Las Vegas–Tonight the Vegas Golden Knights capped off their quick 2-game road trip with a stop over in “Big D” as the Dallas Stars welcomed the newest franchise in the league to town for the 2nd time this season.

The last time the Golden Knights and Stars met in Texas was at the start of the season where Vegas defeated Dallas 2-1 by two James Neal goals.

After coming off of a 4-3 shootout victory over the Nashville Predators, the Golden Knights opened the scoring at the 12:13 mark of the 1st period.

The scoring sequence was created by Brandon Leipsic who set up Alex Tuch on a bang bang play behind the Stars net and the former 1st rounder connected with the pass and blasted his one timer shot past Ben Bishop.

This would be Tuch’s 7th goal of the season with the Golden Knights.

Tuch’s 7th Of The Season For Vegas

Just over the 2 minutes after Tuch opened the scoring for Vegas, the Dallas Stars answered back with a goal of their own and it was Tyler Pitlick who knotted the equalizer strike in the 1st period.

Pitlick found the loose puck in front of Vegas’s net and jammed it in past Maxime Lagace for the 1-1 tie.

In the middle frame, the Golden Knights went back to work on the Dallas Stars and it was a power play goal that got things started for Vegas.

Perron in his 2nd game back with the Golden Knights out battled Tyler Seguin in the offensive zone and when he broke free, fired his wrister shot past Bishop for the 2-1 Vegas lead for his 7th of the year.

Perron’s 2nd Period Goal

Seconds after the Perron goal, the Stars came back with another game tying marker and the next man up for them was Jason Spezza that brought it to a 2-2 tilt.

The 2-2 deadlock was immediately unbroken once again and joining the scoring parade on Dallas was Reilly Smith who made it 3-2 Vegas and knotted his 8th of the campaign.

The scoring sequence was started by Jonathan Marchessault who caught a turnover pass by Stephen Johns in the offensive zone. Marchessault connected with Smith who fired a backhander shot in an open net past Bishop.

Smith’s Go Ahead Goal For The Golden Knights

For Vegas their scoring barrage didn’t stop with Smith, it was the $10 million dollar man in defenseman Brayden McNabb extending the Golden Knights lead over Dallas for a 4-2 score.

It was Cody Eakin and Leipsic who help setup McNabb’s 2nd of the season. The former Los Angeles Kings blueliner ended up flipping his shot over the shoulder on Bishop at the 8:35 mark of the middle frame for his 2nd goal of the season.

McNabb Extend’s Vegas Lead Over Dallas

At the 4:16 mark of the 3rd period, the Dallas Stars would tighten things up bit courtesy of a Jamie Benn strike.

Benn connected with Seguin in the Golden Knights end of the neutral zone and skated into the offensive zone where he fired his wrister that made it’s way right side over Lagace that made it a 4-3 game.

With less 2:30 left in the 3rd period Dallas Stars Head Coach Ken Hitchcock elected to pull Bishop for the extra attacker and tried to get something going to no avail it was Erik Haula who scored the empty netter for a 5-3 Golden Knights lead. This was Haula’s 11th.

The 5-3 lead would hold as the Golden Knights defeated the Dallas Stars for the 2nd time this season. They would improved to 19-9-1 for 39 points just two points behind the Los Angeles Kings.

Lagace improved to the a 6-6-1 record in his 1st NHL season between the pipes for the Golden Knights with a 3.79 GAA and a .872 save percentage.

For Vegas this was their 4th straight win that dates back from their 3-2 overtime win against the Arizona Coyotes on December 3rd.

On the season series vs Dallas, the Golden Knights defeated the Stars 2 games to 1.

Vegas heads home where they will take on the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night at T-Mobile Arena.

3 Stars Of The Game

Vegas Golden Knights: David Perron (1 goal and 1 assist)

Vegas Golden Knights: Co-2nd Star Cody Eakin and Brandon Leipsic (2 assists each)

Vegas Golden Knights: Maxime Lagace (36 save performance and a .930 save percentage)

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