Here’s an interesting coincidence:
In its past four playoff series, the Thunder has won the second game 3-2 in overtime. It kept that streak going on Saturday when Harrison Reed was shoved from behind and and scored while falling forward 1:44 into overtime at Stockton Arena. Stockton won by the same score on Friday and lead 2-0 in the best-of-seven series.
We’ll refrain from calling it a commanding lead since these games could have gone either way. But the Thunder has shown a lot of grit in taking two dramatic, hard-fought wins. Vegas, despite playing well most of the time, is in quite a fix now and faces a must-win situation on Monday at home.
Harrison Reed on the winning goal: “I was a play where I was cutting the toward the net and looking for a shot. I watched it go as I was falling. It’s kind of hard to describe how you feel when something like that happens. You just won the game. It’s just indescribable.
Here’s a few notes from Game 2:
* Stockton’s Shawn Boutin landed a brutal hit on Chris Francis of Las Vegas in the second period. There was not a penalty called on the play, but Francis left the game bleeding badly from the nose. Wranglers coach Ryan Mougenel said he was disappointed there wasn’t a call on the play, while Boutin said he thought it was a clean hit.
* Reed scored the game winner, but it likely would not have happened if not for the hard work put in by Max Boisclair to keep the puck in the Las Vegas zone and getting it to Reed. The little things can lead to big things.
* Three former Thunder players with the Wranglers, and two of them — Geoff Paukovich and Judd Blackwater — have scored in the series. Adam Huxley has not scored.