Las Vegas–Tonight the Vegas Golden Knights faced off against the St. Louis Blues for game 5 of their 7 game homestand.
The biggest test of the game for Malcolm Subban came at the 16:27 mark of the opening frame when Blues forward Brayden Schenn went in on a breakaway in Vegas’s end of the ice, the good news was the Golden Knights netminder said not tonight with a huge save.
Subban Says No!!!
In the games opening period, the visiting Blues struck first when Magnus Paajarvi scored on Golden Knights goaltender Subban.
Paajarvi’s goal was caused by a wraparound attempt by Oskar Sundqvist who was credited with the primary assist and Kyle Brodziak with the secondary at 12:51 of the 1st period.
At the end of the 1st period, Golden Knights netminder Subban faced 18 totals shots from the high powered St. Louis Blues team.
For the Golden Knights, their 1st goal of the game had to wait when in the 2nd period while Vegas was on the power play it was forward Reilly Smith who fired his shot from the top circle past Blues goalie Jake Allen at 13:54 of the middle frame.
On the season, Smith’s power play marker was the third time the Golden Knights converted on the man advantage. Credited with the assists on Smith’s goal were Colin Miller and William Karlsson
Minutes after Smith’s power-play marker, Colin Miller netted the 2nd one of the game for the Golden Knights when he roofed it over Allen and gave Vegas the go-ahead goal at 17:27 in the 2nd period. Miller goal was assisted by Brad Hunt and Smith.
Miller Strikes For Vegas!!!
After those two power-play goals from Smith and Miller, it slightly improved the Golden Knights anemic special teams to 4-29 on the season.
In the 3rd period the injury bug bit the Golden Knights when netminder Subban who was having a great night between with 37 saves pulled a muscle when he extended himself inside his crease with 9:10 remaining in the period.
Subban’s Injury In The 3rd Period
They swapped in Subban’s place backup Oscar Dansk in relief to backstop for the Golden Knights.
Moments after he relived Subban, Dansk gave up the game-tying goal when Blues Captain Alex Pietrangelo fired a bomb of a shot past the Golden Knights backup that brought the game to a 2-2 tie at the 14:52 mark.
Pietrangelo game-tying goal was assisted by Jaden Schwartz and Schenn.
For the third time this season the contest headed into the overtime period where the Golden Knights held a 2-0 record.
The overtime hero of the knight for Vegas came courtesy in the late stages of the 4th period when forwards Smith and William Karlsson on a 2 on 1 play went into St. Louis’s end of the ice.
Smith ended up feeding Karlsson with a beauty pass over Blues defenseman Pietrangelo as the Swedish forward fired a one-timer shot upstairs past Allen that sealed the deal for the Golden Knights and a 3-2 victory over St. Louis.
Karlsson The Overtime Hero For The Golden Knights!!!
With their 3rd overtime win of the season, the Golden Knights improved to 6-1-0 and became the 1st ever NHL team in the league’s 100-year history to open their inaugural campaign.
Vegas Continues To Write History!!!!
Highlights Of Vegas Golden Knights Vs. St. Louis Blues
3 Stars Of The Game
Vegas Golden Knights: William Karlsson (Overtime Winning Goal and 1 assist) and Malcolm Subban (37 saves with .974 save percentage)
Vegas Golden Knights: Colin Miller (1 goal and 1 assist)
Vegas Golden Knights: Reilly Smith (1 goal and 1 assist)