Golden Knights tie it with 0.3 seconds left against Predators, win in OT

Thomas Williams
Hockey writer
Thanks to Max Pacioretty, the Vegas Golden Knights were able to defeat the Nashville Predators in overtime because of his buzzer-beating equalizer. (NHL Live)

In a last ditch effort, Vegas Golden Knights winger Max Pacioretty sent the puck to the net as quickly as he could in Nashville — it ended up being the deciding factor to clinch two points against the Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday night.

Down 3-2 late in the third, the Vegas forward was served a beautiful backhand pass from teammate Mark Stone. Pacioretty swung at it like a madman and ended up scoring his ninth of the season with just 0.3 seconds remaining in regulation.

Not even the many Nashville defenders — sliding in an attempt to help goaltender Juuse Saros stop the puck — could get there in time to keep the win for themselves.

With momentum on their side, the Golden Knights were able to put this game to bed with a deciding two-on-none rush involving Nate Schmidt and Paul Statsny.

In just two minutes, Vegas went from likely leaving Nashville without any points earned to taking the majority — even if it meant giving the Predators their single loser point.

Stone, Pacioretty, and Rielly Smith all finished this one with a goal and an assist while Malcolm Subban was able to stop 30 of 33 shots to keep his team within striking distance.

The Golden Knights are now 12-11-4 on the season.

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