Vegas Golden Knights regains NHL’s top spot
February 24, 2018 8:02 AM
by Nick Pellegrino
If actor/wrestler/motivational speaker Mr. T claims, "Curling is cool, fool," then what would he think about the Vegas Golden Knights?
On a night when the U.S. Olympic men's curling team captured gold in South Korea, the Knights capped a 7-game home stand by "sweeping" past Vancouver, 6-3, Friday at T-Mobile Arena.
No new NHL records were established – the Nevadans simply added to them – in capitalizing on a big second period to wipe out the Canucks (2-8 ATS in Last 10). The Knights also overtook Tampa Bay for No. 1 overall in the NHL as the teams keep see-sawing by continuously playing on alternate days.
Plus, locals wagering on VGK – the favorite at a team-record high -270 – were again rewarded with the parlay of the Knights on the - 1.5 puck line (+120) coupled with the Over for the fourth time in the seven games.
For the Knights, William Karlsson scored a pair of goals to give him 32 on the season. Karlsson is now within reach of Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals (36) and Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins (34) in the race for the Rocket Richard Trophy.
Tomas Hyka scored his first NHL goal on a tap-in for a 1-0 lead. Jonathan Marchessault, Tomas Nosek and David Perron also scored for the Golden Knights (41-16-4). Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury recorded 30 saves.
Vegas opens the first of a home and home series with the LA Kings on Monday night at Staples Center.
Knights Knotes – Vegas acquired forward Ryan Reaves and a fourth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft (from Vancouver) in a three-team trade involving the Penguins and Ottawa Senators prior to the game. The big name in the transactions is the swap sending Ottawa D Derick Brassard to Pittsburgh, but the NHL placed a hold on the deals due to salary cap implications. Pittsburgh is over the cap, but the Sens could only take half of Brassard's cap hit, which is why Vegas was brought in to assist to also take some of the burden off the books – the reason the League hit the breaks. The teams have until the trade deadline on Monday at noon PT to appease league officials.