The Vegas Golden Knights had their nine-game win streak come to an end Saturday, Nov. 12 as they lost 3-2 to the St. Louis Blues.
In addition, to snapping that nine-game win streak, this most recent loss is the team’s third of the season. Vegas now sits at 13-3-0 and still have 26 points in the Pacific Division which remains as the most points in the league.
“This is a good group,” head coach Bruce Cassidy said. “They want to play for one another.”
This is the second straight win for the Blues who had lost 8 straight games before Thursday’s win over the San Jose Sharks.
“This is a team that just lost eight games in a row,” Cassidy said. “They [won] a game and now they’re feeling it so got to give them credit too.”
VGK will continue their homestand at T-Mobile Arena Tuesday, Nov. 15 for a matchup against the San Jose Sharks. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m.
Vegas was playing behind early when left-wing Brandon Saad scored less than 10 minutes into the game to give St. Louis the early 1-0 lead. That lead lasted 1:08 when right-wing Reilly Smith tied the game with his third shorthanded goal of the season.
To put the shorthanded goal into perspective, the Chicago Blackhawks are the only team in the league with more shorthanded goals than Smith, with four on the year.
Right-wing Phil Kessel grabbed Vegas their first lead of the game when he scored less than three minutes into the second period. With the goal, He now has goals in back-to-back games and also has four points (two goals and two assists) in his last five games.
The second period was all St. Louis. The Blues led the shots on goal category 19-9 in the period. Goals from centers Ivan Barbashev and Ryan O’Reilly gave the Blues a 3-2 lead heading into the third period.
“The second period we had some self-inflicted issues below our goal line with breaking the puck out and some miscommunication,” Cassidy said.
The penalty kill came up big for Vegas tonight, killing all four penalties that they faced.
Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington picked up the win in net for St. Louis as he saved 34 of the 36 shots faced for a final save percentage of .944.
VGK goalie Adin Hill stopped 26 of the 29 shots he faced which included stopping 17 of the 19 faced in the second period to keep Vegas in the game going to the third.
“We didn’t play as well as we needed to in front of him,” Cassidy said about the changes between the second and third period. “They realized that they had to go work for him, he just worked 20 minutes for us.”