The Golden Knights meaningless undefeated streak in the preseason has ended after four games. The postgame media attention, however, had little to do with the game. General Manager George McPhee announced after the game that the team had signed D Shea Theodore to a 7-year contract with an average annual value of $5.2M.
On the ice, it was the Colorado Avalanche who jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period and then held on for a 5-3 win in front of 17,880 at T-Mobile Arena.
Max Pacioretty scored his third goal of preseason for the Golden Knights in the second period on a feed from Alex Tuch. Tuch played on the second line with Pacioretty and Paul Stastny for the first time this preseason and finished with two assists on the night. The Knights trailed 3-1 after two periods.
Scott Kosmachuk gave Colorado a 4-1 lead at 4:36 of the third period. Vegas pulled within one goal as Jake Bischoff scored at 5:58 and Brad Hunt scored on the power play at 10:19. After a lackluster effort in the first 45 minutes of play, Vegas seems to come alive in the middle of the third period. Momentum was on their side until Brayden McNabb was called for interference behind his own goal with 3:52 remaining. Vegas managed to kill of the Colorado power play.
With just over a minute to play, Vegas goaltender Malcolm Subban skated to the bench for an extra attacker. Erik Haula lost the puck entering the offensive zone and the Avs’ Vladislav Kamenev secured the puck and shot the puck from near center ice into the empty net to secure the Colorado win.
J.T. Compher, Carl Soderberg and Sheldon Dries also scored for the Avalanche.
Colorado’s Pavel Francouz, making his first start in North America, made 29 saves for Colorado. Malcolm Subban, in his first appearance of the preseason, made 23 saves in the loss.
The Golden Knights return to the ice on Friday in Game 6 of the preseason as they host the Los Angeles Kings at 7:30 pm.
(Photos by Sportsline America – Jose De La Cruz)