Jonathan Marchessault scores twice, Golden Knights beat Rangers

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Jonathan Marchessault scored twice, Robin Lehner made 18 saves in his first sport in almost three weeks and the Vegas Golden Knights defeated the New York Rangers 5-1 on Thursday night time.

Mark Stone, Mattias Janmark and Brett Howden additionally scored for the Golden Knights, who stopped a two-game skid and prolonged their lead within the Pacific Division to 4 factors forward of Anaheim.

Lehner, who hadn’t performed since Dec. 19 as a consequence of a lower-body harm, pushed his successful streak to 6 video games.

“I felt pretty good,” Lehner mentioned. “Been working hard to get back. It was nice to get back and get a win.”

Chris Kreider scored for the Rangers, who had received three in a row. Alexandar Georgiev made 30 saves within the opener of a five-game street journey — with the primary 4 out West.

New York remained tied with Washington atop the Metropolitan Division at 48 factors.

New York Rangers left wing Alexis Lafrenière (13) and Vegas Golden Knights middle Jonathan Marchessault (81) compete for the puck in the course of the third interval of an NHL hockey sport Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022, in Las Vegas. The Golden Knights received 5-1.
(AP Photo/Eric Jamison)

The go to marked the return of coach Gerard Gallant and fan favourite Ryan Reaves to Las Vegas. Gallant was the primary coach in Golden Knights historical past, and Reaves joined the crew halfway by means of its scintillating inaugural season that ended with a Stanley Cup Final loss to Washington.

“Obviously I would have liked to win tonight, coming back to this building,” Gallant mentioned. “Loved our first 25 minutes. We competed hard, played hard, it was a 1-1 hockey game, and from that point on when they scored the second goal it just seemed like everything went the wrong way. We didn’t compete anymore, we didn’t have the hard work, and real disappointing the last 35 minutes.”

Marchessault gave Vegas a 1-0 lead close to the top of the primary interval, however the Rangers answered lower than a minute into the second when Kreider lasered a wrist shot previous Lehner.

Stone, activated off the injured record earlier within the day after lacking 4 video games, put Vegas again on prime halfway by means of the second. Janmark prolonged the result in two later within the interval. It was the seventh objective of the season for each Stone and Janmark.

“He brings so many things to our group,” Golden Knights coach Peter DeBoer mentioned of Stone. “A confidence level, a calmness … Mark Stone is a difference-maker.”

Howden, who has 4 targets this season, notched his second towards his former crew early within the third. Marchessault made it 5-1 along with his 18th objective.

And whereas Marchessault may’ve celebrated his fourth multi-goal sport of the season, he selected to talk about Gallant, his former coach in each Florida and Vegas, and the crew’s job at hand.

“Turk has been great for my career, starting with my time in Florida,” Marchessault mentioned. “It was obviously really nice to see him. He’s always a treat to be around and I was lucky enough to be coached by that guy for a couple of years. It’s unbelievable to have a quality guy coach you like that. It was fun to see him there and obviously, it was a big game for him, but for us, it was business as usual and we got the two points to get back in the win column here.”

NOTES: Rangers goalie Igor Shesterkin was positioned in COVID-19 protocol, and star ahead Artemi Panarin remained within the protocol. … Before the sport, Gallant received a video tribute and was welcomed again with a heat spherical of applause. The crowd of 18,117 bought even louder for Reaves’ tribute video in the course of the first media timeout.

“When you’re attached to a city like I was here … the memories kind of start flooding in a bit,” Reaves mentioned. “I’m not an emotional guy. I wasn’t expecting that at all, but it got to me a little bit and messed with my game a little.”

UP NEXT

New York: Visits Anaheim on Saturday.

Vegas: Hosts Chicago on Saturday.

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