Golden Knights edge Islanders
NEW YORK — Shea Theodore scored twice and added another in the shootout, former Islander Robin Lehner made 29 saves and the Vegas Golden Knights beat New York 4-3 on Sunday for their fifth straight victory.
Theodore scored on the Golden Knights’ first shootout attempt after his second goal of the game tied it with 48 seconds remaining in regulation. Nicholas Roy also scored for Vegas in the shootout.
Theodore scored his second goal of the game with Lehner pulled for an extra skater. He shot from the top of the high slot just inside the blueline. Jonathan Marchessault also scored in regulation for Vegas.
The tying goal came after Jean-Gabriel Pageau put the Islanders ahead 3-2 with 2:20 left in the third. Pageau’s goal — off a pass from Oliver Wahlstrom — sent the crowd into a frenzy a minute after they thought Cal Clutterbuck had put the Islanders ahead on a play that was ruled offsides.
Theodore put Vegas ahead 2-1 early in the third
when his blast from the point on a power play eluded Ilya Sorokin, who made 31 saves.
But Islanders forward Kieffer Bellows tied it with 5:41 left after the Islanders had squandered two powerplay chances after Theodore’s goal at 5:46.
The Golden Knights completed a three-game sweep of New York-area teams, having defeated the Devils on Thursday and the Rangers on Friday. Vegas also beat Boston to start the trip. The Knights have won eight of nine overall.
The Islanders also had two power-play chances to tie the contest after Theodore’s
goal but couldn’t muster much against Lehner, who helped the Islanders reach the playoffs in 2018-19, his lone season with the team.
Marchessault opened the scoring at 6:56 of the first period, tapping a rebound past Sorokin for his 14th goal of the season.
Brock Nelson tied it at 11:08, beating Lehner with a low shot to the goaltender’s glove side. The goal was Nelson’s 10th of the season and his first since Nov. 20 in the Islanders’ first game at UBS Arena. Nelson missed seven games with a lowerbody injury before returning on Dec. 11.