Rondbjerg, Cotter each scores first NHL goal, Golden Knights defeat Wild


LAS VEGAS — Paul Cotter and Jonas Rondbjerg each scored their first NHL goal for the Vegas Golden Knights in a 3-2 victory against the Minnesota Wild at T-Mobile Arena on Thursday.

Cotter, a fourth-round pick (No. 115) by Vegas in the 2018 NHL Draft, played in his second NHL game. Rondbjerg, who had a goal and an assist, was a third-round pick (No. 65) by the Golden Knights in the 2017 NHL Draft.

Jonathan Marchessault scored for the fourth time in five games, and Laurent Brossoit made 24 saves for the Golden Knights (8-6-0), who have won seven of nine.

Jared Spurgeon and Ryan Hartman scored in the third period, and Cam Talbot made 32 saves for the Wild (9-4-0), who had their four-game winning streak end in the second game of a back to back winning 5-2 at the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday.

Cotter gave the Golden Knights a 1-0 lead at 6:08 of the first period on a wrist shot from the right circle.

Rondbjerg made it 2-0 at 16:41. He avoided a pinch from Minnesota defenseman Alex Goligoski, drove to the net and scored stick side.

The Golden Knights were called for delay of game twice in 21 seconds during the second period when defensemen Nicolas Hague (12:52) and Alex Pietrangelo (13:13) each cleared the puck over the glass. The penalties gave the Wild a 5-on-3 advantage for 1:53.

Brossoit made five saves during the penalty kill, including a one-timer from Wild forward Joel Eriksson Ek in front at 14:51.

Marchessault scored his team-leading seventh goal at 19:53 of the second period to increase the lead to 3-0. Reilly Smith forced a turnover at the blue line to start an odd-man rush, and Marchessault scored into the top left corner.

Spurgeon cut it to 3-1 at 1:20 of the third period off a backhand pass from Kirill Kaprizov.

Hartman made it 3-2 at 13:35 on a one-timer from the right circle, his fifth goal in the past seven games.

The Golden Knights killed a 6-on-4 in the final 1:03 after Marchessault was called for tripping.

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