It was an afternoon matinee as the Golden Knights hosted the Minnesota Wild on MLK day.
Vegas took control of the game early, cashing in on a Minnesota penalty 2:40 in. Alex Tuch notched his 16th goal of the season on the Golden Knights first Power Play. After a back-and-forth opening 20 minutes, Vegas took a 1-0 lead into the break.
“I mean, they’re a good team. They’re going to come. They’re good defensively, they’ve always been kind of known, that group, for being good defensively and Dubnyk played well. I don’t know, we had a lot of shots.” – Colin Miller, VGK Defenseman
Vegas held onto their one goal lead for most of the second period until Minnesota gained momentum. The Wild scored two straight goals to take a short 2-1 lead.
Roughly two minutes later, Max Pacioretty buried a beautiful pass from linemate Paul Stastny to tie the game 2-2.
The final period began with both teams locked in a 2-2 tie. Each traded Power Plays but neither team was successful. Vegas failed to convert on a 5-on-3 Power Play leaving the door wide open for Minnesota.
“We had a little let down in the second period where they had a lot of shots. I thought once we killed the five-on-three it really energized the bench and they thought, ‘we’re going to do anything not to lose it,’ at that point.” – Bruce Boudreau, MIN Coach
The Wild jumped on offensive opportunities and forward Charlie Coyle scored the game-winning goal. Minnesota added an empty net goal and skated out of Las Vegas with a 4-2 victory.
“I don’t think we played good today. I don’t think we showed up ready to play a team that was aggressive for points. I don’t think we played hard enough. I think we were swinging too much. I think we gave up too many odd man rushes. I don’t think we played good.” -Gerard Gallant, VGK Coach
Vegas’ record drops to (29-18-4) with their 4-2 loss against Minnesota. The Golden Knights play their last game before the All-star break on Wednesday night against the Nashville Predators. Game begins at 7:00 pm.