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Published Tuesday, April 4, 2023 | 7:46 p.m.
Updated Tuesday, April 4, 2023 | 9:34 p.m.
There may not be a more powerful fist pump than what Cody Glass delivered once his shot banked off Brayden McNabb in overtime.
The first ever draft pick in Golden Knights history scored the game-winning power-play goal at 3:30 of overtime to hand Vegas a 3-2 loss to the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday.
Jonathan Marchessault was called for holding at 2:53 of the extra frame on Nashville forward Philip Tomasino. Glass, the No. 6 overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, received the puck below the goal line and banked it off McNabb for his 14th goal of the season.
“We’ll take that 10 times out of 10,” Glass said. “I was happy that went in. We stuck with it and got the win.”
Alex Pietrangelo scored twice, and the Golden Knights (48-22-8) rallied from two goals down to earn a point while playing in overtime for the second time in 24 hours. Vegas was coming off a 4-3 shootout win in Minnesota on Monday.
Pietrangelo recorded his eighth career multigoal game and first with the Golden Knights. His 52 points (11 goals, 41 assists) are two shy of his career-high set in 2017-18.
Jonathan Quick made 25 saves, 14 of them coming in the last two periods and overtime, in his first start since March 28 when he allowed six goals against the Edmonton Oilers.
The Golden Knights rallied from a 2-0 deficit to earn a point to pad their lead in the Pacific Division. The Oilers and Los Angeles Kings are currently playing at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles.
Vegas will host Los Angeles on Thursday (7 p.m., ATTSN-RM).
“You’ve got to be proud of the effort,” Pietrangelo said. “We obviously wanted to win, but something to build off here. I don’t think we can go home super disappointed.”
Pietrangelo’s goals offset the two from Nashville forward Tommy Novak in the first period.
Novak opened the scoring at 6:50 on a breakaway, then scored on the power play at 13:08 for the two-goal lead.
The Golden Knights had a 5-on-3 for 1:46 shortly after Novak’s second goal, but could not beat Predators goalie Kevin Lankinen. Vegas put four shots on Nashville’s backup netminder but couldn’t convert.
Nashville appeared to take a 3-0 lead with 3:01 remaining in the first period, but defenseman Tyson Barrie kicked the puck past the goal line upon video review.
Vegas responded with a dominant second period where it outshot Nashville 12-4.
Pietrangelo scored his 10th goal of the season six minutes into the middle frame when his shot bounced off Kevin Gravel’s back, then tied it at 13:39 with a shot from the right circle.
“I thought we controlled the whole game there,” Pietrangelo said. “Even the first wasn’t terrible. They get a couple, we’re down 2-0, but I thought we controlled the pace of the game the whole game. Sometimes it’s not meant to be.”
The Golden Knights had plenty of chances throughout the game, but Lankinen stepped up with 30 saves — on an off night for star goalie Juuse Saros — to keep the Predators alive in the playoff chase.
“We found our game in the second. Started competing harder and looked really good,” coach Bruce Cassidy said. “But again, you’ve got pockets of good, pockets of not good enough.”
Cassidy highlighted special teams as the difference in the game. Nashville went 2-for-4 on the power play, while the Golden Knights finished 0-for-3.
“I think we’re in the zone a lot. Just not executing the last play or we lack that shooter to finish,” Cassidy said. “It’s something we’ve tried to create or we’ve tried to encourage, but we need more of that mentality to shoot the puck on the power play. It didn’t happen tonight enough.”
This could be a first-round playoffs preview should the Predators rally in the final week of the regular season. Nashville is three points behind the Winnipeg Jets for the second wild-card position and one point behind the Calgary Flames for ninth place in the conference.
Calgary, however, lost 4-3 to the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday at home.
The Golden Knights went to overtime for the fourth time in six games and have continued to accumulate points at the right time. Vegas is 13-3-2 since March 1 and earned five points in three games in the last four days.
“It’s a pretty ridiculous schedule we’ve had lately,” Pietrangelo said. “It’s been a grind this past little bit, but I think we’re pouring a lot in here.”