Vegas hoped to avenge their most egregious loss of the year
January 14, 2018 8:20 AM
by Nick Pellegrino
Just call it another Magic Minute Moment. However, this time it wasn’t a game-winning goal for the Vegas Golden Knights, an overwhelming -200 money line favorite – highest of this amazing first season.
Despite a late, go-ahead goal by William Karlsson – his club-leading 23 – with seven seconds left in the second period, the badly out-played Edmonton Oilers received a pair of goals by Darnell Nurse, capped by an overtime tally to nip Vegas, 3-2, Saturday at T-Mobile Arena. In attendance was a record crowd of 18,351 thanks to a revamped system for standing room-only locations.
Despite the setback – the Knights’ first in OT all season (6-1) – Vegas still registered a point for reaching overtime, expanding their Pacific Division lead to 8 points after second-place Los Angeles was stopped by fast-rising Anaheim, 4-2.
Edmonton fans were well-aware of a post-game party to celebrate the 21st birthday of young standout Connor McDavid, who was recently tabbed for the NHL All-Star Game. He recorded a pair of assists to become the fourth-quickest active player to reach 200 NHL points.
Vegas hoped to avenge their most egregious loss of the year, falling to the Oilers, 8-2, on Nov. 14. Despite goals by Reilly Smith and Karlsson, then out-shooting Edmonton, 13-6 in the third period. Vegas (29-9-3) suffered its first home loss in more than a month (Dec. 12), despite an assist by Jonathan Marchessault for his club-leading 41st point on Karlsson’s tally.
For Vegas, the loss snapped a 7-game, home-ice win streak. Edmonton enters its break by winning back-to-back road games, now boasting an 8-2 division record, as goalie Cam Talbot won on the road for the first time in five decisions.
Vegas starts a 4-game trip to the American South on Tuesday at Nashville at 5 p.m. PT. before heading to Tampa Bay, Florida and Carolina.
Powerless – Vegas went 0-6 on the power play; Edmonton was 0-for-3, extending the club’s PP struggles to 8-for-64 (12.5%) over its last 26 games.