Las Vegas–Tonight the Vegas Golden Knights welcomed into town the Buffalo Sabres for part 4 of their 7 game homestand.
In the opening period of the game, Sabres were awarded an early power play due to Golden Knights forward David Perron was called for the early interference penalty.
Buffalo ended up capitalizing on their man advantage opportunity and it was Ryan O’Reilly cashed in with a wrist shot past Malcolm Subban to give the Sabres the early 1-0 lead at the 5:50 mark of the 1st.
At the 14:15 mark of the 1st period, the Golden Knights tied the game at 1 when Reilly Smith and Oscar Lindberg teamed up on a 2 on 1 and beat Sabres goaltender Chad Johnson.
Lindberg Ties The Game Up At 1 In The 1st Period
At the 6:40 mark of the 2nd period Golden Knights forward Alex Tuch gave Vegas a 2-1 lead courtesy of a tip-in shot that snuck past Buffalo’s netminder Johnson.
Defenseman Deryk Engelland and forward Brendan Leipsic each recorded an assist on Tuch’s go-ahead marker.
Since being called up from the Chicago Wolves of the AHL Tuch scored his 2nd goal of the season with the Golden Knights.
Tuch’s 2nd Goal Of The Season For Vegas
In the late stages of the 2nd period, while Vegas was on their 5th power play of the night Golden Knights forward Smith finally solved their anemic scoring slump woes on the man advantage when he went upstairs on Sabres Johnson that extended their lead to 3-1 at the 18:37 mark.
Both Brad Hunt and Colin Miller each received an assist on Smith’s power-play goal.
Smith’s Power Play Goal In the 2nd Period
For the Golden Knights they struck again in the 3rd period and this time it was Perron who a connected from a pass from Neal that extended Vegas lead over the Sabres to 4-1 at the 3:50 mark.
Perron’s 3rd Period Goal
The Golden Knights found themselves in some penalty trouble at the 8:28 and 9:21 mark of the 3rd period when forward Tuch and defenseman Engelland were both called with slashing minors that put Buffalo on a 5 on 3 power play.
9 seconds into the 5 on 3, Sabres O’Reilly scored to cut Vegas’s lead in half when he went upstairs on Subban that brought the game 4-2 Golden Knights at the 10:00 mark.
In the late stages of the 3rd period, there were some desperation heroics from Buffalo when they pulled Johnson for the 6th attacker and in doing, Sam Reinhart and Evander Kane each connected on the 3rd and 4th goal for the Sabres that forced overtime for the 1st time of the regular season at T-Mobile Arena.
At 1:08 left in the games overtime period, forward Perron for the Golden Knights was the hero of the knight as put a wicked wrister shot past Johnson to give the home team a 5-4 over Buffalo.
Perron’s OT Winner For The Golden Knights!!!
For the 31st franchise in the National Hockey League history seems to continue at finding a way to follow the Golden Knights as they become the 2nd organization in the league’s 100-year history since the 1917 Montréal Canadiéns to start off the inaugural campaign with a 5-1-0 start.
For the hero of the night Perron, he echoed the fact the guys that are on the roster with the Golden Knights have been a special group in how they continue to battle every night in their inaugural season.
“It’s fun so far. We have to keep going day by day, and that’s my view. There are so many games left and so many things can happen. We saw what happened last week with three injuries in the same game. And we found a way to win two games, but the adversity is only going to get higher every game and we have to keep finding ways to get better in practice and play smarter.” Said Perron
For more on Perron’s reaction check out our video below.
Post Game Reaction From David Perron
Tuch made mention of how the team was able to restore that confidence that helped early on in the game during their near collapse in the 3rd period where they gave up 3 goal lead late that caused the contest a 4th a decisive period.
“I think guys were just trying to keep it upbeat on the bench. Coach was saying we just need to get back to what we were doing and attack, play confident and strong. So I think the guys really did that in the overtime and we controlled the puck the entire time.” Tuch said.
For more on Tuch’s reaction check out our video below.
Post Game Reaction From Alex Tuch
For Smith, he touched on how the team needs to fix their goal differential in terms of the third period where tonight they have issues with protecting their 3 goal lead.
“I think we got to play a little bit simpler a little bit smarter in the third period, you know other teams they’re desperate especially down a couple goals that will definitely affect disparity in the third period compared to the first period, you know you got to like being come out the first period and being able to get a lead, I think those leads are the most important because it’s tough to pick up leads in this league and when you score the first goal of the game it gives you a huge boost.” Replied Smith
For more on Smith’s reaction check out our video below.
Post Game Reaction From Reilly Smith
Golden Knights Head Coach Gerard Gallant praised forward Perron on how he’s been for the team in the early going of the inaugural campaign in terms of being a consistent force for them in the lineup.
“He’s a veteran player and I know all of our veteran players when they get their first goal is a big relief off their shoulders. He’s been playing well for us and working hard. Tonight, was a big night for us. He finally got those goals and he got two nice goals. Any time you get the winner in overtime is a nice feeling. Good for David. Like I said, he’s one of veteran players and one of our leaders. Top six guys that we talked about.” Gallant on Perron
3 Stars Of The Game
Vegas Golden Knights: David Perron (2 goals, including OT Winner)
Vegas Golden Knights: Reilly Smith (1 goal on the power play and 1 assist)
Vegas Golden Knights: James Neal (2 assists)