Las Vegas–Tonight, the Vegas Golden Knights welcomed into town for the first time this season the Anaheim Ducks for their 2nd meeting of the season against their Pacific Division Rivals.

The last time these two cross boarder franchises squared off, we saw the Golden Knights came away with the 4-2 victory at Honda Center.

For the visiting Anaheim Ducks, starting netminder John Gibson was putting on a goaltending clinic against the Golden Knights until the 18th shot of the period where James Neal finally put one past Gibson.

The play started off of an Erik Haula bid but Gibson denied the scoring chance and Neal chipped the rebound shot over that fooled the Anaheim netminder that put Vegas on top 1-0 over the Ducks for Neal’s 13th of the year.

Neal’s 13th Of The Season For Vegas

16 seconds later the Golden Knights added to their lead and this time it is was Oscar Lindberg getting it done off of a Deryk Engelland rebound who put the shot past Gibson that made it a 2-0 Vegas lead as the Swede registered his 6th of the campaign.

Lindberg Extend’s Golden Knights Lead Over Anaheim

At 1:13 into the games middle frame the Ducks ate into Vegas’s lead and it was Francois Beauchemin that started things off. Beauchemin’s hard slap shot tricked up Subban and brought the contest to a 2-1 score.

Over 4 minutes later, Anaheim was on the power play courtesy of a Lindberg high sticking penalty. Antoine Vermette cashed in off of a Kevin Bieksa shot that deflected its trajectory into the Golden Knights that tied the game up at 2-2.

After coming all the way back in the game, Anaheim’s Corey Perry gave the Ducks their first lead in the game off of a breakaway. Perry fired his slap shot that completely beat Subban for a 3-2 lead over Vegas at the 16:14 mark of the 2nd.

With 4:22 left in the 3rd after trailing for the majority of period, Haula scored the much needed equalizer as he tucked near post past Gibson to tie up on the game a 3-3, knotted his 9th of the season.

Haula’s 3rd Period Equalizer

In the 4th period after the Alex Tuch was called with a rare overtime penalty the Golden Knights put on an excellent penalty killing clinic on special teams and standouts for Vegas were Subban, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, and Engelland.

Vegas also was on a man advantage opportunity with less then 30 seconds left in the 4th period but it was not enough time for Golden Knights to cash in so the contest would need to be decided in the shootout.

For the Golden Knights, this marked their 2nd time this season where the skills competition was required to settle the score. The last time they participated in the shootout was during their 6 game Eastern Conference against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Vegas came away the losers in that contest.

Tonight for the Golden Knights, they wrote a different story. Tuch who was given Vegas’s only overtime period penalty, had a chance to redeem himself as he would become the hero in the shootout and give the Golden Knights a 4-3 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.

Tuch’s Shootout Winner

Vegas would improve to 17-9-1 with 35 points and still holding strong in second place in the Pacific Division behind the Los Angeles Kings.

The Golden Knights current have a 2-0 lead on the season series vs the Ducks.

Vegas Golden Knights Make History Tonight in their 4-3 shootout victory over the Anaheim Ducks as becoming the 1st team in the NHL this season for the most wins at home by any franchise with a 11-2-0 record.

A Historic Knight For Vegas

3 Stars Of The Game:

Vegas Golden Knights: Alex Tuch (Shootout winner and 1 assist)

Vegas Golden Knights: Erik Haula (1 goal and 2 assists)

Vegas Golden Knights: James Neal (1 goal and 1 assist)

Honorable mention: Anaheim Ducks: John Gibson (40 saves on 43 shots and .930 save percentage)

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