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Las Vegas–Tonight the Vegas Golden Knights resumed their road trip with a stopover in the Winnipeg for the second time this season as they took on Jets.

So far this season the Jets and Golden Knights each won a contest in their 3 game season series with Vegas taking the first one 5-2 where William Karlsson scored two goals on Military Appreciation Night and then Winnipeg took the 2nd matchup in Canada that featured a 5 goal 3rd period that Maxime Lagace gave up and a 7-4 final.

In the games opening period a miscue was made by Marc-André Fleury as he tried to play the puck behind his own goal and ended up leaving the net exposed where Joel Armia cashed in an easy mark on the 4×6.

12:10 into the middle frame Vegas was a down a man and it was Golden Knights Reilly Smith that played on Blake Wheeler and caused the Jets Captain to turnover the puck in Winnipeg’s end. Smith took the puck and would score a breakaway goal for the Golden Knights as he beat Connor Hellebuyck to tie up the game at 1-1.

Smith Scores Shorthanded

Later in the period the Golden Knights were on the power play and it was Erik Haula who answered the bell for Vegas after what would be a controversial goal. The puck was lose behind Hellebuyck and Haula ended up tapping it home for a 2-1 lead and his 19th of the season in a Golden Knights uniform.

Haula’s 19th

What was controversial about go ahead goal was James Neal‘s stick would catch Hellebuyck on his chest that was probably goaltender interference but was not categorized as such. Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice challenged the call but his bid was denied and the goal stood.

This would be the Golden Knights 7 power play goals on their last 12 tries within the previous 5 games which was a major improvement as of late for Vegas on special teams.

With 2:36 left in the third period the Winnipeg Jets tied the game when Armia dished it out to Kyle Connor as he would take his wrister glove side high on Fleury for a 2-2 game.

Connor’s late strike would force the game to be played in the overtime period with both teams earning a point.

After two separate really good scoring chances by the Jets it would be David Perron as the overtime hero for the Golden Knights as he went far side on Hellebuyck for  the 3-2 win over Winnipeg.

Perron recorded his 3rd overtime winner for the Golden Knights and his 13th of the season.

Perron’s Goal Would Be One Of Historic Proportions

They would also take the seasons series over the Winnipeg Jets 2 games 1.

The Golden Knights continued the write one more milestone in the National Hockey Leagues history as they improved to 34-12-4 and became the best ever expansion team courtesy of Perron’s overtime marker. They would improve to 22-6-1 record against teams in the Western Conference.

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Vegas improved to 2-0-0 on their 6 game road swing.

Another historic milestone came tonight as Fleury would tie Dominik Hasek on the all time goaltenders list with his 389 career win that was made possible by his 26 save performance night. He would improve to 14-4-2 on the season.

Vegas finished the night off with a strong performance on the power play as they went 1/2.

3 Stars Of The Game

Vegas Golden Knights: David Perron (overtime winner that made NHL history for Vegas)

Vegas Golden Knights: Marc-André Fleury (26 saves)

Winnipeg Jets: Joel Armia (1 goal and 1 assist)

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1 Comment »

  1. Hockey twitter has been even crazier that normal with Neil’s stick catching Hellebuyck. I think I’m one of like 4 people that noticed it was Byfuglien’s stick that caused Neil’s to hit Hellebuyck. Or am I completely wrong?

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