The color green was widely on display at the T-Mobile Arena for a St. Patrick’s day matchup against Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers.
Vegas came out flying and launched the first six shots of the game. The Golden Knights continued their pursuit, which paid off 5:40 into the first period on Mark Stones’ 31st goal, and second as a Golden Knight.
“Yeah, I was excited. We got off to such a good start, too, and kind of set them back a little bit which is kind of what we stressed going into the game to begin with. I got that goal right away and it was a good feeling for sure.” – Mark Stone, VGK Forward
Edmonton would tie things up on a PP goal by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins but Cody Eakin would get Vegas back on track scoring his 18th goal of the season on a beautiful top shelf wrist shot. After twenty minutes of play, the Golden Knights lead the Oilers 2-1.
Edmonton didn’t take long to tie the game 2-2 on Leon Draisatitl’s 43rd of the season. Luckily, the game wouldn’t be tied for long. Jonathan Marchessault tallied his 21st goal giving Vegas the 3-2 lead.
“The first one, the pass was there a little bit early. I didn’t want to force it, just trying to go in and he went on the ice, so I just tried to bring it to the net. The second was just a good regroup from Smith, good turnover. I just tried to let him know it was there. And I know I was kind of alone there, so I tried to bring it to the net.” – Jonathan Marchessault, VGK Forward
Marchessault would celebrate again 40 seconds into the final frame, giving Vegas the two-goal lead. With #81’s second goal, the first line had a total of six points. Edmonton would chip away getting a third goal past Malcolm Subban early in the period. However, Vegas wasn’t done on offense as Brayden McNabb registered his 4th goal of the season. The Golden Knights captured their second two-goal edge of the night leading 5-3. Alex Tuch would later add his 19th of the season, insuring Vegas two points with their 6-3 victory over the Oilers.
“I thought we played great tonight. Obviously the six goals are huge for us, but I thought the way we came out in the first period was great with all kinds of scoring chances and we moved the puck well. We didn’t give up a lot defensively either. The goals they scored, you know it was a couple of break downs obviously and the third one was a screen by our own guy, but it happens. I loved the way we played. We played an excellent game tonight. We played fast and we played our game.” – Gerard Gallant, VGK Coach
Vegas improves their record to (39-27-5) and remain in the Pacific Division’s third place position, with 10 games left to play. The team gets back on the ice tonight as they’ll play a back-to-back in San Jose. Opening faceoff starts at 7:30pm.