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Golden Knights Beat Blues in OT 5-4; Smith GWG

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Reilly Smith scored the overtime game winner for the Vegas Golden Knights in a 5-4 win on Friday to cap a wild back-and-forth game with the St. Louis Blues.

Smith’s one-timer from the right wing faceoff dot beat Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington on the glove side while the Golden Knights were on a rare overtime power play.

St. Louis battled back from 2-0 and 3-1 deficits, taking a 4-3 lead on David Perron’s power play goal at 10:40 of the third period.

Just 47 seconds later Alec Martinez knotted the game back up for Vegas and the two teams were destined for overtime.

Mark Stone, Jonathan Marchessault and Tomas Nosek also scored for the VGK.

Marc-Andre Fleury took the win with 19 saves while Binnington took the overtime loss with 34 saves.

Tom’s Takeaways:

  • While Vegas’ power play provided the OT game winner, the unit didn’t show much during the game itself. Movement off the puck is still sparse for the Golden Knights when they’re not on the rush, and the standing around is easy to defend for the opposition. For the power play to improve, this will have to change.
  • St. Louis still has not lost to the Golden Knights in regulation since Vegas entered the league, and tonight is the first time the Blues didn’t win the game on home ice (4-1).
  • The Blues have scored a power play goal in six consecutive games after notching two Friday night.
  • Before one of St. Louis’ third period power play goals, the Blues had as many as eight players on the ice during a change. The transgression went uncalled and St. Louis scored a short time later.
  • Vegas still needs to play a full 60 minutes against top opponents like the Blues, and they didn’t do so again tonight. If ever they figure out a way to do that it will be something to see, but they just aren’t there right now.
  • St. Louis now has points in seven straight games.
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