(Photo by Lynne Sladky/ Associated Press)

Las Vegas–Tonight the Vegas Golden Knights played their last regular season game against the Florida Panthers in Sunrise.

The last time these two teams faced off against each other, was when the Panthers came to Vegas for the first time in their organization’s history where the Golden Knights came from behind to win 5-2.

Vegas come into this game with a 1-1 record on their four game road swing, having been shutout by Nashville 1-0 and a 4-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

With the Golden Knights coming off of the end of their back-2-back they faced an early 1 goal deficit when former Coyotes forward Jaime McGinn went backhander five hole on Malcolm Subban, 3:15 into the game.

At the 14:22 mark of the opening period, Vegas saw the scoresheet when Erik Haula fed via Brad Hunt a cross ice seem pass to David Perron. Perron collected the pass and went back bar on out on James Reimer that tied the game up at 1-1.

Perron’s 11th

When Vegas was on the man advantage, the Panthers saw a 2 on 1 opportunity on Colin Miller where Vincent Trocheck and Aleksander Barkov teamed up for the shorthanded goal. Barkov cashed in off the initial shot from Trocheck and shoveled it past Subban for a 2-1 lead at 15:55 of the 1st.

In the second period of play, William Karlsson tied the game back up for the Golden Knights off of a rush play after he connected with a cross ice pass from defenseman Shea Theodore. Karlsson ended up slamming it past Reimer for a 2-2 score just 6:57 into the second.

Karlsson’s Game Tying Goal (25th Of The Season For Vegas)

Karlsson’s game tying goal in the second period would put him in the history books as he became the fastest player since Brian Bradley of the 1992-92 Lightning to score 25 goals with an expansion franchise.

For the 25-year-old Swede, his 25th goal of the season moved him into the top 5 league wide in scoring for the fifth place spot tied with New York Islanders Captain John Tavares.

In the early stages of the third period, an unfortunate turnover was ensued by a missed call that William Carrier drew for tripping. Keith Yandle tripped up Carrier and started the scoring play as he skated down the ice with Barkov and Evgenii Dadonov.

Barkov fired the initial shot on Subban but it was Dadonov that cashed in the rebound with a knuckle puck goal past the Vegas netminder.

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Late in the 3rd period, James Neal would deliver the equalizer in the clutch for the Golden Knights. Neal took the pass from Haula and played the puck back to himself and went farside over the shoulder on Reimer that made it a 3-3 game.

Neal’s game tying marker would be the 10th time in his NHL career where he would record a 20 goal season that eventually forced the game to the overtime period.

Neal’s 20th Goal Of The Season For Vegas

In the overtime frame, it did not take long for the contest to be decided. Just 40 seconds into the fourth period it would Aaron Ekblad who pounced on the loose puck in the slot and fired his one timer shot past Subban for the 4-3 Panthers win.

This would spoil former Panthers Head Coach Gerard Gallant, Jonathan Marchessault along with Reilly Smith’s return to the South Florida.

Vegas would get a point in their 4-3 loss to the Panthers and moved within 1 behind the idle Tampa Bay Lightning with 64 points and 30-11-4 record on the season.

Subban’s lifetime record against the Florida Panthers would be recorded at 1-0-1 with his 22 save performance. His win was recorded in the Golden Knights 5-2 back in Vegas earlier in the season.

Postgame Reaction From Gallant On The Loss

3 Stars Of The Game

Florida Panthers: Aaron Ekblad (Overtime Winner)

Vegas Golden Knights: William Karlsson (25th goal of the season)

Vegas Golden Knights: James Neal (20th goal of the season)

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