Kolesar scores 1st NHL objective, Golden Knights high Blues 5-1

LAS VEGAS — Keegan Kolesar was on the Vegas Golden Knights’ first improvement camp in 2017. That was lengthy earlier than the franchise had a follow facility, launched into a wild inaugural season that completed within the Stanley Cup Last, and earlier than captain Mark Stone arrived on the town.

On Monday night time, Stone scored twice and Kolesar was the star of the present.

The 23-year-old rookie scored his first NHL objective, Robin Lehner made 15 saves and the Golden Knights beat the St. Louis Blues 5-1.

“A very long time coming,” stated Kolesar, who scored on his twenty first shot of the season, firing residence a rebound after St. Louis goaltender Jordan Binnington blocked Nic Hague’s shot from the purpose.

The objective despatched his teammates and the introduced crowd of three,750 right into a frenzy in celebration for Kolesar.

“I feel my response, and the bench response, says all of it,” Kolesar stated. “I feel they may have been extra excited than I used to be.”

Jonathan Marchessault and William Karlsson added objectives for Vegas, which improved to 4-0-0 on the second of back-to-back video games.

One night time after having their five-game win streak snapped in Los Angeles, the Golden Knights earned their season-high fifth straight residence win whereas bettering to 13-2-1 at residence, tying Tampa Bay and the New York Islanders for essentially the most residence wins this season.

“There’s little question there’s a confidence and composure to the group that, irrespective of the state of affairs, we all know what our sport appears like after we’re taking part in effectively and we’re not,” Vegas coach Peter DeBoer stated. “I feel the fellows have the power to get again to that sport when we have to.”

Vince Dunn scored for the Blues, who had been taking part in their fourth highway sport in six days. Binnington completed with 30 saves.

“Mainly it boils all the way down to they needed the sport greater than us,” St. Louis coach Craig Berube stated. “They dug in additional, received extra puck battles, made extra performs, skated higher. That’s why they received the sport.”

The Golden Knights scored first when Marchessault gathered the puck off a faceoff on the suitable dot, and from a foul angle, was capable of sneak one below Binnington for his ninth objective of the season.

Vegas, which has outscored opponents 28-15 within the first interval this season, has now allowed simply 5 objectives within the opening body within the final 20 video games.

The Blues acquired on the scoreboard halfway by means of the second, when Dunn skated in and picked up a unfastened puck after Lehner kicked out a wraparound try by Vladimir Tarasenko and fired a shot by means of site visitors and into the far high nook, tying the sport 1-1.

It was St. Louis’ first second-period objective in three video games. The Blues have been outscored within the center body 37-31 this season.

It took solely 80 seconds for the Golden Knights to interrupt the tie, as Stone’s try to middle the puck ricocheted off Jaden Schartz’s skate. Stone gathered the puck and fired it off Dunn’s shin pad and previous Binnington to place Vegas again in entrance.

Karlsson and Stone added power-play objectives late within the third interval, after Kolesar’s milestone objective, to ice the sport for Vegas.

“In the event you have a look at the best way we’ve been taking part in the final month or two, our file is actually good,” Stone stated. “We’re profitable in numerous areas. That’s what good groups do; we discover methods to win hockey video games. Tonight, we performed our fifth sport in eight days, coming in on a back-to-back with journey. We needed to play sensible, and I assumed we did a very good job. Third interval, I assumed we acquired our legs and pounded 4 strains out the door.”


Monday’s sport was a make-up from Jan. 28, after Golden Knights’ defenseman Alex Pietrangelo, and a member of the Vegas teaching workers entered the NHL’s COVID protocols.


Vegas’ penalty kill, which got here into the sport tied for sixth within the league, stopped St. Louis on each of its power-play alternatives.


Vegas’ unique high line of Marchessault, Karlsson and Reilly Smith has performed collectively because the Golden Knights’ enlargement 12 months, when the staff was labeled the Golden Misfits. The trio is approaching 600 factors mixed as Golden Knights, now at 585. Marchessault has 204 factors, Karlsson has 203, and Smith has 178. Solely six different trios have ever hit 600 factors of their first 4 years with a franchise.


Vegas’ Shea Theodore registered his one hundredth help with the Golden Knights. St. Louis’ Robert Bortuzzo is now one sport shy of taking part in in his four-hundredth profession sport.


St. Louis: Closes out its five-game journey at Minnesota on Thursday.

Vegas: Opens a two-game sequence in Colorado on Thursday.


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