New kids hold down the block for VGK
The Vegas Golden Knights found themselves on the right side of things Thursday, Nov. 11 defeating the Minnesota Wild, 3-2 from the T-Mobile Arena.
The win marks the second in a row and the fourth win in the last five games for the VGK.
Postgame, head coach Pete DeBoer called it a gutsy effort by his group.
The VGK homestand will continue Saturday, Nov. 13 against the Vancouver Canucks with puck drop scheduled for 7 p.m. PST.
The first period saw some quick scoring out of the Golden Knights as center Paul Cotter would find himself on the score sheet for the first time in only his second career NHL game when he scored on feeds from right-wing Jonas Rondbjerg and defenseman Nicolas Hague 6:08 into the game to give the VGK a 1-0 lead.
Assists wouldn’t be the only thing that Rondbjerg would be credited for in this game as he would also collect his first NHL goal with 3:19 remaining in the first period to extend the Vegas lead to 2-0 heading into the first intermission.
He joked with the media after the game that the puck he scored his first career NHL goal with is going in his room.
The second period of play saw more of the same on offense for the Golden Knights as it was center Jonathan Marchessault’s turn to get in the scoring column with only seven seconds remaining in the period.
The goal marked the seventh of the season for Marchessault, ensuring a 3-0 lead for Vegas heading into the locker room for the second intermission.
The Wild would not go away quietly in the third as defenseman Jared Spurgeon recorded his third goal of the season only 1:20 into the third period to make it a 3-1 game.
Minnesota tacked on another goal with less than seven minutes to play in regulation off the stick of right-wing Ryan Hartman to make it a 3-2 game.
With fans on the edge of their seats for the remainder of the game, the VGK came up with huge saves and other key defensive blocks to preserve a 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild.