Jack Eichel equalized on the power play towards the end of the third period and collected two assists. The Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Montreal club 6-5 on Thursday night at the Bell Centre.
The Habs scored at least four goals in regular time for the second time this season. He achieved this feat in his opening game when he lost 5-6 in a shootout against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
However, he squandered leads of 2-0, 3-1 and 4-3 against the Golden Knights, who never gave up.
Jesse Ylönen scored two goals, Alex Newhook had a goal and an assist, while Johnathan Kovacevic and Justin Barron also scored for the Canadian (7-8-2), which suffered its third straight defeat. Nick Suzuki had two assists and Cayden Primeau made 36 saves.
Shea Theodore had a goal and three assists and Mark Stone had a goal and two assists for the Golden Knights (13-3-1), who also benefited from success from Brayden McNabb, Brett Howden and Jonathan Marchessault. Adin Hill stopped 23 shots.
The Canadian lost the services of defender Arber Xhekaj in the second third. He went to the locker room shortly after receiving a hard punch from Ivan Barbashev. The team said he was dealing with an upper body injury.
Striker Michael Pezzetta was included in the Canadian’s lineup for this meeting. He took the place of Rafaël Harvey-Pinard, who was struggling with a lower-body injury. Harvey-Pinard’s health is assessed daily.
The Canadian will play his next game on Saturday when he visits the Bruins in Boston.
The Canadian players’ fathers were invited to the Bell Center on Thursday and those in attendance will accompany the team in Boston this weekend.
After a beautiful tribute to Karl Tremblay, the Cowboys Fringants singer who died on Wednesday, the Canadian scored two goals in the first period for the first time this season.
Newhook hit the target with the Canadian’s first shot at 6:43, and the visitors already had eight on the clock. He surprised Hill on the shield side.
Kovacevic, in turn, beat Hill by aiming for the same spot at 10:03 after a newhook shot hit Golden Knights forward Michael Amadio near the slot.
Newhook ended a 13-game losing streak, while Kovacevic scored his first goal of the season in his 17th game.
At the other end of the ice, Primeau made several stops. During this period he played against William Karlsson five times, at least four of which were due to good chances.
The official scorer was busy in the second period as both teams scored a total of six goals.
Howden gave the Golden Knights the lead with a shorthanded goal at 2:33.
Ylönen scored his first goal of the game at 8:28 after intercepting a puck at the visitors’ blue line to break away.
McNabb answered for the Golden Knights 18 seconds later. He was hit by a throw from Theodore as it went through the slot and then surprised Primeau, who was looking for the puck.
Marchessault tied the game at 3-3 at 11:20 on a two-on-one run, but the Canadian regained the lead 33 seconds later. Ylönen took advantage of a pass from Michael Pezzetta behind the net to beat Hill with a one-timer.
However, Theodore returned to the attack at 16:07, allowing the Golden Knights to tie the game 4-4 before the end of the second period. He beat Primeau with a long-range shot during a power play.
Brendan Gallagher received a double minor penalty for high sticking with 2:51 minutes left in regulation time, opening the door for the Golden Knights.
Eichel took the opportunity to hit Primeau in the top part of the glove 55 seconds later.
After a game-winning goal from Stone, Barron gave fans hope by cutting the deficit to 6-5 with 53.2 seconds left. However, Hill withstood the Habs’ latest attack.
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