Las Vegas–Tonight the Vegas Golden Knights kicked off their 6-game road trip with a stopover to one of New York 5-Boroughs, Brooklyn, NY as they took on the New York Islanders.
In the game’s opening period the Vegas Golden Knights were shorthanded early and often, they killed off their first penalty that was caused by forward Erik Haula for delay of game infraction.
The second penalty was handed to David Perron when he was called for slashing minor. That did not phase them at all and that’s when Vegas struck gold.
New York Islanders goaltender Jaroslav Halak missed played the puck in front of his crease and Golden Knights forward William Karlsson made him pay for it on a beautiful cross-ice feed by centerman Cody Eakin at the 9:31 mark of the 1st period.
Vegas Golden Knights First Ever Shorthanded Goal In Franchise History From Karlsson
— NHL (@NHL) October 30, 2017
Later in the period, the New York Islanders tied the game up at 1 from former 2-time Stanley Cup Winner Andrew Ladd when his impeccable wrister shot beat Golden Knights goaltender Oscar Dansk at the 13:50 mark of the 1st.
Shortly after Ladd tied the game up at 1 for the New York Islanders, Vegas struck again and this time it was Alex Tuch who cashed in for the Golden Knights.
Tuch’s goal was from a redirect shot by a weak wrister from defenseman Colin Miller in which made contact on Alex’s skate and snuck past Halak for a 2-1 lead at 15:46 of the period.
At the 12:01 mark of the second period, Dansk made a huge save on Islanders Captain John Tavares that was a point-blank shot on the doorstep. Dansk used his stick to keep Tavares’s bid out the net in that was a highlight reel fashion type save.
Dansk Says No
Denied by Dansk. pic.twitter.com/SBVSEFKJCn
— Sean Tierney (@ChartingHockey) October 31, 2017
2:49 after his highlight reel type save, the Golden Knights were shorthanded and it was it Islanders Tavares who cashed in and tied the game up a 2-2. Tavares converted on tip-in that made it’s way past Dansk.
Shortly after the Islanders scored on their power play, Golden Knights goaltender Dansk came out of the game with a lower-body injury.
They swapped him out for backup netminder Maxime Lagace. This was the second time this season where the Golden Knights made a goalie swap during a game.
After the Golden Knights made their goaltending swap, Lagace gave up his first NHL allowed goal to Islanders forward Mathew Barzal. Barzal connected off of a sneak pass by Andres Lee into a wide open Vegas net and give New York the 3-2 lead in the middle frame.
At the 15:16 mark of the third period, Islander’s forward Cal Clutterbuck came down on the right wing of the ice in Vegas’s end and went short side bar down on Lagace and gave New York a 4-2 lead.
Minutes later the scoring parade for the Islanders continued and the next man up for New York was Nikolay Kulemin who connected on a stretch pass by defenseman Dennis Seidenberg for a breakaway goal to extend their lead to 5-2 over the Golden Knights.
Later on in the third period, the Islanders kept coming at Vegas when Tavares went in on a breakaway and put on a clinic against Lagace to beat him and put New York up 6-2 at the 12:38 mark.
With 5:19 remaining of the third period, the Golden Knights cut into the Islanders lead on the power play when defenseman Miller converted by a sharp angle shot that beat Halak and brought the contest to a 6-3 New York lead on the power play.
This was unfortunately as far as the Golden Knights would get as they fell 6-3 to the New York Islanders and opened their road trip with a loss. This brought their season record to 8-2-0.
Tomorrow the Golden Knights take on the New York Rangers at the “World Famous Madison Square Garden”.
3 Stars Of The Game
New York Islanders: John Tavares (2 goals)
New York Islanders: Josh Bailey (3 assists)
New York Islanders: Nikolay Kulemin (1 goal and 1 assist)