Max Lagace got his first start of the season as the Golden Knights took the ice in Carolina following their bye-week and All-Star break.
Shea Theodore got the scoring started 5:01 in on the Knights first power play of the game. Shea took a pass from Nate Schmidt and fired one from the top of the circle beating Petr Mrazek to his blocker side. The VGK power play has not been good for the last month. Vegas hopes the early goal is a sign of things to come.
Carolina tied the game up just 6:12 later when Justin Williams kicked the puck to Nino Niederreiter who was alone in the slot. Gerard Gallant challenged for goalie interference, but the call on the ice was confirmed and the goal stood. The Hurricanes took their first lead just :47 into the 2nd period. Legace went for a poke check and found himself sprawled out on the ice and out of position. Brett Pesce had probably his easiest goal of the season with a wide open net. A questionable interference call on Riley Smith put the Knights on their second penalty kill of the night. The Knights killed the penalty, but immediately found themselves on the defensive as Carolina peppered the net with shots.
Vegas was pretty well dominated throughout the 2nd period. With only 2:13 left, Shea Theodore took a nice backhand feed from Ryan Reaves and beet Mrazak again, this time to his glove side for the game tying goal. Just :36 later, the Hurricanes found themselves on another odd man rush. Jordan Martinook put home his 11th of the season to give Carolina a 3-2 lead after two periods.
Sebastian Aho got around Brayden McNabb and scored his 23rd of the season 3:51 into the 3rd to give Carolina a two goal lead. Outside of a VGK power play, the Hurricanes were on the attack for most of the 3rd. With the exception of two nice shots from Shea Theodore, the Golden knight looked sluggish on both ends of the ice. Their offense was inconsistent throughout the night and they had trouble generating shots. Legace was pulled with 1:15 to play, but Mrazek stood tall and shut down the VGK attack. Justin Faulk hit an empty netter from about 195 feet to seal the game for Carolina.
The Golden Knights have now lost three games in a row for just the third time in their short history, second time this season. They’ll head south to face the Florida Panthers tomorrow afternoon. 4:00 PT puck drop.