The Golden Knights welcomed in the blazing hot Tampa Bay Lightning team for a Thursday night game at The Fortress and we were able to give one lucky fan tickets to the game. The Lightning got on the board first 7:02 into the game. However, newly acquired defenseman Alec Martinez tied the game for Vegas 1-1 late in the opening period.
Reilly Smith set up Paul Statsny 6:45 into the 2nd period giving Vegas the 2-1 lead. Tampa tied the game on a power-play goal by Steven Stamkos. The game wouldn’t be tied for long as Mark Stone gave his team the 3-2 lead a minute later.
Vegas held a one-goal lead going into the 3rd period but Ryan Reaves scored his 7th goal of the season right off the faceoff. Max Pacioretty added his 28th:37 seconds after on the power play. In a blink, the Golden Knights held a commanding 5-2 lead. Tampa got a power-play goal but Vegas would close out the game 5-3.
Vegas’ record improves to 32-22-8 and now has 72 points on the seasn. The team will get back to business on Saturday night against the Florida Panthers. Puck drops at 7 pm.