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Karlsson scores two, Fleury and Vegas blanks Calgary, 6-0

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Updated: 14 hours ago

LAS VEGAS -- The 

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 can finally be proud of a third period.

 

They went into their game against Calgary having held leads in six of their previous eight games and led by two in three of them.

 

However, they've struggled to finish and were mired in a five-game losing streak.

 

The Golden Knights left no doubt on Sunday.

 

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 had his third straight multipoint game, 

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 stopped 34 shots to earn his league high-tying 10th victory this season and Vegas got four third-period goals to douse the Flames 6-0.

 

Fleury, who improved to 14-4-1 all-time against Calgary, got his fifth career shutout against the Flames and 58th all time, which moved him into a tie for 19th in NHL history with Jon Ross Roach.

 

"It's been a rough patch, everybody's getting all frustrated and sometimes confidence was so low going into the third (period), if we're behind (or) even if we're ahead teams would come back on us," said Fleury, who is one victory shy from 450 for his career.

 

"We haven't been scoring as much lately, to see so many guys get goals tonight, it's good. It boosts everybody's confidence. Everybody feels a little better and it's gonna carry to the next game."

 

Karlsson, the only player to have appeared in each of Vegas' 186 all-time regular-season games, had two goals and an assist. He now has 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) over the last 11 games and leads the team with 23 points.

 

"This is what we need, two huge points for us and now we just look forward," Karlsson said. "I think we executed very well, just overall a very good game."

 

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 had four assists, a new career-high for the defenseman for points in a game.

 

Vegas, which is now 6-2-0 against opponents from the Pacific Division, also snapped a three-game home losing skid and improved to 2-4-3 in its last nine overall.

 

"We really moved the puck well," Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said. "We're all about playing fast and speed and transition and I thought it was real good. It's good for our team, it's good for our confidence, now we just gotta continue to play that way."

 

Calgary, which has never won inside T-Mobile Arena, dropped to 1-3-0 in the second game of a back-to-back this season after losing in Arizona on Saturday.

 

"I thought we battled through 40 (minutes), and had a tough one in the final 20," Calgary coach Bill Peters said. "It was a little deflating in that regard. It feels like it's just hard to get (the puck) to go in right now."

 

The Golden Knights got on the board midway through the first period when Karlsson skated in on an odd man rush with Max Pacioretty but kept the puck and fired it past 

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Stastny notched his 698th career point, when he gracefully deked around 

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 and fired a wrist shot by Talbot midway through the second period, while Pacioretty seized momentum for the Golden Knights by making it 3-0 early in the third.

 

Eakin scored the most meaningful goal of the night, after struggling to find the back of the net through the first 21 games. Eakin capitalized took a pass from 

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 and flipped it past Talbot with a little more than five minutes left for his first goal of the season.

 

"It felt good," said Eakin, who now has 99 career goals. "I've been doing it long enough and bad stuff happens where you go through something like that you can just do what you do best.

 

Sometimes when you go through a rut like that where you're not producing, things get a little tougher and you feel like you're skating in sand. It's nice to get that one."

 

Mark Stone snapped a six-game scoreless drought with a one-timer from one knee over Talbot's stick to make it 5-0, and Karlsson's second goal of the game came on a backhand with 2:31 left in the contest.

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Fleury's big saves in 450th win lead Vegas past Leafs, 4-2

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Game # 23
 
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LAS VEGAS -- The only thing missing for 

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Fleury made 31 saves for his 450th win, including an incredible diving stop late in the game, and the 

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While his clutch save against the 

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 in Game 7 of the 2009 Stanley Cup Final with 1.2 seconds remaining might still be the biggest of his 16-year career, Fleury now has an argument for the most spectacular.

 

With the Golden Knights clinging to a 3-2 advantage and less than four minutes left, 

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 fired a shot that went off the crossbar and directly to 

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, who was staring at a wide-open net and a chance to score his first goal of the season.

 

But Petan's backhand from the bottom of the circle was thwarted as Fleury dove back to his left and with his body outstretched snatched the puck before it hit twine, sending 18,292 fans into a frenzy -- even some wearing Maple Leafs jerseys.

 

"It was fun. A little lucky cause I didn't stop the first one; it was off the crossbar," said Fleury, who is three wins behind 

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 for sixth place on the career list.

 

"It's good when you get those second opportunities to redeem yourself. As a goalie those are the saves that maybe make you feel like when you're a player and score a goal -- the saves I love to play for."

