65°F
weather icon Clear

Reeling Golden Knights lose 6-3 to Maple Leafs — VIDEO

Updated February 14, 2019 - 11:26 pm

The Golden Knights had one of those Valentine’s Day dates that starts off with a great conversation and is followed by a memorable dinner.

Then they let out a garlic burp while going in for a kiss and killed the mood.

Toronto took control of a seesaw game midway through the third period Thursday and handed the Knights a 6-3 loss before an announced gathering of 18,214 at T-Mobile Arena.

“They’re a good team, they’re a fast team, they’re hard to contain,” coach Gerard Gallant said. “I thought we played good and we had a chance to win. But we didn’t give it (away), they took it, I thought.”

The Knights lost their fifth straight at home for the first time in franchise history and have dropped seven of their past nine games overall.

After being called out by Gallant for playing a “soft game” in Tuesday’s 5-2 loss to Arizona, the Knights hurt themselves with six penalties, including three in the first period.

Toronto finished 2-for-6 on the power play.

William Karlsson tied the score 3-3 with his 18th goal at 4:12 of the third period before the Maple Leafs scored three times in the final 9:59 to win for the sixth time in the past seven games.

“I think they controlled the puck-possession battle tonight and probably forced us to make some bad plays,” right wing Reilly Smith said. “I think in the second period we were throwing pucks around too much and we weren’t holding on to it long enough. It just seemed like they had a lot of momentum.”

Auston Matthews finished with two goals and an assist for Toronto and Mitchell Marner had a goal and an assist.

Defenseman Morgan Rielly put the Maple Leafs ahead midway through the third when his shot went through traffic to beat Marc-Andre Fleury.

Matthews added his second goal 55 seconds after Rielly’s goal, and Marner finished off a 2-on-1 with Connor Brown.

“We’ve got to be better in the third,” Gallant said. “That’s when you win hockey games, and we didn’t do it.”

Fleury finished with 37 saves but allowed a season high in goals.

“You look at all the goals and they could be all prevented,” center Paul Stastny said. “That’s the way the game goes sometimes. It’s a game of mistakes. Everyone’s going to have mistakes, you just can’t let it compound. When one mistake happens, you’ve got to get back for each other.”

Smith and Oscar Lindberg scored in the second period to put the Knights on top 2-1 before the Maple Leafs answered with goals by Patrick Marleau and Matthews to regain the lead.

“There are opportunities there to score and try to win games and to put ourselves in a position to win games,” Knights wing Max Pacioretty said, “and when it’s not working, you just have to look in the mirror and try to worry about yourself and worry about elevating your game to help the team come out with some wins.”

The Maple Leafs own the league’s second-best road record at 19-7-2 and lived up to their billing as one of the betting favorites for the Stanley Cup.

Toronto swarmed Fleury in the opening period, and the Knights’ best chances came short-handed, including a Smith breakaway that Andersen easily turned away with eight minutes remaining.

Andreas Johnsson converted shortly after Smith’s chance at 13:14 when he redirected Jake Gardiner’s drive with 10 seconds remaining on the power play.

“It’s a long season. You go through your ups and downs,” Smith said. “I think the biggest thing for us is to stop the bleeding, and I think the best way to do that it just through hard work.”

More Golden Knights: Follow at reviewjournal.com/GoldenKnights and @HockeyinVegas on Twitter.

