William Carrier helps Knights earn wild win over Canucks

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Alex Pietrangelo scored the go-ahead goal with 5:46 remaining and William Carrier had the first two-goal game of his career as the visiting Vegas Golden Knights rallied for a 5-4 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Monday.

Pietrangelo also had two assists for his fourth three-point game of the season. Mark Stone had a goal and an assist and Reilly Smith also scored for Vegas, which improved to 15-4-1, matching the best start after 20 games in franchise history.

Jack Eichel and Alec Martinez each added two assists for the Golden Knights, who improved to 6-0-2 all-time in regular-season games at Vancouver. Logan Thompson stopped 25 of 29 shots to pick up his 10th win of the season.

Andrei Kuzmenko had a goal and an assist and Bo Horvat, Elias Pettersson and Luke Schenn also scored for Vancouver, which had a two-game winning streak snapped. Quinn Hughes added two assists and Thatcher Demko made 33 saves.

Pietrangelo made it 5-4 when he took a Stone pass while cutting across the slot and backhanded a shot into the net for his third goal of the season.

Following a scoreless first period, Vegas took a 2-1 lead near the end of the second period with two goals 49 seconds apart.

Kuzmenko gave Vancouver a 1-0 lead at the 11:48 mark with his eighth goal of the season, redirecting Brock Boeser’s pass into the crease into the right side of the net.

Stone tied it with his eighth goal of the season, deflecting Eichel’s shot from the left point past Demko’s glove side.

Carrier then put the Golden Knights ahead less than a minute later. This time Eichel fired a shot from the top of the right circle that caromed in off the leg of Carrier stationed by the right side of the crease.

The two teams then exploded for five goals in less than seven minutes early in a wild third period with the Canucks scoring the first three to take a 4-2 lead.

Horvat tied it 2-2 with his team-leading 15th goal of the season and 11th in his past 11 games. Schenn then put the Canucks in front when his shot from the right slot bounced in off the glove off Vegas defenseman Nicolas Hague. Pettersson made it 4-2 just 36 seconds later when he shoveled in a rebound of his own one-timer from the slot at 6:11.

Vegas answered with two goals in 2:03 to tie it 4-4. Carrier rammed home a rebound of a Martinez shot to cut it to 4-3 at 6:54, and Smith followed with his 10th goal of the season, jamming in a rebound of a Jonathan Marchessault shot at 8:57.

The Golden Knights appeared to take the lead just 71 seconds later when Stone scored. However, Vancouver successfully challenged the play should have been stopped before the score when the puck went through the camera hole in the glass, sending a lens flying across the ice.

–Field Level Media

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