Cody Glass scores OT winner for Predators in Golden Knights' 3-2 overtime loss
The Vegas Golden Knights went to overtime for the second time in 24 hours but were unable to come away with two points when they fell 3-2 to the Nashville Predators Tuesday night at Bridgestone Arena.
Former Golden Knights forward Cody Glass scored the game-winning goal on the power play 3:30 into extra time.
There were only two goal-scorers in regulation, as Tommy Novak of the Predators and Vegas blueliner Alex Pietrangelo each scored twice for their respective clubs.
Novak opened the scoring just under seven minutes into the first period after receiving a stretch pass and getting a step behind the Vegas defender. He proceeded to beat Jonathan Quick short-side on the backhand to give the Predators a 1-0 lead.
Novak added his second of the game and 17th of the season on the power play at 13:08.
Nashville took a commanding 3-0 lead, though the goal was called back after it was ruled that defenseman Tyson Barrie kicked the puck into the net.
Vegas responded by taking over the game in the second period.
Pietrangelo and the Golden Knights stormed back in a dominant second-period effort to even things up at 2-2.
It was a nearly-flawless 20 minutes of hockey for the Golden Knights, who outshot the Predators 12-5 and managed an 81.17 percent expected goal share with a 2-0 edge on the scoreboard.
Pietrangelo's first came exactly six minutes into the frame. It was a gift, as the rebound from Pietrangelo's point shot bounced into the net off a Predators' skate.
Chandler Stephenson recorded the primary assist on the play, helping him reach the 60-point mark for the second year in a row.
Pietrangelo went on to record his first multi-goal game as a member of the Golden Knights when he netted the equalizer at 13:39. Following a superb Vegas penalty kill, Pietrangelo collected a drop pass from Jonathan Marchessault, skated into the slot and beat Predators netminder Kevin Lankinen cleanly.
Vegas was the better team in the third, but Nashville was effective in clogging up the middle of the ice and keeping the Golden Knights to the perimeter. Neither team was able to pot the go-ahead goal in the final frame, forcing extra time.
Marchessault took a holding call just under three minutes into the overtime period; he then shot the puck at Predators forward Philip Tomasino but was only called for the initial hold. In any case, the Predators made Vegas pay.
It was none other than Glass who finished off his former team, sending a cross-crease pass off the skate of Brayden McNabb and into the net.
Quick finished the game with 24 saves on 27 shots for an .889 save percentage; he is now 5-2-1 with Vegas.
The loss snapped the Golden Knights' two-game winning streak. Vegas now leads the second-place Oilers by three points and the third-place Kings by four following Edmonton's 3-1 win against Los Angeles.
The Golden Knights played well overall, particularly in the second period and for parts of the third.
Pietrangelo led the charge and recorded a game-high nine shots on goal while finishing first on the Golden Knights in individual expected goals (0.31) and individual Corsi (11) at 5-on-5.
Considering the Golden Knights trailed by two early and were in the second half of a back-to-back coming off an emotional come-from-behind win, Vegas' response in Nashville was encouraging.
The Golden Knights were outworked and outplayed in the first period but responded with an outstanding effort in the second and a solid follow-up in the third. The Golden Knights controlled the pace of the game, had plenty of zone time and were strong in the transition game.
But it was the special teams that let Vegas down.
Once again, Vegas had a late power play in the third period with a chance to win the game but, once again, failed to convert. Vegas finished the game 0-for-3 on the power play and 2-for-4 on the penalty kill.
"You got pockets of good, pockets of not good enough," Bruce Cassidy said after the game. "At the end of the day, their special teams outplayed ours, [which] ended up deciding the game."
The Golden Knights played three games in three cities in the span of four nights and came away with five points. All things considered, that's a positive outcome. But the extra point in Nashville was there for the taking and could end up proving costly down the line.
Vegas will regroup ahead of Thursday's game, arguably the most important of the season, as the Golden Knights host the Kings. It is the first of Vegas' final four games of the 2022-23 regular season, which wraps up April 13 in Seattle.