Marchessault's OT goal lifts Golden Knights past Blues 6-5

LAS VEGAS (AP) Zach Sanford had the best game of his young NHL career - even if his thoughts were understandably far from the ice.

Sanford scored four goals in St. Louis' 6-5 overtime loss to Las Vegas on Thursday night, the Blues' first game since teammate Jay Bouwmeester collapsed from a cardiac episode on the bench during a game earlier in the week.

Emotions ran deep for Sanford, St. Louis' 25-year-old first-line wing whose father died of a heart attack in 2018 and was missing from the Blues' annual father's trip. His big scoring performance helped get everyone's minds back on hockey a bit, even in defeat.

"I didn't know how they would come in after going through something like that," Vegas coach Peter DeBoer said. “That's something that's traumatic. It's traumatic watching it as an outsider, I can't imagine being there. I give them a lot of credit, I thought they came out and they were ready to play.

"They didn't look distracted and they really played a good game considering the circumstances.”

Jonathan Marchessault's power-play goal in overtime lifted the Golden Knights to the victory as Vegas tied a franchise record with four goals with the man-advantage - including two by Marchessault and one each by Max Pacioretty and Nate Schmidt. Pacioretty also had an even-strength goal, as did Alex Tuch. Malcolm Subban, making just his third start in 2020, made 19 saves for Vegas.

"The crowd was awesome for us," Marchessault said. "We wanted to get them on our side again. We owed them a couple of wins there. It’s good to get the first one."

But on a night the Golden Knights notched a much-needed win after being shut out in Minnesota on Tuesday, improved to 5-3-2 under DeBoer and continued to fight for a playoff spot in the jam-packed Pacific Division, thoughts were heavy.

The Blues' game Tuesday night against Anaheim was postponed after the 36-year-old Bouwmeester collapsed on the team's bench in the first period. A defibrillator was used on the veteran defenseman before he was taken to a hospital, where he continues to undergo tests.

St. Louis, mired in a 2-6-2 slide, hit the ice for the first time since the scary incident and got off to a fast start with their teammate on their minds.

Sanford opened the scoring just 25 seconds into the game when he fired a shot from the circle that beat Subban.

Sanford's father Michael died in his sleep in 2018 and never got to see his son play in an NHL regular-season game in person. And the only father's trip Michael Sanford was able to attend, his son was recovering from a dislocated shoulder in 2017.

Sanford's lifelong friend from New Hampshire, Brett Glendye, is on the trip.

"I'm glad he could be here and enjoy this with me and thanks to him for coming out," said Sanford, who now has 13 points in his last nine games. "Obviously I'd really want to have (my dad) here. I think he was watching over tonight and maybe helping out a little bit, too."

After Sanford's first goal, the Golden Knights fired right back as Pacioretty scored back-to-back goals to give Vegas a 2-1 lead.

Mackenzie MacEachern also scored for St. Louis and Jordan Binnington made 46 saves. Binnington came in 2-0-0 against the Golden Knights and had allowed just three goals in two starts against them.

It marked the 10th straight game the Blues allowed three or more goals, and seventh time in that span they allowed four or more.

St. Louis ranked fourth in the NHL in goals-against through Jan. 13, allowing just 2.60 goals per game. In the 10 games since then, the Blues rank 31st in the league, allowing 3.82 goals per contest.

The Golden Knights were just 3 for 26 on the power play in their first nine games under DeBoer, but finished 4 for 5 on Thursday night.

"That was a tough one, especially having the lead multiple times," St. Louis alternate captain Ryan O'Reilly said. "Got to find a way to shut the door. It was tough. Some things we did well, but we didn't play a great game, we gave up way too much. I don't think the calls went our way a lot. I don't think it was officiated great tonight, but still they had some good bounces on the penalty kill and on their power play gave them confidence. It killed us."

NOTES: The Golden Knights recently announced the purchase of an AHL franchise membership from Spurs Sports & Entertainment, which currently operates the San Antonio Rampage - the current AHL-affiliate of the Blues. On Thursday, the team announced it will work closely with nearby Henderson city officials on developing a second hockey facility, which will be a state-of-the-art, 6,000-seat arena for the AHL team. The team will play at the Orleans Arena next season. ... Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis and coach Jon Gruden were greeted with loud cheers from the announced sellout crowd of 18,252 when shown on the T-Mobile Arena jumbotron. ... Tuch played in his 100th career game.

UP NEXT

St. Louis: hosts Nashville on Saturday.

Vegas: hosts the N.Y. Islanders on Saturday.

