VGK catches the blues in St. Louis
After a long six-game homestand for the Vegas Golden Knights, the team has hit the road again.
The first of this two-game road trip featured a stop in St. Louis to play the Blues who defeated the Knights by a score of 5-2 Monday, Nov. 22.
Vegas Goaltender Robin Lehner said, “Good start,” goaltender Robin Lehner said. “But [St. Louis] scored one and then it snowballed.”
Vegas travels to Nashville next for a game against the Predators Wednesday, Nov. 24 to conclude the brief two-game road trip for the team.
Puck drop is set for 5 p.m. PST and can be seen on AT&T Sportsnet or ESPN+.
Head coach Pete DeBoer said post game that, “If you’re going to win on the road, you can’t beat yourself in this league.”
The game started as fast and as well as Vegas fans could imagine as center Chandler Stephenson scored the game’s first goal only 36 seconds into the game to give Vegas an early 1-0 lead.
If one is good, two is even better for the Golden Knights when right-wing Reilly Smith got in on the scoring six minutes after Stephenson’s goal to give the visiting Golden Knights a 2-0 lead.
The Blues had an answer with 9:45 remaining in the period when center Ryan O’Reilly scored his third goal of the season to cut the Blues’ deficit in half.
It took less than two minutes later to make it a 2-2 score as center Tyler Bozak found the back of the net for his first goal of the season.
Defenseman Justin Faulk wanted to ensure that good things came in threes for St. Louis as he scored his third goal of the season with 7:30 minutes remaining in the period to give St. Louis a 3-2 lead heading to the first break.
VGK went scoreless the rest of the game over the next two periods.
The last two periods were much more calm on the scoresheet compared to the first period where there were a combined five goals scored between the two teams.
Only 1:28 into the second period, left-wing Brandon Saad scored on the power play to increase the St. Louis lead out to 4-2. It was his eighth goal of the season.
Saad’s goal would be the only form of scoring in the second period from either side.
Just for insurance measures, defenseman Niko Mikkola put home the fifth goal of the game for St. Louis, which was his first goal of the season to finalize a 5-2 victory for the Blues.