LAS VEGAS – The Montreal Canadiens turned into an eerily similar performance to last season’s win in their match against the Golden Knights in Vegas.Brendan Gallagher scored his seventh of the year with 1:58 left in regulation, Max Domi scored 27 seconds into overtime and the Canadiens beat Vegas 5-4 on Thursday night.Last year, Montreal scored with 1:25 left in regulation — and prevailed in OT. “We knew that it was gonna be a tough game, the secret wasn’t to get frustrated, simply to stay with it and I believe we did a fantastic job of this. “Playing the moment of a yearlong later winning 4-1 in Arizona on Wednesday, the Canadiens fell behind 4-2. The Golden Knights seemed to grab momentum using a third-period surge behind targets by Cody Glass and Mark Stone.But former Golden Knight Tomas Tatar, who came to Montreal as part of the transaction that sent Max Pacioretty to Vegas, cut to the Golden Knights’ lead when he scored off a rebound on a shot by Joel Armia off the post. “When you are down by 2 goals and you are looking at the clock, it’s a mental game,” Julien said. “But should you score a goal and you are down by just one and you understand that there’s some time left there’s no doubt (Tatar’s goal) gave us a little momentum. “Julien pulled goaltender Keith Kincaid using slightly more than two minutes left in regulation, and it took just 21 seconds throughout a 6-on-5 order for Gallagher to choose a perfect feed from Armia in the corner and conquer Vegas goalie Marc-Andre Fleury between the pads to tie the match at 4-all. Domi then scored his fourth goal of the year when his shot trickled for the winning target through the pads of Fleury. “You wish to call it resilience or personality — you name it — the team showed a lot tonight,” Domi said. “We did not always play the best hockey the first couple of periods, but you know what, good teams find ways to battle through that hardship. Back-to-backs are tough, they’re very, very tough and we found a way to stay with it and (Kincaid) gave us a chance all night and once you get in anything could 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, at 19-20-8. He is 13-13-1 life against Pacific Division teams.William Karlsson and Alex Tuch also scored for Vegas.Fleury, who’s 22-14-4 life against Montreal, made 25 saves. Fleury came to the match with a 3.06 goals-against average against Montreal — the fourth-highest of opponents.While Vegas is 8-0-0 when allowing three or fewer goals this year, it dropped to 0-5-1 when allowing four or more goals. “We can’t give up five targets,” Vegas forward Jonathan Marchessault said. “We’re not there for (Fleury). We’re not there for our defencemen. It is not good enough for us. “The loss ruined the recurrence of Vegas defenceman Nate Schmidt, who missed 12 games with a lower body injury, and the season-debut of Alex Tuch, who had been wounded during a preseason match on Sept. 27. “I really don’t believe we were bad,” Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant said. “I wasn’t totally pleased with each of the match, but it was still good enough to win. I really don’t think that it’s inconsistency; they obtained some hockey chance in the end. Danault got the scoring going 2:35 to the match when he scored to a wide open net and gathered a rebound off a shot by Shea Weber. It marked the 100th point of Weber with the Canadiens. Vegas was the only team he had not registered a point 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 year and 90th livelihood point.Drouin was imputed with the only goal of the second period when Vegas defenceman Brayden McNabb knocked the puck into his own goal.Glass place the Golden Knights in front with his third goal of the year, and less than three minutes later it was Stone netting his team-high eighth target and 17th point of the season.NOTES: Pacioretty, who spent the first 10 seasons of his career with Montreal, registered the 500th point of his career with the help of Stone’s goal. Has 250 aids in 706 NHL games and 250 goals. … The match marked Nick Suzuki’s first match at T-Mobile Arena. The Canadiens forward was the overall draft pick by the Golden Knights in 2017. UP NEXTCanadiens: End a three-game excursion in Dallas on Saturday.
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