Theodore, Golden Knights defeat Islanders, sweep four-game road trip


ELMONT, N.Y. — Shea Theodore scored his second goal of the game with 48 seconds left in the third period and the Vegas Golden Knights completed a sweep of their four-game road trip with a 4-3 shootout win against the New York Islanders at UBS Arena on Sunday.

Theodore tied it 3-3 with a one-timer from Alex Pietrangelo after Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Kieffer Bellows scored 3:21 apart to give the Islanders the lead.

Robin Lehner made 29 saves for the Golden Knights (20-11-0), who have won five in a row. It was Lehner’s first road game against the Islanders since he left as an unrestricted free agent after the 2018-19 season, when he was finalist for the Vezina Trophy given to the top goalie in the NHL.

Ilya Sorokin made 31 saves and Oliver Wahlstrom had two assists for the Islanders (8-12-6), who had won two of their previous three games. 

Pageau gave New York a 3-2 lead with 2:20 left when he one-timed a pass from behind the net by Wahlstrom. Bellows tied it 2-2 at 14:19 of the third with a wrist shot from the slot after Nicolas Hague turned the puck over to Zach Parise at the Golden Knights blue line.

Theodore scored at 5:46 of the third, a slap shot from the point to give Vegas a 2-1 lead. It was his fifth of the season and second in three games.

Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck had a goal disallowed with 3:13 remaining when video review determined New York entered the zone offside.

Jonathan Marchessault scored his third goal in four games on a rebound of Zach Whitecloud‘s shot from the point to make it 1-0 at 6:56 of the first period. 

Brock Nelson tied it 1-1 on the power play with his 10th goal of the season, a wrist shot from the right face-off circle at 11:08 of the first.

Sorokin kept it tied in the second period with back-to-back saves against Pietrangelo near the right post (14:41) and Nicolas Roy from the slot (14:47).

Golden Knights forward Mark Stone did not play because of an upper-body injury.

Islanders forward Matt Martin and defenseman Robin Salo were placed in NHL COVID-19 protocol before the game. Center Mathew Barzal has been in protocol since Dec. 14 and missed his third straight game.

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