Hockey hierarchy becomes apparent
April 04, 2018 8:47 AM
by Nick Pellegrino
On a night when a pair of hockey princes were recognized, the Vegas Golden Knights played like presidents, outlasted the host Canucks, 5-4 in a shootout in Vancouver.
Defenseman Shea Theodore converted the game-winning shot, making a winner of back-up goaltender Malcolm Subban (21 saves). Swedish twins Daniel and Henrik Sedin, who announced their retirement at the conclusion of the season on Monday, made their penultimate (next-to-last) home appearance at Rogers Arena on Tuesday and were treated like hockey royalty by the sellout crowd.
The Knights still have a shot at gaining the President’s Trophy for owning the best regular-season record in the NHL. Vegas (51-22-7, 109 points) moved within four points of league-leading Nashville (113). Both sides have two contests remaining, with Vegas owning the tiebreaker should the Knights win out and the Predators lose twice in regulation time.
Boston and Tampa Bay (110 points each) also remain in the competition, with Boston owning a slight advantage with a make-up game slated for Sunday against Florida. Vancouver saw its 4-game winning streak snapped. The Canucks remain above last-place Arizona in the Pacific Division.
For Vegas, Brandon Pirri scored twice in his Knights debut after being recalled from AHL Central Division leading Chicago Wolves, as head coach Gerard Gallant gave top-six forwards Jonathan Marchessault and Erik Haula a “maintenance” day.
William Karlsson scored his 43rd goal of the season for Vegas, which caps the regular season with games at Edmonton on Thursday, then Calgary on Saturday.