If the Golden Knights could skip right from the first period to the third, they’d be in a much better spot.
After outscoring the Anaheim Ducks 3-0 in the middle frame Wednesday, Vegas surrendered a trio of goals in the second to fall behind the St. Louis Blues at T-Mobile Arena on Friday. The Golden Knights could not recover, and fell 4-1.
It dropped the Golden Knights to a minus-11 goal differential in the second period. In all other periods including overtime, their differential is plus-3 (this is before the third period tonight).
The Golden Knights entered the frame knotted at 1-1, but three St. Louis strikes were the difference. First was Ryan O’Reilly’s deflection in front of the net, his second goal of the game. Brayden Schenn scored in a similar way later in the period before Oskar Sundqvist picked up a rebound and danced it around Vegas goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.
St. Louis’ top line was deadly, coming into the game with a combined 42 points. Then Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz assisted on both of O’Reilly’s goals to make it 48. Goalie Jake Allen was great for the Blues, recording 31 saves.
Vegas did not give itself much of a chance in the third. Cheap Vegas Golden Knights Jerseys William Carrier, Cody Eakin and Tomas Nosek all took minor penalties, keeping the team short-handed for too long to mount a comeback.
The Golden Knights also struggled on the power play. They got some good looks, but they went 0-for-4 on the night (before third period), dropping their season percentage to 15.7.
Carrier scored on a breakaway for the Golden Knights 6:03 into the game. Assists went to Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Shea Theodore.
The Golden Knights fell to 8-11-1 in front of 18,488 fans. The Blues won their second road game of the season and improved to 7-7-3 overall.