LAS VEGAS (AP) — Max Pacioretty scored twice, including the game-winner in overtime, to lift the Vegas Golden Knights to a 5-4 win over the Minnesota Wild on Monday night.
The Golden Knights erased a third-period, two-goal deficit to earn the victory in a matchup between the West Division’s top two teams.
After Alex Tuch scored the tying goal with 42 seconds left in regulation, it was Pacioretty punching home the game-winner after Vegas captain Mark Stone fed him with his fifth primary assist of the game.
Cody Glass and Nic Hague also scored for Vegas. Marc-Andre Fleury, making his ninth straight start, made 26 saves and improved to 10-3-0 after tying a season-high four goals allowed. Fleury has won both games he’s allowed four goals.
Marcus Foligno scored twice, and Jordan Greenway and Nick Bonino scored for Minnesota. Cam Talbot made 34 saves and dropped to 4-3-0 this season.
The Golden Knights trailed 4-2 when Hague got them within one midway through the third period on a one-timer from the top that Talbot had no chance of stopping.
Glass opened the scoring in the second period when he deflected Stone’s perfectly placed pass into the net for his third goal of the season. All three of Glass’ goals have been on the power play.
The lead didn’t last long as Greenway followed his own shot and buried a rebound Fleury couldn’t freeze in time, tying the game at 1-all.
A little more than a minute later it was Foligno crashing the crease, where he deflected Jonas Brodin’s centering pass from his right skate, to his left knee, and into the net. It was Foligno’s sixth point in his last seven games.
Vegas got its second power-play goal of the night when Chandler Stephenson, Stone, and Pacioretty played tic-tac-toe with an impressive display of passing in front of Talbot. Camped out to the left of Talbot, Pacioretty buried Stone’s pass with the equalizer.
Minnesota took a two-goal lead with a pair of scores 19 seconds apart.
First, it was Bonino taking advantage of Vegas’ inability to clear the puck, as he grabbed the loose puck in front of Fleury and went top shelf. Foligno netted his second of the game when he skated in alone on the left side and beat Fleury far side over his glove.
Minnesota’s four-goal second period marked the first time this season the Golden Knights allowed four goals in a period. It was just the fourth time the Wild outscored an opponent in the second period.
Minnesota and Vegas wrap up their two-game set Wednesday night.
This post will be updated throughout the game
PUCK DROP: Marc-Andre Fleury in the net for the Knights, Tomas Nosek playing his first game in more than two weeks.
FIRST PERIOD: KNIGHTS 0, WILD 0. Shots on goal, Knights 11, Wild 11.
SECOND PERIOD: Knights Cody Glass (3) scores with assists to Mark Stone (14) and Shea Theodore (11) KNIGHTS 1, WILD 0 midway through period.
Wild Jordan Greenway (3) scores unassisted. KNIGHTS 1, WILD 1.
Wild Marcus Foligno (5) scores, assist Jonas Brodin (6). WILD 2, KNIGHTS 1.
Knights Max Pacioretty (9) with a power play goal, assists to Mark Stone (15) Chandler Stephenson (5). KNIGHTS 2 WILD 2.
Wild Nick Bonino (2) scores, assists to Nico Sturm (1), Marcus Foligno (5) , WILD 3, KNIGHTS 2.
Wild Marcus Foligno (6) unassisted. WILD 4, KNIGHTS 2, end of second period. Shots on goal, KNIGHTS 27, WILD 27.
THIRD PERIOD: Knights Nic Hague (2), assists to Mark Stone (16), Zack Whitecloud (4). WILD 4, KNIGHTS 3 with 6 mins left in period.
Knights Alex Tuch (8) scores with :41 left in period. Assists to Mark Stone (17) and Max Pacioretty (6).
Knights Max Pacioretty (10) scores his second goal of the game in OT, Mark Stone (17) with his 5th assists of the game. KNIGHTS 5, WILD 4, final.
Minnesota Wild (12-6-0, second in the West Division) vs. Vegas Golden Knights (12-4-1, first in the West Division)
T-Mobile Arena Las Vegas, Nevada; Monday, 7 p.m. PST
BOTTOM LINE: The Minnesota Wild visit Vegas after William Karlsson scored two goals in the Golden Knights’ 3-2 overtime win over the Ducks.
The Golden Knights are 12-4-1 in division games. Vegas is ninth in the Nhl averaging 5.4 assists per game, led by Mark Stone with 0.8.
The Wild are 12-6-0 against the rest of their division. Minnesota has scored 57 goals and is 10th in the Nhl averaging 3.2 goals per game. Joel Eriksson Ek leads the team with eight.
The teams meet Monday for the first time this season.
TOP PERFORMERS: Shea Theodore leads the Golden Knights with a plus-nine in 14 games this season. Jonathan Marchessault has five goals over the last 10 games for Vegas.
Jordan Greenway leads the Wild with 12 total assists and has 14 points. Mats Zuccarello has eight assists over the last 10 games for Minnesota.
LAST 10 GAMES: Golden Knights: 7-3-0, averaging 2.8 goals, 5.1 assists, 3.1 penalties and 7.8 penalty minutes while giving up 1.9 goals per game with a .936 save percentage.
Wild: 7-3-0, averaging 3.3 goals, 5.7 assists, 3.9 penalties and 8.6 penalty minutes while allowing 2.3 goals per game with a .918 save percentage.
INJURIES: Golden Knights: Robin Lehner: out (upper body).
Wild: Alex Stalock: out (health protocols), Marcus Johansson: day to day (upper body).