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VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Alex Pietrangelo scored a third-period tie-breaker and made two assists as the Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Vancouver Canucks 5-4 Monday night.

William Carrier scored two goals, and Mark Stone scored a goal and an assist for the Golden Knights (15-4-1), who overcame a 4-2 deficit in the third. Riley Smith also scored, while Jack Eichel and Alec Martinez each provided assists.

Logan Thompson made 25 tackles for Vegas, who was eliminated on the third but kept pushing.

“I don’t think that’s the way we drew it,” Pietrangelo said. “Lots of emotion. Obviously we score and then score again. But I’ll tell you what, it’s not easy to win on the road and you have to give credit to our group – we were resilient no matter what happened.”

Vancouver (6-10-3) got a goal and an assist from Andriy Kuzmenko. Bo Horvat, Luke Chien and Elias Peterson each scored, and had two assists for Quinn Hughes.

Thatcher Dimko stopped 33 shots for the Canucks, who gave up a multi-goal lead in a loss for the seventh time this season.

“Unforgivable,” said defender Luke Chien.

“This has nothing to do with the regulations or what the coaches tell us. This goes back to the battle and the competition, and we are outclassed and beaten in front of the net and with the blue paint.” “Everybody just needs to be better against (Demko) out there and that’s where games are won and lost.”

Vegas appeared to take the lead midway through the third period, but the goal was disallowed by a freak rebound.

An attempted clearing by the Canucks hit a camera lens that was stuck through one of the media holes in the glass, knocking a piece of it onto the ice. Play continued at that end and Stone puck put the puck into the net. But after a video review, the goal was disallowed and an official said the whistle should have been blown to stop play.

About four minutes later, Pietrangelo gave the Golden Knights a 5-4 advantage when he collected the puck from Stone and sent a backhand past Demko from the low hole at 14:14.

Vancouver scored three straight goals early in the third period to take a 4-2 lead before Vegas came back again.

“We let them score one goal, they kind of quickly changed the momentum and then they scored another. So I don’t know,” said Peterson. “We can’t let that happen. It’s been happening a few times this season.”

Carrier made it 4-3 with the second of the night at 6:54, sending a rebound off the top of the crease for his sixth of the season.

Once they score a goal, it’s like, ‘Uh, here we go again. Canucks coach Bruce Boudreau said, “We got back on our heels and they came at us, and then they got three.

Smith hit the puck into the Vancouver net at 8:57 to tie it up.

“We just won a few pucks under the goal line and put them up front and force them to defend an area that they haven’t done as well as they probably would have liked this year,” Vegas coach Bruce Cassidy said. “We didn’t do a very good job of starting a third there, and then it snows a little bit. You have a little bit of life and you get a few more balls to the net and a second chance.”

on a roll

Horvat pulled the Canucks to 1:47 in the third with a hash-mark wrist shot. The Vancouver captain has 15 goals, second in the NHL behind Connor McDavid (16). … Brock Boeser’s assist on the first goal of the game helped extend his point streak to seven games (two goals, six assists).


Golden Knights forward Jonathan Marchesault played his 500th NHL regular season game. Now in his 10th season, the 31-year-old center was up for Columbus, Tampa Bay, and Florida before Vegas selected him in the 2017 expansion draft. … Vancouver defenseman Ethan Beer made his 200th regular season appearance.

next one

Golden Knights: Host the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday in their three-game home opener.

Canucks: Start a three-game drive Wednesday in Colorado.

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