Knights finish off perfect road trip with win in Edmonton
For the second time in as many games, VGK center Nicolas Roy played the hero and scored the game-winning goal for the Golden Knights. It was a perfect 3-0 road trip for the Knights as they defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 in overtime Saturday, March 25. Vegas grabbed all six points available on this road trip and now only have nine games remaining in the regular season.
“We got better as the game went on, that’s important,” head coach Bruce Cassidy said. “We had a day off yesterday so sometimes it takes a while to get your legs going. We were able to get through certain parts of the game when we weren’t at our best.”
This was the seventh straight road victory for Vegas which extends the longest active streak in the NHL. It also ties the longest road winning streak in franchise history.
This win gives Vegas a 46-21-6 mark on the year with 98 points in the Pacific Division. This gives the VGK a four-point lead over the LA Kings and a seven-point lead over the Edmonton Oilers.
These two teams will meet again on Tuesday night inside the confines of T-Mobile Arena for the fourth and final meeting of the regular season. Edmonton leads the series 2-1. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m.
Coming off injury, goalie Laurent Brossoit made his first start Saturday night since Feb. 25. In his return to action, Brossoit made 27 saves on the 30 shots he faced for a final save percentage of .900 in the win for the visitors.
“It’s a big win on a big road trip,” defenseman Brayden McNabb said. “We’ve got great depth; great goaltending and it showed tonight.”
Vegas is the first team in NHL history to earn wins with four different goalies in four consecutive games (Brossoit, Jiri Patera, Jonathan Quick and Logan Thompson).
The Knights were playing shorthanded in this one as goaltender Logan Thompson, left-winger Reilly Smith and defenseman Alec Martinez all returned to Vegas after the Calgary game. Thompson and Smith due to injury and Martinez to deal with a personal issue.
Center Jack Eichel got the scoring going for the Knights just 1:01 into the game when he scored his 27th goal of the season to put VGK up 1-0 early. This was Eichel’s 12th goal in the last 20 games.
Left-winger Zach Hyman tied the game up at one apiece less than three minutes after Eichel’s goal in what was Hyman’s 31st goal of the season.
On the opposite end, left-winger Pavel Dorofeyev helped Vegas regain the lead with 3:33 to go in the opening period when he scored on the power play to put the Knights up 2-1 heading into the second period.
Dorofeyev has seven points in his last seven games which includes five goals during that stretch.
The only scoring of the second period came off the stick of Edmonton center Leon Draisaitl who netted his 45th goal of the season on the power play which tied the game up at two as we headed for the third.
A pair of wingers were responsible for the third period scoring as right-winger Jonathan Marchessault scored less than seven minutes into the period to give Vegas their third lead of the game, leading now 3-2.
Edmonton left-winger Warren Foegele answered Marchessaault’s goal with one of his own with less than nine minutes to go to tie the game up at three and send the game into overtime.
As mentioned above, it was Roy who got a rebound and put the game-winning goal home to secure the 4-3 win for the Golden Knights. Roy’s goal came with 2:34 to go in the extra period and was his 13th goal of the season.