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 Winnipeg Jets this past weekend. For more pics, head to our Facebook page.
It was a Western Conference heavyweight matchup on Friday night between the hometown Vegas Golden Knights and the Winnipeg Jets. Both teams came into the game looking for a much-needed victory.
The game became lopsided almost immediately. Winnipeg jumped on the board first scoring :56 seconds into the game. Before the fans could get to their seats, Vegas was trailing 1-0. The bleeding didn’t end there as the Jets added a second goal :32 seconds later.
“Obviously when you go into a slide, a tough part like this, you’re down on your confidence. It’s not as good as it could be, so you start doubting yourself in someplace. We’re a strong group and we’re 100 percent on every play. It just comes naturally, once we start doubting ourselves then were just as bad as any other team.” – Pierre Eduard Bellemare, VGK Center
Down 2-0 with 58 minutes to play, Vegas had their work cut out for them. After a strong middle of the period, Vegas clawed their way back. Pierre-Eduard Bellemare scored his seventh goal of the season to cut the lead in half 2-1 to end the first period.
Vegas started the second period off slow but was able to contain the Winnipeg offense. Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury made several outstanding saves to keep it a one-goal game when defenseman Shea Theodore tied the game 2-2 midway through the period. Theodore scored his tenth goal of the season on a highlight top-shelf wrister.
Unfortunately, Winnipeg came storming back scoring two goals late in the period stunning Golden Knights fans. After forty minutes of play, Vegas found themselves down 4-2 with one period remaining.
“There is no work, we don’t work. We’re a hardworking team and we don’t work so that’s why we lose.” – Jonathan Marchessault, VGK Forward
The Golden Knights made a statement right from the opening puck drop of the third period. Vegas forward Jonathon Marchessault lasered a shot into the Winnipeg net to nip the lead 4-3.
The period played out like the first two, as Winnipeg continued to score. The Jets power play led by Patrick Laine was the difference maker scoring his second PP goal early in the third. Winnipeg shut the door late in the game by adding an empty net goal making it a 6-3 final. It was a disappointing night from the Golden Knights.
“Well, it was 2-2 and then we got a penalty 200 feet from our goal, and then they get a power play goal. Again, the fourth goal was pretty lucky, they throw it at the net, it goes around a couple of legs and their guy bats in, but still he shouldn’t have the stick on the ice to bat it in. We have to have better coverage than that late in the period and have to play harder. That’s the bottom line, we give them some soft goals and we have to play harder.” – Gerard Gallant, VGK Coach
Vegas drops their record to (32-26-5) and sits comfortably in third place in the Pacific Division. The Golden Knights take to the ice again on Tuesday night against the Dallas Stars. Game begins at 7pm.