Game Report: Golden Knights 3, Blues 2 (overtime)

By Nicholas Hand

The Blues dropped their first overtime game of the season to the expansion Golden Knights on Saturday night in Las Vegas.

William Karlsson scored the game-winning goal in the final minute of overtime in the first ever meeting between the Blues and Golden Knights.

The Blues struck first in the contest on a rebound goal by Magnus Paajarvi 12:51 into the opening period. Oskar Sundqvist took the puck around the net and attempted a wraparound which left a rebound in front of the net for Paajarvi that Knights’ goaltender Malcolm Subban was unable to glove.

The Blues have several chances in the first period to increase the lead but were unable to solve Subban for the remainder of the contest.

A pair of second period power-play goals by Reilly Smith and Colin Miller gave the Knights a 2-1 lead after two periods of play.

It appeared that the Blues evened the score early in the third period on a shot by Vladimir Sobotka that forced Subban to glide into the net. The play was ruled no goal on the ice and video review was unable to overturn the no goal call on the ice.

Midway through the third period, Subban suffered a lower-body injury while making a save attempt on a wide shot by Jaden Schwartz.

Oscar Dansk, making his NHL debut, relieved Subban for the final 9:10 of regulation. The Blues pressed with a late surge and found the equalizer on the first shot against Dansk.

Alex Pietrangelo scored his third goal of the season with 5:08 remaining in the third period to force overtime. Schwartz and Brayden Schenn assisted on Pietrangelo’s equalizer.

The Blues had five shots on goal in overtime but were unable to solve Dansk again. The Knights won the game on a two-on-one rush in the final minute of overtime with Karlsson beating Jake Allen after a pass from Smith.

Allen made 19 saves in the overtime loss. The Blues record moved to 6-2-1 (13pts.) on the season with a 4-2-1 road record.

Looking ahead: The Blues will return home on Wednesday night to host the Calgary Flames.