New York Rangers lose to Vegas Golden Knights in a shootout
The Vegas Golden Knights came into tonight’s game on a roll winning three in a row, the last two on the road. Having beaten the New Jersey Devils 5-3 on Thursday night in an emotional game that saw several scraps between the teams, but they continued the momentum into tonight.
The game would be close off the start, both teams having numerous chances throughout the first period. None better than Mika Zibanejad narrowly missing the net on a breakaway. However, ex-Ranger Brett Howden who would open the scoring on his revenge tour as he managed to bury a rebound off of Alexander Georgiev.
Howden was sent to the Golden Knights during the offseason for a 2021 4th round pick and prospect Nick Desimone in a move to get Howden off the books. In three seasons with the Blueshirts, Howden tallied 49 points in 172 games, the young forward just didn’t seem to pan out during his time there.
The Rangers seemed to up their performance in the second period scoring immediately, as Mika Zibanejad would score on a shot through the legs of Zach Whitecloud, beating Laurent Brossoit just 17 seconds into the period. Chris Krieder would score his 11th powerplay goal later in the period, tying his career high in powerplay goals.
The third period was a very different game as Vegas dominated. Georgiev had to stand on his head numerous times until he was eventually beat by Dylan Coghland, assisted by Howden. With the game tied 2-2 at the end of regulation we got to see some overtime.
The overtime period was some of the most entertaining hockey in recent memory, there were breakaways after breakaways on both sides, with teams making some potentially costly errors. Both Georgiev and Brossoit stood tall as the game headed to a shootout.
Jonathan Marchessault scored the lone goal in the shootout to secure the win for the Golden Knights 3-2, securing the revenge win for Brett Howden.
G: Brett Howden (3) A: Will Carrier (4) Keegan Kolesar (9)
G: Mika Zibanejad (7) A: Chris Krieder (8) K’Andre Miller (3)
G: Chris Krieder (18) A: Mika Zibanejad (18) Ryan Strome (15)
G: Dylan Coghlan (3) A: Nicolas Hague (10) Brett Howden (5)
- Nicolas Roy (VGK) Save
- Kaapo Kakko (NYR) Save
- Evgenii Dadonov (VGK) Save
- Mika Zibanejad (NYR) Save
- Jonathan Marchessault (VGK) Goal
- Ryan Strome (NYR) Save