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The Golden Knights hosted the Edmonton Oilers for their second to last home game of the regular season.
“I felt good about us before the win to be honest with you. I liked the way we played the game tonight. It was a perfect game for us, had lots of scoring chances, played a good solid game so that was the main thing for me. Like I said, it’s nice to win but I liked the way we played.” – Gerard Gallant, Vegas Coach
Cody Eakin broke the scoreless tie late in the first period giving Vegas the 1-0 lead on his 22nd goal of the season. Malcolm Subban starting in net again for Marc-Andre Fleury stopped all eight chances from Edmonton.
“I thought we played pretty well. I thought in the second they did a pretty good job generating speed for their offense. Once we got back to getting pucks in, relentless skating and getting it deep every time, we got back to our game and had more success.” -Cody Eakin, Vegas Center
It didn’t take Vegas long to double up their lead in the second period as Jonathan Marchessault scored :51 seconds in. Marchessault registered his 25th goal, and third straight season scoring 25 or more. Oilers superstar Connor McDavid did the inevitable and scored his 41st goal cutting the Golden Knights lead 2-1. In eight career games against Vegas he has 13 points.
“I think we did well, we managed the puck well. We limited time of their two top players. Overall it was a good win.”- Jonathan Marchessault, Vegas Forward
It was stalemate for most of the third period with both goalies making key saves to hold the 2-1 lead. The Golden Knights would fight off a 6-on-5 by the Oilers leading to a late penalty by Tomas Nosek. Down two men, Vegas added another as Pierre-Eduard Bellemare jumped on a loose puck created by William Karlsson. Vegas broke their losing streak 3-1.
“Yeah, obviously we have a couple of games left. San Jose is a good team and we have to be ready so it is good to get a win today and hopefully we get a couple more wins before playoffs start.” -Malcolm Subban, Vegas Goaltender
The Golden Knights improve their record to (43-30-7) with two games left to play. The team will get back on the ice Thursday night for Vegas’ last home game of the 2018-19 season. Opening faceoff against the Arizona Coyotes is scheduled for 7p.