Vegas picks up consecutive wins in as many (K)nights
The Vegas Golden Knights topped the Dallas Stars 3-2 on the second night of a back-to-back Wednesday, Oct. 27.
The win moves the team to 3-4 on the season.
Up next, the Knights return home to T-Mobile Arena to take on the Anaheim Ducks Friday, Oct. 29.
It was a gutsy performance from Vegas as the team had to travel to Texas after the previous night’s game against Colorado.
Because it was a back-to-back game for Vegas, head coach Pete DeBoer elected to roll with goaltender Laurent Brossoit over Robin Lehner in the crease to give him some rest.
Brossoit stopped 32-of-34 shots to help give the Knights the win.
The two teams exchanged goals during regulation.
Dallas would get in on the scoring action first with a goal from Luke Glendening.
Long-time Golden Knight Shea Theodore would quickly match Glendening’s goal with an unassisted one of his own roughly one minute later.
Dallas’ Alexander Radulov would put the Stars up 2-1 with the lone goal of the second period.
Theodore and center Jonathan Marchessault would pair up to even the game at 2-2 in the third period.
It was Marchessault’s second goal of the season. With star forwards Mark Stone and Max Pacioretty out, the Knights desperately need offensive help from other areas and Marchessault is one of them.
Regulation would end with the game tied at two apiece, meaning overtime.
In overtime, without Stone and Pacioretty as well as other contributors like defensemen Alec Martinez, where would DeBoer look to in order to get the Knights over the hump?
The help would come in the form of Evgenii Dadonov, who scored his second goal in as many nights, but this time, the game winner.
Dadonov has been clutch over the last two games, netting the clincher against the Avalanche as well.
Dadonov’s winner moves Vegas to 3-4, but more importantly, showed the team can handle adversity.
Down Stone, Pacioretty, Martinez, and now defensemen Zach Whitecloud, the team will have to put together many gut-checking performances to stay afloat.