Jack Eichel scores in overtime, Golden Knights beat Jets 2-1

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jack Eichel scored with seven seconds left in overtime and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Winnipeg Jets 2-1 on Sunday night to improve to 8-2-0.

With the win, the Golden Knights are tied with Boston for an NHL-high 16 points as they head into their first long road trip of the season.

The Jets, who were 2-0 in overtime this season, saw their best three-game winning streak of the season snapped thanks to some shrewd skating from Eichel as the clock ticked down in the extra session.

“I wanted to switch to my backhand, it’s a bit more dynamic that way,” Eichel said. “Obviously I circled the net there on my forehand to start. I wanted to get him to the net, I could hear the bench saying there wasn’t much time left and I knew they had tired bodies on the ice, I just wanted to try and challenge them.

Eichel circled the offensive zone for eight seconds before changing direction on Winnipeg’s Mark Scheifele at the blue line, then skated along the left wing, dashed into the crease and beat the left pad of the goalkeeper Connor Hellebuyck.

Winnipeg had won five of its last six meetings with the Golden Knights.

Mark Stone tied the game for Vegas in the third period and Adin Hill made 24 saves.

While Vegas starter Logan Thompson (1.69) and Hill (1.72) rank fourth and sixth respectively with their goals-against averages, they combined to help Vegas rank No. 1 in the NHL with its average of 1.70.

“Logan played six and Aidan four and I’ll be honest, that was our plan. And we were going to stick with it unless something really went wrong,” Vegas coach Bruce Cassidy said. “We weren’t going to deviate just because maybe one of the guys had a bad outing. And it didn’t work out, they made solid outings.

Adam Lowry scored Winnipeg’s only goal in regulation time. Hellebuyck stopped 46 shots.

After saving the first nine shots he saw in the first two periods, Hill let the 10th pass him when Lowry hit a rebound on the gate to put Winnipeg ahead 13 seconds into the third period.

It was only the third time in 10 games the Golden Knights allowed the opposition to score first, while it was the seventh time in eight games the Jets were first to score in their games.

Hellebuyck, who has the second-most shutouts since entering the league in 2015 with 29, lost his bid for No. 30 when Stone tied it seven minutes later. Eichel has assisted on goal, and he now has four multi-point games this season.

“Our goaltender had to stand on his head for most of the night,” Winnipeg associate coach Scott Arniel said. “We’ll take the points, get out of here. We have lessons to learn, keep having to break out of certain habits that we keep throwing at ourselves. Just, the way we start in games is not good enough in this league.

NOTES: Vegas’ Alec Martinez and Reilly Smith are both four games out of skating in their 700th career game. … With the first-period penalty for interference, Brenden Dillon of Winnipeg surpassed 700 penalty minutes for his NHL career.

NEXT

Winnipeg: hosts Montreal on Thursday night.

Vegas: Opens a five-game trip to Washington on Tuesday night.

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