Golden Knights top Blues in OT despite Tarasenkos first goal


ST. LOUIS — Reilly Smith scored a power-play goal at 2:38 of overtime to give the Vegas Golden Knights a 5-4 win against the St. Louis Blues at Enterprise Center on Friday.

Smith’s one-timer from the right face-off circle beat Blues goalie Jordan Binnington to the near post with defenseman Torey Krug in the box for tripping Smith.

Smith, Jonathan Marchessault and Alec Martinez each had a goal and an assist, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 19 saves after being removed from the NHL COVID-19 protocol list Friday for Vegas (17-6-1), which had lost two in a row.

Fleury missed the morning skate and was quarantined in his hotel room after being put on the list on Thursday, but a false positive enabled him to rejoin the team.

Vladimir Tarasenko scored his first goal in 17 months and had an assist, Zach Sanford had a goal and an assist, and Jordan Binnington made 35 saves for the Blues (14-8-5), who have lost three straight, all in overtime.

The teams will finish the back-to-back set here Saturday.

Sanford tied it 3-3 with a power-play goal at 4:53 of the third period, tapping in a rebound of a Mike Hoffman one-timer.

David Perron‘s one-timer on the power play gave the Blues their first lead, 4-3, at 10:40, but Martinez tied it 4-4 47 seconds later at 11:27.

The Blues cut it to 2-1 when Ryan O’Reilly‘s one-timer from the right circle beat Fleury at 5:14 of the second.

Tomas Nosek restored Vegas’ lead to two at 3-1 when he scored from the slot at 10:12.

Tarasenko tapped in a loose puck for first goal since Oct. 21, 2019, making it 3-2 at 13:36. He was playing his third game of the season after left shoulder surgery for the third time in his NHL career on Sept. 17.

Mark Stone gave Vegas a 1-0 lead at 14:48 of the first when he redirected in Chandler Stephenson‘s pass from in tight, and Marchessault made it 2-0 41 seconds later off a carom into the slot and backhand finish at 15:49.

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