Chia Theo points! The Golden Knights defeat the Capitals, and stay in the decider

Shea Theodore keeps getting paid to work overtime.

The Vegas Golden Knights (42-31-5, 89 points) beat the Washington Capitals (43-23-11, 97 points) in overtime 4-3 Wednesday night as Theodore scored a superb goal on a highlight reel for the match winner.

The Dallas Stars lost to the Edmonton Oilers earlier on Wednesday, and the Golden Knights are now just two points behind second place Wild Card in the Western Conference.

As always, we will be detailing our updated qualifying predictions.

The Golden Knights created many offensive opportunities at the start of the match. Nicholas Roy was stopped by Ilya Samsonov from the penalty spot after Keegan Kolsar hit him from behind the net. Max Passeurity was also flying and had a great game as he had a clear kick in his stride.

But in a typical fashion, they couldn’t turn away from their early chances. The Capitals scored the first goal, marking the fifth consecutive game in which VGK scored the first important goal.

Alex Ovechkin fired the patented shot at Liner and slipped through his towel. Next, Yevgeny Kuznetsov cleared a loose puck in the tuck to score his 24th goal of the season. Another uneasy goal from Lehner was the Capitals team leading 1-0. Then the Golden Knights went seven minutes without a shot.

But all it took was one as the Golden Knights tied the match with a routine gladiator over Samsonov. Alec Martinez crossed one goal and entered it. A massive goal for the Golden Knights prevented them from losing 2-0 early in the match.

Soon, the capitals responded with what was initially believed to be the green target. Jon Carlson scored after a quick pass from the rush involving Ovechkin, Tom Wilson and Carlson.

But the goal was seen as offside and considered as such after challenging a coach from the Golden Knights bench. The goal was taken off the board and the match remained 1-1. Peter Debor and his coaching staff are now 5/5 in coach challenges this season.

For the first time ever, Golden Knights fans were thanking Tom Wilson.

Speaking of controversial figures in Las Vegas, Robin Lehner was off the bench to start the second half and Logan Thompson took charge. An interesting move by DeBoer and the coaching staff after Lehner’s squashed goal allowed in the first.

But in one of the capital’s first team shots with Thompson in the net, he allowed a goal to be scored. This came right after the Golden Knights failed to score even a shot in the powerplay. Ovechkin scored for real this time as he drove a pass from Kuznetsov home 2-on-1.

Thompson’s test continued through the second as the Golden Knights struggled to break out of their territory. He recovered with great saves from Ovechkin, Wilson and Conor Sherry.

Things took a drastic change in the third half in terms of speed as the match opened and the Golden Knights scored two goals in 49 seconds.

Evgenii Dadonov scored six holes in Samsonov with a simple flick of the wall during a lunge. He now has four seasons of 20 goals in the National Hockey League.

Momentum was on the Golden Knight’s side after Dadonov’s goal as they started playing strong with Justin Schultz going into the penalty area. The Golden Knights only scored their second goal in the last 28 chances.

Chandler Stephenson redirected a pass from Passuretti to score against his former team and the Golden Knights took the lead in the game and first lead in their last three games.

The match opened in third place with a lack of defensive coverage for both teams. Ovechkin and Stephenson both had breakaway chances but failed to score.

Ovechkin accepted another pass late in the third with Zach Whitecloud again this time. He scored with a sinister shot for his 50th goal of the season and tied things up with three.

Extra time was required and after a near costly fall to the game by Jack Eichel and two chances for the Golden Knights, Shea Theodore ended the match. Playing the OT champ as always, Theodore danced on the net and scored an incredible goal to ensure the Golden Knights took their second spot in the standings.

Next up for VGK will be San Jose Sharks on Sunday at 7:00 PM. This will be the last home game of the regular season at the T-Mobile Arena.

VHN’s of the Game player: Max Pacioretty

A real strong sixty minute effort from Pacioretty who led the Golden Knight attack by example. Having struggled to find a foothold since returning from injury, Baches put in a phenomenal performance on Wednesday night.

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