Recap: The Golden Knights welcomed not only the Minnesota Wild but more importantly the return of VGK fans in the building. The 1st period was tight but both teams had plenty of chances on net. After the opening 20 minutes the game was locked in a scoreless tie.
The offense picked up in the middle frame. Cody Glass and Max Pacioretty picked up a power play goal a piece, but the Wild strongly answered. Minnesota scored four 2nd period goals to carry a 4-2 lead into the second intermission.
It took Vegas almost half of the 3rd period to get their first shot on net. The Wild did a good job of locking up defensively limiting the Golden Knights chances in the final period. However, Nic Hague was able to keep his team in the game with his second goal of the season. Vegas pulled Marc-Andre Fleury late and it paid off. Alex Tuch’s eighth goal of the season tied the game 4-4 with :42 seconds left in the game. Pacioretty added his second goal to win the game in overtime.
With their impressive come from behind 5-4 victory in OT the Golden Knights record improves to 13-4-1. The two teams matchup again on Wednesday night. The game is scheduled for 7 PM PT. (Recap by Jason)
Analysis: Well, they let the fans back in for the right game. It was probably the best game of the season from a competitive standpoint and the Golden Knights simply would not be denied. Mark Stone played like a runaway Hart Trophy candidate and the rest of the team jumped on his back in the 3rd period. The 2nd is definitely concerning considering how the Wild exploited VGK a bit, but in the end, who cares, what a comeback win. (Analysis by Ken)
Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs Minnesota Wild at T-Mobile Arena (with 2,600 fans!)
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