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Domi goal in OT caps Canadiens comeback against Golden Knights

Scores at 26 seconds after Gallagher ties it late in third period for Montreal

by Danny Webster / Independent Correspondent

Domi scores OT winner

MTL@VGK: Domi wins it in overtime for Canadiens

Max Domi takes a great pass from Jeff Petry and beats Marc-Andre Fleury in overtime, capping off a come-from-behind win for the Canadiens

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LAS VEGAS -- Max Domi scored 26 seconds into overtime, and the Montreal Canadiens rallied to defeat the Vegas Golden Knights 5-4 at T-Mobile Arena on Thursday. 

Montreal trailed 4-2 after Mark Stone scored at 7:59 of the third period. Tomas Tatar cut it to 4-3 at 13:33, and Brendan Gallagher scored for the third consecutive game at 18:02 to tie it 4-4.

"I think, overall, it was just a huge game. We knew that," Domi said. "It was a big game for [goalie Keith Kinkaid], he played unbelievably. He gave us a chance there, and we answered. We showed a lot of character."


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Phillip Danault and Jonathan Drouin scored, and Kinkaid made 31 saves for his first win for Montreal (7-4-2), which has won three in a row. 

The Canadiens were playing the second game of a back to back; they won 4-1 at the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday. 

"We can be really proud of this," Tatar said. "[Arizona] had been playing really well, and same for Vegas. To bear down and grab the four points on this trip, it's huge. We've talked about this; we've set our goals and we're on the right path right now."

Video: MTL@VGK: Drouin scores with help from defender

William Karlsson scored for the third consecutive game, and Alex Tuch scored in his season debut for the Golden Knights (8-5-1). Marc-Andre Fleury made 25 saves.

"It's not acceptable for us," Golden Knights forward Jonathan Marchessault said. "They were on a back to back and we laid off in the third period. It's not enough. Not good enough for us."

Danault scored off a rebound from Shea Weber's shot at 2:35 of the first period to give the Canadiens a 1-0 lead.

Karlsson tied it 1-1 at 14:35 before Tuch scored on a breakaway at 19:36 to give the Golden Knights a 2-1 lead.

Tuch had not played since sustaining an upper-body injury in a preseason game against the Los Angeles Kings on Sept. 27.

Drouin tied it 2-2 at 9:40 of the second period.

Cody Glass gave Vegas a 3-2 lead at 4:21 of the third period.

"I don't think we were that bad," Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant said. "The two goals [to tie the game] went off people. We had a 4-2 lead, we're playing pretty good hockey. I wasn't totally happy with all of the game, but it was still good enough to win. I don't think it's inconsistency; they got some hockey luck in the end. What do you do about that?"

Max Pacioretty scored his 500th NHL point with an assist on Stone's goal. Pacioretty played the first 10 seasons of his NHL career with Montreal before he was traded to the Golden Knights on Sept. 10, 2018 for Tatar and forward Nick Suzuki.

Video: MTL@VGK: Gallagher sneaks puck in, ties the game late


They said it

"You want to call it resilience or character. You name it, the team showed a lot tonight. We didn't necessarily play the best hockey the first couple of periods, but you know what? Good teams find ways to battle through that adversity. Back to backs are tough, they're very, very tough, and we found a way to stay with it and [Kinkaid] gave us a chance all night. When you get in overtime, anything can happen." -- Canadiens forward Max Domi

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"It's not the way we wanted to finish it. They had some good pushes at the end. I thought, for the most part, I thought we played solid tonight. A couple good shifts here and there. Our puck decisions might not have been our strongest suit tonight, but we generated a lot and skated well." -- Golden Knights forward Cody Eakin


Need to know

Montreal won its third consecutive game against Vegas. … Weber's assist was his 100th point with the Canadiens. … Drouin has four goals in his past three games. … Gallagher has nine points (six goals, three assists) in the past nine games. … Danault has four goals in his past two games at T-Mobile Arena. He scored a hat trick on Dec. 22, 2018, in a 4-3 victory. … Tatar has four points (one goal, three assists) in two games against the Golden Knights since he was traded to Montreal. … Stone has 11 points (six goals, five assists) in his past 10 games, with at least one point in nine. … Suzuki had one shot in 13:18 in his first game against the team that selected him No. 13 in the 2017 NHL Draft. … Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt had an assist and five shots in 20:20, his first game since sustaining a lower-body injury against the San Jose Sharks on Oct. 2. … Eakin had two assists, his first points of the season.


What's next

Canadiens: At the Dallas Stars on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; CITY, SNE, TVAS, FS-SW, NHL.TV)

Golden Knights: Host the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday (10 p.m. ET; ESPN+, SN360, CITY, SNE, SNO, SNW, ATTSN-RM, NHL.TV)

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