Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Logan Thompson had to stop 42 shots to hold off the Senators in Ottawa on Thursday night to help secure a 5-4 victory. It was the sixth consecutive win for Vegas who sits atop the Pacific Division in the NHL with a 10-2 overall record. Only the Boston Bruins, new Golden Knights head coach Bruce Cassidy’s former team, has a better record at 10-1.
The game against the Senators started off great for Vegas as captain Mark Stone put in the first goal of the game just over a minute after the puck dropped. However, the home team tied it up at 1-1 less than three minutes later on a fluke goal. Ottawa’s Claude Giroux flipped the puck on net right after he passed center ice so he could get a line change without getting called for icing. The puck took a wicked bounce off the ice and skipped over Thompson’s shoulder and in.
The Vegas Golden Knights then started to pour it on, scoring four consecutive goals for a seemingly insurmountable 5-1 lead halfway through the game. Vegas’ Reilly Smith scored a power-play goal in the first, and defenseman Zach Whitecloud fired in his first goal of the season in the opening stanza. In the second period, Nicholas Roy and Chandler Stephenson combined for a short-handed goal, and forward William Carrier took advantage of an Ottawa giveaway in their own zone for his third goal of the year.
The Golden Knights took their foot off the gas a bit with less than ten minutes remaining in the second period, and the Senators would score the next three goals. Claude Giroux would pot his second goal of the game right after Vegas killed off a 2-minute penalty. 20-year old left winger Tim Stutzle wristed a shot past Thompson with just over a minute remaining in the middle frame, and then he would snap in his second goal of the match just 2:34 into the third period.
Vegas would hold on to that 5-4 lead the rest of the way to earn the two points. It may not have been their best game of the year so far, but they got the win, and that’s the most important thing.
The Golden Knights will put their six-game winning streak on the line against the Canadiens in Montreal on Saturday evening. Go Knights Go!
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Larry Martino is the long-time Afternoon Drive personality on 96.3 KKLZ. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of Larry Martino and not necessarily those of Beasley Media Group, LLC.