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LAS VEGAS -- Golden Knights rookie 

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 couldn't seem to do anything right on the day of his NHL debut.

 

He broke a sliding door in the locker room of the team's practice facility, couldn't fall asleep while attempting to take a pregame nap -- and his nerves continued to get the best of him.

Then he stepped onto the ice.

 

Glass, the club's first draft selection when he was picked sixth overall in 2017, scored the first goal of his career to help Vegas beat the 

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 4-1 Wednesday night in the season opener for both teams.

 

"It's nerve-wracking, especially with all those fans," said Glass, who centered a line that included veteran wings 

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"It's something that I just took a deep breath and kind of tried to forget about. They (the jitters) went away. As a hockey player you take that first shift, kind of take it all in. Try and not do too much and then after that get more comfortable.

 

"Playing with two special players like that, it's incredible. I've been watching those guys for a while growing up. To have the chance to play on a line with them is unbelievable. Obviously they had really good games today and hopefully moving forward it's the exact same."

 

Pacioretty assisted on Glass' goal, Stone had a goal and assist, and 

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 added two goals for the Golden Knights, who improved their regular-season record at T-Mobile Arena to 54-22-7.

 

Sitting amongst the regular season-record crowd of 18,588 at T-Mobile Arena was Glass' father Jeff and brother Matt, making the night even more special.

 

"They've been through it all with me, through the tough times and the good," Glass said. "It's incredible to have them here. I know they're very happy for me and I can't wait to share this moment with them. It's a special day, but I don't want to be a one-game player. I want to be an 82-game player."

 

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, who was 2-1-0 with a 1.68 goals-against average and a .948 save percentage in the preseason, made 21 saves to earn the win in the 799th game of his career.

 

Fleury, now in his 16th season, improved to 10-5-0 in openers. The victory tied him with 

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 (10-2-0) and 

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 (10-5-3) for the most season-opening wins in NHL history.

 

Vegas, which will play in San Jose on Friday, improved to 6-1-2 all-time against the Sharks in the regular season. But it was San Jose that ousted Vegas in a highly controversial Game 7 during last season's first round of the playoffs.

 

"It's nice to get that first win at home, especially against these guys," Fleury said. "Our crowd again was awesome; it was loud in there. I think our team played an awesome game from start to finish and I didn't have to do too much back there."

 

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 scored for San Jose, which played with a contingent of newcomers after forward 

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 was handed a three-game suspension Tuesday, and All-Star defenseman 

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 was ruled out for a personal matter just before puck drop.

 

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, who tied for third in the league with 36 wins last season, made 31 saves.

 

"It's hard," San Jose coach Peter DeBoer said. "We have a lot of young players that we're asking to come into this environment against a veteran, battle-hardened team with revenge on their minds. It was a big ask. The result was just and deserved. Hopefully we'll learn some lessons and get better from it."

 

Stone opened the scoring when he snapped a wrist shot past Jones on the power play. Less than two minutes later it was Smith with a one-timer from 

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 at the doorstep to make it 2-0. It was Karlsson's 100th career assist.

 

Sorensen cut the lead in the half later in the period when he rifled a wrist shot just over the top of Fleury's glove.

 

Glass extended Vegas' lead to 3-1 with his goal, and Smith provided the final margin with a short-handed goal, his second of the game.

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Game # 2

 

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Nosek nets two goals in Golden Knights' win

Tomas Nosek finds the back of the net twice in the Golden Knights' 5-1 win vs. the Sharks.


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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The 

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 got a measure of revenge five months removed from a controversial playoff loss that ended their season.

 

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 scored two goals and had an assist, 

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 made 34 saves and Vegas beat the 

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 5-1 on Friday night.

 

"It doesn't erase what happened last spring, but we had all summer to think about (it)," said Fleury, whose team blew a three-goal lead midway through the third period of a 5-4 Game 7 overtime loss in the first round of the NHL playoffs earlier this year.

 

The Sharks trailed 3-0 in that game when 

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, who signed with Dallas in the offseason.

 

The Golden Knights swept the season-opening, home-and-home series with the Sharks and improved to 7-1-2 all-time against San Jose in the regular season.

 

"It's a good rivalry," Golden Knights coach Gerald Gallant said. "We battled hard and we came out on top for the first two."

 

Nosek and 

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 scored in a 90-second span late in the second period to break open a 2-0 game.

Vegas took an early lead on a goal by 

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 at 5:01 of the first period.

 

Vegas extended its lead early in the second period when 

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 intercepted an errant pass from Sharks defenseman 

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 redirected to make it 2-0.

 

McNabb scored a short-handed goal with just under five minutes left in the second period, and Nosek scored 88 seconds later to make it 4-0.

 

Nosek added a short-handed goal midway through the third period.

 

"It feels pretty good," Nosek said. "I've never had a three-point game in the NHL, so I'm happy that we win and I'm happy for the three points."

 

Vegas had multiple short-handed goals for the first time in franchise history.

 

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 scored late in the third period for San Jose, which fell to 12-14-2 in home openers and has lost three straight home openers.

 

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, who had five saves.

 

"We drew a very good team, maybe the best team in the West right out of the gate, and they showed us how it's supposed to look and we've got some work to do," Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said.

 

The Golden Knights have three short-handed goals in two games. They had just 11 all of last season.

The Sharks were 0 for 5 on power plays, and haven't scored in 10 power plays through two games.

 

"I think right now, for me, the power play is gonna be the least of my worries," DeBoer said. "We've got to find a way to get four lines out there who can put pressure on the other team."

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Bruins top Golden Knights 4-3, off to best start in 18 years

Brad Marchand nets two goals as the Bruins edge the Golden Knights 4-3.

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LAS VEGAS -- The defending Eastern Conference champion 

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 won't play their first home game until Saturday.

 

That hasn't stopped them from opening on a rampage in Western Conference cities, clearly putting last season's Game 7 loss in the Stanley Cup Final behind them.

 

The Bruins (3-0-0) remained undefeated when 

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 had two goals and an assist in a 4-3 win over the 

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 on Tuesday night.

 

Boston scored four straight goals after falling behind 2-0 early in the first period and has won its first three games for the first time in the past 18 seasons.

 

"We have a good group. We're pretty much all together again. We've got a couple of new guys, but we have a good team," said Marchand, who has three goals this season. "We're going to compete every night. That's what's in this room, that's what we expect.

 

"If we're going to get beat, we're either going to have a really bad game or another team is going to battle us."

Neither of which has taken place yet, as the Bruins have outscored Dallas, Arizona and Vegas 7-3.

