Golden Knights top Blues in 4-3 overtime victory
March 31, 2018 8:25 AM
by Nick Pellegrino
In a record only sports bettors would appreciate, the Las Vegas Golden Knights dropped a full 40 cents from -160 to -120 on Friday – the biggest drop in franchise history – yet true Knights supporters were rewarded when Jonathan Marchessault scored his second goal 22 seconds into overtime to defeat the St. Louis Blues, 4-3, at T-Mobile Arena.
Marchessault now leads the Knights with 75 points, including 27 goals. William Karlsson posted his 41st goal and a pair of assists for 73 points, both surpassing the true first-year NHL franchise record of 72 points set by Hall of Fame winger Gilbert Perreault with the 71 Buffalo Sabres.
The triumph dropped Vegas' magic number to clinch the Pacific Division championship to 2 over the San Jose Sharks with four contests remaining. The two clubs meet Saturday in the Knights' first set of home games on consecutive nights all season.
The so-called "Vegas Flu" syndrome seems to be disappearing as visiting clubs make their second trip to town, as both sides noted the playoff intensity level. Vegas No. 2 goalie Malcolm Subban (19 saves) out-dueled Blues No. 1 Jake Allen (22) to capture the season series, 2-1. Subban moves to 17-11-3.
The overtime points earned by St. Louis and Los Angeles a 2-1 OT loser in Anaheim proved significant in the Western Conference.
L.A. (94 points) remained a point ahead of Anaheim (93 for third place – an automatic playoff berth – in the Pacific, while the Ducks moved into the first wild card berth. Meanwhile, the Blues and Colorado are tied for the second and final wild card at 92.
Cup schedule – The NHL announced the start date of the Stanley Cup Playoffs will be Wed., April 11. The Knights will begin their First Round series (against an opponent to be determined) either that night or the following night... One or two Eastern Conference opening round series could be delayed a day due to the Florida-Boston make-up game that was tacked onto the end of the regular season schedule.