 

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 scored for Vegas. But for the second consecutive game it was Fleury who kept the Golden Knights in it with outstanding stops, particularly when the Maple Leafs turned up the pressure in the third period.

 

With 14:59 left, Fleury denied 

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' first shot of the game, tipped the puck with the paddle of his stick to himself and snared it with his glove.

 

It was that kind of night for Fleury.

 

Moments later, with the heat still on, he robbed Nylander by sliding across the crease and stretching out his left pad at the right moment to prevent the puck from sneaking into the corner of the net.

 

Fleury, who shut out Calgary 6-0 on Sunday, became the seventh goaltender in NHL history to win 450 games.

 

"He's pretty incredible when he makes types of saves like that," Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said. "As a coach you come to expect that from him. He makes those saves. He's acrobatic. He never gives up on the puck."

 

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, who has lost his last four starts, stopped 33 shots.

 

The struggling Maple Leafs have lost six in a row and are 0-5-1 since star winger 

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 went down.

Toronto dropped to 9-10-4 on the season and has just two regulation victories in its last 16 games.

 

"We had lots of chances. ... Bottom line is we've got to stick with it and just keep grinding," coach Mike Babcock said. "It's disappointing, but I'm always about the process and how hard guys play. We played way harder, so I thought that was good."

 

After 

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's shot trickled through Anderson's pads into the crease, Glass was there to clean up for a man-advantage goal that gave Vegas a 1-0 lead midway through the second period.

 

Toronto tied it when Mikheyev entered the zone and dropped the puck off for Spezza, who fired it past Fleury early in the third.

 

Vegas answered immediately when Nosek made amends for missing an earlier breakaway when he stole the puck in the neutral zone, raced in on a breakaway, put a filthy deke on Andersen and backhanded the puck into the net to make it 2-1 just 42 seconds after Spezza's goal.

 

Stone extended the lead to 3-1 with a power-play drive from the right dot at 10:22. Hyman cut Vegas' lead to one with his first goal of the season at 12:47, but Eakin put the game away when he scored the 100th goal of his career into an empty net with 21 seconds left.

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Sharks topple Golden Knights 2-1 in overtime

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Updated: 12 hours ago

LAS VEGAS -- 

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 isn’t always following the calendar enough to know who’s next on the San Jose Sharks’ schedule.

 

He knew the Golden Knights were coming, though, because the team uses the Las Vegas trip as part of its annual Father’s Trip.

 

He made some dads plenty happy Thursday night, scoring in overtime to back 37 save from 

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 in San Jose’s 2-1 victory.

 

"I can barely remember who we play the next game," Couture said. "You get in the middle of a season, games just kind of happen."

 

This was the first meeting of the Pacific Division rivals since Vegas swept a home-and-home set to open the regular season. The teams have met in the previous two postseasons, splitting those series.

 

"Any time we play these guys it's gonna be a tough game," Couture said. "They're a very good team. At the end of the year they're gonna be near the top of the division, so it was a good test for us."

 

San Jose is 7-3-0 in November to improve to 11-11-1 overall. It arrived in Vegas eager for a victory after its six-game winning streak was snapped in Tuesday's home loss to Edmonton.

 

"I think we all know we're a good team," Sharks defenseman 

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Even when they're short-handed.

 

The Sharks played without forward 

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, who was a late scratch, resulting in the Sharks using 11 forwards and seven defensemen, rather than the traditional 12/6 ratio.

 

They finished without forward 

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, both of whom left in the third period.

 

Much of the credit went to Dell, who had perhaps his best performance of the season against a team that had given him fits in his three prior meetings. Dell came in 0-2-1 with a 4.28 goals against average and an .868 save percentage against the Golden Knights, but he stopped 33 of 34 shots in regulation and four more in overtime.

 

"It was a great character win," Dell said. "I think we really showed that it doesn't matter who's in and who's out, that we can get the job done."

 

Vegas was thwarted on all three attempts by the league's best penalty kill. San Jose has been successful on 22 of its last 24 penalty kills.

 

"Our PK was good tonight again," Karlsson said. "I don't think they created anything more than a few chances here and there, which is gonna happen. Overall it's been one of the best parts of our game."

 

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, coming off a highlight-reel save Tuesday, stopped 27 shots.

 

"We played pretty good,” Fleury said. “We’re at home. Were playing against them, too, so we always want to beat them, but at least we battled back to get that point."

 

After a physical start, including a first period that featured 29 combined hits and 20 shots on goal, Meier showed off his strength by holding off defenseman 

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McNabb scored and invigorated Vegas midway through the third, when he fired a shot from the top of the right circle and beat Dell glove side with his second goal of the season. Both of the defenseman's goals this season have come against San Jose.

