Vegas Wins a Wild One in St. Louis

SAN JOSE, CA - MARCH 05: Vegas Golden Knights Left Wing Max Pacioretty (67) celebrates his goal with his teammates during the NHL hockey game between the Vegas Golden Knights and the San Jose Sharks on March 5, 2021 at SAP Center in San Jose, CA. (Photo by Bob Kupbens/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

It was definitely a nail-biting game for sure. Even more so that the Vegas Golden Knights lost 2 games prior to this for only the second time so far this season and had surrendered 3 unanswered goals before pulling out the victory.

Who scored during the game? What time was remaining during the game?

  • Mark Stone scored with 5:16 remaining in the first period. 1-0 VGK
  • Jonathan Marchessault scored with 4:31 remaining in the first period. 2-0 VGK
  • Ryan O’Reilly scored with 14:46 remaining in the first period. 2-1 VGK
  • Tomas Nosek scorn with 9:48 remaining in the second period. 3-1 VGK
  • Vladamir Tarasenko scored with 6:24 remaining in the second period. 3-2 VGK
  • Zach Sanford scored with 15:07 remaining in the third period. 3-3 TIE
  • David Perron scored with 9:20 remaining in the third period. 4-3 STL
  • Alec Martinez scored with 8:33 remaining in the third period. 4-4 TIE
  • Reilly Smith scored with 2:22 remaining in overtime

What went on during the first period?

That period, it was all Golden Knights. First, Mark Stone netted his 7th goal of the season, then Jonathan Marchessault followed up with his 8th to give the Golden Knights a 2-0 lead. One thing that stood out to me the most was the St. Louis Blues’ penalty kill. The Golden Knights did an outstanding job on controlling the puck, for a few seconds that is but couldn’t expand the lead further. I’m not sure what is happening with the Vegas’ power play but it’s been largely underperforming all season.

What went on during the second period?

In that period, the Blues and Golden Knights went back and forth throughout the period. Ryan O’Reilly would cut the Vegas lead in half early on and giving the Blues a spark but Vegas would answer back not long after. Just past the midway point of the period, Tomas Nosek scoring his first goal in forever restored the 2 goal lead but not for long. Vladimir Tarasenko who returned to the Blues after being out since the start of the season netted his first not even two minutes later.

What went on during the third period?

All game long, Jonathan Marchessault was playing incredible. Although he didn’t score again from the first period, he played his heart out. Sadly, it was looking like St. Louis might find a way to deal Vegas their 3rd loss in a row when Zach Sanford and David Perron scored to take the lead. In true Vegas fashion though, they would find a way to fight back and just a few minutes after the Perron goal, Alec Martinez tied it with his 2nd goal of the season. It would be a wild finish to regulation from there on out.

What went on during overtime?

3 on 3 hockey is always fun, right? Try 4 on 3 hockey due to the Blues Torey Krug taking a tripping penalty against Riley Smith. It’s even better when your team finds a way to overcome adversity within the game and win it. On the ensuing powerplay which has struggled nonetheless, Vegas would end it off a beautiful feed from Alec Martinez with a beauty to Jonathan Marchessault who then dished it to Reilly Smith who nailed home a great one timer.

In conclusion

It’s always a panic attack when the two teams battle each other and the games get wild. It’s more of a panic attack when it goes to overtime and the action doesn’t stop. It was great for Riley Smith to nail home the one-timer and secure the much needed two points for Vegas.

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