Las Vegas–Tonight the Vegas Golden Knights returned to action after their mandatory bye week as they started the second half of the season with a matchup against Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers.

Their last matchup was back in the opening quarter of the season where Vegas found themselves on the wrong side as the Oilers defeated the Golden Knights by an 8-2 final. That was when Vegas had Maxime Lagace and Dylan Ferguson backstopping as the teams last line of defense.

For both teams they had to wait until the second period of play to light the lamp.

Starting things off was the Edmonton Oilers with 8:01 into the middle frame by Patrick Maroon. Maroon penetrated Marc-André Fleury‘s crease who ended up deflecting a shot by defenseman Darnell Nurse as the former Duck sneaked one by the 3-time Stanley Cup Champ for the 1-0 lead.

Edmonton’s lead however in the middle frame did not last long as it Reilly Smith who would put Vegas on the board, 1:55 later. Smith went upstairs tight on Cam Talbot for his 12th of the year.

Smith’s Game Tying Goal For Vegas

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With 6 ticks left in the period it was “Wild Bill” William Karlsson that put the Golden Knights ahead 2-1 over the Edmonton Oilers. Karlsson connected on a one-timer shot that Talbot could not catch for his team leading 23rd goal of the season, from a feed pass by Jonathan Marchessault.

Marchessault would earn his 25th assist of the year on Karlsson’s team leading marker.

Wild Bill Strikes Late For The Golden Knights

16:34 into the third period the Oilers tied the game up at 2-2 as it was Drake Caggiula stepping up for Edmonton and getting it done. It was Maroon and McDavid who teammed up in Vegas’s end to setup Caggiula who sent his shot topself on Fleury.

On the Caggiula strike, McDavid earned his 200th NHL point of his career.

This game would require overtime as the contest entered the 4th period at a 2-2 score.  It was very quickly decided as Nurse of the Oilers helped McDavid celebrate his 21st Birthday in “Sin City” with the game winning goal and a 3-2 win over the Golden Knights.

Vegas would earn a point in the loss as they maintained their 1st place positioning in the Western Conference with a 29-10-3 record at 61 points.

Fleury’s new lifetime record against the Oilers would be recorded at 8-2-1. He would complete the night off with 19 saves and a .900 save percentage.

On the other end of the ice, the 30-year-old Talbot bested out Fleury with a 34 save performance night and a .944 save percentage.

The Golden Knights also failed to convert on the man advantage as they went a miserable 0-6 with 8 total shots.

At the end of the night, hockey fans from both the Golden Knights and Edmonton Oilers fandoms, helped T-Mobile Arena set another attendance record of 18,351 this season.

Postgame Reaction From Smith On The 3-2 Loss

Postgame Reaction From Head Coach Gerard Gallant

Season Series: 2-0 Edmonton lead

3 Stars Of The Game

Edmonton Oilers: Darnell Nurse (OT winner)

Edmonton Oilers: Cam Talbot (34 save night and a .944 save percentage)

Vegas Golden Knights: William Karlsson (Team leading 23 goal of the season)

Honorable mention: Connor McDavid (2 assist night)

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  1. There always seems to be one team that will have your number no matter the standings. It could be for one season, or two or three. You never know. While it is a small sample size, the Knights have struggled against McDavid and Co.

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