Vegas closes two-goal deficit to lead Columbus 3-2

Updated 29 minutes ago

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Mattias Janmark broke a 2-2 tie in the third period and the Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 on Saturday night.

Vegas has erased a two-goal deficit with three unanswered goals and has won 10 of its last 13 since the start of the season 1-4-0.

Keegan Kolesar and Reilly Smith also scored for the Golden Knights, while Laurent Brossoit made 27 saves.

Gustav Nyquist and Alexandre Texier scored for the Blue Jackets and Elvis Merzlikins stopped 32 shots.

Columbus wasted no time scoring, as Nyquist’s deflection of Jake Bean’s shot from the point beat Brossoit on his stick 45 seconds into the game.

Texier made it 2-0 at 8:42 in the first when he landed a pass down the boards, ran into the zone and around Vegas captain Mark Stone, and slid the puck past the Brossoit’s skate for a shorthanded goal.

At 7:07 in the second period, Kolesar ended Merzlikins’ perfect streak in Vegas with 42 saves.

Smith tied the game early in the third period on a shorthanded penalty, entering the zone alone to beat Merzlikins for Vegas’ second shorthanded goal of the season.

FOLLOWING

Columbus: In Buffalo on Monday.

Vegas: in St. Louis on Monday.

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