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Avs edge Knights in outdoor game delayed 8 hours by sun

Field Level Media
Feb 21, 2021

Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and two assists, Devon Toews had a goal and an assist, and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2 in the outdoor game at Lake Tahoe in Stateline, Nev., on Saturday night.

The rink was located on the 18th fairway of the golf course at Edgewood Tahoe Resort, situated next to Lake Tahoe and provided a picturesque backdrop for the game. However, problems arose from the start.

The puck dropped at noon local time and then was delayed 8 hours, 8 minutes after the first period. The delay was due to poor ice conditions resulting from "extreme sun" which compromised the players' health, the NHL said in a statement. The league opted to resume the game at 9 p.m. local time and it finished 10 hours, 37 minutes after the opening faceoff.

Samuel Girard also scored, Philipp Grubauer had 27 saves and Mikko Rantanen added two assists for Colorado.

Alec Martinez and Alex Tuch had goals and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 36 shots for Vegas.

The Avalanche scored early in the first period when MacKinnon sent a cross-zone pass to Girard, and his shot snuck through the legs of Fleury at 2:58 of the first. It was Girard's second of the season.

It stayed that way until the game resumed under artificial light, and Martinez got the Knights even when he wristed a loose puck by Grubauer at 7:37 of the second period for his first goal of the season.

Colorado went back in front when MacKinnon skated into the Vegas zone and sent a shot just under the stick of defenseman Alex Pietrangelo and by Fleury at 11:18 of the second. It was MacKinnon's fourth goal of the season.

Toews made it a two-goal game when his shot from the point beat a screened Fleury at 13:11 of the third, his fourth goal of the season. Tuch answered just 1:14 later with a spinning backhander for his fifth goal of the season.

Fleury came off for an extra skater but Vegas couldn't get the equalizer.

--Field Level Media

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