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 also scored for the Bruins, and 

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 made 31 saves.

 

"It's not too long since we last played together and I think we have pretty much the same group, so we know the system and it helps," said Rask, who moved into sole possession of 49th place with his 267th career win. "I think we're feeling comfortable playing together and even though we were down a couple of goals we just trust the system and it worked out today."

 

Boston, which was 4-0-2 in the preseason, improved to 4-1-0 all-time vs. the Golden Knights and concludes its four-game road trip Thursday in Denver.

 

"Obviously being down early, being able to come back, winning a close game at the end, pushing them off a little bit at the end, those are just experiences that we'll put in our pocket and use for another day," Krug said. "Early on you're trying to find your legs, your game and sometimes it's not going to be pretty.

 

When you go on the road you don't worry about putting on a show for the fans. We're just able to grind out some games.

 

"We got some greasy wins, they weren't pretty early on, it's still not where we want to be -- but they're steppingstones. I think it's beneficial to go out on the road."

 

The Golden Knights (2-1-0), who swept a season-opening home-and-home series with San Jose, looked out of sync much of the night despite occasional flashes from their top two lines.

 

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 scored for Vegas.

 

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 made 31 saves but dropped to 12-8-5 against the Bruins with a .915 save percentage.

 

"Their defense has good gaps, big, long sticks -- we had to be prepared for that," Stone said. "We didn't do a good enough job in the neutral zone and that led to their attack.

 

We had our looks in the second period to score goals. A bounce here, a bounce there, we're right back in it. We've just got to clean up our mistakes."

 

Vegas started out strong with back-to-back goals in the first period by Stone and Smith to take a 2-0 lead in the first 8:20. But then the Bruins answered with four consecutive goals -- three from their top line of Marchand, Pastrnak and 

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Marchand scored 33 seconds into the second period to put Boston ahead 3-2, handing Vegas its first deficit of the young season, and Krug extended the lead with a blistering slap shot that got through traffic to make it 4-2.

 

The Golden Knights, who didn't get their first shot on goal in the third period until there was 8:28 left in the game, made it a one-goal game when Pacioretty beat Rusk with his first of the season, a power-play goal with 5:18 remaining.

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Garland scores twice, Coyotes top Vegas 4-1 for 1st win

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Conor Garland scores a pair of goals in Arizona's first win of the season vs. Vegas.


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Updated: 3 hours ago

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- During the first two games of the season, the 

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 got quality goaltending, prime scoring chances and solid play from their defense.

Now they've got a win, too.

 

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 4-1 Thursday night for their first victory.

 

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 made 36 saves in his third consecutive start and Arizona (1-2-0) broke out of a scoring slump after managing just one goal in the first two games. New center 

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, acquired from Colorado in an offseason trade, added two assists.

 

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 scored for the Golden Knights, who have dropped two straight after winning their first two games. Vegas lost for the first time in Arizona after winning the first four meetings at Gila River Arena.

 

Arizona rookie 

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, the fifth overall pick in the 2018 draft, assisted on Schmaltz's goal in his NHL debut. The 19-year-old Hayton held off a defender with one arm while muscling a pass to 

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 on the wing.

 

Dvorak got the primary assist when Schmaltz scored with 39 seconds left in the first period.

 

"It's something you dream of for a long time," Hayton said. "Played a little longer than I would have thought. Overall, I thought it was a good game."

 

Garland backhanded the puck off the skate of Vegas defender 

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 at the 8-minute mark of the first, the first goal for Arizona since 

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's second-period tally in the season opener at Anaheim on Oct. 3.

"We just want to play the same way we always do no matter what," Garland said. "But if they're going in, that makes us a dangerous hockey team."

 

Theodore answered for the Golden Knights with 5 seconds left in the first. His shot eluded Kuemper, who had to deal with Vegas forward 

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 in his line of sight as the shot zipped toward the net.

The Coyotes challenged for goaltender interference, but the goal was upheld.

 

Out of a penalty kill, Garland scored on a solo rush up the ice, beating goalie 

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 with a backhand for a 3-1 lead. Subban, who finished with 12 saves, was replaced in net by 

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 to start the second period.

 

"We weren't even close to good enough tonight," Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said. "We lost the game in the first period. We have to be better."

 

Hjalmarsson scored off a faceoff at 18:28 of the second, his long slap shot getting past Fleury for his first goal with the Coyotes. The defenseman didn't score last season, his second with Arizona.

 

Fleury made 13 saves, but the Golden Knights went 0 for 4 on power plays.

 

Arizona has allowed just four goals on the season, second-fewest in the NHL.

 

"Nobody was panicking after two games and we liked the way we played and the guys worked hard in practice," Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet said.

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Golden Knights snap two-game skid, top Flames 6-2

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The Golden Knights score three goals in the second period as they beat the Flames 6-2.


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LAS VEGAS -- The 

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 came into the season with one of the best top-six forward units in the NHL. In their latest win, they proved they have the potential to be a threat with all four lines.

 

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 each had a goal and an assist and 

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 made 33 saves to lead the Golden Knights past the 

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 6-2 Saturday night.

 

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 also scored to help Vegas remain undefeated at home against the Flames.

 

All three forwards on the fourth line scored and 12 players had at least one point.

 

"When you get your team going like we had tonight, all four lines contributed, that's a big part ... you're excited when you see that," said Vegas coach Gerard Gallant, who is now one win shy of his 250th.

 

"Not too often our so-called fourth line are gonna get three goals in a game, but they went out there, they did their jobs, they kept the game simple, they worked really hard ... they did their job and they got rewarded for it."

Since the Golden Knights joined the NHL in 2017, Calgary is winless in five visits to T-Mobile Arena while being outscored 21-6.

 

Fleury, who went 2-0-0 with a 0.50 goals-against average and a .984 save percentage last season against the Flames, improved to 13-4-1 in his career against Calgary.

 

With regular backup 

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 nursing an undisclosed lower-body injury, Fleury figures to have a heavy workload ahead of him with Vegas playing six games over the next 10 days. Vegas recalled goaltender 

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 from Chicago of the AHL earlier Saturday.

 

The Golden Knights will endure their first back-to-back situation, as they travel to play in Los Angeles on Sunday, but Gallant said he would confer with goalie coach Dave Prior before deciding on his starting netminder against the Kings.

 

"We're looking forward to it, it's gonna be a tough game," Gallant said. "L.A. had a real good game today ... they'll be on a high tomorrow. We'll go in there tonight, no morning skate tomorrow and get ready for a game tomorrow night and it should be a real good hockey game. They're playing real well this year, doing a real good job."

