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Vegas’s Late Rally Falls Short As Islanders Defeat Golden Knights 2-1 Before The All Star Break
(Photo by Vegas Golden Knights)
Las Vegas–Tonight the Vegas Golden Knights took on the New York Islanders before the 2018 NHL Star Weekend break.
When these two teams last met, the Golden Knights embarked on their first ever Eastern Conference road swing where the Islanders defeated Vegas by a 6-3 final.
That was the night in which to Golden Knights lost Oscar Dansk 34:50 into the contest. Maxime Lagace ended coming in on relief for the rest of the game.
During the early stages of the contest, Marc-André Fleury and Jaroslav Halak put on a goaltenders duel in the opening period of the game where the two netminders stopped a combined shot on goal total of 22.
In the 1st period of the game, forward Brandon Leipsic had probably one of the best scoring chances for the Golden Knights early on but Halak was at the ready and made the routine save look really easy.
The game did not see the first goal of the night until to 10:01 mark of the middle period when the Islanders struck first. Ross Johnston opened the scoring when his backhander shot beat Fleury five hole for the 1-0 Isles lead.
When the 3rd period came around, the Islanders extended their lead over the Golden Knights on a costly turnover by defenseman Colin Miller.
It was former 1st rounder of the Edmonton Oilers Jordan Eberle who took a pass from Mathew Barzal after Miller’s miscue and ended up firing a wrister that went bar down on Fleury that gave the Isles a 2-0 lead on Vegas at the 8:21 mark of the period.
For the Golden Knights they would find some life when Erik Haula scored on the power play when he redirecting a shot from the point by David Perron. Haula’s deflection of the puck fooled Halak and cut into the Islanders lead for a 2-1 score.
Haula Gives Vegas Some Life Late On The Power Play
This was the third straight game that the Golden Knights would put the puck in the back of the net on special teams.
However, this late push by the Golden Knights would not be enough as the Islanders would sweep Vegas 2-0 on the season series for a 2-1 final in “Sin City” before the NHL All Star Break.
In his first game back in Vegas, Golden Knights Head Coach Gerard Gallant was very complimentary in how defenseman Jason Garrison played since being recalled from the Chicago Wolves.
“I thought he was real strong and solid. He moved the puck well and did exactly what he needed to do against John Tavares’s line all night with Nate Schmidt and they did a real good job. I was really happy with his performance tonight, and I’m sure he was too.” Gallant on Garrison.
At the end of night, Garrison logged 18:59 of ice time playing alongside Schmidt who finished at 19:03.
Garrison spoke to us on playing against the New York Islanders for the first time this season and what his thoughts were on his first game since October with the Golden Knights.
“Similar players, good young players that are added to their lineup, they have all the parts of the game, they’re a good team it showed tonight.” Says Garrison.
“Just a solid two-way game, lined up against Tavares and Bailey who are very good players, try to keep them off the scoreboard.” Garrison said.
Both Josh Bailey and Taveras recorded three combined shots and did not register a single point against the Garrison-Schmidt pairing.
Vegas at the NHL All Star Break would sit in 2nd place league wide three points behind the Tampa Bay at 68 with 32-12-4.
For Fleury he completed to night off stopping 23 of 25 total shots he faced against the Islanders, while Halak bested him out with a 38 save showing between the pipes for the Isles.
3 Stars Of The Game
New York Islanders: Jaroslav Halak (38 save performance)
New York Islanders: Jordan Eberle (Game Winning Goal)
Vegas Golden Knights: Erik Haula (1 goal)