Cotter scores in shootout to lift Vegas past Columbus 3-2

Nov 28, 2022, 5:26 AM | Updated: 7:54 pm
Vegas Golden Knights players celebrate after their win over the Columbus Blue Jackets in an NHL hoc...

Vegas Golden Knights players celebrate after their win over the Columbus Blue Jackets in an NHL hockey game on Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

(AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

              Vegas Golden Knights' Ben Hutton, left, and Columbus Blue Jackets' Liam Foudy chase a loose puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game on Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
            
              Vegas Golden Knights' Logan Thompson, left, makes a save against Columbus Blue Jackets' Boone Jenner during the second period of an NHL hockey game on Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
            
              Vegas Golden Knights' Logan Thompson, left, makes a save against Columbus Blue Jackets' Johnny Gaudreau, right, during the shootout period of an NHL hockey game on Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
            
              Columbus Blue Jackets' Boone Jenner, right, checks Vegas Golden Knights' William Carrier during the third period of an NHL hockey game on Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
            
              Vegas Golden Knights' William Carrier, left, and Columbus Blue Jackets' Marcus Bjork chase a loose puck during the third period of an NHL hockey game on Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
            
              Vegas Golden Knights players celebrate after their win over the Columbus Blue Jackets in an NHL hockey game on Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Paul Cotter scored in his first-ever shootout attempt and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 on Monday night to stop a two-game skid.

The shootout went four sudden-death rounds after each team scored once — Gustav Nyqvist for Columbus and Jonathan Marchessault for Vegas — in the first three rounds. Cotter, a second-year forward playing in his 21st career game, was the seventh player to shoot for Vegas and he beat goaltender Daniil Tarasov to end it.

“I was determined not to let in another goal, and I knew we were going to put one in,” Vegas goalie Logan Thompson said.

William Karlsson and William Carrier scored in regulation for Pacific Division-leading Vegas and Thompson stopped 26 shots.

“There’s a lot of things in that game we can fix where we could have helped ourselves but at the end of the day it’s very hard to win in this league,” Vegas coach Bruce Cassidy said. “It doesn’t matter who you play, where you play, so you enjoy the wins.”

Johnny Gaudreau had a goal and an assist and Boone Jenner scored as Columbus rallied from a 2-0 deficit to force overtime. Nyqvist had two assists and Tarasov had 34 saves for the Eastern Conference-worst Blue Jackets, who have lost three straight at home.

“Great effort,” Blue Jackets coach Brad Larsen said. “I’ve got zero issue with our play tonight. I thought we had a really good game.”

Karlsson got credit for the game’s first goal, which slid past Tarasov after going off the foot of Columbus’ Jake Christiansen with 4:01 left in the first period. Carrier shot through a screen and made it 2-0 less than a minute later.

Vegas controlled the first period, but the second belonged to Columbus. Gaudreau scored on a one-timer off a pass from Nyqvist with 6:10 left in the period.

Jenner tied the game 2-2 with 7:49 remaining in the third, burying the rebound of a shot by Nyqvist.

KINGS OF THE ROAD

The Golden Knights’ road record stands at 10-1-1, tied with New Jersey for the best in the NHL. It was the franchise’s second win at Nationwide Arena and first since Nov. 5, 2019.

DOWN AND OUT

Vegas’ Jack Eichel took a puck to the face in the third period, dripping blood as he quickly left the ice, but returned later in the period and took part in the shootout. … Alex Pietrangelo missed the game for personal reasons.

Mathieu Olivier (illness) did not play for the Blue Jackets.

MILESTONE MEN

Vegas’ Brayden McNabb played in career game No. 600 and notched his 100th career assist on Karlsson’s goal. Will Carrier and Mark Stone marked 300 and 200 games, respectively, with the Golden Knights. Columbus’ Cole Sillinger played in his 100th NHL game.

BIRTHDAY WISHES

Defenseman Zach Whitecloud celebrated his 26th birthday by contributing an assist on Carrier’s goal.

WAY TO RALLY

Gaudreau, who missed the morning skate due to sickness, has three goals and 11 assists in November. His helper on Jenner’s goal tied the franchise record for assists in the month.

UP AND AWAY

The Blue Jackets recalled defenseman Tim Berni from the AHL’s Cleveland Monsters and sent Brendan Gaunce down to the minors. Berni, a native of Mannedorf, Switzerland, was selected by the Blue Jackets in the sixth round, 159th overall, of the 2018 draft.

UP NEXT

Vegas: Visits Pittsburgh on Thursday.

Columbus: Visits Winnipeg on Friday.

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