Don’t tell Gerard Gallant, the head coach for the Vegas Golden Knights, that the rest of the NHL regular season is pointless. Even though the Vegas Golden Knights already managed to become the 7th NHL team to reach the playoffs in each of their first two seasons, Gegard Gallant insisted that the last three matches mean loads to them as a team. This certainly showed when they played on Monday evening.
Vegas Golden Knights vs Edmonton Oilers
Jonathan Marchessault managed to score his 6th game-winning goal, allowing the Vegas Golden Knights to earn a 3-1 win against the Edmonton Oilers.
“This evening provided a perfect game for myself and my team,” Gallant stated. “Going down the stretch, these games don’t mean much when it comes to standings. However, it keeps my guys going, and it keeps them going well. It’s for this reason that I thought my team played a solid, good game this evening.”
With an incredible third position in the Pacific Division, along with a first-round date for the playoffs with San Jose already in the works, the Vegas Golden Knights managed to end their 5-game losing streak. The Vegas Golden Knights managed to win the season series 3-1 where they outscored the Edmonton Oilers 15-9.
Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Cody Eakin also managed to score for the Vegas Golden Knights, which is 11-4-2 since the deadline for trades. Malcolm Subban stopped 18 shots and made his 9th consecutive start after replacing Marc-Andre Fleury. Subban led to end a 0-3-2 skid since he earned his first career shootout on 21 March and boasts with a 2.67 goals-against average across the nine-match span.
“It’s a remarkable win, for sure, and an incredible team victory,” Subban stated. “We always attempt to score the first goal to get in front which helps a great deal during the game. It makes it a lot easier as well.”
Eakin managed to give the Vegas Golden Knights an early 1-0 lead during the first period when he obtained the puck outside of the blue line and skated to the right circle where he produced a phenomenal wrist shot to get the puck past Mikko Koskinen.
“Every match is important to us this time of year, and we always want to establish some good habits. This evening was an incredible start, and we would like to continue down this path, Eakin stated. “I believe we are well aware of how we can be successful. I believe we had some great habits this evening to get back to form a winning streak.”
Marchessault’s game-winning goal occurred in 51 seconds during the second. Meanwhile, the Oilers began the match with playoff hopes. However, they were soon eliminated halfway through the game when Colorado managed to earn a point against St. Louis.
“We are unfortunately out this time around. Regardless of how many points you make, eight are in, and eight are out,” Ken Hitchcock stated after the match.