Missing all coaches, Knights lose to Blues 5-4 in shootout

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — David Perron and Brayden Schenn scored in a shootout to lift the St. Louis Blues over the Vegas Golden Knights 5-4 on Tuesday night.

Max Pacioretty got his seventh career hat trick for the Golden Knights, who were missing 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.

Perron scored twice in regulation, and Jaden Schwartz and Jordan Kyrou also had goals for St. Louis.

Jordan Binnington was brilliant in net for the Blues, making 42 saves.

Alex Tuch added a goal for Vegas. Shea Theodore scored during the shootout, and Robin Lehner made 21 saves.

It marked the fifth time in 11 all-time meetings that the teams played into overtime since Vegas entered the NHL in 2017.

Not only did the Golden Knights (5-1-1) lose for the second time in three games, but they were disrupted by coronavirus for the first time this season. Roughly two hours before puck drop the team announced it would be without its coaching staff.

The club said the entire staff, including head coach Peter DeBoer, would self-quarantine “out of an abundance of caution.” Vegas’ staff is comprised of DeBoer, assistants Steve Spott, Ryan Craig and Ryan McGill, and goaltending coach Mike Rosati.

McCrimmon stepped in behind the bench and was assisted by head coach Manny Viveiros and assistants Jamie Heward and Joel Ward from the Silver Knights.

It marked the first time a Vegas player or coach missed a game this season because of the virus. Four Golden Knights tested positive in November, and all recovered in time for the opener.

Tuch put the Golden Knights on the board 3:17 into the game when he raced down right wing and beat Binnington for his sixth point in seven games. After that, the Blues (4-2-1) took over.

Perron tied it with a nifty wrist shot that sneaked between Lehner and the post less than a minute later. Perron got his second of the game and third of the season just six seconds into St. Louis’ first power-play opportunity, sending a blistering slap shot past Lehner’s blocker.

Two minutes later it was Schwartz with St. Louis’ third unanswered goal in the opening period when he sent a shot off the crossbar and in, pushing the lead to 3-1.

Pacioretty cut the deficit to one with a snapper from the slot early in the second. He’d later ring one off the crossbar, and the carom landed on Pietrangelo’s stick.

Kyrou poked the puck free from his former teammate, skated by Pietrangelo and while holding him off into the offensive zone, gathered the puck and roofed a wrist shot Lehner never even saw to give St. Louis a 4-2 lead.

Pacioretty got his second goal of the night when he sent a wicked wrist shot from the blue line through traffic and benefited from a perfect screen from William Karlsson to beat Binnington.

Pacioretty’s third goal came with 3:25 left in regulation.

WHAT’S NEXT?

Vegas and St. Louis close their two-game series at T-Mobile Arena on Thursday. It is unclear if DeBoer and his assistants will be cleared to return by then.

PUCK DROP: Golden Knights GM Kelly McCrimmon is coaching Knights tonight vs. St. Louis. COVID concerns has the Knights regular coaching staff sitting out tonight’s game. Robin Lehner will start in net tonight against the Blues. Knights will be going for their 5th straight home win.

FIRST PERIOD: Knights Alex Tuch(3) starts the scoring with a wrist shot at 3:17. Assists to Keegan Kolesar(2) and Alex Pietrangelo(3). KNIGHTS 1, BLUES 0 early in period.

Blues David Perron(2) -former Knights player – scores on a wrist shot at 4:07. Assist to Ryan O’Reilly(4). KNIGHTS 1, BLUES 1, early in period.

Blues David Perron(3) scores his second goal of the game, a power-play goal at 8:11. Assists to Torey Krug(2) and Jaden Schwartz(4). BLUES 2, KNIGHTS 1. midway through period.

Blues Jaden Schwartz(2) scores at 10:10, assist to Brayden Schenn(2). BLUES 3, KNIGHTS 1 midway through the period.

BLUES 3, KNIGHTS 1 after one period. Shots on goal: Knights 17, Blues 8.

SECOND PERIOD: Knights Max Pacioretty(4) scores at 1:42 on a snap shot. Assists to Mark Stone(7), Alec Martinez(4). BLUES 3, KNIGHTS 2 early in 2nd.

Blues Jordan Kyrou(3) scores unassisted at 10:44. BLUES 4, KNIGHTS 2. midway through 2nd.

BLUES 4, KNIGHTS 2 after two periods. Shots on goal: Knights 28, Blues 17.

THIRD PERIOD: Knights Max Pacioretty(5) scores his second goal of the game on a 5-on3 power play AT 10:36. Assist Shea Theodore(4). BLUES 4, KNIGHTS 3

Max Pacioretty(6) scores his third goal of the game (7th career hat trick) at 16:35. Assists to Mark Stone(8), Alec Martinez(5). KNIGHTS 4, BLUES 4 end of third period.

OVERTIME: No goals in overtime

SHOOTOUT: Blues win shootout 2 goals to 1. BLUES 5, KNIGHTS 4 (SO)

LAS VEGAS (KLAS/AP) — The Vegas Golden Knights (5-1-0, first in the West Division) are looking for their fifth straight win at home as they face the St. Louis Blues (3-2-1, third in the West Division) for the first time this season

Puck drop is scheduled at 6 p.m. at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

BOTTOM LINE: Vegas hosts St. Louis trying to prolong its four-game home winning streak.

Vegas went 15-6-2 in division action and 22-11-4 at home in the 2019-20 season. The Golden Knights averaged 3.6 penalties and 8.0 penalty minutes per game.

St. Louis finished 15-7-2 in division games and 19-12-5 on the road in the 2019-20 season. The Blues scored 223 total goals last season while collecting 376 assists.

The matchup Tuesday is the first meeting of the season between the two teams.

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