Vegas Golden Knights take over lead in NHL’s Pacific Division
November 23, 2017 7:41 AM
by Mark Mayer
The Vegas Golden Knights haven’t played like an expansion team all season and gave another example why Wednesday night in Anaheim with a come from behind 4-2 victory to take over the lead in the NHL’s Pacific Division.
Vegas, a +130 underdog, scored three times in the third period and fired a franchise high 49 shots at Anaheim goalie John Gibson in the victory, which improved the overall record to 13-6-1. Anaheim saw its three-game winning streak end as well as their unbeaten record for leading after two periods. It was also the first time Gibson had lost this season after making at least 40 saves in a game.
Trailing 2-1 heading into the third period Vegas tied the score on a wrist shot by Colin Miller. James Neal scored his team high 11th goal with less than five minutes left and the red hot William Karlsson added an insurance tally, his 10th of the season. Karlsson had never scored more than 9 goals in in the NHL prior to joining Vegas.
Vegas goalie Maxime Lagace stopped 17 of 19 shots to win his third straight start. Jonathan Marchessault notched his sixth goal in the final minute of the second period to swing the momentum to Vegas heading into the final 20 minutes of regulation.
The Golden Knights with 27 points took over the division lead from the Los Angeles Kings, who were defeated in their game Wednesday night. LA has 26.
Vegas now heads home to face another division rival San Jose in a 3 p.m. PT start Friday at T-Mobile Arena. The Knights have the best home record in the NHL at 8-1. The Golden Knights are 5-1 against Pacific Division teams and the top money maker in the league at +1297 per $100 wager.