Oftentimes in the second game of a back-to-back, it can be hard for a team to find their legs in that second game.
This is exactly what happened to the Vegas Golden Knights Tuesday, Jan. 25 against the Carolina Hurricanes, losing 4-3 in overtime after mounting a late comeback.
“This was a tough game on the schedule for us,” head coach Pete DeBoer said. “Over a long season, it’s important you find a way to get points like this.”
Vegas will be back in action on Thursday, Jan. 27 as its takes on the Florida Panthers in the third of this four-game road trip.
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With the first 20 minutes of play being scoreless, the second period had an abundance of scoring when Vegas found themselves trailing 2-0 within the first six minutes of the period.
Both right-wing Nino Niederreiter and center Vincent Trocheck lit the lamp for Carolina on those two goals.
Center Nolan Patrick found his second goal of the season for Vegas with less than two minutes to play in the first period to cut the deficit in half for the Knights and make it a 2-1 game at the second intermission.
Center Sebastian Aho of the Hurricanes made it a point to extend the lead when he scored about halfway through the third period to make it a 3-1 game and now for the second time in the game, Vegas was staring down a two-goal deficit.
If there’s one thing that we know, it’s that Vegas is statistically one of the best teams in the third period when it comes to scoring. Tuesday night was no different as the Golden Knights didn’t go away quietly.
With just under seven minutes left in regulation, center Brett Howden scored his fifth goal of the season to make it a one-goal game.
Defenseman Nicolas Hague was looking to get in on the scoring action for Vegas as he put away the game-tying goal with 2:30 remaining in regulation which would force overtime.
As he was able to do earlier in the game, Aho sent Hurricane fans home happy with the game-winning goal for Carolina to win by a final score of 4-3.
With VGK goalie Robin Lehner getting the night off, backup Laurent Brossoit started for Vegas in net.
Brossoit stopped 26 shots on 30 shot attempts for a save percentage of .867. On the other end of the ice, Carolina’s Frederik Andersen stopped 26 shots on 29 attempts for a final save percentage of .867.