The Vegas Golden Knights and Boston Bruins dueled for more than 65 minutes before David Backes netted the shootout winner to propel the Bruins to a 3-2-win Wednesday night at T-Mobile Arena.
HOW IT WENT DOWN
Midway through the first period, Jake DeBrusk spun away from a defender in the slot and lifted a shot past Marc-Andre Fleury to put the Golden Knights down 1-0. But with less than two minutes to play in the frame, Reilly Smith corralled the rebound of a Cody Eakin shot and flipped it into the cage to tie the game. Neither team scored in the second period, but Brad Marchand gave the Bruins a one-goal edge at 1:09 of the third period. Just :27 after Marchand's tally, Nate Schmidt rushed up the ice, beat two defensemen and chipped a shot by Jaroslav Halak to knot the score at 2-2. The game remained scoreless through regulation and overtime. In the shootout, William Karlsson and DeBrusk exchanged goals before Backes buried the winning goal in the sixth round.
Vegas had a chance to net the game-winner when the Bruins were whistled for too many men in overtime. Despite furious chances in the offensive zone, no Vegas shots beat Halak and the Bruins goaltender kept his team alive to reach the shootout win.
Nate Schmidt: Schmidt's seventh goal of the season was one that will live on Vegas' highlight reel for the rest of the season.
Reilly Smith: Smith hit the 10-goal mark on his first-period tally.
Jake DeBrusk: DeBrusk was flying for the Bruins all evening and scored in regulation and the shootout.
Vegas continues its stretch at home with a game against the Winnipeg Jets at 7 p.m. PT Friday night at T-Mobile Arena.