Sports Pacioretty lifts Golden Knights past Ducks in OT

09:16  17 january  2021
09:16  17 january  2021 Source:   msn.com

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Pacioretty gave the Golden Knights a 3-2 lead at 10:46 in his first game after missing seven with a lower-body injury. The Ducks lost possession at the Vegas blue line and Alex Tuch passed the puck ahead to Paul Stastny coming through the neutral zone. Stastny kept possession until he got to the

Max Pacioretty scored the eventual game-winner, and Nate Schmidt and Tomas Nosek also tallied in the Golden Knights ' 3-2 win against the Ducks .

LAS VEGAS — Max Pacioretty scored 7 seconds into overtime to give the Vegas Golden Knights a 2-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night.

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Vegas rallied for the win after William Karlsson tied it with 1:22 left in regulation.

After winning the opening faceoff of overtime, Pacioretty raced up ice while Mark Stone gathered the puck and the two skated in for a 2-on-1 break. Stone dished in front of Anaheim defenceman Cam Fowler and Pacioretty fired home the game-winner.

“That wasn’t exactly how we drew it up, but the plan was to get up quickly,” said Pacioretty, whose goal was the fastest to start a period in franchise history. “When you play a team two nights in a row, it’s going to be hard to win two in a row and sweep the series. The format allows you to make adjustments. We compare it a little bit to a college schedule. That was kind of a better feeling knowing they were going to play a much stronger game, which we did.”

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Max Pacioretty scored his second goal of the game at 3:36 of overtime to give the Vegas Golden Knights a 3-2 win against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on He has scored four times in a three-game goal streak for the Golden Knights (10-12-1), who have won three of their past five games.

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Marc-Andre Fleury, who came into the game 15-4-0 with a .927 save percentage and 1.95 goals-against average against the Ducks, stopped 21 shots.

Max Comtois scored for Anaheim and John Gibson had 31 saves to fall to 2-10-2 in his career against Vegas.

The Golden Knights controlled the tempo in the first period, outshooting the Ducks 14-6 and keeping Gibson busy. But it was three defensive gems that helped keep Anaheim off the board.

First it was Brayden McNabb on his stomach, poking the puck from Sam Steel to prevent a 2-on-1 attack. His defensive partner, Alex Pietrangelo, also thwarted a 2-on-1 attack from his stomach when he blocked a cross-ice pass by Troy Terry in front of the goal. And Fleury had a poke check as Steel was driving to the net with 1:00 left in the period during a power play to keep the game scoreless.

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Catching Vegas overly aggressive in the offensive zone, the Ducks capitalized on a 3-1 rush when defenceman Jacob Larsson found an open seam to get the puck to Comtois, who was waiting at the doorstep to punch it past Fleury. It was Comtois’ 10th career goal, four of which have come against the Golden Knights. Comtois also scored Anaheim’s only two goals in Thursday’s 5-2 season-opening loss against Vegas.

“It’s always bittersweet coming out with at least one (point)," Steel said. "But when we have a lead for that long, you obviously want two. That’s a tough one to swallow.”

Gibson had a couple of highlight saves of his own in the first half of the second period, stopping Chandler Stephenson and Reilly Smith on short-handed chances during the same power play, before Comtois gave him a 1-0 lead.

Gibson came up big early in the third, when Vegas established a quick 3-on-2 rush. Stone was able to squeak the puck through the slot for Pacioretty, who was skating in on the right but was stoned by Gibson.

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Wood opened the scoring with a redirection at 16:15 of the first period. Jack Hughes maintained possession of the puck while the rest of his teammates completed a change before Ty Smith’s shot from the point was tipped past Halak. Wood netted his first of the season in a shootout loss Thursday.

“That’s what he’s capable of doing; when he’s on, you better settle in for a 1-0 or 2-1 games, and that’s what it was,” Vegas coach Peter DeBoer said. “As good as Gibson was, Flower was great late when they were up 1-0. We tried to open it up, push a little bit. He made a couple of great saves to give us a chance.”

Indeed, as Fleury came up with multiple big saves in the third to keep Anaheim’s lead at one, hoping for goal support at some point.

That came with Fleury on the bench, and Vegas using the extra attacker. Stone found Jonathan Marchessault down low on a bang-bang play that ended up on the end of Karlsson’s stick for the one-timer that tied the score.

“I just tried to do my part and try to keep the guys in the game,” Fleury said. “The whole game we were close with a lot of chances.”


While Saturday marked the one year anniversary of Peter DeBoer’s debut as coach of the Golden Knights, it also marked the debut of the team’s third game sweater, the first-ever gold metallic sweater in NHL history.


Through the first two games, Vegas is 3-for-3 with its penalty kill. Vegas is one of eight teams with a 100% penalty kill.


Comtois became the 15th player in NHL history to score each of his team’s first three goals to begin a season. Comtois is the first to do so since Connor McDavid on Oct. 4, 2017 against Calgary. Comtois is also the first player in Ducks history to score the team’s first three goals in a season.


Ducks: Open a four-game homestand Monday, the first of two against Minnesota.

Golden Knights: Host Arizona on Monday for the first of four straight games against the Coyotes.


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LAS VEGAS — Missing all their coaches, Max Pacioretty and the Vegas Golden Knights still managed to earn a point. Strange night, but they'll certainly take it. David Perron and Brayden Schenn scored in a shootout Tuesday to give the St. Louis Blues a 5-4 victory over Vegas. Pacioretty got his seventh career hat trick for the Golden Knights, who were without their entire coaching staff because of COVID-19 concerns. General manager Kelly McCrimmon took over head coaching duties and was assisted by staff from the team’s minor league affiliate in the AHL, the Henderson Silver Knights. Vegas players said they didn’t even know about the situation until they got to the arena.

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