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Vegas 6, Florida 5
When: 10:00 PM ET, Thursday, February 28, 2019
Where: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Referees: Ghislain Hebert, Jean Hebert
Linesmen: Brandon Gawryletz, Darren Gibbs
Attendance: 18281

Vegas defenseman Shea Theodore scored the only goal in a shootout, giving the Golden Knights a 6-5 win over the Florida Panthers on Thursday in Las Vegas.

Theodore roofed a backhander over Florida goalie Roberto Luongo in the bottom of the second round. Vegas' Malcolm Subban, who has stopped all 16 shootout attempts he has faced in his career, made all three saves.

Reilly Smith tallied two goals, Paul Stastny and Jon Merrill had a goal and an assist apiece, and Colin Miller also scored for the Golden Knights.

Theodore and Jonathan Marchessault each had two helpers, and Subban made 32 saves.

Jonathan Huberdeau had a goal and three assists, Mike Hoffman netted two markers, and Aleksander Barkov had a goal and a helper for the Panthers. Aaron Ekblad also scored.

Florida's Keith Yandle added two assists, and Luongo stopped 41 shots.

Vegas went up 1-0 at 3:09 of the first period on Stastny's goal off a draw in front of Luongo, but Florida subsequently got rolling.

Hoffman tied it at 1 at 14:34 on the game's first power play when he wristed in a shot from the right circle, and he rifled in his second power-play marker on a one-timer from the same spot at 18:31.

Ekblad made it 3-1 when he took a pass from Huberdeau and scored his 12th just 28 seconds later. The assist was Huberdeau's third of the opening 20 minutes, tying the team record for points in a period.

The two goals gave Hoffman a career-high 30 -- 13 on the man advantage. The right winger has posted 15 points in his past 14 games.

Smith, who had only one goal in his previous 15 games, made it 3-2 when he tallied with a between-the-legs move as he tucked the puck past Luongo at 7:40 of the second period. Merrill tied it 3-3 at 14:22.

The Golden Knights added to the comeback when Miller blistered a shot from the point at 16:09 with the teams skating four-on-four to give Vegas a 4-3 lead, but Barkov shoveled in his 27th goal at 19:06 to knot it again.

Huberdeau made it 5-4 when he battled out front of Subban, fell to the ice and slid in a rebound for his 18th goal at 3:18 of the third period, but Smith tied it with his second at 15:42.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
Florida   Vegas
Jonathan Huberdeau 4 Points Reilly Smith 2
Mike Hoffman 2 Goals Reilly Smith 2
Jonathan Huberdeau 3 Assists Jonathan Marchessault 2
Mike Hoffman 2 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Roberto Luongo .891 Save Percentage Malcolm Subban .865
Roberto Luongo 41 Saves Malcolm Subban 32
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Florida 37 5 2-3 1-1 4 30
Vegas 46 6 0-1 1-3 10 42
Upcoming Games
  • Vegas will play their next game on the road against Anaheim. The Golden Knights have a W/L % of .471 after a win and .581 after a loss.
  • Florida will play their next game at home against Carolina. The Panthers have a W/L % of .464 after a win and .429 after a loss.