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Golden Knights Led By Youngsters Patera and Dorofeyev in Win

The Vegas Golden Knights (40-20-6, 88 points) have now won three-straight games as they beat the St. …



The Vegas Golden Knights (40-20-6, 88 points) have now won three-straight games as they beat the St. Louis Blues (29-32-5, 63 points) 5-3 Sunday afternoon. In his NHL debut, Jiri Patera stopped 30 of 33 shots. Fellow youngster Pavel Dorofeyev also scored his first NHL goal.

Dorofeyev was in the lineup due to Keegan Kolesar now being out day-to-day with an upper-body injury.

After seven years with the St. Louis Blues, Ivan Barbashev made his return to Enterprise Center. 


  • Jiri Patera's first NHL save came right off the dome as Colton Parayko's slapshot hit him in the helmet.
  • From behind the net, Brandon Saad hit Brayden Schenn in the slot and Jiri Patera made yet another save with his mask.
  • Jordan Binnington coughed up the puck behind his net to former teammate Ivan Barbashev but made it back just in time to stop him with a paddle save.
  • 1-0 VGK GOAL- Pavel Dorofeyev pressured Nick Leddy and made him turnover the puck. Dorofeyev then set up William Karlsson to score his first NHL point.
  • STL PP- The first penalty of the game was to Phil Kessel for holding.
  • At the first TV timeout, Ivan Barbashev got a video tribute in his return to Enterprise Center.
  • 1-1 STL GOAL- Brayden Schenn and Jordan Kyrou worked the puck behind the net to Jakub Vrana for a powerplay goal.
  • VGK PP- The Golden Knights got their first powerplay with Tyler Pitclick going off for holding.
  • Shorthanded, Brandon Saad got a solid chance and both Chandler Stephenson and Jiri Patera negated the opportunity.


  • 2-1 VGK GOAL- Just 28 seconds into the seconds, Alex Pietrangelo passed to Jonathan Marchessault, who found just enough room to score one on Jordan Binnington.
  • 3-1 VGK GOAL- Shortly after, Jordan Binnington gave up a huge rebound on a shot from Brett Howden and Michael Amadio scored.
  • After allowing two goals in 1:42, Blues head coach Craig Berube called his timeout.
  • VGK PP- Brandon Saad was called for hooking.
  • Jiri Patera was forced to make another big save shorthanded, this time on Nathan Walker.
  • On that same play, Phil Kessel came very close to covering the puck with his glove, which would have been a penalty. He legally swatted it out.
  • Paul Cotter got a solid chance, using a power move to get to the net and get a shot on Jordan Binnington.
  • Jiri Patera then made yet another strong save, this time on Alexei Toropchenko who was cutting to the net.
  • 3-2 STL GOAL- The Blues got within one goal after some good passing. Jordan Kyrou finished it off with his 30th goal of the season.
  • The Blues pressured hard at the end of the second, trying to tie the game. Sammy Blais got the puck right in the slot and was stoned by Jiri Patera.


  • Pavel Dorofeyev cut to the slot for another good chance. His shot beat Jordan Binnington but didn't cross the goal line after it slipped through.
  • 3-3 STL GOAL- Marco Scandella made a shot-pass to Tyler Pitlick, who was in the perfect position to bury.
  • 4-3 VGK GOAL- After some pressure, Pavel Dorofeyev was rewarded for his strong game as his first NHL goal came off his face.
  • Jordan Binnington was pulled with 1:40 remaining in regulation.
  • Justin Faulk saved a goal, swatting away the puck from Jack Eichel, who would have scored on the empty net.
  • 5-3 VGK GOAL- Alex Pietrangelo sealed the game with an empty-net goal from his own end.


  • Jiri Patera has become the 5th goaltender the Knights have used this season and is now the first VGK-drafted goaltender to play for the team.
  • In his return to Enterprise Center, Ivan Barbashev was a +1 and had two shots on goal.
  • Fellow Russian Pavel Dorofeyev scored both his first NHL goal and first NHL assist in the win.
  • Elsewhere in the NHL the Calgary Flames and Ottawa Senators are playing, which could have some playoff effect on the VGK.

VHN's Player of the Game: Pavel Dorofeyev

An overall great game from Dorofeyev, header goal aside.

Up Next: The Golden Knights will finish out their five-game road trip on Tuesday against the Philadelphia Flyers at 4:00 p.m.

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