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Late goal lifts Golden Knights

LAS VEGAS -- Defenseman Shea Theodore?s power-play goal with 2.3 seconds remaining lifted the Vegas Golden Knights to a 4-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night at T-Mobile Arena.


It was just the second goal of the season for Theodore, who also had three assists. It came off a cross-ice pass from Jonathan Marchessault from the right point just 21 seconds after Tampa Bay defenseman Brandon Coburn went to the penalty box for grabbing the stick of Vegas forward James Neal.


Neal, Marchessault and Erik Haula also scored goals and David Perron added three assists for Vegas (22-9-2), which won for the seventh time in eight games and moved into a first-place tie in the Pacific Division with the Los Angeles Kings (21-10-4).


Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 35 shots to pick up the win in net for the Golden Knights.


Victor Hedman, Steven Stamkos and Vladislav Namestnikov scored goals and NHL leading scorer Nikita Kucherov added two assists for Tampa Bay.


Stamkos, who came into the game leading the NHL in power-play scoring with eight goals and 20 points, wasted no time padding that total when he rifled in a one-timer from the left circle just 7:43 into the game.


The Golden Knights took a 3-2 lead early in the third period when Haula deflected Theodore?s shot from the blue line, but Hedman tied it with his fourth goal of the season when his shot from the left point got past Fleury, who appeared to be screened on the play, setting the stage for Theodore?s dramatic game-winner.


Vegas will host the Capitals on Saturday.