VGK Misses Gear in Motor City
In the final game of a four-game road trip for the Vegas Golden Knights, the team fell to the Detroit Red Wings, 5-2, Sunday, Nov. 7.
VGK wrapped up the four-game trip going 2-2, gaining four points in the Pacific Division standings.
Vegas currently sits at 6-6 on the season and trails Edmonton by 6 points for the top spot in the division. Meanwhile, Detroit picks up their fourteenth point of the season and improves to 6-5 on the season trailing Florida by seven points in the Atlantic Division.
“It was a good building block for us," defenseman Shea Theodore said. "Some of the games we came out too slow and we were able to recover. Tonight we just didn’t put enough pressure on them.”
The Vegas Golden Knights will travel back home to get set for a matchup against the Seattle Kraken on Tuesday night at the Fortress at 7:00 PM Pacific.
It was a strong start to the game for the Knights as center Nicolas Roy gave VGK a 1-0 lead only 3:48 into the game.
That 1-0 lead would not last long for VGK however as left-wing Lucas Raymond put home a power play goal for the Wings to tie the game up at one with 11:43 remaining in the opening period.
The Detroit power play wasn’t done as center Robby Fabrri sent a puck to the back of the net on the man advantage just two minutes later.
As the saying goes, good things come in threes and that was the case for the Red Wings in the first period as they tacked on one more goal from center Pius Suter with 1:32 left before the first intermission to give Detroit a 3-1 lead after 20 minutes of play.
The second period saw more scoring from Detroit as it would be center Vladislav Namestnikov’s turn to get on the score sheet at the halfway point of the second period to make it 4-1. Namestnikov had the lone goal of the period from either team as the Wings carried a 4-1 lead into the second intermission.
VGK would not go away quietly in the third as center Jonathan Marchessault fired one past Red Wings goalie Thomas Greiss to make it a 4-2 deficit for VGK with 15:35 remaining in the contest.
The Knights saw their fair share of chances to get a third goal on the board but ultimately couldn’t do it as the Red Wings put up an insurance empty net goal in the final minute to seal up the 5-2 victory over VGK.
Despite the loss, Knights head coach Pete Deboer took some positives away from this game. “This was probably our best first period of the trip and we were still down 3-1,” DeBoer said after the game.
He also mentioned how happy he was to see his team putting in a high effort level even while trailing for the majority of the game.