Golden Knights prove they can trade punches with Avalanche

William Carrier skated into the offensive zone as time was winding down Monday, and with someone from the Golden Knights’ bench yelling to shoot, the winger sent the puck on net after the final horn.

Colorado Avalanche goaltender Philipp Grubauer didn’t appreciate the late shot attempt in the Knights’ 3-0 victory and took a swipe at Carrier as he skated by.

After Carrier circled back to say something, Grubauer gave him a shove before they were separated by the linesmen.

Neither side is backing down in this brewing battle between West Division powers.

The Knights and Avalanche fought to a standstill over the past four games, with each side flexing its muscles like Cobra Kai battling Miyagi-Do for karate supremacy in the San Fernando Valley.

The teams are scheduled to play four more times in the regular season starting March 25 and 27 in Colorado and look to be on a collision course to meet in the playoffs, too.

As their recently completed series showed, the first-place Knights pack enough wallop to trade blows with the powerful Avalanche.

“I thought it was a good opportunity for both teams to kind of measure themselves against each other. Strengths and weaknesses,” Knights coach Pete DeBoer said. “I’m sure we’ll both go back and look and see what worked and what didn’t work. I think we see them again in about a month.”

The Knights outscored Colorado 8-6 during the series, which included…

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