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Vegas Topped By St. Louis, 3-1

Golden Knights will have to wait to clinch playoffs

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

The Vegas Golden Knights were held off by the St. Louis Blues, 3-1, Monday night at Enterprise Center.

HOW IT WENT DOWN
After a slow start to the contest, Ivan Barbashev put the Blues on top at 18:41 of the first. William Karlsson tied the game with a power-play goal with 4:48 to go in the second, but Ryan O'Reilly hit the twine with 1:46 left in the frame to give St. Louis a 2-1 lead entering the second intermission. Early in the final stanza, Zach Sanford was the beneficiary of a wacky bounce in front of Malcolm Subban that found its way into the Vegas net. The Golden Knights were unable to muster a comeback in the third period and they missed out on the one point they needed to clinch a playoff berth Monday night.

TURNING POINT
The Golden Knights opened the third period determined to find an equalizer, but the fluky play that led to Sanford's goal took wind out of Vegas' sails.

TOP PERFORMERS
William Karlsson: Karlsson registered his 23rd goal of the season during the game. He's one power-play goal away from tying in his single-season high (8 PPG).

Jonathan Marchessault: Marchessault's assist on Karlsson's goal was his 200th point in the NHL.

Zach Sanford: Sanford recorded two points (1G, 1A) for the Blues in the winning effort.

LOOKING AHEAD
Vegas completes its brief road trip Wednesday night against the Colorado Avalanche at 6 p.m. PT.

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