MONTREAL — Robin Lehner made 36 saves and the Vegas Golden Knights scored their first two vitality-play objectives of the season in a reach-from-in the assist of 5-2 have interaction in opposition to the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Saturday.
Alex Pietrangelo had a aim and an again for the Golden Knights (6-5-0), who faced the Canadiens for the first time since shedding to them in six video games in the Stanley Cup Semifinals closing season.
“We’re going by adversity and we’re scratching and clawing to dwell in the slump and each point issues appropriate now, or no longer it’s as easy as that,” Lehner acknowledged. “The League is getting tighter and tighter. You would possibly presumably well well presumably no longer fall out of the slump early, or no longer it’s truly inviting to reach assist assist, it doesn’t happen that generally. You’ve got got to dwell in the mix.”
Gash Suzuki had a aim and an again for Montreal (3-10-0), which has lost four of 5. Jake Allen made 13 saves.
“We roughly took our foot off the gasoline,” Suzuki acknowledged. “Our first duration was as soon as huge, had reasonably heaps of momentum coming in, all americans was as soon as feeling correct, after which giving up the [power-play] aim fair roughly killed that. There were moments in the 2d and third where we might presumably well well accumulate scored, and it fair didn’t drag in for us.”
Outshot 20-1 in the first, Vegas scored three straight objectives in the 2d to expend the lead, scoring on their fourth, sixth and seventh shots of the game, including both of their vitality-play shots.
“Tonight was as soon as no longer fair a melancholy birth, that was as soon as a horrendous birth,” Golden Knights coach Peter DeBoer acknowledged. “It was as soon as a complete diversified stage of how we began that game and happily our goalie was as soon as our only player early. And we accumulate reasonably heaps of persona in that room and the fellows fastened it.”
Pietrangelo scored Vegas’ first vitality-play aim of the season to chop Montreal’s lead to 2-1 on a one-timer from the left point at 5: 16. The Golden Knights had failed to attain in 19 man-advantage opportunities by their first 10 video games.
“I reflect the closing week we now were operating stuff that we need, and we fair have not truly gotten the bounces,” Pietrangelo acknowledged. “We have been cease and in most cases you would maybe presumably well well presumably need got fair got to simplify it and expend the shots after they’re there. That is gorgeous critical all we did tonight. We have been taking a stumble on at reasonably heaps of diversified issues, reasonably heaps of diversified suggestions that we can gather, and in most cases you fair want a leap or two to roughly kick-birth.”
Jonathan Marchessault tied it 2-2 when he scored on a backhand from the fringe of the crease at 10: 24.
Dylan Coghlan scored Vegas’ 2d vitality-play aim 12 minutes in with a low shot from the loyal point on a drag from Pietrangelo for a 3-2 lead.
“Whereas you would maybe presumably well well presumably want a two-aim lead admire that, correct teams fetch a ability to lock it down,” Suzuki acknowledged. “They’d a vitality-play aim that made it 2-1 and it gave the influence admire we fair roughly backed off reasonably, allow them to accumulate the momentum.”
Chandler Stephenson scored into an empty salvage at 17: 09 of the third to assemble it 4-2, and Lehner got an again when Brayden McNabb furthermore scored into an empty salvage with 35 seconds closing for the 5-2 closing.
“It was as soon as a correct feeling ensuing from they saved pressing, and for a goalie, those two open-salvage objectives, they point out loads,” Lehner acknowledged.
Suzuki establish Montreal up 1-0 when he scored for a third straight game in the first, a vitality-play aim on a rebound of Mike Hoffman‘s shot at 17: 18.
Suzuki made it three straight multipoint video games with an again on Tyler Toffoli‘s aim at 18: 49. He has seven components (three objectives, four assists) for the duration of his run.
NOTES: It was as soon as the Golden Knights’ first traditional-season have interaction in Montreal. … Marchessault has 9 components (four objectives, five assists) in seven video games for Vegas in opposition to Montreal. … Canadiens forward Christian Dvorak was as soon as minus-3 and is minus-8 in his previous two video games. … Hoffman’s again on Suzuki’s aim was as soon as his 400th NHL point (193 objectives, 207 assists in 555 video games). … Montreal forward Jonathan Drouin uncared for his 2d game and remains day to day since he was as soon as hit in the pinnacle by a shot by teammate Brett Kulak in a 3-0 have interaction in opposition to the Detroit Crimson Wings on Tuesday.