Golden Knights take finale of four-game series vs. Avalanche with explosive second period

Vegas goalie Marc-Andre Fleury made a desperation two-pad stick save on Nazem Kadri late in the first period Monday at Ball Arena, preventing what looked like a sure Avalanche goal — the first of the game.

“They’re just fun,” Fleury said of the desperation save, “especially when you stop them.”

Fleury and the Golden Knights had much more fun than the Avs in the fourth consecutive meeting between the West Division heavyweights, winning 3-0 to salvage a split of the four-game “series.”

Three Vegas forwards had big games and goalie Fleury made several outstanding saves en route to his second shutout over the Avs since last week’s opener in Las Vegas. Alex Tuch had two goals, William Karlsson had two primary assists and Jonathan Marchessault scored the Knights’ third goal in a nine-minute span of the second period which served as the key stretch of the game.

Colorado outshot Vegas 34-28, including 15-6 in the third period. But the Avs committed nine giveaways to the Knights’ three, and Vegas blocked 17 shots to Colorado’s 11.

The Avalanche drew just one penalty and failed to score on the power play, which is now 0-of-16 in the last six games.

“Fleury was good but that wasn’t our best effort,” Avs forward Matt Calvert said. “We got a lot of our chances in the third period when they were sitting back and defending a 3-0 lead. We can’t come out in a game…

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