Eichel scores first point as Golden Knight but VGK loses 4-3 in overtime

The Vegas Golden Knights (28-18-4) suffered another loss on Friday night and lost in overtime to Adrian Quimby and Los Angeles Kings (25-17-7). The Kings were now only three points behind the Golden Knights in the rapidly changing Pacific Rim Ranking.

The Golden Knights have made some line-up changes since their last match. Nolan Patrick was left out of the squad after taking a heavy blow from Nathan McKinnon in the last game. As a result, Keegan Kolesar dropped out of the squad. Coach Peter DeBoerr also switched up his lines a bit and put Chandler Stevenson on the first line in the center of the right wing and reunited the Misfit streak.

Throughout the night it was a highly competitive match between two teams battling for a place in the Pacific League standings. To start the majority of the Golden Knights chances came from the Misfit line that was reunited with Riley Smith, William Carlson and Jonathan Marchesault. Andreas Athanasio made a remarkable match for the Kings with the most chances early on.

The first penalty kick of the match came when Drew Doughty tripped over Riley Smith. This prevented Smith’s separation because he had picked up a pass from Victor Arvidson. But the Golden Knights were able to score in the ensuing strength with Max Pasuritti breaking the scoring drought.

Pasuritti scored his first goal in eleven games and finished the closing streak for the Golden Knights at 147:57, the longest in the team’s history. The play was well prepared by Jack Eichel, playing in his second game for his new team. He got hit to stage a play and as the play progressed, Paseurity found the back of the net. Eshel will have to wait until the second half to get his first point with the Golden Knights.

The Golden Knights consolidated their lead with the Misfit Line doing their best. Carlson got a pass and the misphone went off to the races. Far from the rush, Marchesault tipped a pass to Smith who buried it in the house with a single timer.

After just 28 seconds the kings answered and Athanasio walks in with Nicholas Haig. Athanasiou flipped the puck for himself, worked around The Hague, and made a brilliant move to score on Laurent Brossoit.

To wrap things up in the first period, I got a bit of a cut between Quimby and Chandler Stevenson. To start the second, Stevenson was in the penalty area for an unsportsmanlike penalty. The man he quarreled with at Quimby made him push with a strong purpose to tie things up.

Eichel and Pacioretty began developing more chemistry in the second period. With a relentless mortgage, Eshel forced a spin and then got a Ben Houghton disc. Eichel then retrieved the puck and fed Pacioretty who scored. This is Eichel’s first career point with the Vegas Golden Knights.

Then Matthias Janmark, Evgeny Dadonov, and Nicholas Roy followed things up with a great coincidence of tic. But Jonathan Quick denied them and their three streaks continued.

Kings battle to tie things up with the Arvidssons only to find Philip Danault to be broken. Danault cut through the Golden Knights defense and scored his 14th goal of the season.

The third half did not result in any goals but a great defense was played by Shea Theodore and Oli Mata and both goalkeepers kept the tie.

The intense fight went into overtime with both teams earning a point. Kembe continued to feel the pain at the Golden Knights side and scored the winning goal in overtime.

This represents three losses in a row for the Vegas Golden Knights. They play the next San Jose Sharks on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. PST on the road.

VHN’s of the Game player – Max Passurity

Two goals to remove the slack in scoring their Patches as the game player. Good to see him and Eshel start developing some chemistry too.

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