In a hard-fought match, goaltender Adin Hill made a triumphant return from injury, leading the Vegas Golden Knights to a narrow 3-2 victory over the New York Islanders with a remarkable 40-save performance on Tuesday night. This win was especially significant for the Golden Knights, who were looking to bounce back after a disappointing overtime defeat to the New Jersey Devils.
Ivan Barbashev and Nicolas Roy played pivotal roles in the victory, each contributing a goal and an assist, while Sheldon Rempal and Alex Pietrangelo also had standout performances. The game marked Hill’s first start since suffering a lower-body injury in December, making his recovery an important feat for both himself and the team.
Following the game, Hill expressed his excitement at being back on the ice and lauded his teammates’ strong play against a tough opponent. Meanwhile, the Islanders had a new coach at the helm, as Patrick Roy took over for Lane Lambert just days before the matchup.
The Golden Knights showcased their offensive prowess, scoring two quick goals in the second period, with Rempal and Roy finding the back of the net. Despite their efforts, the Islanders fell short, with Jean-Gabriel Pageau’s shorthanded goal not enough to overcome the deficit. The team had multiple power-play opportunities in the final period but ultimately couldn’t convert.
In the post-game interview, Golden Knights coach Bruce Cassidy praised his team’s resilience and improved defensive performance while attributing Barbashev’s goal to a deflection off Pietrangelo’s shot. The Islanders saw a glimmer of success when Brock Nelson scored his 500th career point, but ultimately couldn’t catch up to the Golden Knights.
Captained by Anders Lee, the Islanders fought valiantly but ultimately fell short of their opponents, with the Golden Knights claiming a hard-earned victory.