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Las Vegas–Today the Vegas Golden Knights wrapped up their 4 game road swing with a final stop in Raleigh-Durham for a matchup with the Carolina Hurricanes.

When these teams faced off against each other, the Hurricanes spoiled Marc-André Fleury‘s return in net with a 3-2 shootout win by a goal from Phillip Di Giuseppe.

They entered the contest vs Carolina with a 1-1-1 road trip record (1-0 shut out loss to Nashville, 4-1 win vs Tampa Bay, and 4-3 overtime defeat to Florida).

For the Golden Knights it did not take long for them to see the scoreboard. Getting things started for Vegas was Pierre-Edouard Bellemare. Bellemare connected with back feed pass from William Carrier and went glove side on Carolina’s Scott Darling for the early 1-0 lead at 2:55 into the game.

Bellemare Opens The Scoring

This was Bellemare’s 5th goal of the 2017-18 season for the Golden Knights.

***Fun Fact: When Vegas scores the first goal of the game, they are 19-1-0 on the year.***

They put their scoring first record on the table in Raleigh and continued to put the puck in the back of the net on Darling. Vegas was the power play and heading into the game they were 1-28 in the last ten games.

Colin Miller made sure that those numbers would not continue as he collected a pass from David Perron. Miller took the pass from Perron and one timed it past Darling for a the 2-0 lead.

Miller Strikes On The Power Play

For Miller this was his 6th marker of the season for Vegas.

The scoring parade continued for the Golden Knights and it was Jonathan Marchessault on Vegas’s eight shot of the night that would chase Darling away from the net for a commanding 3-0 lead over the Hurricanes.

William Karlsson dished the puck over to Marchessault in the neutral zone and ended up streaking into Carolina territory and went upstairs on Darling. This would be Marchessault’s 17th of the year for the Golden Knights.

Marchessault’s Goes Upstairs On Darling

Hurricanes Head Coach Bill Peters made a goalie swap and took out Darling and replaced him with veteran netminder Cam Ward.

This marked the 6th time this season in which the Golden Knights chased the opposing starter away from his net (third time in the opening period of a game).

45 seconds remaining the opening period the Carolina Hurricanes finally saw the scoresheet and it was Jaccob Slavin getting it done. Slavin connected off of a pass play from Jeff Skinner who played the puck behind Fleury’s net and one timed it far side that made it a 3-1 game.  

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In the second period of play the Golden Knights restored their 3 goal cushion over the Hurricanes as Vegas was on another man advantage opportunity.

Defenseman Brad Hunt fired the initial shot on Ward and James Neal capitalized on the rebound chance and went back hand five hole on the former 2006 Stanley Cup Champion.

This moved Neal within 4 goals shy of team leading Karlsson who currently has 25 on the season for the Golden Knights.

Neal’s 21st Of The Season

In the final period of the game, the Golden Knights would add the 5th and final goal of the contest. Brandon Leipsic connected off a beautiful feed pass from Miller and directed it past Ward for his 2nd goal of the season that brought the contest to a 5-1 score.

The 5-1 score would hold on as the Golden Knights became the new NHL leaders in the standings overall at 31-11-4 with 66 points and leapfrogged the Tampa Bay Lightning as they now take control of the second spot among the rest of the league.

Vegas completed the road trip with a 2-1-1 showing.

Fleury’s performance tonight earned him his 11th win between the pipes for the Golden Knights with his 26 save night. He would also improve on his lifetime record on the Carolina Hurricanes at 17-9-5.

Vegas would finish the night off with a very successful showing on the man advantage with a solid 2-4 performance.

With their 5-1 win over the Hurricanes, the Golden Knights move within two games away from the all time record in most wins by a team in it’s inaugural season.

Vegas Chasing NHL History

Post Game Reaction From Marc-André Fleury

3 Stars Of The Game

Vegas Golden Knights: Colin Miller (3 point night)

Vegas Golden Knights: Co-2nd Star James Neal (21st goal of the season) and Jonathan Marchessault (17th goal of the season)

Vegas Golden Knights: Marc-André Fleury (27 save performance)

Honorable mention: Vegas Golden Knights Pierre-Edouard Bellemare (Opened the scoring)

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