Sports Koskinen stops 36 shots, Edmonton tops Golden Knights, 3-2
Marchessault, Dadonov get two each; Knights top Canucks, 7-4
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Evgenii Dadonov and Jonathan Marchessault each scored twice and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Vancouver Canucks 7-4 on Saturday night. Vegas extended its win streak to 8-2-0 since Oct. 26 after opening the season 1-4-0. The Golden Knights also continued dominating the Canucks, improving to 9-0-2 all-time since 2017. 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. Reilly Smith, Brayden McNabb, and Jake Leschyshyn also scored for Vegas.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Mikko Koskinen stopped 36 shots and earned his 11th victory as the Edmonton Oilers beat the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2 on Saturday night.
Koskinen’s win total is tied for the NHL’s best this season. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Zach Hyman and Jesse Puljujarvi scored for the Oilers, who won for the fourth time in five games to climb back into first place in the Pacific Division.
“They’re a close team,” Edmonton coach Dave Tippett said. “The guys we’ve brought in have enhanced our group. The chemistry of the group is really solid. With some of the injuries we’ve had, we’ve found out a little about our depth.”
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Chandler Stephenson and Reilly Smith scored for Vegas, while Robin Lehner made 27 saves.
Edmonton pushed its lead to three goals when Evan Bouchard sent a rink-length pass into the offensive zone, where Puljujarvi entered on a breakaway and beat Lehner to snap an eight-game goal drought with his seventh of the season.
Stephenson responded with his third goal in three games, whipping past two defenders and finding a leak between Koskinen and the post. Vegas got within a goal when a loose puck in front of Koskinen was batted in by what replays appeared to show Jonathan Marchessault connecting with a backhand, but was credited to Smith for his ninth goal of the season — tied for the team lead.
But Vegas couldn’t score again.
The Oilers have now won their first two meetings with the Golden Knights, both in Vegas.
Whitecloud scores twice, Golden Knights top Red Wings 5-2
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Zach Whitecloud scored two goals in his first game back after hand surgery and the Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Detroit Red Wings 5-2 on Thursday night. The win snapped Vegas’ three-game losing streak in the series and marked the first time the Golden Knights beat Detroit at home since they joined the NHL in 2017. Vegas improved to 9-3-0 since Oct. 26, after opening the season 1-4-0. Nic Hague, Paul Cotter and Reilly Smith also scored for the Golden Knights. Robin Lehner made 26 saves. Givani Smith and Joe Veleno scored for Detroit, and starting goaltender Thomas Greiss stopped 18 shots before being pulled after two periods.
“We’re putting ourselves in a good spot, for sure,” Nugent-Hopkins said. “You can nitpick a little bit and say you want to improve here and there, but if you get the two points on a nightly basis, that’s what you’re looking for.”
The game started with brilliant performances by both goaltenders over the first 17 1/2 minutes, but a pair of Golden Knights turnovers did Lehner no favors in a span of 1:54 late in the period.
First, Nugent-Hopkins kept the puck on a 2-on-1 rush and went far side to beat Lehner for his second goal of the season and 498th career point.
Then, with 16 seconds left in the first, Hyman fought off Vegas’ Mark Stone as they entered the zone, and beat Lehner with a backhand for his ninth goal of the season and 200th career point.
“It’s the odd-man rushes that kills you,” Lehner said. “I don’t think that’s typical Vegas hockey. It’s been a little more this year but we obviously had some adversity (with injuries). We’re starting to get guys back. We have to recognize who we’re playing against. It’s probably the best transition team in the league. Zero-zero with two minutes left in the first and a couple odd-man rushes.”
Stephenson, Stone lift Golden Knights over Preds 5-2
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Chandler Stephenson and Mark Stone each had a goal and an assist, and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Nashville Predators 5-2 Wednesday night. Jonas Rondbjerg, Adam Brooks and Alex Pietrangelo also scored for Vegas, and Robin Lehner stopped 26 shots. “I really liked our game tonight” Vegas coach Pete DeBoer said. “We played an honest, good hard-working road game. Filip Forsberg scored two late goals for Nashville after ending a nine-game injury absence. Juuse Saros made 30 saves. Stephenson skated low into the slot to beat Saros with a wrist shot low to his stick side for the first goal of the game with 48 seconds left in the first period.
It marked the eighth straight game the Golden Knights were either up or down at least 2-0.
After going on a 10-3-0 stretch to claw its way up the Pacific Division, Vegas has now lost two of its last three as it heads back out of town for a two-game road trip.
“The stretches in the game tonight where we stuck to the plan and did that I thought we exposed some really good opportunities for ourselves and should’ve had a chance to win,” Golden Knights coach Peter DeBoer said. “I told our team between periods when you’re playing good teams, it’s whoever can stick to their game for the longest amount of time. You can’t get away from it for 10 or 12 minutes against a team like that because you’re down 2, 3-nothing.”
NOTES: With his six blocked shots, Edmonton’s Kris Russell became the NHL’s all-time blocked shots leader. Russell surpassed Brent Seabrook (1,998) and now has 2,003 in his career. ... Nugent-Hopkins is two points from his 500th NHL point. ... DeBoer is one game shy from coaching his 100th with the Golden Knights. He is 67-27-4 since taking over on Jan. 15, 2020. ... Vegas had its second-largest crowd of the season with 18,381 people.
Edmonton: Hosts Pittsburgh on Wednesday.
Vegas: Visits Anaheim on Wednesday.
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W.g. Ramirez, The Associated Press
Eriksson Ek has two points, Wild keep rolling with 4-1 win over Edmonton .
EDMONTON — The Minnesota Wild keep piling up the wins, and the goals. Joel Eriksson Ek had a goal and an assist as the Wild won their seventh straight game, rolling over the Edmonton Oilers 4-1 Tuesday. The seven-game run is tied with Dallas for the longest active streak. The Wild have scored at least four goals in six straight games. Marcus Foligno, Victor Rask and Dmitry Kulikov also scored for the Wild, who improved to 18-6-1. “They played real well in the second period, but we really liked our regroup and how we played in the third period,” said Wild head coach Dean Evason. “We did a lot of real, real good things.