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Knights come from behind for wild win over Canadiens

Field Level Media
17 Nov 2023, 13:25 GMT+10

(Photo credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports)

Mark Stone scored the game-winner on a power play with 1:12 remaining and also had two assists as the visiting Vegas Golden Knights rallied for a wild 6-5 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night.

Shea Theodore had a goal and three assists, Jack Eichel added a goal and two assists and Jonathan Marchessault, Brett Howden and Brayden McNabb also scored goals for the Golden Knights. Adin Hill finished with 23 saves for Vegas, which extended its winning streak against Montreal to six games.

Jesse Ylonen scored two goals, Alex Newhook had a goal and an assist and Johnathan Kovacevic and Justin Barron also scored goals for Montreal, which lost its third straight game. Nick Suzuki and Mike Matheson each added two assists, and Cayden Primeau made 36 saves for the Canadiens.

The contest was tied 4-4 with 2:51 remaining when Montreal's Brendan Gallagher was assessed a double-minor penalty for high-sticking Pavel Dorofeyev.

Eichel then gave Vegas its first lead with 1:56 left when he roofed a wrist shot from the top of the right circle. Stone followed with what proved to be the game-winner with 1:12 left, another power-play tally on a wraparound shot.

Barron cut the deficit to 6-5 with a one-timer with 53.5 seconds to go, and Hill had to come up with a big save on Suzuki with six seconds remaining to clinch it.

Montreal, thanks to some standout goaltending by Primeau, took a 2-0 lead in the first period despite Vegas finishing with a 18-6 edge in shots on goal.

Newhook made it 1-0 at the 6:43 mark with his first goal in 14 games and fourth of the season, a wrist shot from near the right faceoff dot through traffic.

Kovacevic followed with his first goal of the season at 10:03 of the first.

Vegas cut it to 2-1 at the 2:33 mark of the second period on a short-handed goa by Howden.

Ylonen put the Canadiens back up by two goals when he tipped the puck between defensemen Alex Pietrangelo and Alec Martinez and then scored on a breakaway at 8:28 of the middle period.

The Golden Knights rallied to tie it 3-3 midway through the second on McNabb's first goal in 62 games and Marchessault's seventh of the season off a crossing pass from Ivan Barbashev on an odd-man rush.

Montreal regained the lead, 4-3, at the 11:53 mark of the second. Ylonen took Michael Pezzetta's behind-the-net pass and at the bottom of the right circle and fired a shot past Hill's blocker side.

The Golden Knights tied it with their fourth goal of the second period at the 16:07 mark on a power-play tally by Theodore.

--Field Level Media

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