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Golden Knights tie it with 0.3 left, defeat Predators in OT

Stastny wins it at 1:52 after Pacioretty's late goal forces extra period

by Robby Stanley / Independent Correspondent

Pacioretty, Stastny win it late

VGK@NSH: Pacioretty, Stastny steal a win late

Max Pacioretty ties the game in the waning seconds of the 3rd period, and Paul Stastny comes through in overtime for a 4-3 Golden Knights win

  • 01:27 •

NASHVILLE -- Max Pacioretty tied the game with 0.3 seconds left in the third period, and Paul Stastny scored 1:52 into overtime to give the Vegas Golden Knights a 4-3 win against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday.

Stastny scored on a 2-on-0 rush with Nate Schmidt for his 700th NHL point.

Malcolm Subban made 31 saves for his first win of the season in seven games for the Golden Knights (12-11-4), who ended their three-game winless streak (0-2-1).

"I've been in this league long enough to know there's certain games every year that maybe you should win or shouldn't win, or you win a different way, or something happens in the game and brings the guys together," Stastny said. "It's a game like this where you score late in a tough environment on the road right before Thanksgiving and feel good about yourselves. That's what we've got to do, but we know tomorrow we get back to work."


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The Predators (11-9-4) lost for the first time in three games.

"The first 10 minutes were pretty even," Nashville forward Matt Duchene said. "They get kind of a lucky goal, and they're up. I thought we took over from there. I thought the last 50 minutes of the game was all us. They had a little push at the end, obviously, and ended up finding one with 0.2 or 0.3 seconds left. It's crazy. We play such a good game, and we don't get rewarded with two points."

Pacioretty tied it on a shot from the slot. Mark Stone made a drop pass to get the puck to Pacioretty, who beat the buzzer with a wrist shot.

Video: VGK@NSH: Pacioretty ties game with one second left

"Seeing [Jonathan Marchessault] shot out of a cannon there and making such a great play," Pacioretty said. "The game is either won or lost on that entry, and he was able to get it deep, able to get on the puck on the forecheck, get it to [Reilly Smith] and then an unbelievable play by the next two guys to get it over to me. It took a full group effort."

Duchene gave the Predators a 3-2 lead at 1:23 of the third period on a one-timer from the right face-off circle. Mikael Granlund made the pass from the slot, and Duchene beat Subban.

Stone gave the Golden Knights a 1-0 lead at 7:33 of the first period on a wrist shot from the left circle. He received a pass from Pacioretty and beat goalie Juuse Saros.

Video: VGK@NSH: Stone buries loose puck for opening goal

Smith gave the Golden Knights a 2-0 lead at 6:22 of the second period on a breakaway. He got around defenseman Dante Fabbro and received a pass from Schmidt to spring him on the breakaway.

Granlund scored for the Predators to make it 2-1 at 7:01 on a shot from the slot.

Ryan Ellis tied it 2-2 at 11:25 on a backhand shot from the slot.

"It would've been nice to keep this streak we had going, especially after the negative streak we had there," Ellis said. "But it happens, and we've got to move past it. Obviously we can learn from some of the mistakes but move past it as fast as we can."

Video: VGK@NSH: Ellis puts home backhander past Subban


They said it

"It's nice to get that one out of the way. Someone brought it up a couple of weeks ago and I was struggling there for a few weeks, so it was always kind of in my head. I was like 'I just need to get this one out of the way and then I can just play the game.' It's special. It's very humbling. It's a tribute to my teammates. You play with good players that find you and make plays, it's a little easier to get points." -- Golden Knights forward Paul Stastny on getting his 700th NHL point

Video: VGK@NSH: Stastny buries game-winning goal in OT

"Two really good periods that we played. Obviously, we're not going to play a perfect game, but that second period we really came alive and had a lot of good chances, got two goals and got the lead. Point one or two seconds left, bad bounce, bad break and a nice play by them." -- Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis


Need to know

Paul and Peter Stastny (1,239 points) are the third father and son to each have at least 700 NHL points, joining Gordie Howe (1,850) and Mark Howe (742) Howe and Bobby Hull (1,170) and Brett Hull (1,391). ... Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury missed the game because of personal reasons. There is no timetable set for his return. … Predators forward Kyle Turris was a healthy scratch for the fifth consecutive game.

Video: EA Sports Overtime Winner: Stastny wins it for Vegas


What's next

Golden Knights: Host the Arizona Coyotes on Friday (6 p.m. ET; FS-A PLUS, ATTSN-RM, NHL.TV)

Predators: At the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday (7:30 p.m. ET; FS-TN, FS-CR, NHL.TV)

Video: Stastny's OT winner lifts Golden Knights to victory

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