Lehner makes 36 saves, Golden Knights defeat Canadiens

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MONTREAL — The Vegas Golden Knights scored their first two power-play goals of the season in a come-from-behind 5-2 win against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Saturday.

Alex Pietrangelo had a goal and an assist and Robin Lehner made 36 saves for the Golden Knights (6-5-0), who faced the Canadiens for the first time since losing to them in six games in the Stanley Cup Semifinals last season.

Nick Suzuki had a goal and an assist for Montreal (3-10-0), which has lost four of five. Jake Allen made 13 saves.

Outshot 20-1 in the first period, Vegas scored three straight goals in the second to take the lead, scoring on their fourth, sixth and seventh shots of the game, including both of their power-play shots.

Pietrangelo scored Vegas’ first power-play goal of the season to cut Montreal’s lead to 2-1 on a one-timer from the left point at 5:16. The Golden Knights had failed to score in 19 man-advantage opportunities through their first 10 games¬†

Jonathan Marchessault tied it 2-2 when he scored on a backhand from the edge of the crease4 at 10:24.

Dylan Coghlan scored Vegas’ second power-play goal 12 minutes in with a low shot from the right point on a pass from Pietrangelo for a 3-2 lead.

Chandler Stephenson scored into an empty at 17:09 of the third to make it 4-2, and Brayden McNabb also scored into an empty net with 35 seconds remaining for the 5-2 final.

Suzuki put Montreal up 1-0 when he scored for a third straight game in the first, a power-play goal on a rebound of Mike Hoffman‘s shot at 17:18.

Suzuki made it three straight multipoint games with an assist on Tyler Toffoli‘s goal at 18:49. He has seven points (three goals, four assists) during his streak.

Canadiens forward Jonathan Drouin missed his second game and remains day-to-day since he was hit in the head by a shot by teammate Brett Kulak in a 3-0 win against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday.
 

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