The Vegas Golden Knights hosted the Vancouver Canucks for a Sunday matinee. The crowd showed up early and got loud for their hometown team.
Vegas came out strong to start the game shooting on net four times in the first two minutes. The Golden Knights wouldn’t convert in the first period, but Vancouver was shut out as well by goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.
“I think our defensive game was outstanding today. It was probably the best all year. Like I said, we had a lot of jump today, we played really good hockey. We stayed with it. It was a consistent 60 minutes playing defense first and getting a lot of good scoring opportunities because of it.” – Gerard Gallant, VGK Coach
It wouldn’t take long for the Golden Knights to open up the scoring as Max Pacioretty blasted a slap shot into Vancouver’s net early in the second period. Vegas held a 1-0 lead on Pacioretty’s 21st of the year.
“We just played a very good game. We’re four in a row now but what is really nice is that we are playing the right way, and everyone is contributing. It feels good when you have a victory like that because it gets everyone feeling good about themselves. Defense did a great job of making sure Marc-Andre Fleury saw the chances that they did have, and it was just overall a good group effort.” – Max Pacioretty, VGK Forward
Three minutes later the Golden Knights got their second goal by depth forward Ryan Carpenter. It was Carpenter’s first goal since January 21, giving Vegas the 2-0 lead. The two-goal lead wouldn’t last for very long.
Red hot Reilly Smith added his 13th goal of the season, his third in the past three games. The Golden Knights had a commanding 3-0 lead after forty minutes of action.
Fleury would continue his stellar play in the final frame shutting down any offensive opportunity by Vancouver. The Vegas netminder would close out the game 3-0 and registered his league-leading eighth shutout of the season.
“Last game was busier and better scoring chances. I thought tonight our guys dominated from start to finish. We played very well, good speed and we had the puck a lot, we controlled the play, the defensive zone and the offensive zone.” – Marc Andre Fleury
Vegas improves their record to (36-26-5) and remain in the Pacific Division’s third place position, with 15 games left to play. With their 3-0 win over Vancouver, Vegas is (4-0) since trading for forward, Mark Stone. The team gets back on the ice Wednesday in a big playoff indication game against the Calgary Flames. Calgary leads the Pacific Division with Opening faceoff starts at 730P.