It’s been a tough ask to beat the Golden Knights once for teams in the NHL, never mind twice. Edmonton is the only team in the NHL that’s picked up four points in two games against the Golden Knights. Beyond the obvious (the McDavid is good), what’s behind the Oilers successful strategy?
I just think we play pretty hard against them. They’re a good hockey team over there. They’re fast, they’re tenacious. We got our breaks. We knew they were a heavy stand team, and we backed them up a little bit. -Pat Maroon, Edmonton forward
Maroon had a productive Saturday night in Vegas. The eight-year veteran had the game’s opening goal, and assisted on Drake Caggiula’s game tying goal.
We got our chance off the rush to tie it up, and Nursey pops one home. I think off the rush we did a really good job, backing them off just a tad and pushing the forward out. -Maroon
Not only did Edmonton pick up a much needed two points, but they beat the Western Conference’s best team after beating the conference’s worst the night before. It gives the Oilers some positive momentum for as they begin their bye week.
I’m glad we got the two points, this is a resilient team in this locker room. We all still believe we’re not out of this thing. We’re going to keep fighting and hopefully good things will continue to happen. -Maroon
Maroon is an all around fun guy, which is why I asked him about the T-Mobile Arena’s atmosphere, visiting fans, and Vegas entertainment.
This is awesome. I’ve never seen anything like this before. You could tell that everyone comes to see away teams. Fans get to experience the opportunity of Vegas, experience the opportunity to… party in Vegas. I’ve never seen anything like it. It was like a playoff atmosphere, it was pretty cool. -Maroon
Vegas fans shouldn’t be too concerned with an OT loss after a week off. The Golden Knights are first in the Pacific by eight points, and 18 points ahead of Edmonton. Something the Oilers will have to worry about after their bye week. Technically, it started last night. I’m sure Maroon and the boys celebrated Connor’s 21st on the Strip.
I’m not gonna tell ya. -Maroon