Vegas withstands late rally, beats Ducks 5-4 in shootout

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nic Roy and Evgenii Dadonov scored in the shootout and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Anaheim Ducks 5-4 on Friday night.

The Golden Knights survived a scare after Anaheim erased a three-goal deficit in the second half of the third period to force overtime. It was Vegas’ third straight win.

Reilly Smith, Nic Hague, Chandler Stephenson and William Carrier scored in regulation for the Golden Knights, who have won 18 of their 21 all-time meetings against Anaheim. The 18 victories are the most the Golden Knights have against any opponent. Vegas is also 9-2-0 and has outscored Anaheim 37-21 at T-Mobile Arena.

Robin Lehner made 34 saves for Vegas and improved to 3-4-0 this season.

Trevor Zegras, Troy Terry, Isac Lundestrom, and Adam Henrique scored for the Ducks. John Gibson stopped 38 shots. Zegras scored Anaheim's only goal during the shootout.

Smith got the Golden Knights on the board early thanks to linemate William Karlsson’s labor in transition. Karlsson deflected a pass from Alec Martinez perfectly to Smith, who was denied by Gibson initially, but was able to punch in the rebound , giving Vegas a lead less than four minutes in.

Hague made it 2-0 early in the second period when his blast from just inside the blue line sailed past Gibson. The Ducks got on the board near the other end of the period when Sonny Milano’s backhand pass from behind the net landed on the blade of Zegras’ stick for a one-timer past Lehner, cutting the lead in half.

Shortly after killing off a penalty that carried over from the second period, the Golden Knights extended their lead to two goals when Stephenson took a feed from Jonathan Marchessault and went forehand-backhand with a nice move to beat Gibson, making it 3-1.

Capitalizing on a turnover, Stephenson skated into the zone with the puck and sent a pass toward the slot for Carrier, who sent a wrist shot past Gibson to give the Golden Knights a three-goal lead.

But the Ducks weren’t done. They erased a three-goal deficit for a second straight night after losing to Buffalo 4-3 in overtime on Thursday.

Terry, Lundestrom, and Henrique scored unanswered goals in about a five-minute span to tie the game with 3:31 left in the third.

UP NEXT

Anaheim: Opens a four-game homestand against Montreal on Sunday.

Vegas: Opens a four-game tour through Canada in Toronto on Tuesday.

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W.g. Ramirez, The Associated Press

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