Another milestone for Vegas Golden knights
February 02, 2018 8:54 AM
by Nick Pellegrino
The Vegas Golden Knights had 33 games remaining in order to set yet another NHL record. They needed just one.
David Perron registered the game-winning, overtime goal with 1:03 remaining Thursday, thrusting the Knights to a 3-2 triumph over Winnipeg at Bell MTS Place. The host Jets entered holding the second-best home-ice record in hockey, behind only Vegas.
Vegas posted its 34th victory of the season, snapping a tie for the league mark for most W's (34) by a first-year program. They tied the mark two days earlier in Calgary, matching the mark held by the Florida Panthers (33-34-17) and Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (33-46-5) in 1993-94.
Vegas has now won nine games win beyond regulation time.
"It's fun," said Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, who made 26 saves. "We're not talking about breaking records and reaching records; we're just focusing on improving as a team, playing well as a team every night, trying to be as consistent as a team and good things like this will happen.
"I'm proud and happy to see where our team is at right now."
Reilly Smith and Erik Haula were also key performers on both ends of the ice. Both scored goals in the second period, then the pair each made key clears of the puck out of the Vegas zone in overtime.
Vegas is now (34-12-4) heading into Friday's game at Minnesota. The Knights also extended their Pacific Division lead into double figures.
"It's great," Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said. "It doesn't mean a whole lot right now, to be honest with you. We're just trying to battle and get two points each night. At the end of the season and we'll look at it and be happy, I'm sure."
Vegas special teams continues to improve, as Smith tallied a short-handed goal midway through the second period to tie the contest.