 

Vegas found its offense at the right time, with back-to-back Pacific Division opponents on deck, after losing to Boston on Tuesday and at Arizona on Thursday.

 

"A little scrambly for us the last couple of games, so we had to just get back to playing simple hockey," Reaves said. "But being in position for each other and getting in on the puck and reloading and getting out of piles properly is something that we talked about and it definitely showed today."

 

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 stopped 24 shots in his fifth straight start, and dropped to 2-4 with a 3.67 goals against average in six starts against Vegas.

 

Calgary coach Bill Peters wasn't pleased with his team's effort, as it was thoroughly outplayed after Andersson and Gaudreau gave the Flames a 2-1 lead early in the second period.

 

"We didn't play hard enough," Peters said. "Until we start to play hard, and play hard for 60 minutes, it's going to be up in the air all night long or you're going to get blown out. ... We're disappointed the way we've played."

 

Meanwhile, Vegas has benefited from a well-balanced offense, including a fourth line that has eight points (six goals, two assists) in five games.

 

"We're trying to be the best fourth line in the league," Carrier said. "Shift after shift, whatever the team needs -- a big hit, tonight it was a goal, but it could be anything out there -- we're just trying to be the best fourth line out there."

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Stastny gets 2 power-play goals, Vegas beats Kings 5-2

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Paul Stastny nets two goals for the Golden Knights as they beat the Kings on the road 5-2.


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LOS ANGELES -- The 

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 thought their power play had been playing well, despite a 3-for-17 start this season.

 

A perfect 3-for-3 game with the man-advantage against the 

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 scored twice on the power play, 

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 added a power-play goal and the Golden Knights beat the Kings 5-2 on Sunday night.

 

"We want to be capitalizing on the power play, or at least getting some sustained pressure," Pacioretty said. "The last couple games we haven't capitalized on it, but I thought tonight (we) had some good zone time, we were moving the puck around, and guys were finishing. That's what you want from your power play."

 

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 made 36 saves as the Golden Knights swept their first set of back-to-back games.

 

Stastny redirected Pacioretty's pass between 

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's legs to put the Golden Knights up 3-1 at 14:51 of the second period. He made it 4-1 with a one-timer on a feed from 

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 2:09 later. It was Stastny's second career game with two power-play goals, and he finished with four points.

 

Kings coach Todd McLellan said his penalty kill was simply worn down, unable to make clearances.

 

"It was obviously a horrendous night for that unit, and it needs work," McLellan said. "Individuals need work, the system needs work. . They took advantage of fatigue, and they picked us apart. Eventually it was in our net. We never got relief on our penalty kill ever."

 

Those breakdowns made a bad night for Quick worse as he allowed five goals on 36 shots. Quick has allowed 19 goals on 92 shots in his three appearances this season, and he has allowed at least five goals in five of his last seven starts.

 

McLellan would not discuss how he plans to distribute starts between Quick and 

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 over the final three games of the homestand, but he said Quick played his best game of the season.

 

"When you're the goaltender, when you're the pitcher, when you're the quarterback, all eyes are on you," McLellan said.

 

"It's as simple as that. He's the last line of defense for our mistakes, and we made our share of them."

 

Quick's latest poor outing stood in sharp contrast to another strong performance from Fleury, who made several standout saves in the first period to allow Vegas to get back to the dressing room with a 2-1 lead on goals by Smith and Pacioretty.

 

Fleury's best stop was a blind kick save on 

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"I was screwed there," Fleury said. "It was a screen in front of me and I didn't see it fast. I just threw it out there and hoped for the best and got lucky a little bit there."

 

Fleury's only blemish among 16 first period shots came on 

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's first goal of the season 50 seconds after Pacioretty's second goal of the season put the Golden Knights up 2-0.

 

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 pulled the Kings within 4-2 at 4:24 of the third period, but Stone pushed the lead back to three goals by scoring 17 seconds later.

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Good game against the Kings...  Will be interesting once Nate can return - which from the sounds of it - is going to be very soon...

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Predators drub Golden Knights in Vegas, 5-2

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Calle Jarnkrok scores the go-ahead goal in the second period as the Predators top the Golden Knights 5-2.


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LAS VEGAS -- Nashville's 

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He's been a vital part of the Predators' success over the years.

 

But when it comes to playing the three-year old 

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, the 36-year-old had made just two starts in six meetings and never beat them.

 

Until Tuesday night.

 

Rinne made 33 saves to remain unbeaten as the Predators topped Vegas 5-2.

 

"I don't know what's behind it; (Backup goalie Juuse) Saros has actually played unbelievable against these guys," said Rinne, who improved to 4-0-0 and is tied with four others for most wins in the league. "That's something that you want to do. Just the fact, to me, they are one of the top teams in the West. Personally, that obviously gets you going."

 

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 scored for the Predators, who had nine players get points in the win. Seventeen of Nashville's 20 skaters to appear in a game have registered a point.

 

But it was Rinne who was splendid in the net, stifling one of the NHL's most potent offenses in what Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said might have been his best outing thus far.

 

The Golden Knights seized momentum in the first period after taking a 2-1 lead, on goals by 

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"He worked and battled and just stayed with it," Laviolette said. "He had to keep fighting for things. They fire a lot of pucks at the net and that keeps you needing to be on your toes all the time and he was strong. He gave us a chance, especially early on.

 

"It maybe could have been 3-1 or 4-1, it may have been hard to climb out of, so the fact we were able to be down just one going into the second period, and we turned things around pretty quick and that was real positive. He was terrific."

 

Nashville stole the momentum immediately in the second period, scoring three unanswered goals over the first 6:52.

 

Sissons followed his own shot and knocking the puck past Fleury just 44 seconds into the second to tie the game, 2-2.

 

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, skated behind the net and fed Jarnkrok, who tethered the net with a blistering shot past Fleury to put the Predators back in front.

 

Forsberg extended his point streak to six games with his fifth goal of the season, and 150th of his career, when he intercepted Fleury's pass behind the net and found the open net to push Nashville's lead to two goals.

 

"We know that it's hard to come in here and take two points against this Vegas team, so I think we did a great job tonight to get the two points," Jarnkrok said. "The offense has been working. Today we kept it pretty simple and that seemed to work out good for us."

 

Bonino gave Nashville a 5-2 lead early in the third, as the Predators made it five straight games with a power-play goal.

 

"We made three real bad mistakes in the second period," Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said. "We give them three goals and that's what happens. You get behind the eight ball. You're pressing a little bit. We made some mistakes tonight (that are) uncharacteristic of our hockey team."

