Jonathan Marchessault and Evgenii Dadonov each scored twice, and the Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Vancouver Canucks 7-4 on Saturday.
Vegas, now 9-2-2 all-time against Canucks since 2017, overcame a two-goal deficit early in the game to extend its win streak of 8-2-0 since Oct. 26, 2017, after opening the season 14-0.
After Vancouver goalie Thatcher Demko was called for delay of game for knocking his own net off the post, Marchessault scored his 100th goal as a Golden Knight to put Vegas ahead 5-4, a lead it wouldn’t relinquish to the delight of 18,261 in attendance.
Marchessault stated that although tonight was not the most beautiful game overall, the first two periods were not as good as they could have been. “Good teams find a way to win, and right now that’s what we’re doing. We’re just working hard, everybody’s on the same page.”
Brayden McNabb, Jake Leschyshyn and Reilly Smith also scored for Vegas. Robin Lehner improved to 6-1 in seven of his last seven starts and stopped 39 shots.
“The way the game began tonight dictated how open and free it was,” Vegas coach Peter DeBoer explained. “You’re down 2-0 10 minutes in, it’s human nature you’re opening it up to try and get yourself back in the game and that’s what it looks like. Sometimes games like this can get away with you. Tonight we made more saves than they did and found a way back to score some goals.
Nils Hoglander scored twice on behalf of the Canucks. J.T. Tanner Pearson and Miller also scored, while Demko made 31 stops.
Vancouver is now on a 2-6-2-1 slide since the start of the season 3-2-1. It’s a skid the team appeared poised to end after coming out firing.
Miller gave Vancouver an early lead when he raced into the zone alone and lasered a wrist shot through Lehner’s pads, extending his point streak to seven games. The Canucks pushed their lead to 2-0 when former Knight Brad Hunt sent the puck through the slot to Conor Garland, who threw the puck at the crease where it deflected off Pearson’s skate and into the net.
With Canucks defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson serving a four-minute double-minor and Justin Bailey in the box for hooking, Dadonov punched home a loose puck in front of the net to cut Vancouver’s lead in half late in the first period.
Smith tied the game early in the second, when he corralled the puck in the neutral zone, skated in and roofed the puck over Demko’s glove for his fifth goal in 10 games. With his second goal of the season, McNabb gave the Golden Knights an impressive 3-2 lead.
After Vancouver had taken a 2-0 lead, Lehner stopped 16 consecutive shots. Hoglander, however, was on the scene to retrieve the puck from underneath Lehner and tie it at 3.
Vegas’ fourth goal came as Dadonov’s 360-spinning pass landed perfectly on Leschyshyn’s blade to make him the third Vegas rookie to score his first career goal in the last two games. The lead wouldn’t last though, as Hoglander smacked a loose rebound off Lehner’s pad into an open net for his second career two-goal game.
After the Canucks had turned the puck over, Dadonov scored his second goal of game. He broke into the zone with captain Mark Stone on a 2-on-1 rush. Stone was back in the lineup after being absent for the previous 12 games. Marchessault added his second goal of the night less then two minutes later to give the final margin.
Coach Travis Green of Vancouver said, “I thought it had been a much better effort tonight.” “I loved the start to the game. Obviously, there’s a couple of plays in the game that we’d like to have back, and there’s definitely a couple of calls that should’ve never been called against us.
“I don’t usually complain about refereeing, but the call against Demko was atrocious, and the … double minor for roughing, is very questionable for me as well. Both were critical parts of the game.”
NOTES: Vegas D Ben Hutton skated in place Alec Martinez, who was severely injured on Thursday. Hutton skated the first four seasons with Vancouver during his career. … The Canucks entered the game having been outshot (159-117), outscored (16-5), in the first period. However, Vegas led Vegas 2-1 after outshooting 10-9. … It was the eighth consecutive time that the Golden Knights scored at most seven goals in team history. … It was the first time in 1997 that the Canucks allowed seven goals back-to-back. Vancouver lost 7-1 to Colorado on Thursday.
Vancouver: Plays the second night of back-toback nights in Anaheim, Sunday.
Vegas: Carolina hosts the event on Tuesday
Source: Fox News