Golden Knights go big at trade deadline, get Mark Stone from Senators

The Vegas Golden Knights made a trade deadline splash to take another run at the Stanley Cup in their second season.

Vegas acquired high-scoring winger Mark Stone from the Ottawa Senators on Monday for defense prospect Erik Brannstrom, forward Oscar Lindberg and the Dallas Stars’ 2020 second-round pick. Vegas also received minor-league forward Tobias Lindberg. The Knights also reached an agreement to sign Stone, a pending unrestricted free agent and five-time 20-goal scorer, to a contract extension.

Stone is a top-line player the Golden Knights hope can help them make another deep playoff run as they did last year in getting to the Cup Finals.

“He plays a complete game, plays every situation, and he’s going to really help,” head coach Gerard Gallant said.

The Golden Knights are 3-9-1 in their past 13 and are third in the Pacific Division.

Elsewhere at the deadline:

• The Winnipeg Jets completed six trades, notably acquiring center Kevin Hayes by sending forward Brendan Lemieux and a first-round pick to the retooling New York Rangers.

• Nashville got forward Mikael Granlund in a trade that sent Kevin Fiala to Minnesota, then added forward Wayne Simmonds in a deal that sent Ryan Hartman to Philadelphia.

• The Colorado Avalanche, who began the day ninth in the West and a point out of contention, attempted to fortify their playoff chances by acquiring forward Derick Brassard from Florida. Brassard is a 12-year-veteran who is switching teams for the second time in three weeks after being dealt to the Panthers by Pittsburgh.

• In the East, the Columbus Blue Jackets followed up last week’s additions of Ottawa forwards Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel by acquiring Rangers defenseman Adam McQuaid and New Jersey goalie Keith Kinkaid.

• The Boston Bruins acquired forward Marcus Johansson from New Jersey for a 2019 second-round and 2020 fourth-round pick.

Overall, there were 20 trades involving 32 players, the fewest since 30 players changed teams at the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season’s deadline.

Panthers 4, Avalanche 3: Aaron Ekblad scored 26 seconds into overtime, Roberto Luongo stopped 36 shots to earn career win No. 485 and visiting Florida beat Colorado, which fell to 1-12 in OT this season.

Lightning 4, Kings 3: Nikita Kucherov, Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman scored in the shootout and NHL-leading Tampa Bay won at home for its ninth straight victory, tying the longest win streak in franchise history.

Predators 3, Oilers 2: Brian Boyle scored in the fourth round of a shootout to lift host Nashville over Edmonton and past Winnipeg for first place in the Central Division.

Maple Leafs 5, Sabres 3: John Tavares, Auston Matthews and Frederik Gauthier scored three quick goals in the second period and host Toronto held off Buffalo. Jack Eichel scored twice for the Sabres.

Devils 2, Canadiens 1: Nathan Bastian scored his first NHL goal, Kurtis Gabriel got his second and last-place New Jersey stayed a thorn in visiting Montreal’s playoff hopes. The young Devils swept their three-game season series with Montreal.

Canucks 4, Ducks 0: Bo Horvat had two goals and Elias Pettersson two assists as host Vancouver ended a three-game skid. Horvat has a career-high 23 goals this season.

Briefly: The Wild and center Eric Staal agreed to terms on a two-year, $6.5 million contract extension, after the NHL trade deadline passed with the 15-year veteran staying put in Minnesota. … Chicago activated two-time All-Star and Stanley Cup champion goalie Corey Crawford from injured reserve.

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