Offense takes center stage at T-Mobile as Knights win by two
If you like offense in hockey games, the Vegas Golden Knights versus the Minnesota Wild was the perfect game for you.
This fast paced contest saw Vegas come away with a 6-4 win in a game that goaltenders are sure to want to forget Sunday, Dec. 12 from the T-Mobile Arena.
Vegas head coach Pete DeBoer was even excited about the action tonight saying in his postgame press conference, “There were a lot of collisions and a lot of battles. It was an exciting game.”
The road doesn’t get any easier for the Golden Knights, literally.
Vegas will take a trip out east as they get set to play the Boston Bruins on Tuesday at the TD Garden in Boston.
This will be the first of four games on the east coast for Vegas.
Puck drop for Vegas vs Boston is set for 4:00 PM Pacific and can be seen on AT&T Sportsnet in Vegas.
Now when the topic of goaltenders are brought up, you can’t help but think about Robin Lehner this year as the leading goalie for the Golden Knights.
This was yet again another game in which Lehner has given up at least two goals in a game and also the second game in a row that he's played where he's given up at least three goals or more before the end of the second period.
So just how bad was the goaltending in this game?
Goalie Cam Talbot of the Wild finished the night with 30 saves on 35 attempts for a .857 save percentage while Lehner finished with 23 saves on 27 attempts for a .852 save percentage.
Thankfully for Lehner, he has a high-scoring offense playing in front of him that can light the lamp in a heartbeat.
This was a game that saw half of Vegas’s goals come from defensemen including the empty netter to secure the win and also two power play goals from Vegas.
If you recall earlier in the season, the power play was the biggest struggle for the Golden Knights as they failed to convert on any power play chances through the first handful of games to kickoff the 2021-22 season.
As previously mentioned, it was a great scoring night for the Vegas defensemen as Zach Whitecloud scored two goals while Alex Pietrangelo was responsible for the insurance empty net goal with just under 30 seconds to play.
Possibly a sign that Vegas is starting to turn a little bit of a corner is the fact that the team only trailed for 5:37 in the game and the team looked to be controlling the game instead of chasing it.
When the Golden Knights look at this game, there is a bunch to be satisfied with. For starters, this win came against a Minnesota team that currently sits atop the Western Conference Standings with 39 points and a 19-8-1 mark on the year.