Blues clinch playoffs spot regardless of OT loss to Golden Knights


LAS VEGAS — Jonathan Marchessault scored with 17 seconds left in extra time to elevate the Vegas Golden Knights to a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Friday evening.

Reilly Smith, Alec Martinez, and Nic Roy scored in regulation for Vegas, which gained after trailing by two targets for the sixth time this season. The Golden Knights additionally inched nearer to profitable their third division title in 4 seasons since becoming a member of the NHL in 2017.

Robin Lehner stopped 22 pictures to enhance to 16-3-2 since becoming a member of the Golden Knights final season.

Ryan O’Reilly, David Perron, and Jaden Schwartz scored for St. Louis. Jordan Binnington made 31 saves.

The groups wrap up their season sequence on Saturday.

Smith opened the scoring late within the first when he gathered a cross from Nic Hague on the doorstep and tapped it residence with 6:37 left within the interval.

The lead would not final, although, as O’Reilly took Tyler Bozak’s cross from behind the web and buried a short-handed purpose to tie it with 1:52 left within the first interval. O’Reilly has 12 factors over his final eight video games.

St. Louis scored two targets in a span of 1 minute, 44 seconds to take a short 3-1 lead within the second interval.

First, it was Perron, who got here off the bench in time to obtain Zach Sanford’s cross-ice cross to the underside of the correct circle and fired the puck previous Lehner to make it 2-1. Marco Scandella registered his a hundredth profession help on Perron’s purpose.

Moments later, Schwartz ripped a shot from a decent angle simply in entrance of the purpose line, sneaking the puck underneath Lehner and simply contained in the far put up to make it a two-goal recreation.

With vitality seemingly deflated from the NHL’s greatest crowd of the season, Martinez ignited the 7,567 in attendance when he blasted a one-timer from the purpose to chop St. Louis’ lead again down to 1 with 8.2 seconds left within the second interval.

Roy offered an equalizer halfway via the ultimate interval, when he grabbed the free puck after a scramble in entrance, spun round in the correct circle, and roofed a wrist shot previous Binnington glove facet. It was Roy’s tenth level in his final 15 video games.

The Blues had alternative to regain the lead when Lehner slipped whereas backpedaling, and Kyle Clifford skated across the again of the web to the alternative facet — solely to be stopped by Martinez, who dropped right into a butterfly stance and stuffed the wraparound try.

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