The team at Adam Kutner Cares gave away two tickets to a lucky fan from our Facebook giveaway. The AKC team was also able to give a Zamboni ride during the Vegas Golden Knights’ game against the Boston Bruins last night. For more pics, head to our Facebook page.
The Vegas Golden Knights took to their home ice last night looking to get back on the winning track. Vegas welcomed in the red hot Boston Bruins coming in on a six-game winning streak.
Boston continued their hot play and took the first lead of the night 11:17 into the game. Down 1-0, Vegas furiously attacked offensively and it paid off late in the first period.
Vegas alternate captain Reilly Smith caught a ride rebound and corralled it into the Boston net. The game was tied 1-1 on Smith’s 10th goal of the year.
“Yeah, I thought we competed hard. They’re a pretty stingy team so we expected it to be low scoring. We have to work on our powerplay because that was a critical moment where we could’ve picked up another point.” -Reilly Smith, VGK Forward
The second period was a back-and-forth defensive style played by both clubs. Both teams limited chances and kept the puck tied up in the neutral zone. After 40 minutes of action, the game remained 1-1.
The third period began much faster than the previous two. Boston’s top line forward Brad Marchand broke the tie on his 24th goal of the season. Down 2-1, the Golden Knights wouldn’t play from behind for long. Vegas defenseman Nate Schmidt took a pass in the neutral zone and dangled his way past two defenders and lifted the puck in for the tying goal. Schmidt scored his 7th goal of the season and extended the Golden Knights chance to win.
“It was frustrating going down 2-1, because it was a goal and you take pride in yourself in stopping the other team from scoring. The guy makes a great play, we got to push back a little bit, our defense got pushed back a little over there. It is tough because you have a lot of momentum in the game and to give it up. But I was happy of how we responded throughout the game. It was important to know that we can come back and respond to the other team. We weren’t able to do it the entire way, but I thought we did a pretty good job of going back to playing the right way and doing things the right way.” -Nate Schmidt, VGK Defenseman
After 60 minutes in the books, the game needed an overtime period to break the 2-2 tie. Vegas had a chance to take the game when the Bruins were called for too many men on the ice penalty. Unfortunately, the Golden Knights couldn’t convert on the man-advantage and the game would be decided in shootouts.
William Karlsson got Vegas on the board in shootouts but Boston snapped two past Marc-Andre Fleury. It was a tough loss, but Vegas was happy to walk away with one point.
“Well, we got one point and we played a great game. So, again I’m tired of saying the goalie was the first star again, but he played great and we had a goalpost. So, I think if we played the game over again, we would probably win it, but again it was great hockey. I thought it was a playoff atmosphere. We played against a great team. Where we disappointed, we didn’t get two points, definitely. I’m not going to fault our group for that effort. They played really well, and they worked hard. They did exactly what I wanted them to do.” -Gerard Gallant, VGK Coach
Vegas dropped their record to (32-25-5) and sit comfortably in third place in the Pacific Division. The Golden Knights next play the Winnipeg Jets in a tough conference matchup on Friday night. Game begins at 7:00 pm.