Last night the Golden Knights registered their Western Conference leading 35th win of the season. They did it in a fashion that has come quite familiar to Vegas, coming from behind in the 3rd period.
The comeback victory was the Golden Knights’ ninth win in which they trailed at some point in the 3rd period. That means more than a quarter of Vegas’ wins this season have seen them behind on the scoreboard in the final 20 minutes.
No team in the league has more 3rd period comeback wins and VGK’s 6-12-0 record when trailing to begin the final frame is tied for the best mark in the league with the 7-13-2 New Jersey Devils.
Last night was a first though for the Golden Knights. In the previous eight 3rd period come from behind wins, Vegas had never started the 3rd down by more than one goal in a game they came back to win. Against the winless at T-Mobile Arena Flames, VGK trailed 3-1 before scoring twice in regulation and winning it in overtime.
Let’s take a look back at the nine games to paint a picture of just how resiliant the 2022-23 Golden Knights have been.
at San Jose – 10/25/22
VGK trailed 2-1 heading into the 3rd period. Scored 0:55 (Kessel) into the 3rd to tie the game. Added two more goals at 13:13 (Karlsson) and 14:15 (Stone) to win 4-2.
at Washington – 11/1/22
VGK trailed 2-1 heading into the 3rd period. Scored 14:04 (Carrier) into the 3rd to tie. Won in OT (Theodore)
at Toronto – 11/8/22
VGK trailed 3-2 heading into the 3rd period. Scored a shorthanded goal at 11:43 (Smith) to tie. Won in OT (Smith).
at Vancouver – 11/21/22
VGK led 2-1 heading into the 3rd but gave up three goals in the first 6:11 to fall behind 4-2. A goal 40 seconds after VAN’s 4th (Carrier) took it to 4-3 and then another two minutes later (Smith) tied it. VGK won in regulation with a goal from Pietrangelo.
at Winnipeg – 12/13/22
Tied heading into the 3rd, WPG scored at 0:41 (Scheifele) to take a 4-3 lead. VGK scored a PP goal at9:38 (Marchessault) to tie. Then added another PP goal at 17:44 (Marchessault) to take the lead. An empty netter made it 6-4 before the Jets scored late to finish it at 6-5.
vs St. Louis – 12/23/22
VGK trailed 3-2 until late in the 2nd when Amadio tied it at 18:34. The game was tied for half of the 3rd until STL struck at 10:45 to take a 4-3 lead. VGK scored a power play goal at 18:24 (Stephenson) to tie it and won in SO after trailing 1-0 after two rounds.
vs Florida – 1/12/23
VGK trailed 2-1 heading into the 3rd period. They tied the game at 8:37 (Eichel) before taking the lead at 17:24 (Carrier). Vegas added a PP goal into the empty net (Karlsson) to win 4-2.
vs San Jose – 2/16/23
VGK trailed 1-0 heading into the 3rd period. They tied it at 6:22 (Cotter) before Carrier netted the game-winner with just 18 seconds left to play. VGK won 2-1.
vs Calgary – 2/23/23
VGK trailed 3-1 heading into the 3rd. A goal at 5:08 (Whitecloud) cut the lead to 3-2 before Carrier tied it at 12:35. VGK won quickly in OT at 0:42 (Pietrangelo)
The first five were all on the road before the last four happened at T-Mobile Arena. There are two multi-goal comebacks, two against teams currently in playoff position, and four that occured in regulation.
These nine are part of 16 games in which the Golden Knights have been behind at some point and came back to win. Only two teams in the NHL have done it more often, the Devils and Bruins.
And, the Golden Knights rarely blow leads too! They’ve only dropped nine games this season in which they’ve led at any point, the 2nd best in the league behind Boston’s incredible four. VGK have not blown a three goal lead and have only gone on to lose two games in which they held a multi-goal lead.
Add it all up and this is a huge reason why Vegas sit atop the Western Conference and are in great shape to punch their ticket back to the postseason.