2. Marchessault proves a point
When all is said and done, this has been an inconsistent year for the Vegas Golden Knights and the same applies to some of their big hitters too.
You can throw Jonathan Marchessault into that category who has lurched from one end of the spectrum to the other this season.
While he is fourth on the team in points with 47 (22 goals, 25 assists), Marchessault has endured a few barren spells this year.
For instance, he had recorded just two points in eight games prior to Sunday’s win in Calgary, where he posted a goal against the Flames.
And, against the Oilers in Edmonton on Monday night, Marchessault put together arguably his best performance of the year.
With a huge two points on the line, Marchessault came up clutch in the biggest way possible on two separate occasions.
It started at 11:57 in the third period when Paul Stastny won the faceoff in the offensive zone, Reilly Smith retrieved the puck before sending a pinpoint pass into the slot area where Marchessault was there to hammer the puck beyond Mikko Koskinen to make it a tied game.
But Marchessault’s crowning moment was still to come.
With a couple of minutes having passed in overtime, Oilers defenseman Ethan Bear had the puck on his stick in his own zone and had the opportunity to transition out of the zone.
However, before Bear was even aware of what was going on, he had both Marchessault and William Karlsson swarming around him.
As Karlsson went to go to the net anticipating a possible opportunity, Marchessault continued to hound Bear until he ruthlessly stripped the puck from the blueliner before dishing the puck to Theodore who unleashed an absolute bomb past Koskinen for the game-winner.
It was a real smart hockey play by Marchessault who stepped up to the plate when his team needed him most.