 

Nashville has scored 28 goals, its most through its first six games of a season in franchise history. The Predators have scored at least four goals in five of their six contests.

 

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LAS VEGAS -- 

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"I didn't want to lose that game," Stone said. "Being honest."

 

And that is why Stone was the first player onto the ice to hug teammate 

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"We wanted to get that win for Stoney," Marchessault said. "It's an emotional night when you face your old team for the first time and he's a big part of our group, he's our leader up front and it was great to see that he was so happy there."

 

Stone, who played 366 games for Ottawa, faced his former team for the first time. Stone was acquired from the Senators at the trade deadline in February for 

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"Seeing that logo on the other side was different. I wore that logo with a lot of pride, enjoyed playing for that team, for that city," Stone said. "It was weird, it really was.

 

That being said, Vegas is the place I want to be. It was the only place I wanted to go. I've never been through anything like that. It was different, nerve-wracking at times, but happy to get that win."

 

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Vegas fired a franchise-record 54 shots on goal before needing the extra period to earn the two points.

 

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 made 37 saves, as it marked the fourth straight game and sixth of eight the Golden Knights allowed an opponent to shoot 35 or more on goal.

 

"I'm always impressed with him," Stone said of Fleury. "I shoot at him every day. He's the hardest worker on our team, so that's kind of a trickle-down effect for us."

 

After being outshot 52-34 in regulation, the Senators outshot Vegas 5-2 in overtime, and it took several spectacular saves by Fleury to force the shootout.

 

"I'm not too happy with that, obviously," coach Gerard Gallant said. "We're just giving up too much. We gotta clean up our defensive game and play better. We got away with it tonight, we had great goaltending, they had outstanding goaltending also. But we're giving up too much."

 

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"That's a really good team. They're fast, they're physical, and I really liked our guys' effort," Ottawa coach 

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But we had our chances as well, and their goalie was outstanding. It's a tough building to get points in. We'd got one, we'd like two."

 

Smith said considering where the Senators are at two weeks into the season, now 1-5-0, and the fact Vegas (5-3-0) is one of the favorites in the Western Conference, he believes his team took a step forward in building confidence during a tough road trip.

 

The Senators, one of the least productive teams offensively this season with just 14 goals, struggled to find any sort of rhythm in their zone, and relied on Nilsson to hang around.

 

The Senators are now 0 for 21 on the power play and are the only team without a power-play goal this season.

Smith opened the scoring for the Golden Knights when he took a pass from Marchessault and backhanded a shot under Nilsson's pads 4:12 into the game.

 

The lead wouldn't last. Chabot sent a wrist shot past Fleury to tie the game 1-1.

 

Vegas went back on top later in the period when Holden scored his first goal of the season. On the power play, Holden's one-timer bounced off a stick and into the net, the goal that gave Stone his 200th assist.

 

After a scoreless second period, the Senators tied the game when Pageau smacked a rebound past Fleury's glove just 4:25 into the third period.

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Fleury shuts out former team; Knights defeat Penguins

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PITTSBURGH -- 

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He had a much better time Saturday night.

 

Fleury stopped 29 shots against his former team, leading the Golden Knights to a 3-0 victory over the Penguins.

"Last time I was in Pittsburgh, I let in five goals," Fleury said. "I wanted to make sure that wasn't happening again. I was just happy that it was a better showing."

 

Fleury recorded his 445th win, tying Terry Sawchuck for seventh on the NHL career list. Fleury, who made his second career start for Vegas against the Penguins in Pittsburgh, also registered his 57th career shutout.

 

The Golden Knights won for the fourth time in five games. 

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Fleury kept the puck out with a sliding cross-crease shoulder save on 

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"I just tried to read the play," Fleury said. "They find guys across the crease on both sides. I just tried to be aware of where guys were at and got lucky with a couple posts."

 

The Penguins played without six regulars, including five of their top nine forwards and a defenseman from their No. 1 pairing.

 

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"I think we did some good things, we just couldn't find a way to score," Penguins captain 

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Fleury allowed five goals on 38 shots in a 5-4 loss against the Penguins in his initial return to Pittsburgh on Feb. 6, 2018. He didn't start when Vegas last played in Pittsburgh on Oct. 11, 2018.

 

Fleury, the No. 1 overall pick in 2003, spent his first 13 seasons in Pittsburgh and helped the Penguins win three Stanley Cup titles before Vegas selected him in the 2017 expansion draft.

 

Fans gave Fleury a loud ovation as soon as he hit the ice for pregame warmups.

 

Fleury chatted with several former teammates prior to the game, including starting goaltender 

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"I saw so many people with signs and my jersey, waving and cheering," Fleury said. "It's always fun to come back."

 

Fleury made a sharp first-period pad save on a 

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Vegas opened the scoring after Aston-Reese was whistled for goaltender interference. Stastny one-timed a 

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That was more than enough for Fleury.

 

"I was so excited he got a shutout," Stastny said. "I think he earned it. He deserves it."

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Flyers score 4 in the 2nd period, top Golden Knights 6-2

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PHILADELPHIA -- Blame the Flyers' slow start on jet lag, bad hockey, or maybe Gritty just woke up on the wrong side of the cradle. Whatever the reason, the first few weeks of the season again meant Philadelphia was buried in the standings.

 

Against Vegas, the Flyers may have had their breakthrough.

 

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The Flyers snapped a four-game losing streak in front of a tepid crowd that has grown accustomed to a franchise that struggles in the fall.

 

Of late, the Flyers lost seven of eight to open 2013, went 0-2-2 to start 2014, and went 4-7 last season that led to a housecleaning in the front office and on the bench.

 

It was more of the same this season under new coach Alain Vigneault, with the Flyers standing at 2-3-1 after a rugged trip where they played four of the first five games in four time zones.

 

There was no need for concern against Vegas.

 

"We got big saves and when they made mistakes, we made them pay which we haven't been able to do for quite some time," Vigneault said.

 

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 had 33 saves for the Flyers, 25 straight through the first two periods when they played more like an Eastern Conference contender than the one that entered dumped at the bottom of the standings.

 

"You have to stay patient and stay ready and the guys gave me a really good chance to win with all of that run support," Elliott said. "You just want to play big back there and not give anything unreasonable up."

 

The Flyers had scored only 15 goals through the first six games but caught a break when 

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He started nine games this season -- and one game with 

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 also got the night off for the Flyers, erasing a hopeful matchup of one of the best goalies in the league vs. one of the expected future stars off the board.

