Lokonen, Skinner helped the Sabers defeat the Golden Knights for their fourth consecutive win


Las vigasUkko-Pekka Luukkonen He made 41 saves as the Buffalo Sabers beat the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2 at T-Mobile Arena on Monday.


“I think the defense played well despite a lot of shots,” Lokonen said. “We were struggling and we were throwing sticks in front of the net. It always makes my job easier.”

Jeff Skinner He scored to extend his point streak to eight games with the Sabers (16-14-2), who won four straight games. Thompson crown He scored his fifth goal in four matches, and Lawrence Pilot He had purpose and help.

“[Luukkonen] “He was great for us tonight,” said Buffalo coach Don Granato. “We have to bear in mind that three weeks ago, we were ready to say, ‘He can’t do that.’ I love our team. That’s why you stand by your guys and support them through the challenges. I would say it was a key part. The rest of the guys were great. You came to That building, you guys see the atmosphere. They’re a hungry team out there, they’re a very capable team. You have to persevere and find a way. It’s not going to be pretty. You’re going to have to face a lot of momentum swings against you with the talented players they have. Credit to all our guys for keeping them focused and connected all the way .”

Video: BUF @ VGK: Luukkonen stops Marchessault’s attempt

Chandler Stephenson And the Riley Smith record f Aden Hill He made 15 tackles for the Golden Knights (22-11-1), who lost three straight home games.

“We didn’t finish well enough tonight,” said Vegas coach Bruce Cassidy. “We had, off the top of my head, four penalty shots. We scored a goal at the end, which gave us some strength. Early on, we lost some open nets on power play. That’s the hope, if you keep at some point, you’ll finish.” Those plays. We did some of them on the third.”

The Sabers scored three goals in the second period. Skinner gave the Sabers a 1-0 lead at 1:54, fending off a cross-country pass from the ice. Alex Canvas.

Thompson made it 2-0 with a high hole shot at 7:16. Swipe on the brakes to let the golden knights cannons Nicholas Hague She slides in, then shoots past Hill for his 26th career goal, two fewer than the NHL leader Connor McDavid From the Edmonton Oilers (28).

“I get a lot of space there with my buddies Tuchy and Skinny; both are really good,” Thompson said. “The three of us do a really good job of getting the front check. Tochi in particular, he’s very fast. It creates a lot of time and space. This is the result of this goal there, as you saw, the attackers were leaving an area. [Casey Fitzgerald] Makes a great play by stepping in there and keeping it. So, great play by him and I was able to wait [defense] And find the back of the net.”

Video: BUF @ VGK: Thompson scores his 26th goal of the season in second place

Pilut extended their lead to 3-0 at 13:29, scoring from over the left circle after the face-off win.

Stevenson scored at 3:54 of the third period for Vegas to make it 3-1, scoring on a rush after taking an extended pass from Michael Amadeobut Luukkonen stopped Jonathan Marquessault on a penalty kick at 13:03.

“It’s the same every time you take a penalty kick, you don’t want to make the first move,” Lokonen said. “You have to wait for the player to come out, so that worked really well this time.”

Smith made it 3-2 with a goal from the right circle at 17:39 with Hill stopping the extra kick. This was Smith’s third consecutive game with a goal.

Vegas edge out Buffalo 23-5 in third place.

“I thought we did enough tonight to win,” said Cassidy. “I think the analytics and the serendipity reports and all that will enhance that.”

Notes: Sabers 6-2-1 in December. … Toch, who played for Vegas from 2017 to 2021, has seven points in his past four games (two goals and seven assists). … Stevenson scored two goals and six assists on five straight points. … The 18 shots were the fewest allowed by the Golden Knights this season.

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