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McDavid scores 2 to lead Oilers past Vegas, 4-2

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Game # 25
 
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LAS VEGAS -- 

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On Saturday night, Edmonton's dynamic duo taught the 

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McDavid scored two goals, Draisaitl had three assists, and the Oilers beat the Golden Knights 4-2.

"It was a whole team effort," Draisaitl said. "Just a big win."

 

Draisaitl and McDavid are first and second in NHL scoring, with 47 and 46 points, respectively. Draisaitl leads the league with 31 assists while McDavid is second with 18 goals and tied for second with 28 assists.

 

"They've been strong all year," Edmonton coach Dave Tippett said.

 

"They're top talent. I would say as good as they've been, I think there's been other parts of our team that have been quite well. They're obviously vital cogs to what we're trying to do, but they've really bought in to a team atmosphere, the way we want to play as a team."

 

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 also scored for the Pacific Division-leading Oilers. 

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 stopped 25 shots to earn his 250th career victory.

 

Smith, 7-6-1 this season, bounced back from a 5-1 loss to Los Angeles on Thursday when he allowed three first-period goals before being replaced by 

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Edmonton, 7-3-2 in its last 12 games, moved into a first-place tie with 

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 atop the Western Conference with 33 points.

 

"There's lots of talk about us right now," McDavid said. "But I thought it was a complete effort tonight."

 

Vegas, meanwhile, came out flat, was outskated and outhustled for much of the game, and couldn't seem to match Edmonton's speed or intensity.

 

Now the Golden Knights hit the road for tests in Dallas and Nashville mired in a 2-5-2 slide after losing the last two during a four-game homestand.

 

"It was disappointing from the start right to the finish," Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said. "The execution wasn't there tonight, but it's gotta start with competing and battling and winning those battles.

 

Get your nose dirty a little bit. And it's not all the guys, there's some guys. We've gotta get more of a team game.

 

"We just didn't have any push back and that's what disappoints me with our group."

 

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 finished with 27 saves and dropped to 10-4-1 in his career against the Oilers.

 

McDavid and Bear gave the Oilers a 2-0 lead before Eakin cut the lead in half with 20 seconds remaining in the first period.

 

Granlund got his 100th career point when cleaned up his own rebound with a backhand to beat Fleury with just under eight minutes to go in the second period.

 

Theodore responded with his second of the season, ending a 20-game goal drought, when he raced into the zone and used his crafty stick-handling skills to split a pair of defenders in the slot and beat Smith five-hole with 5:41 remaining in the period.

 

McDavid and Draisaitl struck again, this time on a power play at 2:11 of the third, when Fleury was slow to get back in position. Draisaitl's pass from behind the goal found McDavid, who one-timed a wrister into the net, extending Edmonton's to two goals.

 

"We had stretches in the second where we were kind of showing our game and we were starting to definitely play the right way, but it got away from us a little bit," Theodore said. "We're not even coming close to our expectations, especially with Edmonton coming in. We knew they were gonna be good, we knew they were gonna be fast, I just didn't think we had that match tonight."

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Stars tie record with 7th straight win, 4-2 over Vegas

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Game # 26
 
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DALLAS -- 

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 anchored a stout penalty-killing unit on a special Monday night for the Stars.

 

Special, as in special teams. Two power-play goals by Radulov and four scoreless penalty kills in the second period led to the Stars tying a team record with their seventh consecutive victory, 4-2 over the 

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"(The penalty kill) stepped up and on the other side, too, the power play had two goals,” said defenseman 

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, who got two of his three assists with the man advantage. “It's a huge part of hockey nowadays. It’s hard to score 5-on-5, and you need special teams to step up.”

 

The Stars have won seven straight five times in a franchise history that dates back to 1967 as the Minnesota North Stars.

 

Dallas is on a 12-game point streak (11-0-1) and has gone 14-1-1 in the last 16 after a 1-7-1 start to the season. The Stars moved within two points of Central Division leader St. Louis.

 

"I think we have a lot more emotion into our game, and I think we're playing a lot faster," coach 

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Radulov and Lindell staked 

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 to a 2-0 lead in a dominant first period that Montgomery called “one of the best periods we've played all year.”

 

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 scored in the second and Bishop finished with 26 saves for his sixth straight victory.

 

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 stopped 25 shots.

 

Dallas scored two goals in less than two minutes during the first period.

