Colorado Avalanche coach Jared Bednar was not a happy man after watching the team give him a 3-0 lead over the Vegas Golden Knights on Friday night.
“The easy answer is this: For five periods now, they have been far more competitive than us. Dissecting the game further is a waste of time,” he said after Vegas came together with two goals from the third period. to win 3-2, reducing Colorado’s behavior to 2-1.
“We joke if we think this is the competitiveness we need to beat the team that tied us first in the league. We caught them one night in Game 1, gave them life in Game 2 and we still have to you compete harder than [Game 3] to defeat them. If we do not realize this, then we are late for the party. “
The Golden Knights beat Avalanche in the second half of their Game 2 loss and brought that momentum into Game 3. Jonathan Marquez and Max Pacioretti scored 45 seconds in the third period on Friday night to take the Knights out forever.
Vegas has overtaken Avalanche 84-25 in the last two games.
“The most hard-working player we have at the moment is [goalie] Philip Grubauer, “Bednar said.
The coach did not even spare his top line – Nathan McKinnon, Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen – from his anger. This group scored in Power 3 in Game 3, but none of the three has a point of equal strength in their last two games.
“Go ahead and check the numbers of our top guys tonight,” Bednar said. “Look what they did compared to their best boys. It’s not close.”
Game 4 between Avalanche and Golden Knights is from 20:30 ET on Sunday night.