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Avalanche blaze past Knights in penalty-filled Game 1

Young defenseman Cale Makar had a goal and three assists, while Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog each scored twice for the Avs.

DENVER — Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog each scored twice as the well-rested Colorado Avalanche made quick work of Vegas with their speed, beating the Golden Knights 7-1 in a skirmish-filled Game 1 of their second-round playoff series on Sunday night. 

What began as Colorado putting on a passing clinic — racing out to a 5-0 lead — spiraled into one fight after another. 

There were a total of 74 penalty minutes between the two teams, including four 10-minute misconduct calls and a match penalty on Ryan Reaves. 

Young defenseman Cale Makar added a goal and three assists, while Brandon Saad and Mikko Rantanen also scored.

William Karlsson scored the lone goal for Vegas.

>Video below: Fans pack into South Broadway bar to cheer on the Avs.

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