Undermanned Golden Knights lose to Maple Leafs in shootout

Thanks to two postponements later in the week, the Golden Knights now have an unexpected five-day break in the schedule.

They can use it to break out of the slump they’ve suddenly found themselves in.

Playing with a depleted lineup, the Knights rallied in the third period but lost 4-3 in a shootout to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night in front of an announced crowd of 17,911 at T-Mobile Arena.

“I loved big parts of our game,” coach Pete DeBoer said. “That’s a great team over there that has been running through a lot of teams offensively. We stumbled a little bit at first, but I think we gave them nine shots after the first period.”

After opening their extended homestand with a victory, the Knights have lost four of the past five games (1-2-2) and face the scorching-hot Penguins on Monday. Pittsburgh has won 11 of 12 after beating Anaheim.

The Knights trailed 3-1 entering the third period but made a strong push over the final 20 minutes. Defenseman Alex Pietrangelo’s goal during a five-on-three power play with 8:12 remaining evened the score after center William Karlsson scored early in the period.

But Maple Leafs goalie Jack Campbell turned away all three attempts in the shootout.

Auston Matthews put the Maple Leafs ahead 2-1 at 11:43 when he was left alone at the side of the net and cashed in a pass from Michael Bunting for his…

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