 

On the power play at 11:42, Radulov tipped in a shot by Klingberg from the blue line.

 

“Before the game,” Radulov said, “we were talking about probably whoever won the special-teams game was going to get the most chances. That's what we did."

 

At 13:25, 

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“We had a tough start to the first period with the two penalties and falling behind 2-0,” Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said. “You can’t get behind against a really good team like that.”

 

The Stars outshot the Golden Knights 16-6 in the first.

 

Vegas came out strong in the second period, with 10 of the first 11 shots on goal. Dallas killed four penalties, but Theodore scored on a backhand at 13:48, just five seconds after the last of those expired.

 

Lindell was on the ice for 5:13 of penalty killing. The Stars have been successful on 15 opponents’ power plays in a row.

 

“Esa’s probably our best penalty killer because he logs so many minutes and wins so many battles,” Montgomery said.

 

Stastny, playing in his 900th NHL game, scored 1:23 into the third.

 

Stastny was upset with the Golden Knights’ performance on the power play.

 

“I lost a key draw there when we had a 5-on-3 for 18 seconds. I’ve got to find a way to win that or even have a 50-50 chance just so we can get possession off of that,” he said.

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Stastny's OT goal caps comeback, Vegas beats Predators 4-3

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Game # 27
 
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Paul Stastny’s 700th career point was certainly dramatic.

 

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 tied the game with less than a second left in regulation and Stastny scored at 1:52 of overtime to give the 

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 a 4-3 comeback victory over the 

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 made 31 saves for his first win of the season.

 

“It was pretty exciting to win a game like that,” Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant said. “We needed something like that for our team tonight. Score late like that and then win it in overtime, it’s huge for our team.”

 

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In overtime, 

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 intercepted Calle Jarnkrok’s pass attempt and went in on a 2-on-0 break on Predators goalie 

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Schmidt fed a cross-ice pass to Stastny, who buried a one-timer for the winner.

 

The goal was Stastny’s 700th NHL point. He and his father, Peter, are the third father-son duo to each have at least 700 points, joining the Hulls and the Howes.

 

"We kind of never gave up,” Stastny said. “The spirit on the bench was always the same. We always stuck with it. Sometimes it takes that last second.”

 

 

Nashville appeared to have a regulation victory in hand, but Pacioretty scored with 0.3 seconds remaining in the third period and Subban pulled for an extra attacker to send the game to overtime.

 

“We had everybody on board tonight,” Pacioretty said. “We’ve had situations like this before where we’ve had a game that we want to rally behind, and this is definitely one of them.”

 

Early in the third and with the game tied at 2, Duchene wired a wrist shot from the high slot inside the near post for his seventh goal of the season.

 

Stone scored the first goal of the game at 7:33 of the opening period.

 

From the goal line to the right of the Nashville net, Pacioretty used a soccer-style kick to direct the puck to Stone in the lower part of the left circle. From there he was able to beat Saros high to the glove side.

 

Smith made it 2-0 at 6:22 of the second.

 

A pass from Schmidt sent Smith in on a breakaway as he slipped behind Predators defenseman 

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Granlund halved the Vegas lead 39 seconds later.

 

Josi drove the puck down the right side and found Granlund in the low slot, where his quick redirection beat Subban through the legs.

 

Granlund has seven points in his last seven games.

 

“I think he’s been probably one of our most noticeable players,” Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said. “The production is coming now, but he’s working so hard every game. It’s hard not to notice him out there and the things that he does.”

 

Ellis tied it 2-all at 11:25 of the second.

 

Deep in the Vegas zone, Josi’s pass came to Ellis on the right side. After drawing Subban his way with a fake, Ellis switched to his backhand and slid the puck into the open net.

 

“It would have been nice to keep this little streak we got going, especially after the negative streak we had there,” Ellis said. “It happens, and we’ve got to move past it.”

 

Saros made 26 saves in his third consecutive start.

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Alex Tuch lifts Golden Knights past Coyotes in shootout

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LAS VEGAS -- When 

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 was 14 years old, he started packing his goalie bags the exact same way and hasn't changed since.

 

"I go pants, jock, kneepads, then skates, shoulder pads, helmet, glove -- always the same" said the 25-year-old goaltender for the 

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He's just as meticulous as he prepares his mindset for a shootout.

 

Subban improved to 5-0 lifetime in a shootout, 

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 scored in regulation and added the shootout winner, and Vegas notched a 2-1 victory over the 

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 also scored in the shootout for Vegas, which won its second straight.

