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Looking Back At VGK’s League-Leading Nine 3rd Period Comeback Wins

(Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

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)

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Comeback Knights Comeback Again, But Not All The Way Back

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.

Definitely liked it better when the comebacks ended in wins, not OTL’s. (Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

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:

10/06 @ Dallas: VGK wins 2-1
Dallas center Tyler Seguin scored first at 17:01 in the 2nd Period
James Neal scores two goals in final 9 minutes to win 2-1

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