Golden Knights score twice in third, rally past Blue Jackets

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LAS VEGAS Reilly Smith and Mattias Janmark scored in the third period when the Vegas Golden Knights rallied for a 3-2 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday.

Smith scored for the third time in four games, and Janmark broke a 2-2 tie for the Golden Knights (11-7-0) in their fifth win in six games. Laurent Brossoit made 27 saves for his third win in four starts this season. 

Keegan Kolesar had a goal and an assist for Vegas. He was drafted by the Blue Jackets in the third round (No. 69) in the 2015 NHL Draft. Vegas acquired him in 2017 for a second-round pick in that draft.

Elvis Merzlikins made 32 saves for the Blue Jackets (9-6-0), who lost for the first time in three games. Gustav Nyquist and Alexandre Texier scored, and Jake Bean had two assists.

Zach Werenski had two assists for his 200th and 201st points in the NHL (69 goals, 132 assists). The defenseman, selected No. 8 by the Blue Jackets in the 2015 NHL Draft, played his 350th game in the NHL.

Nyquist deflected a point shot from Bean 45 seconds into the first period to give the Blue Jackets a 1-0 lead.

Texier scored a shorthanded goal at 8:42 of the first to make it 2-0. He toe-dragged through his legs to deke past Mark Stone, cut through the crease and scored stick side.

Kolesar scored his first goal of the season at 7:07 of the second period to cut the lead to 2-1. The Blue Jackets were in their own zone for 2:31 before Kolesar scored on a one-timer from Jake Leschyshyn.

Smith tied it 2-2 at 4:45 of the third period on a shorthanded breakaway.

Janmark gave the Golden Knights the 3-2 lead at 13:53. Vegas defenseman Nicolas Hague shattered his stick on a shot from the left circle and the puck went to Janmark, who tucked it in with the backhand in front. The goal was confirmed on video review after the Blue Jackets challenged for offside.

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