The Vegas Golden Knights went into last night’s battle with the St. Louis Blues in the midst of a three game skid that saw them fall from the top spot in the west division. There was no better way than to snap the skid than to face the free falling Blues who are in desperation mode to right the ship and get back in the playoff seeding.
In what was the first real test of adversity this season for the Golden Knights, they came out and smashed the Blues in their own building to the tune of a 6-1 victory. What was even more impressive in the win is the fact that none of the goals scored came from the big guns on the team notably Mark Stone and Max Pacioretty up front albeit both did grab assists. Last night featured Tomas Nosek who has picked up his offensive production of late and is on pace to have career highs in both goals and assists this season grabbing his 6th goal of the season and 2nd in the last four games. Alec Martinez continues to shine picking up his 6th and 7th and the two-time Stanley Cup champion looks to be having the best season of his career. For even further down depth offense, William Carrier picked up a pair of points courtesy of his 3rd goal and 5th assist and Nicolas Hague added his 5th of the season. Round out the scoring with Jonathan Marchessault netting his 10th and the Golden Knights who have had secondary scoring issues largely all season came out with a bang.
For the Golden Knights, the game was an important one for the team not just in ending the skid but also in keeping pace with the surging Colorado Avalanche. It is no surprise that both teams are the top contenders in the west but Minnesota has also made things interesting. It was also a test of overcoming desperation as the Blues are finding themselves falling further down the standings and desperately needed to snap out of what has been a horrid previous 10 games. The Golden Knights never really allowed the Blues to get a footing other than a few moments here and there and when they did, Robin Lehner shut the door. Since returning from injury Lehner has largely been dynamic and adds another layer of depth to the club with Marc-Andre Fleury.
One big drawback on the team that has been constant fairly all season is the depth scoring. If the Golden Knights can continue the offensive additions from deeper in the lineup like they did last night and the upcoming schedule is certainly favorable to do so, the Golden Knights can find themselves a bigger threat than they have already been all season.
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