Contact David Schoen at dschoen@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-5203. Follow @DavidSchoenLVRJ on Twitter.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Golden Knights Videos
Aliens Invade City National Arena for Competition
Aliens attended the City National Arena for a competition to see who was best dressed. The prize was out of this world.
Golden Knights rally to beat Kings in OT, 3-2
The Golden Knights were down 2-0 halfway through the third period, but two quick goals helped get the team back on track to beat the Kings 3-2 in overtime.
Golden Knights' Deryk Engelland Shares Advice with Rookies - Video
Golden Knights defenseman Deryk Engelland has some advice for rookies: “Stick with what got you there.” The veteran NHL player also recalls his first goal as a pro.
Golden Knights Continue Preseason Success with Win Over Avalanche - Video
The Golden Knights prospects are continuing to prove they are worthy of a starting position, this time with a shutout 5-0 win over the Colorado Avalanche.
Golden Knights Head Coach Gerard Gallant Praises Prospects - Video
A day after the Golden Knights 6-2 preseason victory over the Arizona Coyotes, head coach Gerard Gallant discussed how impressed he is with the prospects, including defensemen Nicolas Hague and Dylan Coghlan.
Golden Knights On First Preseason Win - Video
The Golden Knights talk about their first preseason win including Max Pacioretty's hat trick and putting Malcolm Subban as the goaltender for tonight's game.
Golden Knights Zamboni Lessons 101 - Video
The Golden Knights preseason tips off on Sunday, Sept. 15 and you know what that mean, it's time to roll out the zamboni! Have you ever wondered what it takes to be a zamboni operator for the Golden Knights? Golden Edge host Cassie Soto finds out!
Allegiant Unveils Golden Knights Plane - Video
Allegiant air officially unveils its new Golden Knights airbus that will take to the skies soon.
Golden Knights Rookie Camp: 3 Takeaways - Video
Vegas Golden Knights rookies took to the ice on Friday morning for practice at City National Arena. While the rookies mainly participated in drills, it was good to see the prospects get ice time. Golden Knights beat writers David Schoen and Ben Gotz discuss their three takeaways from the practice.
Golden Knights Host Charity Golf Classic - Video
The Golden Knights held its 2019 Charity Golf Classic on Wednesday at TPC Summerlin. Before teeing off, Golden Knights players Ryan Reaves, Jonathan Marchassault and Alex Tuch said who they thought were the worst and best golfers on their team.
Ryan Reaves performs wedding ceremony
Reverand Reavo makes his debut for one time only at the Chapel of Flowers for a get married by Ryan Reaves contest.
Vegas Golden Knights President Kerry Bubolz on the Golden Edge Podcast
Review-Journal reporters Ben Gotz and David Schoen talk with Golden Knights president Kerry Bubolz about his experiences with LeBron James, the team's new initiatives, a possible MLS expansion team and more.
George McPhee Conference Call on Nikita Gusev trade - VIDEO
Golden Knights President of Operations George McPhee answers questions on a conference call about the teams most recent trade of Nikita Gusev to the New Jersey Devils.
Vegas Golden Knight's Deryk Engelland Happy to Re-Sign - Video
Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Deryk Engelland is happy to stay in Las Vegas after signing a one-year deal with the team.
Golden Aces hold Tryouts For 2019-2020 Season - Video
The Golden Aces hold tryouts for the 2019-2020 season for the Golden Knights.
Golden Knight's owner Bill Foley's House for sale in The Ridges - Real Estate Millions
Vegas Golden Knights, Fleury Make Day for Critically Ill Teenager in ESPN “My Wish” - Video
A 13-year-old Las Vegas boy who has faced Hodgkin’s lymphoma is treated to a special day by the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights in a new ESPN “My Wish” Series feature debuting Wednesday, July 17, on SportsCenter. In the feature, Doron Coldwell spends a day with the team and even gets an opportunity to replace his favorite player, three-time Stanley Cup winner Marc-Andre Fleury, in the net.
Golden Knights Sell "Battle Worn Armor" To Season Ticket Holders - Video
The Golden Knights sell their "battle worn" apparel throughout both of the teams seasons including pucks, sticks, helmets and skates.
Summerlin 4th of July Parade - VIDEO
On July 4th Summerlin will be hosting the 25th annual Summerlin Council Patriotic Parade, an event that has grown massively over the years
Golden Knights McPhee talks on the first day of NHL free agency - VIDEO
Golden Knights incoming president of operations George McPhee addresses the media as free agency starts.
Golden Knights Trade Colin Miller as Development Camp ends - VIDEO
George McPhee speaks to the media following the end of the Golden Knights development camp.
Golden Knights Development Camp Day 4 - VIDEO
Nic Hague stands out at day 4 of Golden Knights development camp.
Golden Knights Hold First Scrimmage of Development Camp - Video
The first of three scrimmages was held at the 2019 Golden Knights Development Camp. Golden Edge host Cassie Soto and Golden Knights beat writers Adam Hill and David Schoen discuss what stood out to them.
Golden Knights George McPhee Discusses Erik Haula Trade - Video
A day after it was announced that Erik Haula had been traded to the Carolina Hurricanes, incoming President of Hockey Operations George McPhee spoke to the media discussing the move.
Golden Knights Trade Erik Haula - Video
The Golden Knights have traded Erik Haula to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for prospect Nicolas Roy. Golden Edge host Cassie Soto and Golden Knights beat writer Adam Hill discuss the trade.
Golden Knights Coaches Looking for Veterans to Step Up in Development Camp - Video
Day two of the 2019 Golden Knights Development Camp is in the books. Director of Player Development Wil Nichol says his staff is looking for the veterans of the camp to step up and be leaders to the younger guys, while at the same time doing their best to impress the coaching staff.
Golden Knights Draft Player with Strong Hockey Bloodlines - Video
The Golden Knights drafted Mason Primeau in the 5th round of the 2019 NHL Draft. Primeau is no stranger to professional hockey, both his dad (Wayne Primeau) and his uncle (Keith Primeau) played in the NHL.
Golden Knights Kelly McCrimmon Talks Development Camp - VIDEO
Golden Knights general manager Kelly McCrimmon talks about what he expects from everyone at development camp on their first day.
Golden Knights Dylan Coghlan On Veteran Experience - VIDEO
Golden Knights defenseman Dylan Coghlan talks about his veteran experience playing in Chicago and development camp.
Golden Knights President George McPhee talks about Williams Karlsson's 8 year deal
George McPhee presser highlights June 25, 2019.
Golden Knights Center William Karlsson speaks to media about 8 year contract
William Karlsson presser highlights June 25, 2019.
Golden Knights Development Camp at Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada
For the third consecutive year, Vegas Golden Knights Development Camp participants participated in a special community event at Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye
THE LATEST