Golden Knights 4, Kraken 2: What is offense?
Boy, that was ugly. A win’s a win’s a win, though.
The Vegas Golden Knights returned home to open a six-game homestand with the Seattle Kraken. The hockey game was won 4-2 by Vegas for their sixth win in eight games.
The game was very sloppy on both sides as neither team had their best showing on the night. Robin Lehner kept the Knights in the game long enough for the offense to find its footing to win the game.
The first period was fairly low event as each team only generated one high danger chance each.
The Kraken got on the board first with a goal from Jordan Eberle on the power play. Marcus Johansen was fed the puck down low and Lehner made the original stop, but Eberle picked up the rebound and buried it in the back of the net.
The Golden Knights played a decent period the rest of the way and got on the board late in the period with a shot that Chris Driedger will want back. Alex Pietrangelo gathered the puck near the top of the circles and wristed it towards the net. The puck bounced off Driedger’s glove and into the back of the net.
From Downtown Las Vegas 🚨 pic.twitter.com/GiKLiw4QMA— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) November 10, 2021
The second period was an ugly one for both teams as neither generated much of anything and both looked lost at various points in the period.
Vegas killed two penalties in the period, one of which was committed by Paul Cotter who made his NHL debut in the game.
Yanni Gourde took the lead for the Kraken in the final minute of the period on a broken play where Pietrangelo lost his man. Gourde skated down in the slot and fired a one-timer passed Lehner.
Just when you thought the period was over, Evgenii Dadanov tied the game 15 seconds off a rebound.
The Golden Knights took the lead only 30 seconds into the third period with a Shea Theodore butterfly shot from the blue line that went bar-down. The goal was later changed to Smith for his first of two.
pew pew pew pew pew pew pew pew pic.twitter.com/2i5ulzj1Ss— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) November 10, 2021
Only 46 seconds later, Vegas went to its first power play of the game. They scored on it, what a concept. Reilly Smith poked one passed Driedger after a great bit of passing from Pietrangelo and Jonathan Marchessault.
Mama Mia! That's a spicy passing play! pic.twitter.com/uBqOLLsAzc— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) November 10, 2021
The Golden Knights lulled the Kraken to sleep in the remaining portion of the third, despite a delay of game penalty from Pietrangelo, and earned two points on what wasn’t their best performance. Vegas will host the Minnesota Wild on Thursday.