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Vegas Falls at Home 3-1 to St. Louis Losing Two Straight

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Vegas fell at home 3-1 to the Blues on Wednesday missing two players that lead the team in points, goals, assists, and plus/minus.

The Vegas Golden Knights lost the St. Louis Blues but were without Max Pacioretty their leader in points, goals, and plus/minus and Mark Stone their leader in assists. The Blues took advantage of their depleted roster and scored two goals in the final frame to win the game. Three Golden Knights made their season debut in the loss with William Carrier, Nicolas Roy, and Brett Howden entering the lineup. St. Louis wrapped up a three-game road trip on Wednesday starting the season on the road but winning all three games.

Robin Lehner was between the pipes for Vegas and stopped 35 shots for a 94.6 percent save percentage. This was Lehner’s third game of the season. So far he is 1-2 with a 90.9 percent save percentage allowing almost three and a half goals a game. Jordan Binnington was in net for St. Louis stopping all but one shot for a 97.7 percent save percentage.

Stars of the Game

3-starsWilliam Karlsson scored the lone goal for the Golden Knights at 8:17 in the first period. That was his first of the season with assists by Reilly Smith and Alec Martinez.

2-stars – Lehner made 35 saves on the night earning the second star of the game. He finished with a 94.6 save percentage in the loss.

1-starVladimir Tarasenko scored the game-winning goal for the Blues at 9:49 in the third period getting his first goal of the season. He was assisted by Jordan Kyrou and Brayden Schenn. Kyrou recorded his fifth assist of the season in only three games played.

More than an Injury

Missing both Pacioretty and Stone seemed to take a bigger toll on the Golden Knights than originally expected. They fell short in many statistical categories and lacked the focus and execution to win this game. The Blues more than doubled their hits getting 38 to Vegas’s 13. St. Louis also won over half the faceoffs getting 58.2 percent to go their way. Penalties were fairly even as the Blues had three power-play opportunities to the Golden Knights two. Neither could capitalize on the man advantage. The Golden Knights lost the turnover battle as well committing 18 turnovers to the Blues five.

Vegas did outshoot St. Louis getting in five more shots. They were also active on defense getting eight more blocked shots and three more takeaways than the Blues. They just couldn’t put it together in the end falling short in the third period.

Around the Pacific

With this loss, the Golden Knights now fell to the bottom of the division tied with the Los Angeles Kings for last place in the division. The Seattle Kraken who have one more loss than both these teams have an extra point because they lost in overtime. They are tied with the Calgary Flames with three points. The Anaheim Ducks have four points below the Vancouver Canucks with five. The San Jose Sharks have six points off a perfect 3-0 start. The Edmonton Oilers find themselves in first place with eight points after going a perfect 4-0 this season.

Up Next

The Golden Knights defend the fortress against the first-place Oilers who visit the desert on Friday.

The Blues return home for the first time this season taking on the Kings on Saturday.

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