LAS VEGAS – The Montreal Canadiens turned into an eerily similar functionality to last year’s win in their game against the Golden Knights at Vegas.Brendan Gallagher scored his seventh of the season with 1:58 left in regulation, Max Domi scored 27 seconds into overtime and the Canadiens beat Vegas 5-4 on Thursday night.Last season, Montreal play 1:25 left in law — and also prevailed in OT. “The guys never gave up,” Montreal coach Claude Julien said. “We knew that it was gonna be a tough game, the key was not to get frustrated, just to stay with it and I believe we did a fantastic job of this. “Playing the moment of a yearlong later winning 4-1 at Arizona on Wednesday, the Canadiens fell behind 4-2. The Golden Knights seemed to seize momentum using a third-period surge supporting goals by Cody Glass and Mark Stone.But former Golden Knight Tomas Tatar, that came to Montreal as a part of this transaction that sent Max Pacioretty into Vegas, cut into the Golden Knights’ lead when he scored off a rebound on a shot by Joel Armia off this post. “When you are down by two goals and you are looking at the clock, it is a mental game,” Julien said. “But should you score a goal and you are down by just one and you see that there’s some time left there’s no uncertainty (Tatar’s goal) gave us some momentum. “Julien pulled goaltender Keith Kincaid using slightly more than two minutes left in regulation, and it took just 21 seconds during a 6-on-5 order for Gallagher to choose a perfect feed from Armia at the corner and conquer Vegas goalie Marc-Andre Fleury between the pads to tie the game at 4-all. Domi then scored his fourth goal of the season if his shot trickled for the goal through the pads of Fleury. “You want to call it resilience or character — you name it — the team showed a lot tonight,” Domi said. “We did not necessarily play the best hockey the first two or three periods, but you know what, good teams find ways to battle through that hardship. Back-to-backs are demanding, they are very, very demanding and we discovered a way to stick with it and (Kincaid) gave us a chance all night and once you get in anything can happen.”
Phillip Danault and Jonathan Drouin also scored for Montreal.Kincaid made 31 saves for Montreal. He is within one win of .500 against Western Conference foes. He is 13-13-1 life against Pacific Division teams.William Karlsson and Alex Tuch also scored for Vegas.Fleury, who is 22-14-4 life against Montreal, made 25 saves. Fleury came into the game with a 3.06 goals-against average against Montreal — the fourth-highest of all opponents.While Vegas is 8-0-0 when allowing three or fewer goals this season, it fell to 0-5-1 when allowing four or more goals. “We cannot give up five goals,” Vegas forward Jonathan Marchessault said. We’re not there to our defencemen. It is not good enough for us. “The loss destroyed the recurrence of Vegas defenceman Nate Schmidt, who missed 12 games with a lower body injury, and also the season-debut of Alex Tuch, that was wounded during a preseason game on Sept. 27. “I really don’t believe we were that bad,” Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant said. “I wasn’t totally pleased with each the game, but it was still good enough to win. I really don’t think the inconsistency of it; they got some hockey chance in the end. Danault got the scoring going 2:35 into the game when he scored into a wide open net and gathered a rebound off a shot. It marked the 100th point of Weber with the Canadiens. Vegas was the only team he hadn’t registered a stage against.Karlsson tied the game late in the first, and then Tuch sparked the 18,035-sellout audience by placing Vegas ahead with his first of the season and 90th livelihood point.Drouin was credited with the sole goal of the second stage when Vegas defenceman Brayden McNabb knocked the puck into his own goal.Glass put the Golden Knights facing his third goal of the season, and less than three minutes after it was Stone netting his team-high eighth goal and 17th stage of this season.NOTES: Pacioretty, who spent the first 10 seasons of his career with Montreal, enrolled the 500th point of his career with the help of Stone’s goal. Pacioretty, that has 12 points in 14 matches for Vegas, has 250 aids in 706 NHL games and 250 aims. … The game marked Nick Suzuki’s first game at T-Mobile Arena. The Canadiens forwards was the 13th overall draft pick by the Golden Knights at 2017. UP NEXTCanadiens: Finish a trip in Dallas on Saturday.
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