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123OTT
STL32-15-10
31105
LV29-22-8
21216
STARS OF THE GAME
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
I. Barbashev RW01003/4013:104
S. Blais RW00-100/0011:309
R. Bortuzzo D01100/0214:354
T. Bozak RW00127/7016:021
V. Dunn D02110/0015:262
J. Faulk D00000/0021:132
C. Gunnarsson D00100/0220:083
J. Kyrou RW00110/1407:530
M. MacEachern LW10130/0006:470
R. O'Reilly C022010/13020:010
C. Parayko D01010/0024:411
D. Perron RW01220/0217:243
A. Pietrangelo D02310/0025:171
Z. Sanford LW40360/0016:212
B. Schenn C00028/10020:179
J. Schwartz LW00020/0219:452
A. Steen LW00020/1014:451
R. Thomas C00012/2015:390
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
W. Carrier LW00-200/0008:003
C. Eakin C00-109/5015:351
D. Engelland D00-200/0013:342
N. Holden D00030/0023:023
W. Karlsson C02020/0017:041
J. Marchessault LW200110/1221:165
B. McNabb D00-200/0018:464
J. Merrill D01000/0015:202
T. Nosek LW00-224/5008:213
M. Pacioretty LW21088/2019:101
R. Reaves RW00-231/0208:527
N. Schmidt D10-120/0019:412
R. Smith RW00050/0018:466
P. Stastny C000414/12021:012
C. Stephenson C01011/1014:001
M. Stone RW04-151/3020:243
S. Theodore D02-120/0026:270
A. Tuch RW11-140/1213:223
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
J. Binnington (L)526460.88562:30
GOALIESSA
J. Binnington (L)52
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
M. Subban (W)245190.79262:23
GOALIESSA
M. Subban (W)24
GOAL Jonathan Marchessault (Wrist shot), Assists: Max Pacioretty and Mark Stone
STL:GoalsShots
LV:GoalsShots
Full Play By Play
GOALS
  • OVERTIME
    • LV
      02:30(PP) GOAL Jonathan Marchessault (Wrist shot), Assists: Max Pacioretty and Mark Stone
  • 3RD PERIOD
    • LV
      15:20GOAL Alex Tuch (Tip-in shot), Assists: Jon Merrill and Chandler Stephenson
    • STL
      11:45GOAL Zach Sanford (Tip-in shot), Assists: Colton Parayko and Vince Dunn
    • LV
      06:33(PP) GOAL Nate Schmidt (Slap shot), Assists: William Karlsson and Alex Tuch
  • 2ND PERIOD
    • LV
      18:59(PP) GOAL Jonathan Marchessault (Wrist shot), Assists: Mark Stone and Shea Theodore
    • STL
      05:13GOAL Zach Sanford (Wrist shot), Assists: Alex Pietrangelo and Ryan O'Reilly
  • 1ST PERIOD
    • STL
      15:43GOAL MacKenzie MacEachern , Assists: Ivan Barbashev and Vince Dunn
    • STL
      09:41GOAL Zach Sanford (Backhand shot), Assists: Robert Bortuzzo and David Perron
    • LV
      06:34GOAL Max Pacioretty (Wrist shot), Assists: William Karlsson and Mark Stone
    • LV
      01:59(PP) GOAL Max Pacioretty (Snap shot), Assists: Mark Stone and Shea Theodore
    • STL
      25.0GOAL Zach Sanford (Wrist shot), Assists: Ryan O'Reilly and Alex Pietrangelo
PENALTIES
  • OVERTIME
    • STL
      01:26Jaden Schwartz penalty Hooking - 2 min.
  • 3RD PERIOD
    • LV
      09:34Alex Tuch penalty Tripping - 2 min.
    • STL
      05:02Carl Gunnarsson penalty Holding - 2 min.
  • 2ND PERIOD
    • STL
      18:03Jordan Kyrou penalty Holding - 2 min.
    • STL
      14:55David Perron penalty Roughing - 2 min.
    • LV
      14:55Ryan Reaves penalty Roughing - 2 min.
  • 1ST PERIOD
    • LV
      16:34Jonathan Marchessault penalty Tripping - 2 min.
    • STL
      02:36Jordan Kyrou penalty Tripping - 2 min.
    • STL
      01:50Robert Bortuzzo penalty Cross Checking - 2 min.
TEAM STATS
STL
LV
Shots on Goal2452
Goals in Power Play04
Faceoff Wins3038
