The Vegas Golden Knights got a much-needed win over the Nashville Predators Wednesday night, in a nail-biting game that came down to the very last second in regulation and a dreaded overtime period.
The Knights ended the first period with a 1-0 lead with a goal from Mark Stone. Reilly Smith extended that lead to 2-0 six minutes into the second period.
Unfortunately, that lead only lasted about 39 seconds. Nashville responded with 2 goals in the second period to tie the game, and one more in the third period to take the lead.
It was looking like the Knights were going to lose another game with Malcolm Subban in net. He left the ice to give the Knights six skaters for one last ditch effort to win the game. The Knights were getting shots off, but nothing was going in.
And then…it happened.
With just .3 seconds left in the game, Max Pacioretty finds the back of the net from a blind, back-handed pass from Mark Stone.
This of course ties the game, and the Knights were headed into overtime. Unfortunately, overtime has not been kind to the Knights, as they lost in their last 11 overtimes.
This game was different, though. The Knights needed this win.
Nate Schmidt intercepts a pass from Nashville’s Calle Jarnkrok in the Vegas defensive zone and takes the pass down the ice with Stastny for a 2-on-0 play. He passes to Stastny, who has a clear shot and takes it, netting the game-winning goal.
Finally, the Knights win a game with Malcolm Subban in net. Check out his post-game interview, where he can hardly contain his excitement:
The Knights will look to continue their luck on Black Friday, when they face the Arizona Coyotes at home. If they play with enough passion and heart (and excitement) as they did against the Predators, we may just see another victory.