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Mr. Clutch Comes Through Again For The Golden Knights

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When the Golden Knights need a goal, there’s one man to turn to, and Vegas turned to him last night in overtime to secure a huge extra point.

That man is Jonathan Marchessault, and this season he leads the Golden Knights with 28 goals when the score is within one. That’s 10 more than the closest trailing player, Jack Eichel, and more than any two other players not named Eichel combined.

Though last night’s heroic game-winner game in overtime, Marchessault has done a ton of his damage this year with Vegas trailing by a goal. #81 has netted the game-tying goal on ten separate occasions this season, more often than Mark Stone, Jack Eichel, Chandler Stephenson, and Ivan Barbashev combined.

It’s not a new phenomenon for the feisty forward either. In last years postseason, Marchessault tied the game four times, had eight points when the team was down exactly one goal, and potted 11 goals with the score within one goal either way.

It’s hard to measure clutch in any sport and hockey is no different, but there’s no denying Marchessault has the gene that allows him to rise to the occasion in the biggest moments. These are the massive goals he’s scored, just in the last 12 months.

March 25th, 2024 – OT goal at STL
March 12th, 2024 – Game-tying goal at SEA with :17 in the 3rd
March 9th, 2024 – Go-ahead goal at DET with 2:44 in 3rd (also scored empty net goal for hat trick)
January 20th, 2024 – 1st VGK goal of the game in 3rd period to key 2-0 comeback vsPIT
December 10th, 2023 – Shootout winner vs SJS
June 8th, 2023 – Go-ahead goal in 2nd period of Stanley Cup Final Game 3 at FLA
June 3rd, 2023 – VGK’s 1st goal of Stanley Cup Final vs FLA (tied game at 1 in 1st period)
May 25th, 2023 – Go-ahead 2nd period goal in Western Conference Final Game 4
May 23rd, 2023 – VGK’s 1st goal in Western Conference Final Game 3
May 21st, 2023 – Game-tying goal in 3rd period in Western Conference Final Game 2 with 2:22 left
May 14th, 2023 – Natural hat trick in 2nd period of Round 2 Game 6 to eliminate EDM
May 8th, 2023 – Game-tying and go-ahead goals in 1st period of Round 2 Game 3 vs EDM

129 of Marchessault’s 189 career goals with the Golden Knights have either tied the game, given Vegas the lead, or extended VGK’s lead to two goals. In other words, 68% of Marchessault’s goals have been majorly influential in the game.

Some time in the next couple weeks he’s going to hit 40 for the first time in his career and it’s highly probable he breaks William Karlsson’s VGK franchise record of 43 goals in a season as well. When he does, you can bank on them being massive goals too.

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12 Comments

  1. Joseph

    I grew up watching Jerry West, the original Mr. Clutch. Loved the guy. Remained a Laker All his life! Hope the same thing goes the VGK and 81.

  2. Barb

    I love Marchy and he’s definetly often a ‘save the game’ guy. But I’m calling last nights winner his redemption goal for his turnover that caused the Blues tying goal but still love him ❤️

    • ThG

      nice call Barb, spot on. Unlike other posters here, you watch the game and understand what is going on .

    • NAM

      Not just last night. He screws up a lot and I see it a lot and it is frustrating to me, but then he does something that is awesome and all is forgotten. At least several times a game he just passes it to the other team. Not on purpose, but he is either being lackadaisical or just doesn’t see the obvious defender waiting to intercept it. Drives me crazy. All that said, the dude plays for the big moments and does that often as well. Good out weighing the bad for sure, BUT if he would just work on his passing and keeping puck possession it would help out a ton.

  3. Henderson Knights

    game winning goals this season=

    Eichel 6 in 52 games
    Stone 5 in 56 games
    Marchy 4 in 71 games

  4. knights fan in minny

    heart and soul marchy

  5. Henderson Knights

    last night’s game stats from naturalstattrick=

    Corsi for stats
    Corsi is an advanced statistic used in the game of hockey to measure shot attempt differential while at even strength.

    49-10-81 line was (minus) -28
    20- 9- 22 was plus + 16
    16-71-39 was plus + 20
    28-21-55 was (minus) -21

    iow, the Eichel line and the Karlsson line were the most effective lines 5 on 5 last night.

    • Howard

      Goes to show how strong centering really matters and how Hertl coming back any day now will hugely help this team. Not a coincidence the best Corsi numbers from the game had the best centers on those lines.

  6. knights fan in minny

    petera guarding the crease tonight is that wise

  7. RD

    Need to definitely sign Hanifan. The guy is a beast. Trade Theodore to get another asset and clear more cap space. Theodore turns the puck over time and again. His offense doesn’t outweigh his lack of defense.

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