 

The kids in the $25 standing-room-only section in Hart jerseys had to cheer an offensive outburst instead from their obstructed sightlines and catch the goals on the big screen.

 

There was plenty of highlight-reel action.

 

Hayes and Raffl scored only 44 seconds apart in the second to blow the game open. Niskanen added a power-play goal and Lindblom's fourth goal of the season came off a give-and-go with Raffl to make it 5-0.

 

"Down 3-0, we started to gamble a little bit and that's not the way we play," Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said. "We can't play like that. We have to play good, solid hockey. "

 

The Flyers scored four goals in each of the first two games of the season, then scored only five over the last three.

 

The Knights tacked on goals from 

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 in the third and lost for just the second time in six games. Any shot of a sensational comeback was snuffed when Raffl scored on a breakaway to make it 6-1.

 

The Flyers needed to score one at home -- they're back on the road for four of the next five.

 

"It's an important win for our group," Vigneault said.

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Fleury helps Golden Knights beat Blackhawks 2-1 in shootout

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CHICAGO -- Vegas played its ace, and it beat all the hands for Chicago.

 

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 made 31 saves through overtime and two more stops in the shootout, leading the Golden Knights to a 2-1 victory over the Blackhawks on Tuesday.

 

Playing for the second straight night for the last stop of a three-game trip, Vegas used a stellar performance by Fleury to improve to 7-0-0 against Chicago since entering the league for the 2017-18 season.

 

"He's our ace. I mean he's been outstanding all year for us," coach Gerard Gallant said.

 

Fleury was beaten by 

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 on the other end, giving Vegas the victory after it lost 6-2 at Philadelphia on Monday night.

 

It was win No. 446 for Fleury, snapping a tie with Terry Sawchuck for seventh on the NHL career list.

"I thought our game got better as the game went on," Fleury said.

 

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 scored his first goal in his second NHL game for Chicago, and Lehner had 33 saves in an impressive performance.

 

Dach was selected by the Blackhawks with the No. 3 overall pick in this year's draft.

 

"I thought we did a lot of good things tonight," Chicago coach 

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Lehner, who signed a $5 million, one-year deal with the Blackhawks in July, was working on his 15th career shutout when the Golden Knights replaced Fleury with an extra attacker late in the third period. 

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Vegas had a power-play opportunity in overtime, but Chicago killed it off. Lehner had a great stop on 

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"These games are really exciting," Holden said. "As a defenseman and as a player in front of Fleury, you don't want to have him have to make those big saves. I'm sure that fans and everybody enjoys it. We want to try and limit those, but it was kind of a back-and-forth game."

 

Standing all alone right outside the goalmouth, the 18-year-old Dach got the Blackhawks on the board when a deflected puck went off his left leg and into the net 16:15 into the first.

 

Dach celebrated by skating away and pumping his right arm as the crowd of 21,172 cheered wildly.

 

"It was a pretty cool moment," Dach said. "I grew up dreaming of playing the NHL.

 

Two games in, you've got your first goal. That's pretty special, but at the same time, I'm pretty disappointed that we lost. That's my main focus, the team game, not myself."

 

Chicago almost added to its lead in the second, but Fleury made a tumbling save on DeBrincat's shot off a slick pass by Toews. 

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Very entertaining game!

Goalie duel all the way and just when I think Robin Lehner of the Blackhawks was gonna pull off the shut out, the Knights tie it, send it into OT, then of course they win in the SO.

I thought the Chicago goalie deserved better, but hey, kudos to MAF and his Knights....those guys just find ways to win games whether their offense is on or not.

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Kadri, Calvert score twice, Avalanche beats Vegas 6-1
 
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LAS VEGAS -- 

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But, everything looked familiar once Bellemare got onto the ice.

 

Nadem Kadri and 

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 also scored for the Avalanche, who improved to 8-1-1.

 

In a matinee on the Las Vegas Strip on the observance of Nevada Day, it was Colorado's day in Bellemare's first game against his former team since signing with the Avalanche in the summer.

 

"It was weird, I've got to be honest," Bellemare said. "It's so soon (into the season). I thought that wasn't going to be a difference if it's now or if it's later in the season. ... Once the game starts you just think about your job and then you work.

 

"It makes it easier that we got the win."

 

Colorado, which has scored at least one goal in 23 of its 30 regulation periods, dominated Vegas from the drop, sparked by Bellemare's goal 28 seconds into the game.

 

Vegas' former fourth-line center intercepted 

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"Everything went my way, the puck was like a magnet," Bellemare said. "It felt like it just stayed with me. I tried stuff that I've probably never tried before and I fired, and it was in the net. And I'm like, `What the heck just happened?' It was a good game for me."

 

It wasn't too long after Bellemare's goal a touching video tribute played, highlighting his time with the Golden Knights -- including their run to the 2018 Stanley Cup Final in their inaugural season -- drawing a standing ovation from the sell-out crowd.

 

"I've never really had that before, so I don't know how to compare it to anything, but it felt good," Bellemare said. "Thank God the video wasn't too long because I would have had a hard time focusing on the (penalty) kill right after that."

 

It was an area the Avalanche were clearly focused by dominating Vegas, as Colorado was 4 for 4 with its penalty kill, thwarting a Golden Knights power play that came into the game ranked seventh with the man-advantage at home.

 

The Avalanche closed out an impressive six-game road trip with a 4-1-1 record, but it was a quick trip home between the fifth and sixth games of the junket that coach Jared Bednar said was a huge boost for his weary troops.

 

"We played some real tough games there and I think just to get home and have the day off and get a little bit of rest physically, but also to get a mental break away from the game, spend some time with friends and family for a day, it paid off for us tonight," Bednar said. "I liked our legs. I thought we were skating real well, we looked real focused on the details tonight as well."

 

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"It's about doing the right things and playing the right way. I don't care who scores, I really don't," Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said. "But we gotta keep the puck out of our net, that's our biggest thing right now and we gotta play a lot better team defense than that."

 

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Kadri made it 2-1 just before the end of the first period, and Makar extended Colorado's lead to two with his first NHL goal. Kadri's second goal midway through the second period essentially ended Fleury's night.

Calvert scored Colorado's last two goals, both assisted by Bellemare.

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Paul Stastny scores the Golden Knights' 5th goal in the third period as they defeat the Ducks.

