Golden Knights edge Leafs in OT, winning streak at 8 games

Source: USA TODAY Sports

The Vegas Golden Knights have now extended their winning streak to eight games after beating the Toronto Maple Leafs in overtime 4-3 on Tuesday night. Reilly Smith scored the game-tying goal and the game-winner less than a minute into the extra frame for the win.

Jack Eichel, who scored to make it 2-1 for the visitors, extended his point streak to six games while Logan Thompson registered another win.

“We are resilient for sure,” head coach Bruce Cassidy said after the win. “We are learning how to win hockey games when we’re not at our best, and tonight was a good example.”

Cassidy said he is pleased with the team’s balance during the eight-game winning streak.

“Our powerplay has picked up, but our penalty kill saved us while both goalies have played well. So there isn’t one thing and this group is leaning on each other.”

Smith, who was playing in his 700th NHL game, gave his thoughts on the win and how the team battled back from a late one-goal deficit.

“We had a lot of good chances, and on the powerplay, we caught them when they were tired and that was a key to the win tonight.”

Smith said the team is having fun during the winning streak.

“We’re really enjoying it. It’s tough to go on the road for a really long time, being with each other and experiencing this tough part of the season together, but we’re rolling with the punches and finding ways to win hockey games.”

Thompson, who recorded the win, spoke about how happy he is to be playing with such a tight-knit group.

“This is the tightest team I have ever been a part of. We’re having fun on the road and always staying together and we’re going to keep it rolling.”.

The Golden Knights will now travel to Buffalo to face the Sabres on Thursday night at Key Bank Arena looking to extend the winning streak to nine games.

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