Vegas Golden Knights in NHL Playoffs: Lose a Heart Breaker in OT Against Wild
Our Vegas Golden Knights played a super tough first round match at home today against division rival Minnesota Wild, but suffered a difficult loss in the end.
The scored was tied 0-0 at the end of regulation, with VGK goalie Marc-Andre Fleury making a number of incredible saves to lead the team into overtime.
Shortly into overtime, Jonathan Marchessault was called for a hooking penalty in from of the Golden Knight net. It was a hard to take penalty, but it may have saved a game ending goal from the Wild.
The VGK did played very well to kill off the penalty, including a couple of stops by Fleury but shortly after returning to full strength, disaster happened. The Wild got the puck centered in front of the net and Joel Eriksson Ek ripped a shot toward the goal. It appeared that Fleury may have been able to make the save, but Golden Knight defenseman Alec Martinez dove to stop the puck and it bounced off of his skate, between Fleury's legs and into the net. Unfortunately, Marc-Andre had no chance to stop the puck and skated off the ice quickly in obvious disappointment after having played such a great game.
Tough, tough loss - but it's just the first match in a best of 7 series - and the VGK will definitely be working extra hard to have Fleury's back and to win the next match. The Vegas Golden Knights will host the Minnesota Wild in a Game 2 match of the first round of the NHL playoffs.