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Las Vegas–Tonight the Vegas Golden Knights played hosts the St. Louis Blues for the last time of the regular season in front of 18,191.

Vegas and St. Louis before the season series finale each won a game in the prior matchups. The first ever meeting between the Golden Knights and Blues saw William Karlsson netting the overtime winner by a 3-2 final at T-Mobile.

In the 2nd game the Blues defeated the Vegas in another contest that was low scoring at 2-1 while visiting Scottrade Center.

Heading into the game, the plan for the Golden Knights was make sure that the alarm clock went off at 7:30 as Head Coach Gerard Gallant talked about during in his post practice presser earlier in the day back at “City National Arena”.

However for the Golden Knights the alarm clock did not go off for them in the opening five minutes of the first period as Vegas fell behind at the 2:54 mark when the Blues opened the scoring.

Alexander Steen played the puck behind the Vegas net and with a wide open Partik Berglund in the slot one timed his shot past Malcolm Subban for the 1-0 St. Louis lead. Berglund earned his 13th of the season on the opening goal of the series finale game.

At 6:18 mark of the first, the Golden Knights would find the equalizer goal as it was 40 goal man “Wild Bill” Karlsson getting it done for Vegas.

Karlsson took a long stretch pass from Cody Eakin and with a his breakaway alone in Blues territory beat Jake Allen stick side high for his 41st of the campaign.

For Karlsson his 41st of the season, puts him one goal away from tying Brian Bradley who in the 1992-93 season with the Tampa Bay Lightning scored 42 goals, the most by a player in an organizations first season in the NHL.

Later in the period, Vegas would take their first lead of the game on St. Louis as it would be Jonathan Marchessault stepping up in the scoring department.

Marchessault connected off of a pass by Alex Tuch and from the goal line put the puck past the right pad on Allen for a 2-1 Golden Knights lead at 13:31 of the first.

This gave Marchessault his 25th of the season for Vegas.

The lead for Vegas however was a short lived one and with just under 4 minutes remaining in the opening period the Blues tied it up as it was the former Philadelphia Flyers forward Brayden Schenn answering the call for his club.

Schenn had plenty of time and space in the right face face circle with the pass from his linemate Jayden Schwartz fired a wrister that made it’s way past the glove side low on Subban that made it a 2-2 game.

Schenn would score his 26th of the campaign with St. Louis.

In the middle frame the contest, it was a much different story as the pace had a different look and feel as the Golden Knights and Blues were playing more defensively sounded matchup against one another.

For the most part of the 2nd period the game remained deadlocked at a 2-2 until the 16:31 mark of the frame as Vegas scored the go ahead goal from James Neal.

Tomas Tatar started the scoring play for the Golden Knights as he fed the puck down low to Erik Haula on the left circle and with Neal on the Blues goal line took the pass and roofed his one timer from a sharp angle over Allen that gave Vegas the 3-2 lead.

Neal tallied his 25th goal of the season for the Golden Knights.

In the third period of the contest St. Louis kept coming at the Golden Knights as it would be Chris Thorburn getting his first goal of the season at 6:14 into the frame.

Thorburn managed to connect off of a one handed pass by Scottie Upshall from behind the Vegas net and put it five hole on Subban for a 3-3 hockey game.

Golden Knights fans may have remembered Thorburn being selected in the Vegas Draft at 11th overall by General Manager George McPhee back in June at T-Mobile Arena when the franchise was picking their players for the 2017-18 campaign.

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With his first goal of the season for Thorburn his game tying goal in the third period forced the contest to be decided in overtime.

20 seconds into the fourth period, the Golden Knights ended it very early when Marchessualt from the point fired a long wrister on Allen who was screened by Karlsson for the game winner and a 4-3 Vegas victory to close out the season series on the Blues 2 games to 1.

This gave Marchesssault’s his 2nd goal of the contest and 27th of the year.

With the win, Vegas’s record improved to 49-22-7 with 4 games remaining of the regular season.

Tonight’s affair at “The Fortress” featured a very physical game where both teams combined for 88 total hits. Come playoff time the hits will keep coming so this matchup was a good physical test for the Golden Knights.

In net for the Golden Knights Subban with his 21 save performance on 24 shots, the Vegas backup netminder earned his 12th win of the season in a Golden Knights uniform.

“We had a good start, came out and played a full 60+ minutes so it’s definitely a game to build off of.” Subban told reporters at T-Mobile Arena after the Golden Knights 4-3 win.

Playing against the team that originally drafted him, Ryan Reaves played a total of 9:56 and recorded 2 shots on goal.

The 4-3 win over the Blues, put Vegas in the driver’s seat as tomorrow night they can clinch their first ever Pacific Division crown with a victory over the San Jose Sharks who 6 divisional titles of their own in their club history.

3 Stars Of The Game

Vegas Golden Knights: Jonathan Marchessault (2 goals including game winner)

Vegas Golden Knights: William Karlsson (1 goal and 2 assists)

Vegas Golden Knights: James Neal (1 goal)

Honorable Mention: Vegas Golden Knights  Shea Theodore (23:41 of ice time)

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