Las Vegas–Tonight the Vegas Golden Knights were hosts the Dallas Stars for the first time this season as the top seed in the Pacific Division with a 15-6-1 record and 31 points to their credit.
The last time that these two teams faced off against one another was when the Golden Knights opened their inaugural season on the road in “Dig D” when the defeated the Dallas Stars 2-1 courtesy of two James Neal goals, the first franchise goal and the game winning goal.
In the games middle frame, the Stars opened the scoring in the game and it was Radek Faksa that got things going for Dallas when veteran defenseman Dan Hamhuis set up in the slot as he put the puck past Malcolm Subban on a one timer shot for the 1-0 lead over the Golden Knights at the 12:55 mark of the 2nd for his 6th of the season.
Later in the period in span of nine seconds apart from each other, Faksa recorded his 2nd and 3rd goals of the contest.
The second goal of the game, was courtesy of a setup pass from Gemel Smith that extended Dallas’s lead to 2-0 over Vegas with 27 seconds left in the middle period that brought goal total to 7 on the year.
His third and natural hat trick goal was served by Antoine Roussel that put the game out of reach for the Golden Knights with 18 seconds remaining of the period for his 8th of the campaign.
For Subban, this was not one of his best performance’s at home as he surrendered 3 goals on 30 shots he faced overall tonight. He finished off the night with 27 save performance and .900 save percentage.
On the other side of the ice, Ben Bishop stopped all 34 shots the Vegas threw at home with 1.000 save percentage.
This 3-0 shutout loss was the Golden Knights first in club history at home at T-Mobile Arena this season.
At the end of the night, the Golden Knights were 15-7-1 and due to the Los Angeles Kings 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings put them in tie in the Pacific Division standings.
3 Stars Of The Game
Dallas Stars: Radek Faksa (Natural Hat Trick In The 2nd Period)
Dallas Stars: Ben Bishop (34 save performance)
Dallas Stars: Dan Hamhuis (Assist on Faksa’s Game Winning Goal)