 

Subban, who went into the shootout a perfect 16 for 16 in his career, stopped 35 shots in his third straight start, including two monster saves in the final 12 seconds of regulation, and two more in overtime, turning away 

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"I wish I could describe the feeling, but I'm just focused on the puck and you don't really feel anything else," Subban said. "I just try to stay patient in there and give my team a chance to get a goal or two."

 

After losing his first six starts, going 0-4-2, Subban has won two straight after an overtime win in Nashville on Wednesday night.

 

"When you're losing a lot, it gets pretty miserable, so I'm happy to get a couple of wins here," Subban said.

 

"You're kind of just into the game and just try to dial yourself in and not think about anything else that's going on."

 

Vegas played its second straight overtime game and sixth in November. The Golden Knights, who are 4-4 in overtime games this season, including a perfect 3-0 in shootouts.

 

"Tuchy had a good game, he played one of his better games of the year," Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said. "Subby was good, made a couple of key saves there in overtime, locked in all night long. Obviously in the shootout he's very good at those breakaways."

 

Arizona -- which is 6-2-2 against Pacific Division teams and has earned a point in nine straight games (6-0-3) against them -- played in its third straight overtime game and seventh this month.

 

The Coyotes have earned points in 11 of 14 road games (8-3-3) and have earned points in eight of their last nine road games (6-1-2).

 

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"We played a good hockey game tonight, we deserved better," Arizona coach Rick Tocchet said. "You kill that many penalties and you don't get power plays and that's what happened. I'm proud of the guys we played hard."

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Tuch scores 2 early, Golden Knights beat Rangers 4-1

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NEW YORK -- The 

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 stopped 29 shots as Vegas improved to 5-2-1 after a season-high five-game skid (0-4-1).

 

"You could see it really set the tone for our team," Subban said of the early goals. "And then to follow it up with two more obviously helps. A 4-0 lead definitely gets you feeling good about yourself."

 

Though the Golden Knights were feeling good about their longest win streak of the season, Tuch said they don't think about it too much.

 

"We're just going out there trying to play each period one at a time," he said, "and just trying to get a win every night."

 

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"I didn't like our mentality," New York coach David Quinn said. "We were way too risk-oriented, we just did not play a very solid, structured game. We really fueled their offense."

 

The Rangers went 0 for 6 on the power play against a Vegas team that came in tied for fifth in penalty-killing.

 

New York picked up the pace in the second half of each of the first two periods and came out more aggressive to start the third.

 

The Rangers outshot the Golden Knights 8-1 over the first 12 minutes and finished the period with a 11-4 advantage but couldn't score.

 

"We found a way, we made some good saves," Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant said. "The guys did a really good job on the PK and that was the difference for us."

 

Subban, getting the start while 

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"We did a pretty good job of taking away their plays on the power play and their strengths," Subban said. "That obviously goes a long way and really frustrates those guys."

 

Vegas scored twice early in the first period and then doubled its lead with a pair of goals early in the second.

Subban knocked turned aside a deflection by Chytil 2:10 into the second to keep the Rangers off the scoreboard, and 

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Smith made it 3-0 on a breakaway as he put a backhander past Lundqvist for his team-leading 12th at 4:44.

With Vegas on its second power play of the game, rookie 

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Lemieux deflected a pass from 

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The Golden Knights outshot the Rangers 13-3 over the first 10 minutes.

 

Tuch got Vegas on the scoreboard just 1:34 in. His shot from the left side was stopped by Lundqvist but it trickled past and, as the goalie lunged back, he appeared to get the puck before it crossed the line

 

. However, after a review, the goal counted as replays showed it went across before Lundqvist pulled it back out.

 

"It was not the start we were looking for," Lundqvist said. "After that it was downhill for another five or six minutes before we settled things down and got our game going."

 

The Golden Knights went on a power play 18 seconds later and Tuch took advantage on a rush just 2 seconds before the penalty expired, tipping a pass by 

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"He plays hard, he played well and when he shoots pucks like that he's going to get them to go into the net," Gallant said.

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Marchessault's hat trick leads Golden Knights past Devils

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NEWARK, N.J. -- 

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Marchessault scored three straight goals in the third period to rally the 

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Marchessault scored twice in the first 5:04 of the third to give the Golden Knights a 3-2 lead. He added a power-play goal midway through the period, and Vegas held on even after New Jerseys 

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The Golden Knights have won four straight to improve to 15-11-4.

 

“It’s fun,” Marchessault said. “We didn’t have that all year so far, so it’s good that we get on a roll.”

