GOLDEN KNIGHTS

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pe­riod. Cen­ters Cody Eakin and Pierre-edouard Belle­mare, along with wingers Wil­liam Car­rier and Ryan Reaves, mixed it up to form a mod­i­fied “bot­tom six” which man­aged to gen­er­ate a spark for the Knights.

“I didn’t like our sec­ond pe­riod at all, and I just thought (about) try­ing to get the guys more into the game,” Gal­lant said Satur­day. “It worked well tonight. They played pretty hard to­gether.”

Eakin, Belle­mare, Car­rier and Reaves ro­tated in and out and man­aged to find chem­istry quickly. Eakin and Belle­mare had four scor­ing chances when paired in the third pe­riod and con­verted on one. Eakin one­timed a pass from Belle­mare past Blue Jack­ets goal­tender Sergei Bo­brovsky with 10:39 left in the third to give the Knights a 3-2 lead.

“We kept it sim­ple,” Eakin said. “We got three, four shifts to­gether each and pro­duced a cou­ple chances, so it was good.”

The skaters neg­a­tively im­pacted by the change were for­wards Valentin Zykov and To­mas Nosek. Nei­ther played a shift in the third pe­riod af­ter their line with Eakin had zero shots on goal through 40 min­utes.

“I hope I don’t have to do it a whole lot of times,” Gal­lant said.

Blown leads

The Knights’ 4-3 de­feat marked the third time this sea­son they had a lead in the third pe­riod and lost in reg­u­la­tion. They also lost leads to Mon­treal on Nov. 10 and to San Jose on Jan. 10.

They have also lost twice in over­time af­ter hav­ing a third pe­riod lead, but still rank eighth in the NHL in third-pe­riod goal dif­fer­en­tial at plus-eight. Their OT losses af­ter lead­ing in the third were to New Jersey on

Dec. 14 and to Mon­treal on Dec. 22.

“We had a chance to win

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