Minnesota scored three goals in the frame, including two goals within 26 seconds that tied the game at 5-5 and gave them the lead with 66 seconds left on the game clock.
“That’s about as tough as they get, that kind of loss,” Vegas head coach Peter DeBoer said. “It doesn’t happen very often. We’ve been pretty good in those situations in my time here. I guess the only silver lining, or a couple silver linings, are we worked hard to put ourselves in a position to win with a couple minutes left, did a lot of good things.
“Thankfully it’s not two weeks from now in a [Stanley Cup] Playoff series because that would, obviously, be a lot harder to take. As tough as this one is to take.”
Cam Talbot made 27 saves in the win.
“I have to continue to play for my team,” Talbot said. “… For [Eriksson Ek] to get a big goal to start the game and get the crowd into it, that call really deflates us. And then they score on the power play and all of a sudden it’s a 2-1 hockey game for them.
“But I’ve got to keep my composure back there and play for the other 19 guys on the bench. I did everything in my power to not let it affect me and go out there and make the saves that I needed to. I still wasn’t happy with my overall game tonight, but I thought I played pretty well in the third, and guys did a heck of a job coming back and battling for me.”
Shea Theodore, Mark Stone and Alex Tuch had goals for the Golden Knights.
“When we forced them to play defense, that’s where we excelled,” Stone said. “We scored five goals tonight and the main reason was we were playing in their end. When we got caught out in our zone, them buzzing around, that’s when they were tough.”
Nick Bonino struck for two goals and three points in the win.
“In a race like this, it’s obviously huge to deny them points,” Bonino said. “As a group, we’re pretty sure at some point we’re going to have to go through Vegas or Colorado. Obviously, we’d love to continue to move up the standings, but wherever we end up, we just want to focus on these five (remaining regular-season) games, playing the right way, flipping the playoff switch now, getting our mind right and just playing the right way all the way through.”
“We all enjoy being around each other. We’re having fun,” Minnesota’s Jared Spurgeon said.. “And each day we come to the rink, we’re working hard and, like I said, enjoying it. So we’re trying to play these games out as the key games and go into playoffs playing well and everyone feeling good about themselves. So winning is always fun.”
Robin Lehner made 26 saves in the loss.