The Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Dallas Stars 3-2 in overtime Wednesday night. After starting the season 1-4-0, the Golden Knights have won two straight and now stand at 3-4-0.
The pivotal moment in the game came with the Golden Knights trailing 2-1 with 1:02 remaining in the third period. Jonathan Marchessault fired a one-time shot that beat Stars goalie Anton Khudobin to tie the game, forcing overtime.
“Shea [Theodore] made a great job just to take middle ice and lay it on a tee for me,” Marchessault said after the game. “I was able to get it on net and get lucky.”
Dallas opened the scoring early when Luke Glendening redirected a shot into the net with 17:40 remaining in the first period, beating Laurent Brossoit, who made his first start of the season for Vegas Wednesday night.
Shea Theodore responded for the Golden Knights when his shot took a fortunate bounce to slide past Khudobin, tying the game at 1-1.
Brossoit made a number of quality saves throughout the rest of the period to keep the score level.
The Stars would retake the lead when Alexander Radulov redirected a shot downward past Brossoit with 13:04 remaining in the second period.
Shots were 34-21 in favor of the Stars by the game’s end, and the Stars held a 22-6 shot advantage at one point in the second period. Brossoit was excellent, however, and kept the Golden Knights’ hopes alive throughout the game.
The Golden Knights were pressing for the equalizing goal throughout the third period before Marchessault scored his late one-timer. Moments later, with roughly 30 seconds remaining, Brossoit made a game-saving kick save when Luke Glendening looked to have the game in hand for Dallas.
“It’s kind of a blur at this point,” Brossoit said after the game. “I just remember it come laterally on my left, I was all desperate to get over there, and then I kind of got screened a bit. And all of a sudden the puck was to my right, and I tried to make a quick play, got a pad out, was lucky he didn’t get it up. That’s all she wrote.”
Evgenii Dadonov would be the final hero of the night for the Golden Knights as he calmly scored off a turnover in front of the Stars’ goal with 3:01 remaining.
There’s a lot of hockey still to be played either way, but the Golden Knights appear to be trending in the right direction once again after their rough start to the 2021-22 season. Vegas sits 5th in the Pacific Division after last night’s results, trailing the first-place Edmonton Oilers by four points.
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