Game Recap: VGK vs Blues

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The Vegas Golden Knights returned to the Fortress at T-Mobile and put on a hell of a show for the VGK fans.

Coming back to the T-Mobile Arena Thursday, Feb.13, the Las Vegas Golden Knights (28-22-7), licking their wounds after a 4-0 drudging from the Minnesota Wild, geared up to play the defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues (32-15-9) in the middle of a two-game losing streak. The Blues, looking to keep their slight advantage on the Central Division in the Western Conference, came into the T-mobile Arena against the Golden Knights, a team they have never beaten in two previous meetings.

New UNLV Football Head Coach Marcus Arroyo got the crowd fired up at the Fortress Thursday Night.

 

Even though St. Louis came into Thursday night’s game 0-2 against the Knights, the Blues started quickly with a goal by Zach Sanford 25 seconds into the game. That was the first of four for Zach Sanford who had a career night for the Blues, recording the first hat trick of his career and taking his season total for goals from 8 to 12.

The Blues took advantage of the Golden Knights back-up goalie, Malcolm Subban, starting the game instead of star player Mark-Andre Fluery.

 

The Knights responded quickly with a pair of goals by star player Max Pacioretty, but the Blues response was also swift and direct, as they put up two more goals before the period expired. Going into the intermission, the Blues had a 3-2 advantage over the Knights and the momentum of the game flowed in their favor after scoring three goals from six shots in the opening period.

Sanford would open up the second period for the Blues with his third goal to complete the hat trick 5:13 into the second period, but the resilient Golden Knights would not go quietly into the final period as they did in Minnesota. Johnathan Massachusett’s scored a goal with 61 seconds left in the second period on a power play for the Knights, which gave them some energy as they went into the locker room to play out what would be an exciting third period.

 

Golden Knights vs Hurricanes
Photo Credit: Bleacher Report

Coming out of the locker room, the Golden Knights came with a new focus and tied the game with a goal by Nate Schmidt tying the game 4-4 early in the third.  Riding high, the Knights continued to rush the Blues’ goalie net. However, five minutes after Vegas tied the game, Zach Sanford scored his fourth goal of the night putting St. Louis in front of the Golden Knights one more time before Alex Tuch tied the game 5-5, sending the game into the Golden Knights’ 15th overtime period this season.

 

 

With momentum on their side, The Knights completely dominated the overtime period controlling the puck the entire period.

 

A crucial hooking penalty created yet another power play, and Johnathan Marchessault, with an excellent pass by Mark Stone, sealed the game 6-5, the fourth goal scored by Vegas on a power play in the game.

Thursday night’s game showed that the Golden Knights are not willing to go ‘into that good night’ without kicking and screaming. The Knights edged themselves closer to where they want to be, come June. They played like they were angry and it resulted in a win against the #5 ranked team in the NHL.

Unfortunately, the road does not stop here. The Vegas Golden Knights will have four consecutive games at home over the next few weeks, but the competition they play will be tough.  Florida, Tampa Bay, New York, and Washington will come to Vegas to cross sticks with the Golden Knights. If anything is sure for the Knights’ future, it’s that they will be battle-tested before they stride into the final stretch of the season.

 

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