LAS VEGAS — The Golden Knights were unable to make it three wins in a row on Monday night, losing to the Wild 5-3. The loss spoiled what was an emotional night at T-Mobile Arena, as Knights alternate captain Alex Pietrangelo was honored with a pre-game ceremony in honor of his 1000th game.
Jonathan Marchessault opened the scoring for the Golden Knights just 22 seconds in. The Knights held firm for 10 more minutes, but then gave up 2 goals in near immediate succession at around the halfway point in the period. The first came courtesy of Mats Zuccarello on a power-play and the second was tallied by Joel Eriksson Ek.
Michael Amadio scored on the power-play himself for the Knights with just over two minutes remaining in the opening period, leaving the score knotted at 2-2 after one.
Neither team scored in the second period. The third period caused issues for the Knights, who were out-dueled by the Wild 2-0 to start the third period thanks to goals from Marco Rossi and Matt Boldy that again came in quick succession to give the Wild a 4-2 lead.
Mark Stone scored for the Knights just a few minutes later to cut the lead to 4-3. Pietrangelo’s 1000th game ended in a mishap for the star defenseman, who gave the puck up at mid-ice with no goalie in net, thus allowing the Wild to sink the fifth and final dagger with the empty net goal.
The Golden Knights are back at home on Saturday night, with puck drop against the Hurricanes scheduled for 7 p.m. at T-Mobile Arena.