 

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Hynes was fired Tuesday after a 9-13-4 start that left the team in last place in the Metropolitan Division and with the NHL’s second worst record.

 

General manager Ray Shero announced the move roughly 20 minutes before Hynes was scheduled to speak to the media before the game. Hynes had been the coach for four-plus seasons.

 

Shero named assistant 

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“Tonight is a new beginning, and we had the lead, yes, going into the third, but it was more about what we did and what we didn’t do,” Nasreddine said. “There are no excuses.”

 

The dismissal came a day after the Devils were ripped by the 

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Subban has been playing for Marc-Andre Fluery, who has been away from the team for the past week with a family illness.

 

“It’s been huge. Obviously, you get a couple wins you feel better about yourself, you feel good about your game, so it’s been great obviously,” Subban said. “Still stuff to work on, but it’s coming along so it feels good right now.”

 

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The Golden Knights tied it in the second period on a centering pass by 

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“That’s what he does,” Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant said of Stephenson. “He’s done it before. He’s played on a real good team, and he’s had that role a little bit, so when we give him an opportunity and you know you want to make a player feel comfortable coming to a new team and scored a huge goal for us tonight, played some PK and it worked out.”

 

Bratt restored the Devils’ lead 14:17 into the second. Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant challenged for goalie interference, but the referees said Hall was pushed into the crease by Paul Statsny.

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Pulock's goal in OT lifts Islanders over Golden Knights 3-2

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- In a physical game with a playoff pace, 

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Pulock scored a power-play goal 3:20 into the extra session to give the Islanders a 3-2 victory over the 

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"It was probably one of the faster games we played this year," Pulock said. "That's a good team over there. It's huge to get that extra point."

 

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"It was fast, it was furious. There were great plays, great saves -- everything you want in a game," New York coach Barry Trotz said. "It was a fun hockey game."

 

Marchessault was sent off for tripping at 3:10 of OT, giving the Islanders a 4-on-3 advantage. That led to Pulock's winner after New York won the faceoff in the Vegas zone.

 

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"It was a hard-fought game and fun to be part of," Golden Knights defenseman 

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"Everybody was invested," Trotz said. "I can't think of one line I was disappointed in. ... I like the way we played. Great atmosphere. One of our better games of the year."

 

Marchessault tied the game for the Golden Knights at 15:28 of the third after Nelson put the Islanders ahead earlier in the period. Marchessault, who had a hat trick in a win over the Devils on Tuesday, whipped the puck past Varlamov for his ninth goal of the season. 

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Nelson snapped a shot past Vegas goaltender 

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It was the first time the Golden Knights visited the Islanders' original home at Nassau Coliseum after Vegas' previous two road games against New York were played at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

 

This one had a playoff feel, rare for teams that meet only twice per season. Several dozen Golden Knights fans chanted loudly for their team but were quickly drowned out by the loud home crowd.

 

"It was a great game, two teams battled real hard. I love the way our team competed," Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said. "It was a real good road trip. If we keep playing like this, we'll win a lot of hockey games."

 

The Islanders improved to 8-2-0 at Nassau Coliseum, where they are playing a majority of their home games this season, two years before a planned move into their new arena at Belmont Park.

 

Clutterbuck opened the scoring at 4:26 of the second, scoring unassisted to finish a 3-on-1 break when he rifled the puck past Subban for his third goal of the season.

 

Tuch tied it at 15:27 when he wired the puck over Varlamov's right shoulder to continue his stellar play on the road trip.

 

Tuch also scored twice in Monday's 4-1 victory over the Rangers at Madison Square Garden and had three assists in Tuesday's 4-3 win at New Jersey. 

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 assisted on Tuch's fifth goal of the season.

 

Subban made a number of excellent saves in the first period. He had a sharp glove stop on defenseman 

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Varlamov had an especially strong second, denying Smith, the Golden Knights' leading goal scorer, on a 2-on-1 chance from the right circle. Varlamov stopped Marchessault from point-blank range while Vegas was on a power play 12 minutes into the middle period.

 

The Islanders held a 13-8 shots advantage after the scoreless first. Vegas outshot the Islanders 13-12 in the second, and the Golden Knights had an 11-4 edge in the third.

 

The Islanders were coming off a 4-2 loss at Montreal on Tuesday and had played five of their last six on the road since an overtime win in Brooklyn against Pittsburgh on Nov. 21.

