For once penalties worked in the Golden Knights’ favor and as a result the 3-game losing streak ended in Ottawa.
Vegas scored three power play goals and held the Senators scoreless with the man advantage to take a 5-4 victory in improving to 9-4 on the season. How significant is that ninth victory? Well, the Washington Capitals won eight games total in their first season in the NHL.
The Senators entered Saturday’s game ranked ninth in power play percentage at 20.8 percent, and fifth in penalty kill at 86.1 percent, but were thoroughly outplayed in both phases by the Vegas.
Jonathan Marchessault scored a goal and assisted on two others to help the Golden Knights to a 5-2 lead early in the third period. Erik Haula scored his third and fourth goals of the season including a power play goal with a wide open net following a great pass by David Perron.
Vegas again had third period difficulties as the Senators scored twice on goals by Ryan Dzingel and captain Erik Karlsson, but fell short.
Maxime Lagace earned the first win of his career with his parents watching from the stands, and became the fourth different goalie to record a win for the Golden Knights this season. It was the Senators first loss in regulation at home.
The 1-3 road trip continues two more stops in Toronto (Monday) and Montreal (Tuesday).