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Golden Knights outlast Preds in shootout
Friday, December 08, 2017
Final Score: Vegas 4, NASHVILLE 3
 
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Reilly Smith's goal in the sixth round of a shootout Friday night gave the Vegas Golden Knights a 4-3 win over the Nashville Predators at sold-out Bridgestone Arena.

Vegas (18-9-1) forced overtime at 19:20 when, with a sixth skater, Erik Haula ripped a one-timer from the right circle for his 10th goal of the season.

Nashville had gained its first lead at 14:56 of the third period off a turnover from defenseman Shea Theodore. Viktor Arvidsson took the puck and fed Nick Bonino, who had plenty of time and space in the slot to wire a wrister home for his sixth goal.

Arvidsson brought the Predators even at 8:04 of the third with his 10th goal, poking the rebound of Kevin Fiala's shot past a prone Malcolm Subban. Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant challenged for goalie interference, but the Situation Room in Toronto upheld the ruling on the ice.

Vegas initiated scoring at 6:55 of the first period, 24 seconds after Nashville's Craig Smith went off for high-sticking. William Karlsson converted Alex Tuch's pass into the slot on a wrister, his 15th goal of the season.

The Golden Knights upped the lead to 2-0 at 14:37 of the second period as James Neal, who helped the Predators reach the Stanley Cup Finals in June, potted his 14th goal. Neal one-timed Luca Sbisa's pass from the right circle past Pekka Rinne.

Nashville got on the board at 15:40 of the period. Calle Jarnkrok scored his sixth goal on a Pontus Aberg feed that left him all alone in front of Subban, who was helpless to stop his wrister.

Subban (7-2-0) finished with 41 saves, including one on his older brother, P.K. Subban, on a point blast late in the first period. The brothers posed for a pregame picture with their father, Karl, who wore Malcolm's jersey.

Rinne (16-4-3) stopped 35 shots for Nashville (18-7-4), which tied St. Louis for first place in the Central Division.

NOTES: Vegas LW David Perron (upper-body injury) returned to action Friday night after missing the previous six games. ... Nashville C Ryan Johansen (upper-body) went on injured reserve Friday. The team also played backup goalie shuffle again, recalling G Anders Lindback from Milwaukee of the AHL and sending G Juuse Saros down to get a couple of games. ... The Golden Knights scratched D Jon Merrill, C Stefan Matteau and D Brad Hunt. ... Predators scratches were RW Miikka Salomaki and D Matt Irwin.

 
 
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