We’re still on a bit of a high here. Don’t mind us.
The Golden Knights added yet another classic to their growing anthology of memorable moments last night with a thrilling 2-1 double overtime victory in Game 2 of their best-of-seven first-round series against the Kings.
It was Vegas’ first taste of sudden-death overtime in the postseason, and it certainly didn’t disappoint.
Most players on the team played the hero at some point this season, but it was Erik Haula who clinched the 2-1 victory at 15:23 of the second overtime.
ERIK HAULA WINS IT 15:22 INTO DOUBLE OVERTIME. pic.twitter.com/rt4HCFoAXu— Ryan Quigley (@RP_Quigs) April 14, 2018
The win gives Vegas a 2-0 lead in the series and preserves its undefeated record in postseason play.
Kings netminder Jonathan Quick had been outstanding, stopping 54 of 55 shots until Haula slid one past him. Marc-Andre Fleury was fantastic as well, making 29 saves on 30 shots.
It took the Knights and Kings more than 95 minutes to settle Game 2, including nearly sixty minutes after Los Angeles tied the game at 1-1 late in the second period.
With the way both Quick and Fleury were playing, it felt like this one could stretch to three or four overtimes. As it was, it was the longest game in franchise history for both clubs.
Sudden-death overtime in the playoffs is something the Knights and Vegas had never experienced but is arguably the most exhilarating thing in sports.
Five for Fighting frontman John Ondrasik acknowledged the heart-pounding territory Vegas was exploring.
Las Vegas mayor Carolyn Goodman even got in on the fun.
Double OT! This is crazy! Go Knights Go! #VegasBorn— Carolyn G. Goodman (@mayoroflasvegas) April 14, 2018
At a certain point, some people just wanted the game to end, which Jeremy Roenick expressed plainly.
Haula, who had a knack for scoring big goals during the regular season, was happy to oblige. He notched the first overtime winner of his career and the first postseason overtime winner in Knights history in electric fashion, a fitting end to an intense playoff battle.
With Jonathan Quick standing on his head, for Vegas to win, it took a Haula of a goal.— DL (@davelozo) April 14, 2018
I’m Dave Lozo, ESPNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN
HAULA!— theScore (@theScore) April 14, 2018
Vegas takes a 2-0 series lead back to LA.
Thank you Erik Haula. That’s a wrap.— Mark Stepneski (@StarsInsideEdge) April 14, 2018
Players were noticeably exhausted as the game wore on, but fans were pretty tired from the stress of playoff overtime themselves. After all, the game lasted for more than four hours and didn’t end until 11:21 PT (or 2:21 ET).
One such fan was Vegas native and Los Angeles resident Jimmy Kimmel.
But he wasn’t alone.
i'm gonna be haula tired tomorrow— Ian McLaren (@iancmclaren) April 14, 2018
Kings and Golden Knights doing wonders for my 4 am wakeup— Michael Russo (@RussoHockey) April 14, 2018
Even the players were grateful when Haula scored, none more than Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt, who led the team in ice time with 37:19.
Nate Schmidt led the team in ice time with 37:19. He was probably the happiest of campers to see the Haula goal. pic.twitter.com/jDNqFD8XL0— SinBin.vegas (@SinBinVegas) April 14, 2018
It was well worth the late night, though.
Aren’t you glad you stayed up for that?!— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) April 14, 2018
Are you kidding me?!? Longest game I’ve ever done! More bananas than a produce aisle :) p.s. can someone please send a crane to get me out of bed?! Thank you, fans, for your insane spirit! #VegasBorn #VegasPlayoffLoud pic.twitter.com/PqobzHBpiN— Cameron Hughes (@cameroncheers) April 14, 2018
Wow what a game. Quick was amazing but the Knights were Golden in the end— aschade (@AverySchade) April 14, 2018
What an ending!— Josh Bolliger (@bolligerj_vafud) April 14, 2018
But even the late night wasn’t enough to stop fans from gathering outside City National Arena for a sendoff as the Knights head out to Los Angeles for Game 3.
All this to wish the team good luck the next few days— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) April 14, 2018
Game 3 is Sunday at 7:30 p.m. PT . We’ll catch you then.