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Golden Knights Trade Deadline Acquistions Shine in Win Over Canadiens

The Vegas Golden Knights (37-19-6, 82 points) almost blew a lead Sunday afternoon, but sti…

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The Vegas Golden Knights (37-19-6, 82 points) almost blew a lead Sunday afternoon, but still defeated the Montreal Canadiens (26-33-4, 56 points) by a score of 4-3 at T-Mobile Arena. They will now embark on a five-game road trip which starts Tuesday in South Florida.

Jonathan Quick got his first start and win as a Golden Knights and other trade deadline aquisitions Teddy Blueger and Ivan Barbashev had big games as well. With Will Carrier out of the lineup with a lower-body injury, Paul Cotter drew back into the VGK lineup.

Here's how the game went down.

FIRST PERIOD

  • Jack Eichel dangled his way to the net with a nifty move but went for the pass, which went to no one.
  • VGK PP- William Karlsson was tripped up by Michael Pezzeta early on in the game.
  • The Canadiens pressured with a couple of good chances and Jonathan Quick made his first batch of Golden Knights saves.
  • Phil Kessel received a pass, split the D, and got a shot on Jake Allen, which was stopped.
  • 1-0 VGK GOAL- After the Golden Knights pressured, Shea Theodore found a loose puck and score on a wrist shot.
  • Paul Cotter laid a big hit on Joel Edmundson to get the puck deep, which got the crowd riled up.
  • Michael Amadio recieved a cross-ice pass and got a quality shot on net that left a rebound to William Karlsson, who fanned on his shot.
  • 2-0 VGK GOAL- Jack Eichel found an open Ivan Barbashev at the side of the net and he scored his first goal as a Golden Knight.

SECOND PERIOD

  • Jonathan Quick made a big save on Josh Anderson after a shot rickochet off the back wall.
  • The Canadiens worked to get the puck to Jesse Ylonen, who ripped a shot in the slot that Jonathan Quick stopped.
  • 3-0 VGK GOAL- Reilly Smith and William Karlsson entered the Canadiens zone playing catch. Smith finished the play off scoring.
  • On his next shift, William Karlsson then rang a shot off the crossbar behind Jake Allen.
  • MTL PP- Jonathan Marchessault was called for hooking.
  • The Canadiens got a handful of strong chances in the second, but once again Jonathan Quick stood tall.
  • Josh Anderson went off on a partial breakaway but he missed the net on his shot attempt

THIRD PERIOD

  • 3-1 MTL GOAL- Mike Matheson used his smooth skating to gain some seperation and score on a wrist shot to foil Jonathan Quick's shutout.
  • MTL PP- Zach Whitecloud took an interference penalty on Rafael Harvey-Pinard.
  • On the penalty kill, Jonathan Quick took a shot of the mask but then kept it up to make another couple of saves.
  • At the end of the powerplay, Chandler Stephenson used his speed to get a breakaway chance, but was stopped by Jake Allen.
  • 4-1 VGK GOAL- Ivan Barbashev jammed in a puck that was quickly swatted out by the Canadiens. But it crossed the line completely.
  • 4-2 MTL GOAL- Seconds after, Alex Belzile scored after the Canadiens controlled after the faceoff.
  • 4-3 MTL GOAL- Yet again, the Canadiens scored on their next shift with Rafael Harvey-Pinard putting the Habs within one.
  • After they gave up two goals in less than a minute, head coach Bruce Cassidy used the Golden Knight's timeout.
  • FIGHT- Jonathan Kovacevic rocked Paul Cotter with a big hit. Alec Martinez dropped the gloves to stick up for his teammate.
  • The Canadiens pulled goaltender Jake Allen with just over a minute to go in regulation.
  • Upset at no icing calls, players on the Canadiens threw water bottles on the ice as the game ended.

GOLDEN KNIGHTS NOTES

  • Simply put, the Golden Knights took care of business and collected two important points against an inferior opponent Sunday.
  • New goaltender Jonathan Quick stopped 25 of 28 shots in his first career win with the Golden Knights.
  • With his assist on Shea Theodore's goal Teddy Blueger scored his first career point as a Golden Knight.
  • Alec Martinez dropped the gloves and fought Jonathan Kovacevic in just his third career NHL fight.
  • Jack Eichel set up Ivan Barbashev in front of the net for his first goal as a Golden Knight. He now has four points in four VGK games.
  • Shea Theodore now has 11 points in his last 10 games and Jack Eichel 14 in his last eleven as Golden Knights on fire.
  • The Montreal Canadiens are currently without ten roster players due to injury, wheras the Golden Knights are out six.
  • Elsewhere in the Pacific Division, the Seattle Kraken will play the Colorado Avalanche at 6:00 p.m. tonight.
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VHN's Player of the Game: Ivan Barbashev.

Up Next: The Golden Knights will start a five-game road trip on Tuesday against the Florida Panthers at 4:00 p.m.

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