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LAS VEGAS -- 

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The two are teammates now, and on Sunday night Roy scored his first career NHL goal and Fleury made 13 saves, leading the 

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Roy, making his first appearance as a member of the Golden Knights, showed off his blazing speed when he split two Anaheim defenders and slipped a shot through Ducks goaltender 

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"Usually I don't even celly after a goal, but that one I had to, it was so fun," said Roy, who celebrated by jumping into the glass that separated him and a slew of frenzied Golden Knights fans. "It was such a great feeling, a really great night."

 

Roy, who was drafted 96th overall by the 

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Sunday, the trio finished with a total of three points, as Carrier assisted on Reaves' second goal of the season and team-leading career seventh against the Ducks.

 

"I don't know what it is," Reaves said of his success against Anaheim. "I played a lot of Duck Hunter when I was young."

 

Reaves complimented Roy's immediate chemistry on the fourth line, which in just 7:18 of time on ice had an impressive Corsi edge of 11-2.

 

"(He was) really good, solid, all over the ice, some crazy speed on his goal," Reaves said. "Really solid defensively and nice offensive touch."

 

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Vegas has 16 points, one point behind first-place Edmonton. Anaheim has 14 points.

 

The Golden Knights, who were outshot 40-26 in a 6-1 loss to Colorado on Friday, outshot the Ducks 49-15, including a whopping 17-5 in the first period when they seized control with a 3-1 lead.

 

The 15 shots on goal were the fewest Vegas has allowed this season.

 

"They were awesome, from start to finish," said Fleury, who improved to 14-4 all-time against Anaheim. "That was a tough loss to Colorado, not just because of the score, but maybe the way that the game played out. That wasn't us, and I think tonight, it's the type of games that we want to be playing."

 

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The Ducks appeared to have carried their momentum from Saturday's 5-2 win at Colorado, as Getzlaf opened the scoring when he took a pass from 

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The lead didn't last. Stone was credited with tying the game 34 seconds later, when his wrist shot off the post ended up on the end of Anaheim defenseman 

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The onslaught of shots at Gibson continued in the second period. Karlsson made it 4-1 with a power-play goal midway through the period.

 

Stastny put the game out of reach early in the third when he netted Vegas' second power-play goal. He took a pass from 

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"They have three lines of high skill and high speed," Anaheim coach 

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Domi scores in overtime, Canadiens beat Golden Knights 5-4

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LAS VEGAS -- The 

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 scored his seventh of the season with 1:58 left in regulation, 

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 scored 27 seconds into overtime and the Canadiens beat Vegas 5-4 on Thursday night.

 

Last season, Montreal scored with 1:25 left in regulation -- and prevailed in OT.

 

"The guys never gave up," Montreal coach Claude Julien said. "We knew it was gonna be a tough game, the key was not to get frustrated, just to stick with it and I think we did a good job of that."

 

Playing the second of a back-to-back after winning 4-1 in Arizona on Wednesday, the Canadiens fell behind 4-2. The Golden Knights seemed to seize momentum with a third-period surge behind goals by 

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"When you're down by two goals and you're looking at the clock, it's a mental game," Julien said. "But when you score a goal and you're down by just one and you see that there's some time left there's no doubt (Tatar's goal) gave us some momentum."

 

Julien pulled goaltender Keith Kincaid with a little more than two minutes left in regulation, and it took just 21 seconds during a 6-on-5 sequence for Gallagher to take a perfect feed from Armia in the corner and beat Vegas goalie 

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 between the pads to tie the game at 4-all.

 

Domi then scored his fourth goal of the season when his shot trickled through the pads of Fleury for the winning goal.

 

"You want to call it resilience or character -- you name it -- the team showed a lot tonight," Domi said. "We didn't necessarily play the best hockey the first couple of periods, but you know what, good teams find ways to battle through that adversity.

 

Back-to-backs are tough, they're very, very tough and we found a way to stay with it and (Kincaid) gave us a chance all night and when you get in overtime anything can happen."

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Kincaid made 31 saves for Montreal. He is within one win of .500 against Western Conference foes, at 19-20-8.

He is 13-13-1 lifetime against Pacific Division teams.

 

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Fleury, who is 22-14-4 lifetime against Montreal, made 25 saves. Fleury came into the game with a 3.06 goals-against average against Montreal -- the fourth-highest of all opponents.

 

While Vegas is 8-0-0 when allowing three or fewer goals this season, it dropped to 0-5-1 when allowing four or more goals.

 

"We cannot give up five goals," Vegas forward 

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The loss ruined the return of Vegas defenseman 

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"I don't think we were that bad," Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant said. "I wasn't totally happy with all of the game, but it was still good enough to win. I don't think it's inconsistency; they got some hockey luck in the end. What do you do about that?"

 

Danault got the scoring going 2:35 into the game when he collected a rebound off a shot by 

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Karlsson tied the game late in the first, and then Tuch ignited the 18,035-sellout crowd by putting Vegas ahead with his first of the season and 90th career point.

 

Drouin was credited with the only goal of the second period when Vegas defenseman 

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Glass put the Golden Knights in front with his third goal of the season, and less than three minutes later it was Stone netting his team-high eighth goal and 17th point of the season.

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Jets rally to beat Vegas in overtime, 4-3

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LAS VEGAS -- 

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It was Connor's seventh career goal in seven games against Vegas.

 

The Jets won their second straight game on back-to-back nights, after surviving San Jose's 53 shots Friday during a 3-2 victory.

 

Combining regular season and playoff games, the Jets are now 2-4-0 all-time at T-Mobile Arena.

 

It was the second time in three nights the Golden Knights blew a two-goal lead in the third period, after losing to Montreal 5-4 in overtime on Thursday.

 

Winnipeg is 4-3-0 against the Pacific Division this season after going 16-6-2 against Pacific foes last season. The Jets are on a 29-10-4 run in their past 43 games versus the Pacific Division.

 

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Perreault gave the Jets an early lead with his 200th point as a member of the Jets, as he deflected 

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It wouldn't take long for the Golden Knights to answer, as Marchessault's power-play goal a little more than two minutes later tied it and started a string of three unanswered goals in less than three minutes.

 

Pacioretty put Vegas on top 2-1 when he buried 

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Schmidt notched his first goal of the season when he skated in behind Winnipeg's defenders during on a 4-on-4 and one-timed 

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Karlsson also assisted on Marchessault's goal, moving him two points shy of 200 for his career.

 

It marked Karlsson's fourth straight game with a point.

 

Perrault's second goal came midway through the third period just 15 seconds into a power play, cutting the Golden Knights' lead to one.

 

It was Winnipeg's first power-play goal in four attempts against the league's second-best penalty kill, as Vegas came into the game having allowed just five goals on 51 penalty kills.

