Today’s game against Montreal marks the end of a long six-game road trip. The Golden Knights have only three points in five road games, but the the trip hasn’t been a complete failure. After two disastrous games in New York, and one boring matchup in Boston (that for some reason people still think they played well in), the team perked up again in Ottawa. Vegas earned their three points with impressive performances against the Senators and losing to Toronto in a shootout. The Maple Leafs are one of the league’s most offensive teams, and Vegas kept up with three tallies of their own. Winning in Ottawa and coming back to force overtime in Toronto were strong statements by the traveling Golden Knights.
Although Vegas went on to lose in hockey’s Mecca, the comeback Knights made it a nail-biter, and probably should have won in overtime. The Golden Knights are impressively one of the NHL’s leading teams with five comeback victories. While it’s technically not a comeback, earning one point against Auston Matthews and the Maple Leafs feels like a win.
Here are VGK’s five comeback wins:
10/17 vs Buffalo: VGK wins 5-4 OT
Buffalo’s Ryan O’Reilly scores PP goal at 6:24 in the 1st Period
VGK went on to score the next four goals (Oscar Lindberg, Alex Tuch, Reilly Smith, David Perron)
David Perron wins the game in overtime with his second goal of the game
10/21 vs St. Louis: VGK wins 3-2 OT
St. Louis forward Magnus Paajarvi scored 12:51 in the 1st Period
Vegas scores two PP goals in the 2nd Period (Reilly Smith, Colin Miller)
William Karlsson scores game-winner in overtime
10/24 vs Chicago: VGK wins 4-2
Chicago’s John Hayden scored an early 1st Period short-handed goal
Vegas wins by scoring the next four goals (William Karlsson, Tomas Nosek, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Jonathan Marchessault) to win
So there you have it. Five of nine Vegas wins were comeback efforts. It’s impressive for any team, never mind an e-word team.
Let’s leave it on a positive note. As good as the Golden Knights are at coming back, they’re equally as bad at giving up leads. But that’s for a sadder day when they blow a point rather than earn one on the road.