Published Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 | 3:46 p.m.
Updated Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 | 8:53 p.m.
The Vegas Golden Knights did it again.
They trailed Arizona 1-0 late in the third period tonight before Nate Schmidt scored the equalizer with just 72 left in the regulation. Then in overtime, James Neal scored the game-winner to give the expansion team its second come-from-behind win in as many nights to open the season.
When most expansion teams struggle for victories, the Golden Knights have a pair of 2-1 wins in consecutive days.
Last night, they rallied late at the Dallas Stars, and it was Neal who scored both goals.
Vegas has its home debut Tuesday at T-Mobile Arena, also against Arizona.
Golden Knights can’t capitalize on power play in 2nd period at Arizona
The Vegas Golden Knights still trail in Arizona in the second game of the season. Despite out-shooting the Coyotes 20-6 in the second period, Vegas couldn’t score and trails 1-0 heading into the final 20 minutes.
Vegas is 0-for-4 on the power play, including squandering a two-man advantage in the second.
Las Vegas trailed by one goal in the third period Friday in Dallas, but scored late for a 2-1 victory in the expansion franchise’s debut.
Golden Knights trail 1-0 after first period in Phoenix
The Vegas Golden Knights are playing from behind for a second straight night to open the season.
They surrendered a goal at the 5:52 mark of the first period at Arizona, when the Coyotes’ Tobias Rieder scored on an assist from Jordan Martinook and Luke Schenn.
Vegas was able to overcome its one-goal deficit last night in Dallas, scoring late to beat the Stars 2-1 in the franchise’s first game.
Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, who stopped 47 shots in the opener, was again busy in the first period. He faced 11 shots, stopping 10.
Game Two: Golden Knights at Arizona
The Golden Knights had little time to enjoy their thrilling come-from-behind win in their first game in franchise history, as the team immediately hopped on a plane to Glendale, Ariz.
Tonight Vegas faces the Arizona Coyotes (0-1-0) and will try to avoid a letdown after their emotional win Friday night in Dallas.
Marc-Andre Fleury is expected to again start in goal after saving 45 of the 46 shots he faced against the Stars. James Neal scored both goals in the Golden Knights’ opener and should again start on the line alongside Cody Eakin and David Perron.
Vadim Shipachyov still has yet to join the Golden Knights after being sent down to the American Hockey League on Tuesday.
Puck drops: 6 p.m.
Where: Gila River Arena, Glendale
Radio: Fox Sports 1340 AM and 98.9 FM
TV: DirecTV 684, Cox 1313, CenturyLink Prism 1760, Dish Network 5414
Betting line: Golden Knights plus-150, Coyotes minus-170, Total 5.5 minus-120 to the over
Golden Knights (1-0-0) (1-0-0 away)
Coach: Gerard Gallant
Goal leader: James Neal (2)
Assist leader: Four tied (1)
Expected goalie: Marc-Andre Fleury (1-0, 1.01 goals against average)
Arizona Coyotes (1-0-0) (0-0-0 home)
Coach: Rick Tocchet
Goal leader: Four Tied (1)
Assist leader: Alex Goligoski (3)
Expected goalie: Antii Raanta (0-0)
Golden Knights game day roster
Forwards (12): Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, William Carrier, Cody Eakin, Erik Haula, William Karlsson, Brendan Leipsic, Oscar Lindberg, Jonathan Marchessault, James Neal, Tomas Nosek, David Perron and Reilly Smith.
Defensemen (6): Deryk Engelland, Jason Garrison, Brayden McNabb, Colin Miller, Luca Sbisa and Nate Schmidt.
Goalies (2): Marc-Andre Fleury and Malcolm Subban.
Prediction : Coyotes 4, Golden Knights 1