Las Vegas–Tonight the Vegas Golden Knights road trip came to an end with a 3-2 loss over the Montreal Canadiéns where they earned 3 points over the span of the 6 games.
At the 8:24 mark of the opening period, the Canadiéns opened the scoring against the Golden Knights from a sweet play below the icing line by Tomas Plekanec who found Brandon Gallagher right on the doorstep in front of Vegas’s net and beat Maxim Lagace glove side to give the Habs the 1-0 lead.
Less than two minutes later Montréal extended their lead over Vegas and this time it was defenseman Jordie Benn who blasted a bomb shot from the right point that made it’s way past Lagace that brought the contest to 2-0 Canadiéns.
Later in the period, the Golden Knights finally struck gold on the scoresheet and it was Pierre-Eduaord Bellemare put on stickhandling clinic against Jeff Petry and another Habs defender and went blocker side on Charlie Lindgren that cut the Canadiéns in half 2-1 at the 17:41 mark of the 1st.
Bellemare Takes 2 Habs Defender’s To School
🚨 ALERT 🚨
— NHL (@NHL) November 8, 2017
In the early stages of the middle frame, the Canadiéns extended their lead over Vegas when Max Pacioretty redirected Jeff Petry’s shot that trickled past Lagace to give the Habs a 3-1 over the Golden Knights at the 3:31 mark of the 2nd.
With 1:37 left in the 3rd period, the Golden Knights made it interesting when Jonathan Marchessault‘s cross-ice feed connected with Erik Haula who blasted a wrister shot past Lindgren to give Vegas some life and made the contest a 3-2 game.
Haula Strike Closes The Gap
Erik Haula gets left all alone, and on a backdoor play makes it a 3-2 game. pic.twitter.com/U9QeHHRrt4
— Scott Matla (@scottmatla) November 8, 2017
Vegas pulled Lagace for the second time within the last minute of the game and forward James Neal almost scored the equalizer but the puck miraculously did not cross the line.
The Golden Knights would eventually fall to the Montréal Canadiéns by a 3-2 final and ended the road trip with 1-4-1 record and 9-5-1 overall on the year.
They’ll return home to take on the Winnipeg Jets this Friday night on Military Appreciation/Remembrance Night.
3 Stars Of The Game
Montréal Canadiéns: Max Pacioretty (Game Winning Goal)
Montréal Canadiéns: Charlie Lindgren (29 save night)
Vegas Golden Knights: Pierre-Edouard Bellemare (1 goal)