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Nazem Kadri and Matt Calvert each scored two goals, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare had a goal and two assists and Nathan MacKinnon extended his points streak as the Colorado Avalanche cruised to a 6-1 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights on Friday afternoon in Las Vegas.

Cale Makar scored his first regular-season NHL goal for Colorado, which finished its season-long six-game road trip with a 4-1-1 mark. Philipp Grubauer finished with 25 saves to improve to 6-1-1 this season.

MacKinnon, who had two assists, became the fifth player in franchise history to open the season with a point streak of at least 10 games.

William Karlsson scored the lone goal for Vegas. Marc-Andre Fleury made 22 saves on 26 shots before being pulled with 7:24 left in the second period. Garret Sparks, making his Golden Knights debut, finished up and had 12 saves on 14 shots.

Colorado needed just 28 seconds to take a 1-0 lead as Bellemare — who spent the last two years with Vegas — intercepted a Mark Stone clearing pass near the blue line and then beat Fleury glove-side with a wrist shot from the slot.

Vegas, which didn’t attempt a shot in the first eight minutes, tied it at the 18:30 mark when Karlsson one-timed a Reilly Smith pass from the edge of the right circle for his second goal of the season.

But the Avalanche regained the lead just 43 seconds later when Kadri, left alone at the top of the left circle, fired a wrist shot through traffic and through Fleury’s pads.

Colorado then broke the game open with three second-period goals to build its lead to 5-1.

The 20-year-old Makar, who scored in his Stanley Cup playoff debut last spring, made it 3-1, picking up a loose puck inside the right circle and firing a shot into the open side of the net at 7:55.

Kadri extended the lead to 4-1 less than three minutes later on the power play with his second goal of the game and fifth of the season, one-timing a MacKinnon pass from the top of the left circle past Fleury’s blocker side.

Calvert followed with his second goal of the season, finishing a two-on-one rush with Bellemare with a wrist shot from the right circle past Sparks’ glove side.

Calvert ended the scoring with a short-handed goal with 2:02 remaining when his backhanded pass from the end boards behind the net caromed in off the back of Sparks’ pad. That chance also began with a two-on-one rush with Bellemare.

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