Chandler Stephenson and Mark Stone every had a purpose and an help, and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Nashville Predators 5-2 Wednesday night time.

Jonas Rondbjerg, Adam Brooks and Alex Pietrangelo additionally scored for Vegas, and Robin Lehner stopped 26 pictures.

“I really liked our game tonight” Vegas coach Pete DeBoer stated. “We played an honest, good hard-working road game.

Filip Forsberg scored two late objectives for Nashville after ending a nine-game harm absence. Juuse Saros made 30 saves.

Stephenson skated low into the slot to beat Saros with a wrist shot low to his stick aspect for the primary purpose of the sport with 48 seconds left within the first interval. Stone assisted on the purpose.

“We had been near not getting rewarded for the work we put in,” DeBoer said. “I assumed we had some beauty within the first and performed properly sufficient to be up. But the primary one takes some stress off you.”

At 3:01 of the second period, Vegas extended the lead to 2-0 when Rondbjerg stole the puck in the Predators zone and scored on a breakaway with a wrist shot over Saros’ left shoulder.

The Golden Knights scored again at 11:12 of the third when Brooks found Saros out of position to his right side and put a wrist shot from the top of the crease into the open side of the net. Keegan Kolesar and Mattias Janmark assisted.

Nashville found the net at 5:20 of the third period when Forsberg scored on a breakway, beating Lehner with a backhand to his stick side. Matt Duchene assisted.

The Golden Knights extended their lead to 4-1 when Pietrangelo scored a short-handed goal from the right faceoff circle with a wrist shot on a 2-on-1 break with 11:56 remaining.

With 6:09 left, Forsberg struck again with a power-play goal, beating Lehner high to his glove side a wrist shot from the top of the left faceoff circle. Roman Josi and Ryan Johansen assisted.

Stone scored an empty-net goal with 1:52 remaining. Max Pacioretty added an assist.

“Vegas is an efficient workforce and so they forecheck properly,” Nashville coach John Hynes said. ’When you look at the decisions we made and the execution those were big issues for us.”

FORSBERG RETURNS

He had not performed since leaving with an upper-body harm within the third interval of a 3-2 time beyond regulation victory at Calgary on Nov. 2.

He rapidly discovered his recreation with two objectives in his return. He missed a hat trick as the results of a problem.

Forsberg appeared to have damaged the shutout as he tried to make a move that bounced off Ben Hutton and into the Vegas web with 3:57 remaining within the second interval. But Vegas challenged the purpose and it was disallowed on account of goaltender interference by Nashville’s Tommy Novak.

“It was good to see him get back and be rewarded for his hard work,” Hynes stated. “He got a couple on the board. He had a lot of energy.

“There are some issues in his recreation he wants to wash up. It is hard if you find yourself off that lengthy and away from the workforce, however he was firing the puck and that could be a massive energy of his.”

THE “PAC” IS BACK

Pacioretty returned from injured reserve after 17 games. He had not played since the second game of the season due to a lower-body fracture sustained against the Los Angeles Kings. He was a game-time decision for Vegas and played on the starting line with Stephenson and Stone. The three linemates combined for five points, with two goals and three assists.

“He’s a thoroughbred as a participant” DeBoer said. “He had a non-weight-bearing harm that he needed to principally keep off for 5 weeks. So he wasn’t allowed to do something.

“He’s had a week of skating and he jumps in, played 17 minutes, and looked really good. It is so nice to have him back. Not many guys can do that.”

William Carrier additionally was again within the lineup after being faraway from the NHL’s COVID-19 protocols.

UP NEXT

Golden Knights: Host Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night time.

Predators: Host New Jersey Devils on Friday night time.