DENVER — The Golden Knights hung around Tuesday like an unwanted guest at a house party.
While the music blasted and the guests at Ball Arena danced their way through the first 40 minutes of Game 5, the Knights stayed in the corner, picking at the food tray and waiting for their moment to crash the festivities.
The strategy worked, and the Knights are in control of the West Division final as a result.
Mark Stone’s goal 50 seconds into overtime capped an impressive comeback and gave the Knights a 3-2 victory over Colorado.
The Knights lead the best-of-seven series 3-2 and can close out Colorado in Game 6 on Thursday at T-Mobile Arena.
“We’ve been a team for four years. We’re resilient. We don’t sit back,” left wing Jonathan Marchessault said. “We knew that we had a chance if we came out hard in the third period, and we did that. Good teams find a way to win a game.”
Marchessault and Alex Tuch scored in the third period to help erase a two-goal deficit. Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury bounced back from a bad goal at the end of the first period and made a point-blank stop on Avalanche forward J.T. Compher’s rebound attempt 10 seconds into the overtime.
Soon after, Stone blocked a shot by defenseman Ryan Graves and bolted out of the zone once Max Pacioretty gained possession.
Stone corralled a pass in the neutral zone, and with…