LAS VEGAS — The Golden Knights won their second straight game via shoot-out on Monday night, taking a 3-2 victory over the Canadiens to push their point streak to 10 games to start the season.
Despite being 9-0-1, the Knights haven’t really been playing their finest hockey. They’ve taken advantage of a schedule that’s a bit on the weaker side but it hasn’t been easy, requiring multiple comebacks and extra period efforts.
“We’ve got to play better”, captain Mark Stone told reporters following the game. “You never want to give up 40 shots to a team that traveled (three time zones) yesterday. We want to jump on those teams and impose our will.”
“It’s just a little off”, Stone continued. “If it was way off, we would be sitting here shaking our heads, being very concerned. But the record wouldn’t be what it is.”
How it happened
The Knights drew first blood, scoring with just over five minutes remaining in the first period on a power-play goal by Paul Cotter. William Karlsson got the primary assist on the goal for his team leading eighth of the year. Karlsson’s 11 points also lead the team.
The Canadiens evened it up early in the second after Adin Hill misplayed the puck and allowed a shorthanded Sean Monahan to convert on the miscue to even the score at 1-1.
With the second period winding down, Montreal native William Carrier finished the back-door feed from Chandler Stephenson to put the Knights ahead 2-1. Jack Eichel got secondary assist credit for the goal.
Most of the third period was uneventful, albeit tense for both sides. This favored the Golden Knights veteran, defensive-minded team despite suffering an onslaught on shots.
The Canadiens eventually broke through late in the third, as former Golden Knights star prospect Nick Suzuki collected a rebound off Knights’ netminder Adin Hill and scored the game-tying goal in his 300th career game. It was certainly a poetic moment for Suzuki in front of the Vegas fans that still have a soft spot for him.
The rest of the third went without a goal, so the Knights were forced to play an extra period.
With just under three minutes remaining in the overtime period, Jack Eichel was awarded the rare overtime penalty shot after Cole Caufield held on to prevent a clear scoring chance. With 17,791 T-Mobile Arena patrons on their feet, Eichel’s chance was stopped by Canadiens goalie Sam Montembault.
Neither team was able to capitalize following the attempt, sending the Knights to their second shoot-out in as many games.
After Shea Theodore converted his opportunity in the fourth round to take a 2-1 edge in the shoot-out, Montreal’s Alex Newhook’s shot went wide and off the post.
Final Score: Golden Knights 3, Canadiens 2 (SO).
The Golden Knights are at home again on Thursday for a match-up with the Winnipeg Jets. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. PDT at T-Mobile Arena.