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Georgiev stifles Golden Knights in Rangers’ 5-0 win

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LAS VEGAS -- 

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Georgiev, who recorded his first shutout of the season at New Jersey on Nov. 30, was making his fourth start in five games. It was the 23-year-old's fourth career shutout.

 

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 scored for the Rangers.

 

The Golden Knights hadn't been shutout since last Feb. 18 at Colorado. They came into the game with at least one goal in 52 consecutive regulation games, the third longest active streak behind Boston (84 games) and Florida (56).

 

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, making his seventh straight start for Vegas, made 20 saves.

 

The Golden Knights had their five-game point streak snapped as they dropped to 7-6-3 at home this season.

 

The Rangers took a 1-0 lead after defenseman 

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Kreider struck 14 seconds later, when he pelted 

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Early in the second period Vegas forward 

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 in the face and the Rangers wasted no time on the power play.

 

After Subban's save caromed to his right, Trouba stopped the puck with his skate, kicked it to his forehand and punched it in a wide-open net to make it 3-0 at 7:14.

 

Trouba then helped extend the lead when his pass from the top of the right circle found Fast in perfect position to lift the puck over Subban's pad and give the Rangers a commanding 4-0 lead with 9 1/2 minutes left in the middle period.

 

The Golden Knights lost rookie 

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Zibanejad got credit for the Rangers' fifth goal when the puck went off Golden Knights defenseman 

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Fleury returns, leads Vegas to 5-1 win over Blackhawks

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LAS VEGAS -- 

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This one might have been the most emotional.

 

Fleury made 28 saves and the 

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 5-1 on Tuesday night in their goaltender's first game since the death of his father, Andre.

 

"I got to think about him a bunch," Fleury said afterward, doing his best to keep his emotions in check. "I tried to keep (the pregame routine) the same. I've been doing this for a while, none of that changed too much. But, it's definitely more emotional."

 

The 16-year veteran, the only son to Andre and France Fleury, hadn't started since a 4-2 loss to Edmonton on Nov. 23.

 

Fleury said he felt the energy before the opening puck drop, when public address announcer Bruce Cusick introduced him to a crowd of 18,319 that gave Fleury a bit more than the typical ovation he's used to.

 

"I was away for a while. It's always nice to get that feeling when I get back on the ice," said Fleury, who improved to 11-6-5 against Chicago and 69-38-13 in December.

 

"The first game, always a little worried to see how things are going to go, and I want to do well for the team. Took me a few minutes to get going, but the more the game went on, I felt better. The guys in front played very good. I'm just happy we got the win."

 

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 scored with 27 seconds left to spoil Fleury's bid for his 59th career shutout.

 

"Obviously it's a special game for (Fleury), coming back, and I think everyone on the team knew what kind of game it was for him," Karlsson said. "Unfortunately we couldn't (finish) the shutout, but he had a great game and the team played pretty well, too."

 

After an evenly contested first period that saw both goaltenders come up with spectacular saves to keep their opponents off the scoreboard, Vegas was increasingly better in the second with the first seven shots on goal.

 

"Whether it's managing the puck or just being sharp in transition, they were better than us," Chicago coach 

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Smith took advantage on a power play with the eighth shot of the period. He gathered a rebound, maneuvered his way around Crawford and tucked home the first goal of the game.

 

Shortly after it was the 37-year-old Engelland beating Crawford top shelf with a wrist shot far side for his first goal of the season.

 

With less than a minute left in the second, Smith was masterful in forcing a turnover from Chicago veteran 

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Meanwhile, Fleury didn't look as though he missed any time whatsoever, flashing leather and making highlight-reel saves to thwart every Blackhawks effort, including back-to-back attempts by Toews on the doorstep late in the second.

 

Pacioretty's goal made it 4-0 early in the third, and Reaves got his third of the season late in the period.

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Sundqvist has goal, assist as Blues beat Golden Knights 4-2

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ST. LOUIS -- 

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After missing the previous six games with a lower-body injury, Sundqvist had a goal and an assist as the 

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The 25-year-old center kept up his offensive surge, assisting on the Blues' first goal and scoring their second. Sundqvist had two goals in his last game against Tampa Bay on Nov. 27 before getting hurt.

 

"I felt good out there," Sundqvist said. "The lungs weren't great. I had to keep the shifts short in the third."

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"He plays an aggressive game and he attacks," Berube said. "He doesn't quit. He wills his way everywhere on the ice. He wills his way through traffic. He wills his way to the net. He wills goals in. That's what he does."

 

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"Lot of missed chances, but we were loose in the second," coach Gerard Gallant said. "That cost (us) the hockey game."

