Knights beat Blues in OT; Marchessault game winner (again)

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jonathan Marchessault scored with 17 seconds left in overtime to lift the Vegas Golden Knights to a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Friday night.

Reilly Smith, Alec Martinez, and Nic Roy scored in regulation for Vegas, which won after trailing by two goals for the sixth time this season. The Golden Knights also inched closer to winning their third division title in four seasons since joining the NHL in 2017.

Robin Lehner stopped 22 shots to improve to 16-3-2 since joining the Golden Knights last season.

Ryan O’Reilly, David Perron, and Jaden Schwartz scored for St. Louis. Jordan Binnington made 31 saves.

The teams wrap up their season series on Saturday.

Smith opened the scoring late in the first when he gathered a pass from Nic Hague at the doorstep and tapped it home with 6:37 left in the period.

The lead wouldn’t last, though, as O’Reilly took Tyler Bozak’s pass from behind the net and buried a short-handed goal to tie it with 1:52 left in the first period. O’Reilly has 12 points over his last eight games.

St. Louis scored two goals in a span of 1 minute, 44 seconds to take a brief 3-1 lead in the second period.

First, it was Perron, who came off the bench in time to receive Zach Sanford’s cross-ice pass to the bottom of the right circle and fired the puck past Lehner to make it 2-1. Marco Scandella registered his 100th career assist on Perron’s goal.

Moments later, Schwartz ripped a shot from a tight angle just in front of the goal line, sneaking the puck under Lehner and just inside the far post to make it a two-goal game.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 07: Fans celebrate a first-period goal by Reilly Smith #19 of the Vegas Golden Knights against the St. Louis Blues during their game at T-Mobile Arena on May 7, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

With energy seemingly deflated from the NHL’s biggest crowd of the season, Martinez ignited the 7,567 in attendance when he blasted a one-timer from the point to cut St. Louis’ lead back down to one with 8.2 seconds left in the second period.

Roy provided an equalizer midway through the final period, when he grabbed the loose puck after a scramble in front, spun around in the right circle, and roofed a wrist shot past Binnington glove side. It was Roy’s 10th point in his last 15 games.

The Blues had a good opportunity to regain the lead when Lehner slipped while backpedaling, and Kyle Clifford skated around the back of the net to the opposite side — only to be stopped by Martinez, who dropped into a butterfly stance and stuffed the wraparound attempt.

This post will be updated throughout the game

FIRST PERIOD: Knights goal Reilly Smith (11) (Wrist shot), Assist: Nicolas Hague (10), William Karlsson (24). KNIGHTS 1, BLUES 0.

Blues goal Ryan O’Reilly 24 (short-handed) (Unassisted). KNIGHTS 1, BLUES 1. Shots on goal: Knights 10, Blues 9.

SECOND PERIOD: Blues goal David Perron (16) (Wrist shot). Assists: Zach Sanford (6), Marco Scandella (5). BLUES 2, KNIGHTS 1.

Blues goal Jaden Schwartz (7). Assists: Tyler Bozak (12), Brayden Schenn (19). BLUES 3, KNIGHTS 1.

Knights goal with :10 left in period, Alec Martinez (9), Assists: Mark Stone (39), Chandler Stephenson (21). BLUES 3, KNIGHTS 2. Shots on goal: Knights 22, Blues 17.

THIRD PERIOD: Knights goal Nicolas Roy (6). Assists: Nicolas Hague (11), Zach Whitecloud (9). KNIGHTS 3, BLUES 3 after three. Shots on goal: Knights 32, Blues 22.

OVERTIME: Knights goal Jonathan Marchessault (17) (Wrist shot), Assists: Alex Tuch (14) and Robin Lehner (1). KNIGHTS 4, BLUES 3 in OT

St. Louis Blues (24-19-8, fourth in the West Division) vs. Vegas Golden Knights (37-13-2, first in the West Division)

T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada; Friday, 7 p.m. PDT

LINE: Golden Knights -148, Blues +120

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

The Golden Knights are 37-13-2 against the rest of their division. Vegas is fifth in the league recording 9.1 points per game, averaging 3.4 goals and 5.8 assists.

The Blues are 24-19-8 against the rest of their division. St. Louis has given up 37 power-play goals, killing 76.4% of opponent opportunities.

In their last meeting on April 7, St. Louis won 3-1.

TOP PERFORMERS: Max Pacioretty leads the Golden Knights with 24 goals and has 51 points. Mark Stone has seven goals and six assists over the last 10 games for Vegas.

Ryan O’Reilly leads the Blues with a plus-21 in 51 games this season. David Perron has eight assists over the last 10 games for St. Louis.

LAST 10 GAMES: Golden Knights: 8-2-0, averaging 3.7 goals, 6.1 assists, 3.6 penalties and 7.5 penalty minutes while giving up 2.1 goals per game with a .927 save percentage.

Blues: 5-3-2, averaging 3.3 goals, 5.6 assists, 3.1 penalties and 7.9 penalty minutes while allowing 2.8 goals per game with a .907 save percentage.

INJURIES: Golden Knights: Tomas Nosek: out (undisclosed), Max Pacioretty: day to day (undisclosed).

Blues: Mackenzie MacEachern: out (upper body), Vladimir Tarasenko: day to day (lower-body), Torey Krug: day to day (upper body), Vince Dunn: day to day (upper body), Carl Gunnarsson: out for season (lower body), Oskar Sundqvist: out for season (knee).

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