 

Scheifele tied the game with a disputed goal, after it appeared Schmidt beat Connor to the end line for an icing call. But when the call was waved off, Connor fed Scheifele for the one-timer past Subban.

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Smith's 2 tallies push Golden Knights past Columbus 2-1

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The 

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The Golden Knights had lost their two previous games in overtime after building two-goal leads. On Tuesday night, 

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 scored both goals and they squeezed out a 2-1 win over the Blue Jackets, whose opponents seem to be getting all the puck luck lately.

 

"Those last two losses at home, we had the lead going into the third and we found ways to lose those games," said Vegas goalie 

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"But tonight we were up by one and we stuck with it, we didn't make any mistakes and maybe we can build off that."

 

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"Even after we were up 2-1, we kept flying and maybe in the last 10 minutes there they kind of threw everything at us," Vegas forward Paul Strastny said. "We did a good job keeping the puck to the outside, and (Fluery) made some good stops we needed."

 

For the Blue Jackets it was fifth loss in a row. Their best players are not finding the back of the net. Loose pucks close to the goal line seemed to be swatted away at the last second on Tuesday night.

 

A would-be game-tying shot by 

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 in the third period clanged off the bar.

 

"We're close, but that doesn't put you in the win column," Columbus coach John Tortorella said.

 

Smith's first goal came with 45 seconds left in the first period. His shot from behind the goal caromed into the net off the handle of goalie 

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Columbus challenged, contending that 

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Jenner got his fourth tally of the season, a top-shelf snipe from just inside the left circle, to tie the score 5:37 into the second period.

 

Two minutes later, Smith beat Korpisalo with a short-handed goal after a turnover set up an odd-man rush.

 

"It sucks, but you know we've just got to keep going," said Korpisalo, who had 23 saves. "I think we played really good here today."

 

For Vegas, it was a confidence-booster.

 

"It was nice to see it go our way after the last couple went the opposite way," Smith said. "It's frustrating, so it's nice to get a win like that, especially on the road to start a long road trip."

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John Tavares scores in OT, Maple Leafs top Golden Knights

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Auston Matthews scores a power play goal in the third period to tie the game and John Tavares one-times the puck in the net in overtime to give the Maple Leafs a 2-1 win vs. the Golden Knights.


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TORONTO -- 

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Tavares beat Subban at 2:33 of overtime to give the 

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Playing his second game after missing seven with a broken finger, Tavares took a pass from 

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 on a 2-on-1 and scored his fourth goal of the season, beating Subban with a high shot.

 

"I'm just trying to get available and make the (passing) lane as easy as I can," Tavares said. "Just tried to reward a good play."

 

Subban made 35 saves in his first NHL start in his hometown.

 

"It would have been nice to get the win," said Subban, the younger brother of 

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 made 37 saves to help Toronto win its third straight game. "By far our best player," Matthews said about Andersen. "He just kept us in it."

 

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Toronto's power play was 0 for 5 and on an ugly 2-for-32 stretch, but got its sixth opportunity of the night a few minutes later and finally made it count when Matthews wheeled off the boards and fired his 13th over Subban's shoulder and off the crossbar at 8:14.

 

"We pretty much said, `What do we have to lose? Let's move around, let's get the penalty kill thinking more," Matthews said. "We did a really good job of that, different guys going to different areas and just reacting. We came together as a five-man group, outlined a couple things and just went from there."

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WASHINGTON -- The bird is back, and the Capitals keep soaring.

 

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 5-2 Saturday night in a meeting of the 2018 Stanley Cup finalists.

The Capitals have won six in a row and 10 of 11 and are chugging along as the top team in the NHL.

 

"We're working together as a team," said 

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, who scored twice. "We're doing all the details right. We're trying to follow the system that the coaches want us to play.

 

I feel like when you have confidence like we have -- we've been winning a couple games in a row now -- we're just trying to keep going here and get better every day. So far, so good."

 

After being far more serious in his post-goal demeanor since returning from a three-game suspension for inappropriate conduct, Kuznetsov finally let loose after scoring 58 seconds in and added an assist in the third period on the goal that sealed the win. Why now?

 

"I don't know," Kuznetsov said. "I think it stays inside."

 

It's easy for Kuznetsov and the Capitals to feel good right now. They haven't lost in regulation since Oct. 14 and are on a roll thanks to a mix of scoring from their best players, special teams success and solid goaltending, and all three of those elements were on display against Vegas.

 

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 scored the first of his NHL career and Backstrom had a power-play goal in the third. Goaltender 

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"They got a good power play, obviously," Holtby said. "I thought our guys did a good job. It was a good challenge. We battled through it."

 

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Giveaways contributed directly to the goals by Wilson and Siegenthaler.

 

"We had more turnovers than we had in the past few games and that really hurt us," coach Gerard Gallant said.

Fleury allowed four goals on 33 shots but made a spectacular save on 

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 on a 5-on-3 Capitals power play in the final minutes. The Golden Knights' point streak ended at five games.

 

"I feel like I wasn't good," Fleury said. "I didn't make the key saves or I didn't change the game in a good way for us. I didn't make those key saves to keep the score close."

 

A lot of that had to do with the Capitals, who never trailed and, perhaps most importantly, kept from blowing another third-period lead by turning up the pressure.

 

"We've let a lot of leads slip away this year," said 

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I think we've done a good job, but we've got a lot of room to grow and get better. It's certainly something we focus on, so tonight was a good job."

 

This was the third game between Vegas and Washington since the Capitals won the 2018 Final for their first title in franchise history. There were 24 players on the ice who participated in that series.

 

A lot of time has passed since then, but the intensity remains between the Golden Knights and Capitals.

"You know they give you a hard game no matter what," Holtby said. "They play relentlessly, especially turning over pucks and make it hard for you to get out of your own end. I thought both teams were skating well all night, and it was a real even hockey game."

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Mantha scores late, Red Wings beat Golden Knights 3-2

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DETROIT -- 

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Mantha scored with 30.9 seconds left to give the 

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He had a few short shifts in the second half of the third period.

 

"I don't think I played the best game of the season but got out there and got the game winner," Mantha said. "My team gets the two points and that's what matters."

 

Mantha broke in alone off the right wing after taking a pass off the boards from 

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 with a wrist shot from the right circle. Mantha has 11 goals this season.

 

"I mean my passing was not on point today," he said. "So, I was shooting that 100 percent and just found the outside post and in."

 

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 scored for Vegas and Subban stopped 16 shots. The Golden Knights are 1-2-3 in their last six.

