Recap: It was reunion night at T-Mobile Arena as the Vegas Golden Knights hosted the St. Louis Blues. Vegas defenseman Alex Pietrangelo faced his former team for the first time and original misfit St. Louis’ David Perron always enjoys playing in his old hometown.
Alex Tuch quickly gave Vegas the lead 3:17 into the game. It was Tuch’s third goal of the season. Perron got his revenge scoring two straight goals to give St. Louis the 2-1 advantage. The Blues would add another taking a 3-1 lead after the opening twenty minutes.
The scoring continued in the middle frame. Max Pacioretty made it a one-goal contest 1:42 into the period. The Blues regained their two-goal edge late in the period off a Pietrangelo turnover. After two periods, Vegas goaltender Robin Lehner and the Golden Knights trailed 4-2.
The two teams traded power plays in the third period but neither converted. St. Louis’ 4-2 held for most of the period behind a strong performance by Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington. The Golden Knights were awarded a 5-on-3 midway through the period and Pacioretty took advantage. The veteran’s second goal of the game cut St. Louis’ lead down to 4-3. Pacioretty added his third, tying the game 4-4, picking up a hat trick, and forcing overtime.
St. Louis handed Vegas their second loss of the season with a 5-4 win in shootout. The Golden Knights record drops to 5-1-1 and they still lead the Blues by two points for first place in the West Division. The two contenders face each other again on Thursday night. Game time is set for 6 PM PT. (Recap by Jason)
Analysis: Yet another wild Golden Knights/Blues game. The cards were stacked against the Golden Knights and they did a whale of a job to keep coming at the Blues until they finally cracked and tied it up late. Vegas was the better team at 5-on-5, they were the better team on special teams, they were better in 3-on-3, they just didn’t get a great performance out of their goalie (especially in the 1st) and it cost them a point. (Analysis by Ken)
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