Vegas Golden Knights: Theodore delivers more heroics in OT

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CALGARY, AB – MARCH 8: The Vegas Golden Knights celebrate the goal of Max Pacioretty #67 (R) against the Calgary Flames during an NHL game at Scotiabank Saddledome on March 8, 2020 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images)

With the spotlight on the Vegas Golden Knights are really starting to deliver after beating the Edmonton Oilers in a huge 3-2 overtime win at Rogers Place on Monday night.

With the regular season now in the home stretch, the Vegas Golden Knights tightened their grip on the Pacific Division with a momentous victory in Edmonton.

Heading into the night holding a slender two-point lead at the top, the Golden Knights stretched that to three points after producing the goods in overtime.

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 22 of the 24 shots he faced while Shea Theodore potted the game-winner in overtime for his second go-ahead goal in consecutive nights.

Vegas was given a huge boost prior to faceoff with the news that Connor McDavid would miss the game due to illness, but the Oilers still managed to land the first blow of the night.

Alex Chiasson got to the front of the net and was able to deflect a shot from the point beyond Fleury to give Edmonton the lead.

However, the Golden Knights had dominated the first period and they were rewarded late in the frame when Nicolas Roy continued his hot streak by tipping-in a slap shot from Nate Schmidt.

Both teams were trading blows in the second period but both Fleury and Mikko Koskinen were standing on their heads.

Fleury was eventually beat early in the third, however, after Ryan Nugent-Hopkins buried a feed from Kailer Yamamoto from behind the net.

But, the Golden Knights have really found their groove as of late and they fought back to perform some heroics for the second consecutive game.

It started when Jonathan Marchessault one-timed a wicked shot past Koskinen to make it a tied game, following some good work from Reilly Smith from behind the net.

And, after the game went to overtime, Shea Theodore stepped up for the second consecutive game to become the hero for the Golden Knights, hammering home a thunderous shot to win the game following superb work by Marchessault to shut down Ethan Bear before getting the puck to Theodore.

It was a hugely significant win for the Vegas Golden Knights who now have their destiny in their own hands when it comes to winning the Pacific Division.

Let’s go over some notes and stats from the game…

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