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Golden Knights’ Two-Goal Third Period Propels Them to Victory Over Toronto Maple Leafs

Toronto Maple Leafs v Vegas Golden Knights Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

On Monday Phil Kessel tied Keith Yandle to become the co-leader in consecutive NHL regular season games played at 989, and he undoubtedly relishes the fact that he played a role in defeating his former team the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1.

Kessel seemingly gave the Vegas Golden Knights a 1-0 lead early on in the game, and before he had a chance to hot dog it and bask in what would have been his 400th NHL goal, the Leafs challenged the play for offside, and the goal was taken off the board.

When the power play resumed, Kessel settled for an assist on Nicolas Roy’s first goal of the 2022-23 season, and the Golden Knights were off and running early.

After 20:00 of play, the score was 1-0 in the home team’s favor, and the shots on goal battle was nearly even at 10-9 in favor of the visitors.

The second period saw Vegas control the play a little bit more, as they out-shot Toronto 12 to 7, but the Maple Leafs evened the score at 11:42 when William Nylander tallied his 4th goal of the season.

Vegas got another quick start in the final frame, as Chandler Stephenson needed just 42 seconds to put his team back in front, and it would remain that way for the remainder of the game.

Michael Amadio added an insurance marker at 8:11 to make it 3-1, and Logan Thompson stood tall at the end of the game when Toronto pulled their goalie while on the power play in an attempt to make a late comeback while down two goals.

Thompson had a pretty mild night stopping 19 of 20 at even strength, 3 of 3 while his team was shorthanded, and 22 of 23 overall, and it was a bit of an underwhelming showing from a Toronto team that’s got a number of offensive firepower upfront.

There was this sequence in which he made some key stops, and he certainly deserves credit for keeping Toronto off the board here.

The Golden Knights will certainly take a relatively light night and two points in the process, as they will be in action again on Tuesday. The contest will be against a San Jose Sharks squad that has struggled out of the gate, but anything can happen in the NHL, and the Golden Knights will have to come out as sharp as can be in the second game of a back to back.