Grubauer, Rantanen Lift Avs Over Golden Knights, 3-2 In OT

Colorado Avalanche forward Mikko Rantanen celebrates after scoring the winning goal in overtime in a 3-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights in Game Two of the Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Ball Arena. (Photo: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

It was anything but easy.

But then again, the Colorado Avalanche figured things would be more difficult than they were game one against the Vegas Golden Knights.

Mikko Rantanen's goal at 2:07 of overtime gave the Avs a 3-2 win and a 2-0 series lead.

Avs goalie Philipp Grubauer was tremendous, stopping 39 shots, including several spectacular saves in the third period and overtime.

Brandon Saad and Tyson Jost each scored a goal in the first period to give the Avs a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes.

Reilly Smith tied the game with a goal for Vegas midway through the second period.

The series now shifts to Las Vegas. Game three is set for Friday, June 4 at 8 p.m. mountain time.


Postgame comments from Avs head coach Jared Bednar.

6-2-21 Jared Bednar Postgame

Postgame comments from Avs goaltender Phillip Grubauer..

6-2-21 Avs Goaltender Phillip Grubauer

Postgame comments from Avs forward Mikko Rantanen.

6-2-21 Avs Forward Mikko Rantanen