Mary Altaffer / AP
Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023 | 7:19 p.m.
New Jersey Devils defenseman Dougie Hamilton scored the game-tying goal late in the third period then added the game-winner with 1:06 left in overtime to hand the Golden Knights a 3-2 loss at Prudential Center on Tuesday.
The Golden Knights led 2-1 with the Devils pulling goalie Vitek Vanecek for the extra attacker. Hamilton’s shot from the point deflected off Brayden McNabb and trickled past Logan Thompson to tie it 2-2 with 1:10 remaining in regulation.
In the overtime period, Hamilton followed up his first goal with a one-timer from the high slot on a Devils power play — Ben Hutton was called for tripping behind the Vegas net — and beat Thompson clean for the game-winner.
Thompson made 35 saves in what was building to his best performance of the season, making big-time saves and keeping the high-octane Devils off the board for 58 minutes.
But despite goals from Hutton and William Karlsson, the Golden Knights (29-17-3) fell to 1-4-1 for their last six games and squandered a gigantic opportunity against one of the Eastern Conference’s best teams.
For a team in need of some bounces their way, the Golden Knights didn’t get the first bounce. Ondrej Palat’s shot attempt deflected off Kaedan Korczak’s stick and knuckled past Thompson for a 1-0 New Jersey lead less than four minutes into the game.
Thompson held down the fort. He stopped all but one of 15 shots in the opening 20 minutes. He turned away all nine in the second period.
Hutton tied it 1-1 at 12 minutes of the second period when he picked the corner from the left faceoff dot for the defenseman’s second goal of the season.
Just under three minutes later, following another sequence of difficult saves from Thompson, the Misfit Line went on the counterattack and Karlsson tapped in the loose puck sitting on the goal line to give Vegas the 2-1 lead.
But in the end, the bounces continued to go the Devils’ way, and New Jersey stole one from Vegas.
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