Penalties63
Major Penalties00
Minor Penalties63
Misconducts00
TEAM STATS
STL
Shots on Goal24
Goals in Power Play0
Faceoff Wins30
Penalties6
Major Penalties0
Minor Penalties6
Misconducts0
123OTT
STL32-15-10
31105
LV29-22-8
21216
STARS OF THE GAME
20.8 %SHOT %11.5 %
0.885 %SAVE %0.792 %
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
I. Barbashev RW01003/4013:104
S. Blais RW00-100/0011:309
R. Bortuzzo D01100/0214:354
T. Bozak RW00127/7016:021
V. Dunn D02110/0015:262
J. Faulk D00000/0021:132
C. Gunnarsson D00100/0220:083
J. Kyrou RW00110/1407:530
M. MacEachern LW10130/0006:470
R. O'Reilly C022010/13020:010
C. Parayko D01010/0024:411
D. Perron RW01220/0217:243
A. Pietrangelo D02310/0025:171
Z. Sanford LW40360/0016:212
B. Schenn C00028/10020:179
J. Schwartz LW00020/0219:452
A. Steen LW00020/1014:451
R. Thomas C00012/2015:390
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
W. Carrier LW00-200/0008:003
C. Eakin C00-109/5015:351
D. Engelland D00-200/0013:342
N. Holden D00030/0023:023
W. Karlsson C02020/0017:041
J. Marchessault LW200110/1221:165
B. McNabb D00-200/0018:464
J. Merrill D01000/0015:202
T. Nosek LW00-224/5008:213
M. Pacioretty LW21088/2019:101
R. Reaves RW00-231/0208:527
N. Schmidt D10-120/0019:412
R. Smith RW00050/0018:466
P. Stastny C000414/12021:012
C. Stephenson C01011/1014:001
M. Stone RW04-151/3020:243
S. Theodore D02-120/0026:270
A. Tuch RW11-140/1213:223
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
J. Binnington (L)526460.88562:30
GOALIESSA
J. Binnington (L)52
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
M. Subban (W)245190.79262:23
GOALIESSA
M. Subban (W)24
STARS OF THE GAME
123OTT
STL32-15-10
31105
LV29-22-8
21216
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
I. Barbashev RW01003/4013:104
S. Blais RW00-100/0011:309
R. Bortuzzo D01100/0214:354
T. Bozak RW00127/7016:021
V. Dunn D02110/0015:262
J. Faulk D00000/0021:132
C. Gunnarsson D00100/0220:083
J. Kyrou RW00110/1407:530
M. MacEachern LW10130/0006:470
R. O'Reilly C022010/13020:010
C. Parayko D01010/0024:411
D. Perron RW01220/0217:243
A. Pietrangelo D02310/0025:171
Z. Sanford LW40360/0016:212
B. Schenn C00028/10020:179
J. Schwartz LW00020/0219:452
A. Steen LW00020/1014:451
R. Thomas C00012/2015:390
Total51002430/3812-44
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
W. Carrier LW00-200/0008:003
C. Eakin C00-109/5015:351
D. Engelland D00-200/0013:342
N. Holden D00030/0023:023
W. Karlsson C02020/0017:041
J. Marchessault LW200110/1221:165
B. McNabb D00-200/0018:464
J. Merrill D01000/0015:202
T. Nosek LW00-224/5008:213
M. Pacioretty LW21088/2019:101
R. Reaves RW00-231/0208:527
N. Schmidt D10-120/0019:412
R. Smith RW00050/0018:466
P. Stastny C000414/12021:012
C. Stephenson C01011/1014:001
M. Stone RW04-151/3020:243
S. Theodore D02-120/0026:270
A. Tuch RW11-140/1213:223
Total61205238/306-49
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
J. Binnington (L)526460.88562:30
GOALIESSA
J. Binnington (L)52
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
M. Subban (W)245190.79262:23
GOALIESSA
M. Subban (W)24
GOALS
  • OVERTIME
  • 3RD PERIOD
  • 2ND PERIOD
  • 1ST PERIOD
PENALTIES
  • OVERTIME
  • 3RD PERIOD
  • 2ND PERIOD
  • 1ST PERIOD
  • OVERTIME
  • 3RD PERIOD
  • 2ND PERIOD
  • 1ST PERIOD

123OTT
STL32-15-10
31105
LV29-22-8
21216
TEAM STATS
3.77
GF AVG
3.34
GA AVG
.89
Power Play
3.51
GF AVG
3.45
GA AVG
.65
Power Play
All times are US/Eastern.