Las Vegas–Today the Vegas Golden Knights hit the ice for their regular routine post game practice at “City National Arena” and we had the chance to catch up with forward Reilly Smith who is now the latest overtime hero for the team.
Yesterday the Golden Knights defeated the Arizona Coyotes in overtime to a 3-2 victory and staying undefeated 5-0 in the fourth period this season. They also snapped a 3 game loosing skid in the process.
Smith became the fifth player this season with the Golden Knights to knot an overtime winner. He joins William Karlsson, Jonathan Marchessault, David Perron, and James Neal.
For the Golden Knights, wining 3-2 to the Arizona Coyotes was an important given that they over the span of the 4 games their record was 1-3-0 and Smith echoed the importance of grabbing two important points vs their divisional rivals.
“It’s very important when you have to come back from a road trip, playing your fourth game in six nights those are obviously pretty tough, I think we came out with good legs an we controlled the play for much of the game, I think the first two periods we had a great game, we controlled a lot of pucks and put a lot pucks on net.” Smith Said.
For Smith he also highlighted performance of the Arizona Coyotes netminder Scott Wedgewood who in the 3-2 loss to Vegas, made 42 save on 45 total shots faced.
“Wedgewood made some big saves.” Smith on Wedgewood.
The Golden Knights were keeping good pace in the Pacific Division standings lately, until their bad stretch of games last week and for Smith he told us about how this was a turnaround game for them vs. the Coyotes.
“It was good to see, we needed a turnaround, it’s tough to lose in a row, sometimes with losing streaks can drag on a little bit so it was nice to get back on the bite.” Smith on Vegas ending the losing skid.
In terms of the playing a more complete game the Golden Knights over the last week found it difficult with putting a full 60 minute effort with last night’s 3-2 overtime win provided a much different result.
“Yeah, it’s tough because I think we did play solid games on the road, it seemed like a couple mental lapses and maybe five minutes where the game kind of turned in both of those road games, so it’s to nice that didn’t happen last night, but I think the effort been there the last few nights, the result and that’s the most important thing.” Smith replied.
Check out our video below from today’s interview with Smith at “City National Arena”.