Jonathan Marchessault took an untimely tripping penalty in extra time, and it took Ryan Pulock just 10 seconds to put this one away.
However, if not for Marchessault, the Knights might not have gotten the point, which extended Vegas’ point streak to five games.
Marchessault found the scoresheet for the fourth straight game, following up his hat-trick performance against New Jersey with another goal tonight, and it was a big one. His ninth of the season tied the game at 2-2 with under five minutes left in the third period.
Even so, it was really Cody Glass that stole the extra point for the Knights tonight.
Glass made a remarkable defensive play at the tail end of regulation to prevent the Islanders from shocking Vegas with a buzzer-beater. His impressive hustle on the back check and subsequent stick lift thwarted Anders Lee’s last-ditch effort to lift the Isles to victory, and it capped off one of Glass’ best performances of the season.
His linemate had another strong game as well, as Alex Tuch found twine once again tonight, extending his point streak to four games during which time he has potted four goals and seven points, six of which have come on the three-game road trip.
But overall, it wasn’t Vegas’ best effort, as demonstrated by the possession chart.
However, the Knights were always in the game, thanks in part to another strong showing by Malcolm Subban, who stopped 28 of 31 shots for a .903 save percentage. Over his last five games, Subban has stopped 155 of 166 shots, good for a .934 save percentage.
Plus, the Knights did fight back in the third period, winning the Corsi battle 23-10 (69.7 percent).
They also fought back on the scoresheet after trailing 1-0 and then 2-1.
But the dreaded overtime period was an issue for the Knights once again; Vegas had gone a perfect 12-for-12 on the penalty kill over its last five games prior to Pulock’s game-winner.
The loss snaps Vegas’ four-game winning streak.
However, it was a very successful road trip for Vegas, as the Knights picked up five out of a possible six points, bringing their overall record to 15-11-5, good for third place in the Pacific Division. Considering where this team was six games ago, that’s quite an encouraging turn of events.
The Knights next take on the Rangers Sunday in Vegas.