While the offense might be back for the Vegas Golden Knights, one thing has remained consistent throughout this road trip which is coming up on the losing end of games. Vegas was defeated by the Columbus Blue Jackets in a high-scoring game with a 6-4 final score Sunday, March 13.
The loss keeps the team at 68 points on the season with a 32-25-4 record. Vegas is fighting for their playoff lives as they are in a tight battle with Los Angeles, Calgary and Edmonton in the Pacific Division.
The fifth and final game of this road trip will take place in Winnipeg on Tuesday, March 15 against the Winnipeg Jets.
Puck drop is set for 5 p.m. PST and can be seen on AT&T Sportsnet in Las Vegas.
For the first time on this road trip, the Vegas Golden Knights held a lead during the game. Left-wing William Carrier gave the team their first lead of the trip with just over 12 minutes to play in the first period when he gave Vegas a 2-1 lead.
That 2-1 lead would be short-lived as Columbus managed to score four unanswered goals to take a 5-2 lead with just under 13 minutes to play in the second period. Vegas put together a strong comeback as they received goals from right-wing Evgenii Dadonov and center Jack Eichel in the second and third periods.
The Knights found themselves back within 1 goal with 17:20 remaining in the game and suddenly, there was a sense of optimism on the Vegas bench.
After pulling the goalie, Columbus was able to put home the insurance goal to secure a 6-4 win over the Vegas Golden Knights.
“There’s urgency,” head coach Pete DeBoer said. “We [knew] the situation. We’ve got to stop the bleeding.”
Defenseman Zach Whitecloud was very mindful of the standings after the game.
“We have to find a way to get points,” he said. :There’s no other way around it.”
It was a tough outing for Vegas’s Logan Thompson in net as he saved 32 shots on 37 attempts for a final save percentage of .865.
It was not the most ideal outing for Columbus’s Elvis Merzlikins who stopped 23 shots on 27 attempts for a final save percentage of .852.