Marchessault's OT goal lifts Vegas past St. Louis, 4-3

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Marchessault's OT goal lifts Vegas past St. Louis,  4-3
Vegas Golden Knights players celebrate after defeating the St. Louis Blues in overtime of an NHL hockey game, Friday, March 30, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jonathan Marchessault’s goal 22 seconds into overtime lifted the Vegas Golden Knights to a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Friday night.

The expansion Golden Knights (49-22-7) can win the Pacific Division with a point in Saturday’s game against San Jose.

Marchessault scored two goals, while William Karlsson and James Neal also scored for Vegas. Malcolm Subban improved to 12-3-2 after stopping 21 shots.

Patrik Berglund, Brayden Schenn and Chris Thorburn scored for the Blues. Netminder Jake Allen, who is now 8-1-1 in his last 10 starts, made 22 saves.

St. Louis (43-29-5, 91 points) is one point out of the wild-card race, behind Anaheim (93) and Colorado (92).

Berglund set the tone when Alexander Steen fed him from behind the net, and he smacked home his 13th of the season.

Karlsson tied the game on a short-handed breakaway courtesy of a perfect pass from Cody Eakin. Marchessault gave Vegas a brief 2-1 lead with a stroke from a side angle.

Schenn tied the game later in the period when he took a pass from Jaden Schwartz and beat a shielded Subban from the right circle.

After a rather quiet period, Tomas Tatar tapped the puck to Erik Haula, who touch-passed to Neal, who snapped a 12-game drought by going top shelf to beat Allen and give Vegas a 3-2 lead with 3:25 left in the second.

Scottie Upshall’s pass from behind the net found Thorburn creeping at the doorstep and the right wing slipped it through Subban’s five-hole to knot the game at 3 with 13:46 left.

NOTES

Schwartz has 21 points in 27 games since returning from a lower-body injury on Jan. 25. … Neal is now one game from playing in his 700th career game and five points shy from his 500th career point. … Marchessault is one game away from his 200th career game.

UP NEXT

St. Louis: Visits Arizona on Saturday.

Vegas: Hosts San Jose on Saturday.