It was like the Las Vegas Golden Knights never left home
November 11, 2017 7:56 AM
by Mark Mayer
It was like Vegas never left home as they won their seventh in eight games Friday at T-Mobile Arena with a 5-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets.
Again it was a team effort with William Karlsson scoring twice, David Perron adding a goal and an assist as the Golden Knights tallied three times in the second period to break the game open. Karlsson has six goals and four assists in his last 10 games. He had no goals and two assists in his first six games of the season.
Reilly Smith had two assists for Vegas, giving him 200 points in his NHL career. Making his sixth start for the Golden Knights, Maxime Lagace stopped 27 shots.
Vegas, which opened its inaugural NHL season 8-1-0, rebounded nicely in its return home after a 1-4-1 road trip.
Patrik Laine and Adam Lowry scored for Winnipeg, and Connor Hellebuyck made 16 saves in his first regulation loss of the season. He was the only goalie in the NHL who had not lost in regulation in 10 or more starts.
Luca Sbisa put Vegas in front when his slap shot beat Hellebuyck high on the glove side at 6:41 of the first. It was Sbisa’s first goal of the season.
Perron made it 2-0 with his fifth goal at 15:08, sending a wrist shot past Hellebuyck on the blocker side. But the Jets quickly responded, with Lowry deflecting Dmitry Kulikov’s shot from the point.
Karlsson, who played in his 199th career game, gave the Golden Knights a 3-1 lead when he poked in Deryk Engelland’s rebound from the crease at the 12:17 mark of the second.
After Laine and Vegas’ James Neal traded power-play goals, Karlsson converted a short-handed breakaway backhand that beat Hellebuyck on the glove side. It was Karlsson’s second short-handed goal of the season. Neal’s tally was his ninth, tops on the Golden Knights.
Vegas hits the road again Tuesday to face Connor McDavid and the Oilers in Edmonton.