Las Vegas–Tonight the Vegas Golden Knights took on the original six franchise for game 5 on their game road trip with a stop at Air Canada Centre where they fell 4-3 in the shootout.

At the games 4:14 mark of the opening period, Toronto’s Nazem Kadri put the puck over Maxime Lagace‘s left pad that gave the Leafs the early 1-0 lead over the Golden Knights. Kadri would record his 7th of the year on the man advantage.

40 seconds later, the Golden Knights tied the game up when James Neal scored his 8th of the campaign off of a deflection shot off of his skate that put the puck past Fredrik Andersen.

Neal Ties It

At the 9:31 of the 1st period, Toronto’s James van Riemsdyk untied the contest up when he went five-hole past Lagace to give the Leafs their 2nd lead of the period. This would be JVR’s 6th goal of the season.

With 4:57 left in the opening period, Kadri struck again for the Maple Leafs with his spinarama backhander flip goal courtesy of a beautiful cross-ice feed by Patrick Marleau to put Toronto up 3-1 over the Golden Knights.

Fun Fact: The Maple Leafs when opening the scoring has a 2017-18 regular season record of 6-4-0.

In the late stages of the period, the Golden Knights were on the power play and it was Reilly Smith who finally converted for Vegas as his went backdoor with an open net on Andersen to close the gap on the Maple Leafs that brought the contest to a 3-2 score.

Smith’s Power Play Goal In The 2nd Period

With 13:44 left in the 3rd period, Golden Knights defenseman Deryk Engelland scored his 2nd of the season when he went far side on Andersen that tied up the game up 3 goals apiece.

Engelland Goes Far Side High On Andersen

This game would require the special skills competition as this was the Golden Knights first-ever shootout in franchise history. Mitch Marner of the Maple Leafs would be the lone scorer in the shootout as Toronto defeated the Golden Knights 4-3.

The Golden Knights would earn a point in this game and would be 1-3-1 on this road trip.

3 Stars Of The Game

Toronto Maple Leafs: Mitch Marner (Shootout Goal)

Toronto Maple Leafs: Nazem Kadri (2 goals)

Vegas Golden Knights: Deryk Engelland (Game tying goal)

 

 

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