The Vegas Golden Knights and New Jersey Devils had one heck of night when it came to playing a hockey game on Friday night and it had nothing short of a playoff atmosphere attached to it. It was a game that featured two of the league’s best teams and ended with the Golden Knights winning 4-3 in a shootout. Giving out our three stars for the game should not be an issue.
Three Stars: Golden Knights 4, Devils 3 – F/SO
Adin Freaking Hill. What more can you say? Coming off a stellar performance against the Carolina Hurricanes, how could you possibly top that. Well, enter the world occupied by Adin Hill, we just live in it. Including the overtime and shootout, Hill stopped a combined total of 51 shots on the evening. His official totals including the overtime was 47 of 50 shots saved. The performance of Hill might be the best by a Golden Knights goaltender all season and the icing on the cake was having the legendary and newly acquired Jonathan Quick sitting on the bench as his back up goaltender.
Not only did Jonathan Marchessault get his 400th career NHL point, he added onto it with another goal to boot. The first goal came in the first period at a time when the Devils were seemingly in control of the narrative and the game as a whole. Despite not scoring a goal, the Golden Knights had a feel of being down two or three at time. Instead it was a goal that gave Vegas a critical 1-0 lead.
Down 2-1 in the second period, Marchessault would strike again. Off the stick of Ivan Barbashev and Jack Eichel, his second goal came midway through the period tying the game at two goals a piece. But his two goals were not all. In the third, his earned an assist on Eichel’s go ahead goal 3:47 into the third period.
Marchessault’s two goals gave him 19 on the season and his assist on Eichel’s goal gave him 22 on the season for a total of 41 points this season.
What can you say about Jack Eichel? Not only did he score the go-ahead goal in the third period, he earned an assist on Marchessault’s second goal in the second period. Looking at the game as a whole, it was not just about getting on the scoreboard for Eichel, it was doing all the little things in between that gave the Golden Knights some hope against the dangerous Devils machine.
Along with his one goal and one assist, Eichel had two takeaways, one blocked shot and four big hits that created chances. In terms of his shooting, he had four total shots on goal and was on the ice for 23:13. Only Alex Pietrangelo was on the ice longer against the Devils than Eichel.
His goal gave him 23 on the season, while his assist was his 24th.
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