(Edmonton) Mark Stone gave his team the lead with less than seven minutes left in the game and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the St. Louis Blues 6-4 on Thursday night.
The Golden Knights took a step forward to the top spot in the Western Conference. They would secure that position by defeating the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.
“We came to Edmonton with the intention of playing our best hockey, whether it gives us three wins or not,” Stone insisted. As long as we are playing well, we are confident against anyone. "
Even though they were leading the Western Conference when the NHL season was cut short in March due to COVID-19, the Blues, defending Stanley Cup champions, cannot finish higher than third echelon. They will have to win against the Dallas Stars on Sunday to avoid slipping into fourth place.
“I don't know if we thought it would be easy to come here for these round robin games,” said Blues head coach Craig Berube. Our level of competition needs to be raised much higher. We have to reach another level on Sunday. "
The Golden Knights outscored the Blues 38-17 in shots on goal. Goalkeeper Jordan Binnington was in high demand early in the game and ended the game with 32 saves in the loss.
Alex Tuch and Shea Theodore both scored two goals for the Golden Knights while Zach Whitecloud added one for the winners. Tuch also got an assist on Whitecloud's goal.
After Robin Lehner won the Golden Knights opener in this round robin, Marc-André Fleury won the game against the Blues with 13 saves.
“Tonight we never felt a doubt,” said Stone. I think we played the most complete game possible. "
Fleury is slated to be the starting goaltender for the Las Vegas squad when the NHL playoffs begin next week.
Much like the Boston Bruins, who were first in the Eastern Conference before the interruption and conceded two round robin losses, the Blues will have work to do before the playoffs begin.
Defenseman Colton Parayko threaded the needle twice while David Perron and Troy Brouwer also blackened the scoresheet.