Glass ices former Golden Knight group in OT
After a thrilling shootout win the night before, the Vegas Golden Knights fell short in overtime Tuesday, April 4 against the Nashville Predators, 3-2. This was the third and final meeting of the season for these two teams with Vegas winning the first two.
Former Golden Knight Cody Glass put home the game-winner past goaltender Jonathan Quick with 1:30 to go in overtime. Glass’s goal came on the power play after right-winger Jonathan Marchessault was called for a holding penalty.
Quick finished the game with 24 saves on the 27 shots he faced for a final save percentage of .889. This was Quick’s first action since being pulled after the second period of the Mar. 28 game against Edmonton.
“They were more urgent than us early on,” head coach Bruce Cassidy said. “Younger legs helped them in a back-to-back. We found our game in the second and started competing harder and were really good. You have pockets of good and pockets of not good enough. At the end of the day, their special teams outplayed ours and that decided the game.”
This is the eighth overtime loss of the season for the Golden Knights who now sit at 48-22-8 with 104 points in the Pacific Division. As the standings sit, Vegas holds a three-point division lead over Edmonton and four point lead over the Los Angeles Kings.
The Golden Knights will return home for a Pacific Division matchup with the Kings on Thursday night. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. and can be seen on AT&T Sportsnet in Las Vegas or ESPN+ in all other markets.
Los Angeles leads the season series 2-1 over Vegas with Thursday’s meeting being the fourth and final of the regular season between these two teams.
Vegas found themselves in a 2-0 hole in the first 13:08 of the game when Nashville got a pair of goals from center Tommy Novak, one of those coming via the power play.
Defenseman Alex Pietrangelo answered Novak’s first period goals with a pair of second period goals to tie the game at two apiece heading into the third.
“I thought we controlled the pace of the game,” Pietrangelo said. “Sometimes, it’s just not meant to be.”
These were the tenth and eleventh goals of the year for Pietrangelo who has his eight career double-digit goal season. He also has 51 points this season which is one shy of the VGK record by a defenseman, a record that was set by Shea Theodore last season. Pietrangelo is also three points shy of his career-high of 54 for points in a season.
This was also Pietrangelo’s eight career two-goal game and he set a new season-high for shots on goal with nine in Tuesday’s game. His previous high on the year was six.
Assisting on Pietrangelo’s first goal was center Chandler Stephenson who now has his second career 60-point seasons. It is the 11th 60-point season in VGK history and Stephenson is four assists shy of David Perron’s single-season VGK record of 50 assists.
This was Stephenson’s first points since returning from injury.
“It’s always tough when you’re out and you’re watching the guys play,” Stephenson said.