Golden Knights 4, Oilers 1: 3 Takeaways

Golden Knights get goals from four different goal scorers, clinch winning record at T-Mobile Arena this season.
by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

 

This might sound crazy.

If the Golden Knights lost EVERY home game for the rest of the season, they would still finish with more wins than losses at T-Mobile Arena this season.

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That’s what tonight’s 4-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers accomplished.

It improved the Golden Knights to a startling 21-4-2 at home this season, and 38-15-4 for the season. Vegas is also just one win from clinching a .500 record for the season.

With two months left in the season, these milestones are all foregone conclusions. In the meantime, the Golden Knights continue to have a large lead atop the Pacific Division, and remain in first place in the Western Conference.

Here are three takeaways from tonight’s game.

EDM@VGK: Haula scores five-hole off Neal’s dish

00:57 • February 15th, 2018

1. Kick Started By Carpenter

Early in this game, the Oilers were the better team. They sustained pressure in the Golden Knights’ zone for minutes on end, with only Marc-Andre Fleury’s goaltending keeping them off the board.

Which with the Oilers having won both prior games in the season series, started to beg the question as to if Edmonton was just going to continue to have Vegas’ number.

EDM@VGK: Carpenter buries opening goal from the slot

00:54 • February 15th, 2018

This all changed when Ryan Carpenter stepped to the forefront and made the score 1-0 Golden Knights with 6:56 remaining in the first period. Not only was this Carpenter’s fourth goal in six games after serving as a healthy scratch for most of January, it was also a goal that broke the Oilers’ backs.

Edmonton entered tonight having lost four straight games, and once put on the mat, didn’t do much to spirit a comeback.

Jonathan Marchessault followed with his 21st goal of the season early in the second period, and the Golden Knights were on their way.

EDM@VGK: Marchessault deflects one home in front

00:47 • February 15th, 2018

2. Thirty And Flirty

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00:56 • February 15th, 2018

William Karlsson has six goals last season. SIX!

He only had nine the year before.

But after scoring to make the score 3-0 Vegas in the second period, he now has 30 this season. THIRTY.

Karlsson becomes only the fourth player in the NHL this season (and first in the Western Conference) to score 30 goals. The others are Alexander Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin and Nikita Kucherov. All of those players, however, have reached this plateau before. Many times, in fact.

With all due respect to the other 700 players in the league, but Karlsson continues his case to be the NHL’s most improved player this season. Not to mention, with 25 games to play in the season, there remains a real chance that Karlsson scores FORTY goals this season. He’s currently on pace for 43.

3. Fleury Continues To Rebound

EDM@VGK: Fleury stones Strome with sweet pad stop

00:09 • February 15th, 2018

Marc-Andre Fleury hasn’t had too many off nights this season. On Sunday, when he gave up three goals on 17 shots in a 4-1 loss to the Flyers, it was one of those nights.

With backup Malcolm Subban injured, the impetus is for Fleury to really carry the load and play well during this homestand.

He did that tonight.

Although he was not heavily tested, Fleury was again solid, stopping 28 of 29 shots.

This is now 57 saves on 60 shots in the last two games (two wins), running his record to 18-6-2 for the season.

 

Source: NHL Las Vegas Golden Knights

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