It took Vegas seven minutes before they took a shot on net this past weekend against Detroit. By that point, the Red Wings had six shots on net and one past goaltender Malcolm Subban.
“I think we were on them. Our pressure was pretty good in the offensive zone. We created a lot of turnovers and when they did have control, we came back to our one-one-three and could get those rooms and breakout quick. I think that was the key.” – Anthony Mantha, Detroit Forward
Three minutes into the game, Detroit took the early 1-0 lead. The Golden Knights warmed up towards the back end of the period totaling nine shots against Detroit’s goaltender Jimmy Howard. The game remained a one-goal game after the opening twenty minutes.
The second period was not much better than the first. The Golden Knights dull play continued for much of the period as their offense was again struggling to create chances. Vegas would finally get on the board at the 14:43 mark in the second period on Cody Eakin’s 20th goal of the season. Eakin buried home a juicy rebound left in the crease by Detroit’s Howard. The game was tied 1-1 at the end of forty minutes.
“They skated well and they collapsed in their zone. Their goalie got to see shots where they blocked them, and they kept right behind our defense and made it tough on them for the whole game.” – Cody Eakin, Vegas Center
Subban was strong between the pipes in the third period, stuffing every opportunity from Detroit. With 10 minutes left to play, the Golden Knights were forced to go on the penalty kill in a 1-1 game. Star killer Reilly Smith disrupted an errant pass leading to a breakaway. Smith gave Vegas the 2-1 lead on his 4th shorthanded goal of the season.
Detroit added a PP goal a minute later to even the score once again. The game would be decided in overtime. The Red Wings would only need 19 seconds to win 3-2 as Anthony Mantha wristed his second goal of the game and the OT winner.
“I didn’t think we played horrible, but I didn’t think we had the energy at the jump. Detroit played fast. They played a really good hard game and they probably deserved the two points tonight. I’m glad we got the one, but they played a good hard game. We played against a team that was hungry and they played hard.” – Gerard Gallant, Vegas Coach
The Golden Knights improve their record to (42-27-6) and remain in the Pacific Division’s third place position, with seven games left to play. The team will get back on the ice Monday as Vegas will travel to St. Louis. Opening faceoff is scheduled for 5:00 pm.