Golden Knights edge Flyers 2-1 in overtime to reach 20 wins on the season
Jonathan Marchessault scored the game-winner 3:21 into extra time.
The Vegas Golden Knights snapped a three-game losing streak on home ice with a 2-1 overtime victory against the Philadelphia Flyers Friday night at T-Mobile Arena.
Jonathan Marchessault scored the game-winning goal 3:21 into overtime on Vegas’ only shot of extra time.
Jack Eichel returned to the lineup, but concern remains regarding Shea Theodore, who was injured in a knee-on-knee collision in overtime and needed help to get to the locker room.
It was a low-scoring game in which both teams capitalized on mistakes.
William Carrier opened the scoring 11:45 into the first period with his ninth goal of the season, tying his career high. He got a little assistance from Flyers defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen, who tried to clear the puck but sent it off Carrier and into his own net.
THIS GUY JUST MATCHED HIS CAREER-HIGH IN GOALS!!! 📫 pic.twitter.com/rVKYGetczx— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) December 10, 2022
Less than two minutes into the second period, the Flyers got on the board after taking advantage of a gift-wrapped turnover from behind the net.
Adin Hill went to play the puck but froze in the trapezoid; his pass got knocked down by Scott Laughton, who banked the puck off Hill and into the net.
Sarge and in charge. #PHIvsVGK | #FueledByPhilly pic.twitter.com/A2RRVuPMUt— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) December 10, 2022
Both goals were unassisted.
Neither team scored in the third, but the Golden Knights had a glorious scoring chance courtesy of Carrier. However, Carter Hart absolutely robbed him with a desperation paddle save that knocked the puck out of the air on its way into the open net.
Hart made another big stop on William Karlsson at the end of Vegas’ late power play, ultimately forcing overtime.
It was all Philadelphia at the start of overtime. Despite playing with one forward and two defensemen, the Flyers were aggressive and in control.
However, Marchessault intercepted a weak pass by Kevin Hayes and skated coast-to-coast, beating Hart on the backhand with his 12th of the season.
HOLD UP WAIT A MINUTE - Y'ALL THOUGHT WE WERE FINISHED?! 😏 pic.twitter.com/YaGBkSTfQa— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) December 10, 2022
Marchessault has now scored a goal in four straight games.
Hill finished the game with 27 saves on 28 shots; though his gaffe led to Laughton’s second-period tally, Hill was otherwise perfect for his seventh win of the season.
He came up with some key saves, including a big stop on Travis Konecny on a 2-on-1 that resulted from an aggressive pinch by Daniil Miromanov.
Vegas went 0-for-2 on the power play, including on a late opportunity with under three minutes to go in the third period. The Golden Knights had a chance to win it in regulation but were noticeably hesitant; Vegas failed to record a shot on its other man-advantage. The penalty kill got the night off, though, as Vegas was not assessed a penalty in the contest.
Zone exits were an issue for the Golden Knights once again, and Vegas had trouble breaking through the Flyers’ structure.
Overall, it wasn’t an ideal 60-minute effort, but the Golden Knights made the most of their opportunities and found a way to come away with two points.
But Theodore’s injury would be a significant loss, especially with Alex Pietrangelo out of the mix. It wasn’t intentional, but the collision with Travis Sanheim left Theodore down on all fours and in visible discomfort.
The Golden Knights will wrap up this three-game homestand against the Boston Bruins on Sunday.