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Golden Knights knock off slumping Devils

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Dec 10, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Vegas Golden Knights center William Karlsson (71) looks for an open team mate during the second period against the Philadelphia Flyers at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 10, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Vegas Golden Knights center William Karlsson (71) looks for an open team mate during the second period against the Philadelphia Flyers at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

William Karlsson and Nicolas Roy scored 33 seconds apart in the third period to lift the visiting Vegas Golden Knights to a 5-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils Thursday night in Newark, N.J.

Defenseman Dylan Coghlan scored a power-play goal and William Carrier and Jonathan Marchessault also scored for the Golden Knights, who have scored 33 goals during their last seven games (6-1-0). Reilly Smith had a pair of assists and Robin Lehner finished with 23 saves before exiting in the late stages for his role in a skirmish.

Tomas Tatar collected a goal and an assist and Jack Hughes and Jimmy Vesey also scored for the Devils, who have lost four in a row and eight of their last nine (1-7-1).

Keegan Kolesar’s shot from the left circle was redirected home by Carrier to give Vegas a 2-1 lead at 3:47 of the second period. Carrier’s goal was his fourth of the season and first since Dec. 1.

Karlsson’s wrist shot found the top corner 7:37 into the third period and Roy converted a 2-on-1 rush against Mackenzie Blackwood (25 saves) shortly thereafter to push the Golden Knights’ lead to 4-1. Karlsson’s goal was his third of the season, while Roy’s goal was his fifth of the season and third in his last six games.

Tatar scored on a power play and Vesey added a short-handed goal with 7:31 remaining in the third period, however Marchessault found the empty net to seal the win.

Hughes opened the scoring just 1:41 into the first period after cleaning up a rebound for his fifth goal of the season.

Coghlan, who was inserted into the lineup in place of Shea Theodore (undisclosed), forged a tie at 10:27 of the first period after his blast from above the circles sailed past Blackwood.

New Jersey’s Jesper Boqvist missed the game after being entered into the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol. Defenseman P.K. Subban was held out of the game as a precaution.

–Field Level Media