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Las Vegas–Tonight the Vegas Golden Knights regular season started back up after the 2018 NHL All Star Break for their first stop at the Saddledome in Calgary.
The Golden Knights record entering into tonight’s contest against Calgary was 32-12-4 ahead of the Western Conference and Pacific Division.
This matchup marked the first of four scheduled meetings vs. the fellow Pacific Division Flames on the season.
At the 16:04 mark of the opening period, the Golden Knights opened the scoring and getting things started off was Reilly Smith. Smith managed to get a piece of the puck on his stick from a Jonathan Marchessault shot that was redirect and made it’s way past Mike Smith for the 1-0 Vegas lead.
Reilly’s 13th Goal Of The Season
VEGAS TAKES THE EARLY LEAD ON REILLY SMITH'S TIP DEFLECTION GOAL! pic.twitter.com/D0fznd5zoh
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In the middle period of the game the momentum shifted towards the Calgary Flames as they finally found the back of the net. The first Flames goal came from a Sam Bennett shot that found it’s way beating Marc-André Fleury that the tied the game up at 1-1. Troy Brouwer recorded the lone assist on Bennett’s goal.
Later in the second period, the Flames would get the go ahead goal when Matthew Tkachuk faked out a sprawling Fleury who ended up going to his right side when the 20-year-old winger scored a wraparound goal on the opposite side of the net for a 2-1 Calgary lead.
The Golden Knights saw some late rallying heroics where they would put up three goals in the span of 53 seconds apart from one another.
Erik Haula capitalized on a turnover and ended up scoring the equalizer goal as he beat Smith glove side for a 2-2 hockey game with 1:46 remaining in the game.
10 seconds later in it was Marchessault who took the Flames netminder upstairs that gave Vegas the 3-2 lead with 1:36 left in the period.
After Marchessault scored the go ahead goal, Calgary pulled Smith for the extra attacker and it was David Perron that scored the empty net goal for a 4-2 Golden Knights victory over the Flames.
3 Goals In 53 Seconds
Trailing with less than two on the clock and then all of a sudden. Three. Goals. Scored.
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