It was a slow start for Vegas in the first period against the Dallas Stars, but thankfully puck luck was falling in the Golden Knights’ direction. Fifty-one seconds into the first period, Stars center Tyler Seguin thought he snapped in the game’s first goal. But after review, the goal was waived off. Video replay confirmed the puck never bounced over the goal line, keeping the game a scoreless tie.
Dallas eventually got on the board first as Martin Hanzal deflected a shot from the point past Vegas goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury for the 1-0 lead. Ten minutes later Vegas tied the contest.
Third line center Ryan Carpenter tapped in his first of the year past Stars goalie Ben Bishop. Carpenter’s goal tied the game 1-1.
“I thought we had a lot of energy tonight. I thought our forecheck was really good. That’s something I talk about all the time and it has been good lately, but tonight it was excellent. It was two good teams playing a real good hockey game tonight with not a lot of room; goaltending was real good. The power plays, we had one at the end with the empty net, but we really had two other ones at the end of their penalty kill, twice. They had two power play goals. I thought it was a good hockey game, two hard working teams. Dallas really comes, and they compete. Last year they were a team that threw a lot of offense at you, but this year they are playing a hard, solid game every shift. They work really hard and they are a good team.” – Gerard Gallant
In the second period it was all Vegas. Star center William Karlsson shot a pinpoint laser to give his team the 2-1 lead. The Swede scored his 10th goal and 23rd point of the season. Later in the period, Alex Tuch added his 10th goal as well, increasing Vegas’ lead by two goals.
“Everyone had a ton of energy, honestly. Even the guys who killed the penalty for three, four minutes were up and at ‘em, ready to go again. You know what, it was a great job by our penalty kill, great job by Flower, and kill off the four minutes, I think that was one of the big keys to winning tonight.” – Alex Tuch
Up 3-1 with twenty minutes to play, the Golden Knights did their best to maintain a two-goal lead. However, the Stars got closer scoring on a power play making it 3-2, but the home team wasn’t done yet. Reilly Smith put the finishing touches on the victory with a late period power play goal. The game ended 4-2 in favor of the Golden Knights.
Vegas improves their record to (17-14-1). The team travels to the east coast for a four-game road trip starting on Wednesday against the New York Islanders.