 

"We played 55 great minutes of hockey and then fell asleep for the last five," Golden Knights coach Gerard Galant said. "Even before they scored, they had at least three good chances that we had just given them."

 

Bowey tied it at 2 with 9:03 left in the third period, scoring from the inside portion of the right circle while being hauled down by 

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It was Bowey's first goal of the season.

 

Pacioretty gave Vegas a 2-1 lead 9:04 into the second period with a wrist shot from the top of the right circle. It was his sixth goal. It was one of only five total shots in a close-checking middle period. Vegas had three and the Red Wings two.

 

Marchessault gave the Golden Knights a 1-0 lead with 3:33 left in the first period. He converted 

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Athanasiou tied it with a power-play goal with 45 seconds left in the opening period. He scored on a one-time shot from the right circle. It was his second goal.

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Crawford, Blackhawks win 5-3 for 1st victory over Vegas

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LAS VEGAS -- 

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Wednesday night it was Crawford's turn, and he did something neither he nor the Blackhawks had been able to do since the 

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Crawford made 39 saves and the Blackhawks beat Vegas 5-3 for their first victory over the Golden Knights.

 

"We've got two guys that are outstanding, and I think they're both going real well now and that's a huge advantage for us," Colliton said. "No matter who is in the net, we're getting a chance to win. It gives our guys a chance to come through offensively, so they've been big for us."

 

Crawford, who improved to 2-0-2 in his last four games, entered 0-3-0 versus Vegas with a 5.38 goals-against average and .859 save percentage.

 

Colliton said while both his goalies would like to be the primary starter, he's comfortable with a system that has helped the team to a 5-2-2 streak since Oct. 27.

 

"Part of that is keeping both guys fresh, keeping both guys playing at a high level, and that's going to be a benefit for us as the season goes on," Colliton said.

 

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During their nine-game run, the Blackhawks are tied with Florida for the second-most goals (30) in the NHL behind Boston, which has 35 in that span.

 

"I know that's been a long time coming playing these guys, so it's nice to beat them," de Haan said. "Tonight was kind of a track meet. We were taking a lot of odd-man rushes here and there, but we were creating a ton at the same time and obviously we just out-capitalized them.

 

These guys play hard at home and we weathered their storm. It was a fun game to play."

 

Meanwhile, in an attempt to shake up a stagnant offense that was outscored 11-7 while going 1-2-1 during its most recent road trip, coach Gerard Gallant shuffled Vegas' lines dramatically.

 

It seemed to spark the Golden Knights from the opening faceoff, as 

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 gave Vegas a 2-0 lead just 6:29 into the game.

 

But Kane answered 16 seconds after Karlsson's goal, extending his season-high point streak to seven games since Nov. 2.

 

The second period took a wild twist in favor of the Blackhawks, as Vegas went from thinking it was ahead 3-1 to trailing 3-2 in a matter of 65 seconds.

 

In his first game back from his second injury of the season, Vegas wing 

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 lasered a shot past Crawford. The puck appeared to go in, setting off the lights and goal horn, but actually hit the crossbar and was ruled no goal.

 

Only 20 seconds later, de Haan beat 

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 with a wrist shot over his glove to tie the game and swing energy further Chicago's way. And 45 seconds after that, Gustafsson took advantage of the momentum shift -- and a Vegas turnover -- to put the Blackhawks in front 3-2.

 

"Hockey is a weird game and you can feel the momentum swing on the ice sometimes," de Haan said. "It took the wind out of their sails pretty quickly and we had a good second period for the rest of the period I thought.

"It was definitely a big part of the game."

 

Dach extended Chicago's lead early in the third with his third goal of the season, when the 18-year-old knocked his own rebound past Fleury, who stopped 21 shots but dropped to 10-6-4 against Chicago.

 

Strome beat Fleury over his glove with a little more than three minutes left to make it 5-2. 

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 closed the scoring with 1:01 to go.

 

It marked the third straight home game the Golden Knights squandered a lead, as they dropped to 4-4-2 in their own arena this season.

 

"Right now it's not putting the whole game together," Schmidt said. "We have spurts of the game where I feel like we dominated the game tonight, and then not have the resolve to keep going if something bad happens. To give up two goals, it takes the wind out of our sails."

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Carter gets winner in 1,000th game, Kings top Golden Knights

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Updated: 18 hours ago

LOS ANGELES -- 

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 understands his simple approach is the biggest reason for his success and longevity in the NHL.

 

So it was fitting that Carter got the winning goal Saturday with nothing more than good old-fashioned hard work.

 

Carter scored in his 1,000th career game, and the 

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 beat the 

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 4-3 for their third straight victory.

 

Carter tipped 

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's shot from the blue line to put the Kings ahead 12:42 into the third period. The flashiest part of the sequence came when Carter gave several fist pumps after ending up on his back.

 

"Nothing special about it, you know," said Carter, who also played his 500th game with the Kings. "Win a faceoff, shoot a puck, and go to the net. That's kind of how the games go for us. We simplify."

 

It was the 371st career goal and 713th point for Carter, the kind of production that had 

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 expecting him to do something special to propel the Kings to their longest win streak of the season.

 

"I just felt like that was just going to happen," said Doughty, who had a goal and an assist. "Jeff's a goal scorer and has scored big goals like that his whole career, so I don't think anyone is too shocked in here."

 

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 scored his first career goal for Los Angeles, and 

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 made 28 saves.

 

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 and 

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 each had a goal and an assist for the Golden Knights, who have lost five straight. 

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 made 21 saves.

 

Despite rallying with three goals in the second period, tying it at 3 when Karlsson scored at 17:06, Vegas lost in regulation for the fourth straight game.

 

"Any time the confidence is down, it seems like every chance against ends up in the back of your net, but we got to fight through it," Pacioretty said.

 

The Kings took a 1-0 lead on 

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's short-handed goal at 10:59 of the first. 

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 lost control of the puck breaking in on net during an odd-man rush, but it ended up going to Lizotte for his second career goal.

 

Doughty made it 2-0 at 15:10 with a one-timer from the left circle. The power-play goal was Doughty's 480th career point, moving into 10th place in Kings history.

 

Pacioretty got his seventh goal of the season at 7:24 of the second when 

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's shot for his first career point and a 3-1 lead at 9:08.

 

Marchessault cut the margin to 3-2 at 14:52 on a shot from the blue line through traffic.

 

However, Carter's sixth goal of the season wiped out the strong pushback by Vegas.

 

"Just a bad result at the end," Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant said. "We had a great second period, got back to even. Played good besides the winning goal but that happens."

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