The Canadian loses a two-goal lead against the Golden Knights, loses a 10th game of the season – .

The Canadian loses a two-goal lead against the Golden Knights, loses a 10th game of the season – .

MONTREAL – The Vegas Golden Knights hadn’t scored on the power play since June 6, but their power play kicked in on Saturday and two power play goals made the difference in a 5-2 win over the Canadiens from Montreal.
Drawn by 20-1 in the first period, Vegas lost 2-0 to the Canadiens thanks to goals from Nick Suzuki and Tyler Toffoli.

“Tonight wasn’t just a bad start, it was a horrible start,” said Vegas head coach Peter DeBoer. “Luckily our goalie was our best player at the start and we had a lot of character in this play and the guys fixed it. ”

Vegas goaltender Robin Lehner allowed two goals in the first period but was perfect afterwards, blocking 36 of 38 shots in total.

“He’s been exceptional all year, tonight is another example,” said Alex Pietrangelo de Lehner. “So when there’s a storm for us he lets us play our game. But I think we have to start our game early, we can’t count on him every first period. “

“Obviously we weren’t happy with the way we came out,” Lehner said. “We went up to the changing rooms (at the first intermission). The leaders, the coach, everyone said that was enough and I think after the two-on-one they had I think we played really well for the rest of the game. “

With the way his team presented in the first period, Canadiens head coach Dominique Ducharme insisted his team should have drawn more from the game.

“We started the (second half) and we had a few more chances,” said Ducharme. They took advantage of the play that deflected on (Jeff) Petry, but it happens. Overall they took advantage of their chances and I think we deserved better.

“With the scoring chances at 23-7, I would take that every night. I think nine times out of 10 we would get the win. ”

Suzuki collected a goal and an assist for the Canadiens. Toffoli added Montreal’s second scorer. Canadiens goalie Jake Allen saved 13 of 16 shots sent to him.

Montreal fell to 3-10-0 this season.

“I know the way we can play, I believe in all guys to get by,” Suzuki said. “

Vegas closed the gap in the second period with goals from Pietrangelo, Jonathan Marchessault and Dylan Coghlan. Chandler Stephenson and Brayden McNabb added goals into an empty net in the third.

Pietrangelo’s shot deflected Petry and passed Allen at 5:16. His scorer was the Golden Knights’ first power-play goal since Game 4 of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoff Round 2 against Colorado.

“We’ve heard about it,” DeBoer said. Anytime you play another game without scoring (the power play) you hear about it, so the pressure starts to build. It took a little while, but it’s obviously opportune tonight and it’s good that we don’t have to deal with that goose egg anymore. “

Marchessault tied the score for Vegas with 9:36 left in the second period.

Vegas gave the go-ahead, again on the power play, with Coghlan’s season opener at 12:00 p.m. ET.

“It’s a little frustrating and I think we’ve created more opportunities (on the power play) here over the last week,” said Pietrangelo. “It’s not good enough for the amount of talent we shouldn’t have. scored a goal, so we knew it.

Without key players William Karlsson and Max Pacioretty, the Golden Knights end their four-game road trip on Sunday as they face the Detroit Red Wings.

After losing 4-0 to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday, Vegas has a three-game winning streak after beating the Ottawa Senators 5-1 and the Canadiens 5-2.


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