CHICAGO (AP) – Shea Theodore drove to the net and Carl Dahlstrom took care of the rest.
Vegas made his own luck in Chicago.
Theodore scored 1:19 in overtime when Dahlstrom threw the puck into his own goal and retired the Golden Knights to a 4-3 victory over the Blackhawks on Saturday-evening.
"We have just found a way", said coach Gerard Gallant.
Theodore drove when Dahlstrom ran away – and through the legs of goalkeeper Collin Delia. It was Theodore's first goal since scoring twice in an 8-3 win in Chicago on November 27.
"I had not scored for a while, so it's good to bounce like that," Theodore said.
Vegas Golden Knights defender Shea Theodore (27) celebrates after his goal against the Chicago Blackhawks during the extension of an NHL hockey game Saturday, January 12, 2019 in Chicago. (AP Photo Nuccio DiNuzzo)
Alex Tuch, Ryan Carpenter and Paul Stastny also scored for Vegas, which won in nine games for the eighth time. Marc-Andre Fleury has made 20 saves.
Tuch extended his points trip to a franchise record of nine games in the second season of the Golden Knights.
Alex DeBrincat scored twice for Chicago, which lost in fifth games for the fifth time. Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist and Delia made 29 stops.
The Blackhawks led 2-0 after one and 3-1 late in the second.
"We are a bit passive and let them come to us," said coach Jeremy Colliton. "They increased the pace a bit because they were aiming for a goal. That's what you should expect." We were on our heels. "
Each team had swept a goal. Vegas successfully challenged offside in the first, and an NHL-initiated review got a binding goal away from Pierre-Edouard Bellemare in the third for kicking the puck – a decision that the Golden Knights found was unfair.
Vegas then tied it to 3 when Stastny hit a rebound with 4:04 hours in the regular season. Max Pacioretty sent one of the right post before Stastny took his sixth of the season.
"I was just trying to throw when I got back on the net," Stastny said. "I thought (Pacioretty) would stop in it, but I have to pick up his garbage."
In search of saving the final of a homest in three games, Chicago made a quick start behind DeBrincat and Kane.
DeBrincat skated through the middle, got a feed from Dominik Kahun and advanced a backhand past Fleury 4:36 in the first. It was DeBrincat's 11th goal in his last 16 matches and number 50 for his career in just his second NHL season.
Kane made it 2-0 with a power play goal with 4:40 in the period. The All-Star forward has 12 goals and 18 assists in his last 19 matches.
"The way we played the first two bouts was fun hockey," said Kane. "That's the way we have to play."
After Tuch got his 15th of the season on a 1:34 rebound in the second, Kane and DeBrincat combined for Chicago's second power-play goal of the night. While Jon Merrill served the second part of a double-minor for high-sticking, DeBrincat skated in the left circle and Kane "s pass through Fleury at 7:22 am.
Chicago had a 3-1 lead in the last minute of the period when Carpenter used Dahlstrom skillfully as a screen while sending a hard wrist that Delia had shot at the side of the glove. It was Carpenter's fourth of the season.
NOTES: Tuch has three goals and eight assists during his run. … Vegas has won each of its six games against Chicago in the first two seasons. … Blackhawks D Slater Koekkoek skated Saturday with his new team, but was squatted against the Golden Knights. Koekkoek was bought Friday in a trade with Tampa Bay. … Blackhawks F David Kampf celebrated his 24th birthday. … Blackhawks D Erik Gustafsson has no goals and 11 assists during an eight-game point streak.
Golden Knights: in Winnipeg on Tuesday night.
Blackhawks: in New Jersey on Monday night.
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Vegas Golden Knights defender Shea Theodore, top center, celebrates with teammates after his goal against the Chicago Blackhawks during the extension of an NHL hockey game Saturday, January 12, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo Nuccio DiNuzzo)
Chicago Blackhawks defender Connor Murphy (5) removes the puck from Vegas Golden Knights center William Karlsson (71) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, January 12, 2019 in Chicago. (AP Photo Nuccio DiNuzzo)
Chicago Blackhawks left wing Alex DeBrincat (12) slides the puck past Vegas Golden Knights goalkeeper Marc-Andre Fleury (29) for a goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, January 12, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo Nuccio DiNuzzo)
Vegas Golden Knights Center Ryan Carpenter (40) scores a goal past Chicago Blackhawks goalkeeper Collin Delia (60) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, January 12, 2019 in Chicago. (AP Photo Nuccio DiNuzzo)
Vegas Golden Knights right wing Alex Tuch (89) scores a goal past Chicago Blackhawks goalkeeper Collin Delia (60) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, January 12, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo Nuccio DiNuzzo)
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