Golden Knights’ woes continue with OT loss in Calgary

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The Golden Knights fall to 3-7 in their last 10 outings with another abysmal offensive performance against the Flames in Calgary.

CALGARY, Alberta — A brutal stretch for the Knights has gotten even more dire. The team squandered yet another opportunity to right the ship on Monday night, losing to the Flames 2-1 in overtime after squandering a 1-0 lead in the third period. It was the Knights’ seventh loss in ten games.

It’s been a miserable stretch of games in terms of offensive production for the Knights. They’ve managed to find the net just twice total in their last four games. They’ve only allowed just two goals in each of their last three outings, yet they haven’t been able to muster a win in any of them because of how lethargic the teams’ goal scorers have been during this stretch.

How it happened

When William Karlsson put a Nic Roy tip-pass into the back of the net on a power-play opportunity less than seven minutes in, for a brief moment it all of a sudden felt like the Knights’ offense was back.

That was a fleeting feeling. They proceeded to go goalless for the remaining 53-plus minutes of regulation, and 4:55 of overtime in an abysmal effort that fully displayed how dire the circumstances have become for a team that started the season on a historic pace.

The Flames knotted the score at 1-1 early in the third period, when AJ Greer put a rebound off Adin Hill into the back of the net. The Knights had already gone nearly 40 minutes without a goal before the Flames broke through, and when they did it felt like the eventual outcome was inevitable.

The Knights were faced with a short-handed situation as Nic Roy took a tripping penalty with less than a minute remaining in regulation. A brilliant job by penalty-kill got them to overtime unscathed, and they even survived the leftover power-play minute in the 4-on-3 to even the momentum back up.

Like most of the momentum-building moments for the Knights over the last ten games, this one was also short-lived. With just five seconds remaining in the extra period, Mackenzie Weegar rifled one past Adin Hill for the game-winning goal.

As you can see, it wasn’t the finest effort by Hill. Nonetheless, it was about on par with the effort the team has been giving him offensively. On to the next, I guess.

FINAL SCORE: Flames 2, Golden Knights 1 (OT)

Next game

The Knights continue their three-game Western Canada road trip tomorrow in Edmonton. Puck-drop at the Rogers Place is set for 6 p.m. PST. The Knights then head to Vancouver for a date with the Canucks on Thursday at 7 p.m. PST.