With a 3-2 overtime win on Sunday night over the Arizona Coyotes at T-Mobile Arena, the Vegas Golden Knights ended a three-game losing streak and salvaged a bit of pride from last week's rough going. Vegas now has a 16-9-1 record and sits in second place among Pacific Division teams, trailing the Los Angeles Kings by four points with two games in hand.
The Golden Knights have three games this week, including Tuesday night's home game against the Anaheim Ducks. After that, they'll hit the road for back-to-back games in Nashville and Dallas, so the schedule isn't letting up right now for Vegas.
What Happened Last Week?
Well, it was a rough few days for Vegas last week, as we detailed on Saturday in a recap of what went down against the Dallas Stars, the Minnesota Wild and the Winnipeg Jets. We don't want to relive it here, but Sunday night's overtime win against the Coyotes certainly made everyone in the Golden Knights organization feel a lot better. The game against Arizona was a close one, as the two teams traded goals in both the second and third periods. In the extra session, however, right wing Reilly Smith scored on an assist from center Jon Marchessault to give Vegas a much-needed lift (see below).
Goaltender Malcolm Subban made 31 saves on the night to earn his fifth win of the season against only two losses. Smith now has 21 points (seven goals, 14 assists) in 26 games, while Marchessault has 25 points (10G, 15A) in 23 games.
1. C Jon Marchessault: He had two goals and two assists last week, and he's been a scoring machine for the Golden Knights. Marchessault netted a go-ahead goal in the third period on Sunday, too, in addition to collecting a game-winning assist.
2. RW Reilly Smith: The game-winning score was huge, as it really enabled the Golden Knights to put a hard week behind them. He also notched an assist against Winnipeg earlier in the week by rescuing the puck and throwing it up top for the shot.
3. G Malcolm Subban: In three starts last week, he gave up a total of eight goals on 94 shots, which equates to a .915 save percentage. He kept the team in the game against both Dallas and Minnesota on nights where the skaters were having a rough time of their own trying to score.
Highlight of the Week
In such a tough week, there could be only one option here: Smith's game-winning goal against Arizona. It's important to note that Marchessault did the smart thing here. Instead of taking his own shot on net, which he could have done as he had the breakaway opportunity, he wisely waited as long as he could to pass the puck to Smith, who was trailing on the play. That caught Arizona goalie Scott Wedgewood out of position just enough for Smith to bury the puck in the net for the win. That's teamwork right there.
What's Next for the Golden Knights?
The good news is the team is home for another game on Tuesday night, as noted above. The Ducks are 11-11-5 this year and have lost six of their last seven games. Vegas is 10-2-0 at home, while Anaheim is 5-4-3 on the road. We like a rejuvenated Golden Knights roster to beat the Ducks tomorrow. The two games after that are both on the road, on back-to-back nights: Friday in Nashville (16-7-3) and Saturday in Dallas (16-10-1). Both teams are hot right now, as the Predators have won six of eight, while the Stars are 7-1-0 in their last eight. If the Golden Knights can get a split of those two games, it would be a positive.
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