The Vegas Golden Knights scored four goals in the third period and rallied for a 5-3 win against the Dallas Stars in the opening game of the round-robin portion of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Monday.
William Carrier broke a tie with 5:13 remaining, and William Karlsson scored into an empty net with 21 seconds left for the 5-3 final.
Nate Schmidt, Mark Stone and Chandler Stephenson scored, and Robin Lehner made 24 saves for the Golden Knights, who will play the St. Louis Blues on Thursday and the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday in Edmonton, the Western Conference hub city.
Miro Heiskanen had three assists and Ben Bishop made 28 saves for the Stars, who also will play the Avalanche on Wednesday and the Blues on Sunday to determine seeding for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Joe Pavelski, Jamie Oleksiak and Corey Perry scored on consecutive shots in a 4:52 span of the second period for a 3-1 Dallas lead.
Pavelski tied it 1-1 at 7:50 when his attempted crossing pass went in off Alec Martinez‘s skate.
Oleksiak made it 2-1 at 8:32, and Perry scored a power-play goal at 12:42 to make it 3-1 with a deflection of Heiskanen’s shot.
But the Golden Knights made it 3-2 at 9:46 of the third period when Mark Stone scored from the slot, and Schmidt tied it 3-3 at 11:15.
Vegas took a 1-0 lead at 1:04 of the first period when Stephenson used John Klingberg as a screen and put a shot between Bishop’s pads.
The seeds will be determined by points in the round-robin, with regular-season points percentage being the tiebreaker.