 

The Blues took control with two goals in a 39-second span late in the second period.

 

Schwartz gave the defending Stanley Cup champions a 3-2 lead with 5:07 left in the frame, ripping home a big rebound off a shot by 

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"I think everyone thought I was going to pass," Thomas said. "I kind of was just waiting, saw him slide off the post a little bit and was able to sneak it by him."

 

Fleury wanted that one back.

 

"They put the puck on net," he said. "Had a lot of bodies there and that fourth one, that's on me."

 

MacEachern gave the Blues a 1-0 lead on a one-timer off Jacob de la Rose's pass at the 4:52 mark of the first period.

 

Pacioretty tied it 25 seconds later, putting in his own rebound on a breakaway for his second goal in two games.

 

Carrier's first goal in 14 games gave the Golden Knights a 2-1 lead with 7:32 left in the first. Carrier tucked home a rebound of 

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"We played probably 30 minutes of good hockey," Berube said. "Maybe 35, but I'm looking for 60. I'm not trying to be critical up here, but we have to get better."

 

Sundqvist tied the game for the Blues at 1:34 of the second, deflecting 

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's shot past Fleury for his ninth of the season.

 

"It feels like I'm in the right spot a lot of times," Sundqvist said. "At the same time, it's a really good job by the other guys to get the pucks there. Today it was kind of a lucky goal -- it was more like a reaction when Petro shot it there."

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Pacioretty scores in OT, Golden Knights beat Stars 3-2

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DALLAS -- The 

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 went on the offensive in OT, and the aggressive approach quickly paid off.

 

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 scored on a backhander 51 seconds into overtime and the Knights beat the 

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 3-2 on Friday night.

 

Vegas coach Gerard Gallant put Pacioretty, the team's scoring leader, and 

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 on the ice to start the overtime.

 

"In the D-zone I worry about it," Gallant said. "But in the offensive zone, no. They are two good hockey players and I want to get them out there. We tried something better and it worked."

 

Dallas' 

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 had tied it with 5:11 remaining in the third period. He worked a give-and-go, passing from behind the net to 

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, then skating into the slot to deflect Seguin's return pass past goalie 

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 put the Stars ahead 1-0 in the first period. The Golden Knights took a 2-1 lead in the second on goals by 

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 and newcomer 

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"You could see the difference when we were playing as a unit of five," Pacioretty said, "making sure we make life hard on (Dallas') forwards on the blue lines. We deserved, I felt, to come out with a win."

 

Subban made 28 saves for his first win in three career games against Dallas.

 

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 stopped 28 shots for Dallas, which had won three in a row and 10 of 11 home games.

 

Fedun, a defenseman activated because 

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 was a late scratch because of a family illness, skated backward across the top of the slot and sent a wrist shot over Subban at 15:14 of the first. Fedun had been a healthy scratch in all six games since Nov. 26.

 

Fedun was informed about an hour before the puck dropped that he would be playing.

 

"It doesn't matter what's happening behind the scenes in there," Fedun said. "You got to perform and that's what matters. However you go about doing that, you got to find a way to get it done."

 

Fedun's second goal this season was the only one of 16 shots on Subban in the first period.

 

"Malcolm was huge in the first," Gallant said. "He had a lot of good scoring chances against so he was the difference in the first for sure."

 

A bigger difference was Vegas' superior play in the second period and beyond.

 

"A very good first and a very bad second is what you saw," Stars interim coach Rick Bowness said. "I thought it was even in the third. We had a great chance in overtime but didn't capitalize. We got caught on a change and they did it."

 

Dallas is 1-0-1 since Bowness took over after head coach 

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Karlsson led the Golden Knight's resurgence in the second period. Bishop stopped Karlsson's shot from the left faceoff circle 3:35 into the period, but 45 seconds later Karlsson beat the goalie with a snap shot into the left side of the net. That tied the game at 1.

 

Neither team had a penalty until the Stars' 

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 went off for hooking at 12:04 of the second. Dallas killed the Golden Knights' power play, with Bishop making three saves.

 

The Golden Knights came back just 37 seconds later for a 2-1 lead when Stephenson eluded Fedun for a wrist shot from the left circle. In six games since being traded from Washington, he has two goals and an assist while playing nearly three minutes more per game for Vegas.

 

"I didn't know much about him before he came," Pacioretty said. "I knew he was a fast player and he probably didn't get as much of a chance as he deserved in Washington. As you saw tonight, he's got a phenomenal shot."

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