Knights extinguish Flames, 3-2, from T-Mobile
After a brief two games on the road, the Vegas Golden Knights returned home to play the Calgary Flames in a game that saw the Golden Knights walk away victorious by a score of 3-2 Sunday, Dec. 5.
The win moves the team to 14-10 on the year.
Head coach Pete DeBoer mentioned that he was very pleased with the team’s depth particularly on the third and fourth lines and that coming into the season, he had envisioned this type of depth from his team in order to make an impact on games.
Golden Knights right-wing Evgenii Dadonov said that the most important part of this team is the structure and that all members know what they need to do when they’re on the ice.
The Vegas Golden Knights will continue their four-game homestand Wednesday, Dec. 8 as they prepare to welcome in the Dallas Stars inside T-Mobile Arena.
The puck drop is set for 7 p.m. and can be seen on TNT.
The first period was pretty tame and didn’t have much action going on the scoresheet until the late stages of the period.
Left-wing Max Pacioretty found the back of the net with just under three minutes to play in the period to score the first goal of the game for either side.
The goal was Pacioretty’s sixth goal of the season as he continued his hot scoring streak over the past few games.
The second period saw neither side score but plenty of tough defensive plays from both teams that kept the game at a 1-0 advantage for the Golden Knights heading into the third period.
If the first two periods were low-scoring, the third period flipped a switch and saw an outburst of scoring.
The period started with center Nicolas Roy scoring his fourth goal of the season just 1:49 into the period to make it a 2-0 lead for Vegas.
Calgary would respond accordingly with just under 10 minutes left in the game when center Elias Lindholm lit up the lamp for the Flames to cut it down to a 2-1 score.
It wouldn’t take long for Vegas to answer the Calgary goal with one of their own as Dadonov extended the lead back out to 3-1 for the Knights with his seventh goal of the season only 1:26 after the Lindholm goal for Calgary.
Being down two goals, Calgary had no choice but to go to the empty net option which awarded them an extra skater but sacrificed a goalie protecting the net.
Vegas was unable to capitalize on that and the empty net strategy even worked for Calgary as they scored their second goal of the game off the stick of left-wing Andrew Mangiapane with just under three minutes to play in regulation to make it a 3-2 game inside the T-Mobile Arena.
While both sides would have good chances to put another goal up before time expired, it was the VGK that would hold onto the lead and walk away with a 3-2 victory over the Flames.
The win was the second in a row for the Vegas Golden Knights and their third win in their last five games. This game was also significant in the fact that it was the first game back in the lineup for center William Karlsson since being placed on the IR several weeks ago.
Karlsson said that overall, he’s feeling pretty good and even admitted that at first he wasn’t sure how he was going to feel on the ice but said that he felt good.