ANAHEIM, Calif. — Before every game the Golden Knights play against Anaheim, William Karlsson and Shea Theodore get motivated by reminding one another the Ducks parted ways with both players.
Karlsson haunted his former club again Saturday.
Karlsson tallied two goals, including the winner with 1:37 remaining in overtime, to lift the Knights to a 3-2 victory over Anaheim at Honda Center.
“There’s always a little extra motivation going against these guys,” Karlsson said.
In the overtime, Karlsson got behind the defense and beat goalie John Gibson on a breakaway to help the Knights remain in first place in the West Division.
Karlsson has 12 career goals against the club that drafted him in the second round in 2011.
Alex Pietrangelo had a goal and an assist, and Theodore added one assist as the Knights improved to 4-1 against the Ducks this season.
The Knights’ offense struggled to generate quality chances against Anaheim, and defensemen Pietrangelo, Alec Martinez and Theodore combined for 12 of the team’s 27 shots on goal.
But Karlsson provided a moment of magic midway through the second period to put the Knights ahead 2-1.
First, Karlsson stripped Jakob Silfverberg on the backcheck in the neutral zone and gave the puck to Pietrangelo. He then headed up ice and got behind three defenders as the long pass from Pietrangelo arrived.
Karlsson was able to chip the puck past Gibson at 9:10 of the period for his fourth…