LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Knights held on to beat the Ducks 5-4 in T-Mobile Arena Tuesday, but two players, defenseman Shea Theodore and forward Tomas Nosek, were taken out of the lineup after the second period without apparent injuries.
Forward Alex Pietrangelo returned to practice on his own today after sitting out two weeks because of COVID protocol. He did not play in Tuesday night’s game.
The Knights cancelled their post-game news conference and issued the following statement:
“Due to COVID-19 protocols, tonight’s Vegas Golden Knights postgame media availability is cancelled. We will provide additional updates when appropriate.”
The organization emailed an additional update Tuesday night, saying there would be no practice or media availability on Wednesday due to the protocols.
LAS VEGAS — Zach Whitecloud scored the first game-winning goal of his career late in the third period to lift the Vegas Golden Knights over the Anaheim Ducks 5-4 on Tuesday night.
Chandler Stephenson, Jonathan Marchessault, Alex Tuch and Nicolas Roy also scored for Vegas. Marc-Andre Fleury, now 17-4-0 against the Ducks, improved to 5-0-0 this season after making 19 saves.
The Golden Knights are 7-0-1 at home, earning 15 of 16 possible points.
Isac Lundestrom, Troy Terry, Adam Henrique and Ryan Getzlaf scored for Anaheim. Ryan Miller made 26 saves.
Vegas has scored at least four goals in all but one home game this season, a 2-1 overtime win against Anaheim on Jan. 16. The Golden Knights have outscored their guests 34-21.
After William Carrier sent the puck to the net, Whitecloud’s keen instincts found him skating into the slot where he punched home the rebound for his second goal of the season with 3:56 left in regulation. The goal came after Anaheim scored three straight in the third period to tie it 4-all.
Vegas improved to 8-1 all-time at home against the Ducks, outscoring them 34-17.
Stephenson opened the scoring with his third goal in two games. He skated in on an odd-man rush, took a pass from Mark Stone and went forehand-backhand to beat Miller through the legs. Stone’s assist was his 400th career point, while Dylan Coghlan got his first NHL point with the secondary helper.
Marchessault was in the right place at the right time, as he skated into the crease just in time to redirect a shot from linemate Reilly Smith to make it 2-0 just before the end of the first period.
Tuch pushed the lead to three goals early in the second when he collected a pass from Cody Glass and whipped a backhand over Miller’s glove.
Anaheim finally got on the board when Lundestrom skated into the high slot and beat Fleury with a wrist shot, cutting the deficit to two.
Glass picked up his second assist of the game when he dropped the puck off for Roy, who blistered a wrist shot from the top of the right circle that Miller never saw.
Anaheim scored three consecutive goals in the first half of the third period to tie it.
The Ducks and Golden Knights conclude their two-game set in Vegas on Thursday.
PUCK DROP: Knights wearing red “Reverse Retro” jerseys for their first time ever. Marc-Andre Fleury in net for Knights. Ryan Miller in net for Ducks.
FIRST PERIOD: Chandler Stephenson (4) scores on a backhander at 10:56. Assists to Mark Stone (12) and Dylan Coghlan (1). This is the first assist of Coghlan’s NHL career. KNIGHTS 1, DUCKS 0.
Jonathan Marchessault (3) scores on assists from Reilly Smith (2) and William Karlsson (4). 18:52 into the period.
Knights Ryan Reaves and Ducks Nicolas Deslaurieres with 5 minute major penalties for fighting. Revo got the best of him. KNIGHTS 2, DUCKS 0 after 1. Shots on goal: Knights 10, Ducks 6.
SECOND PERIOD: Knights Alex Tuch (4) scores on a backhander. Assist to Cody Glass (3) at 2:39 of period. KNIGHTS 3, DUCKS 0.
Ducks Isac Lundestrom (2) brings the Ducks back with a goal. Assists to Max Comtois (2) and Ben Hutton (1). KNIGHTS 3, DUCKS 1 with 3:38 gone in the period.
Knights Nicolas Roy (1) with his first goal of the season, assist to Cody Glass (4) his second of the game and Shea Theodore (7). KNIGHTS 4, DUCKS 1 after two periods.
THIRD PERIOD: Knights have outscored their opponents 14-5 in the third period going into this game. Shea Theodore and Tomas Nosek out for the Knights with injuries.
Troy Terry (2) scores for the Ducks at 5:00 into the period. Assists to Kevin Shattenkirk (3) and Hampus Lindholm (4). KNIGHTS 4, DUCKS 2.
Ducks Adam Henrique (3) scores. Assist to Troy Terry (2). KNIGHTS 4, DUCKS 3. with 7:23 gone in the period.
Ducks Ryan Getzlaf (1) with a power play goal, assists to Rickard Rakell (4) and Kevin Shattenkirk (4). KNIGHTS 4, DUCKS 4 midway through the period.
Knights Zack Whitecloud (2) scores late in the third period, assists to William Carrier (1), Chandler Stephenson (3). KNIGHTS 5, DUCKS 4 final.
SHOTS ON GOAL: Knights 31, Ducks 23.
Post game interviews cancelled due to COVID19 protocols.