The Vegas Golden Knights (25-19-7) erased a three-goal deficit, but were ultimately topped by the Montreal Canadiens (22-21-7) on Saturday night at the Bell Centre.
HOW IT WENT DOWN
The Golden Knights had their work cut out early, as the Canadiens skated to a 3-0 lead after the first 20 minutes. Midway through the second, Reilly Smith set up Jonathan Marchessault for his 16th goal of the season to put the Golden Knights on the board. Vegas struck once more in the second frame when Paul Stastny jammed home a loose puck and the Golden Knights were within one heading into the final period. At the 9:40 mark of the third, Montreal forward Nick Cousins scored his second goal of the night to put his team up 4-2. When the Golden Knights emptied their net late in the third, Max Pacioretty struck to make it 4-3 before Reilly Smith scored the equalizer at the 19:52 mark of the third period. After a scoreless five minutes in overtime, Tomas Tatar beat Marc-Andre Fleury and Carey Price stopped Reilly Smith in the fourth round of the shootout to win the game for the Canadiens, 5-4.
Reilly Smith: Smith tipped in a pass from Stastny with just eight seconds left in regulation to send the game to overtime.
Paul Stastny: Stastny gathered two points (1G, 1A) to help Vegas earn the point.
Shea Theodore: Theodore chipped in three assists in the comeback.
Nick Cousins: Cousins led Montreal's offensive effort, as he scored in both the first and third periods.
Carey Price: The veteran goaltender earned his 20th victory of the season by making 31 saves on 35 shots.
Vegas will play its final game before the All-Star break at TD Garden in Boston on Tuesday at 4 p.m. PT. Fans can follow all the action on AT&T SportsNet and FOX Sports Radio 98.9/1340.