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Las Vegas–The Vegas Golden Knights and the Chicago Blackhawks squared off in their final meeting of the season at T-Mobile Arena in front of 18,085 hockey fans.

The two prior meetings this season the Golden Knights defeated the Chicago Blackhawks by a 4-2 final in first matchup in Vegas back in October where it was Oscar Dansk backstopping the net.

They followed that up with a 5-4 win in the “Windy City” in January where Malcolm Subban played between pipes.

For the Chicago Blackhawks who came off of a 6-1 lost by the Arizona Coyotes last night found the scoresheet first on the man advantage in the opening stages of the game. Getting the Hawks on the board was former San Jose Sharks forward Tommy Wingels.

Wingels was in front of Marc-André Fleury and redirected an Erik Gustafsson one timer shot to give Chicago the early 1-0 lead at the 2:10 mark of the period.

The Golden Knights however were not phased by the Blackhawks getting on the board first as it was another former Shark in Ryan Carpenter getting the equalizer for Vegas less than 3 minutes later.

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare with great support behind the Chicago net capitalized on their opportunity as Carpenter cashed in by sneaking the puck past Jeff Glass that knotted the game up at 1-1. Carpenter earned his 3rd goal of the season for the Golden Knights since coming over from San Jose.

At 6:07 into the middle frame the Blackhawks would take the lead on the Golden Knights by a goal from Alex DeBrincat. After his initial shot on net was denied by Fleury veteran forward Patrick Sharp gave the 20-year-old some help as he kicked the puck over to him for a rebound and with his second attempt found the back of the net for a 2-1 score.

As the game went into the 3rd period, the Golden Knights offense came alive and exploded for 4 unanswered goals.

Leading the offensive charge against the Chicago Blackhawks was defenseman Brad Hunt as the Golden Knights were on their fifth power play opportunity of the game.

Perron played the puck on the right point and sent a feed the pass over to Hunt and from long range managed to get his shot far side thru a screen past Glass for the early equalizer goal at the 1:14 mark of the 3rd for a 2-2 hockey game.

The Golden Knights offensive attack continued less than 2 minutes later in the period and answering the bell for Vegas was Reilly Smith.

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Nate Schmidt and William Karlsson teamed up and connected with Smith as he took his wrister from less 40 feet out upstairs over the glove side on Glass for the go ahead goal of the game and made it 3-2 Vegas. This gave Smith his 17th goal of the year in a Golden Knights uniform.

Just inside the 5 minute mark of the period, Perron decided the join in on the scoring parade for the Golden Knights.

The scoring play was created by James Neal in the neutral zone caused a turnover on Chicago’s DeBrincat and dished the puck over to Perron and with great individual effort off the rush took the shot low glove side on Glass for a 4-2 lead and his 14th goal of the campaign.

Late in the third period Chicago Blackhawks Head Coach Joel Quenneville made the decision in pulling Glass for the extra attacker after being down by two goals. The plan did not work out as Quenneville had hoped for as it was Tomas Nosek in first game back after his injury that kept him out of the lineup for a dozen, scored the empty netter for a 5-2 Golden Knights victory.

Not only did the Golden Knights defeat the “Original Six” franchise Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 in Vegas they earned the season series sweep on the former 6-time Stanley Cup Champions.

Fleury became the third Golden Knights goaltender this campaign to earn a victory over the Blackhawks with his stellar 29 save performance on 31 total shots and earned him a save percentage of .931 and as well as his 17th win of the season.

Vegas also in a span of 11 games found the back of the net 10 times on the power play.

With their season series sweep on Chicago in the books, the Golden Knights would write themselves in the NHL history books once again as the third franchise to record 20 wins at home in their inaugural campaign, joining the 1979-80 Hartford Whalers and 1967-68 Los Angeles Kings.

The Golden Knights record after the win would improve to 37-15-4 and put them in a 2-way tie for second place in the NHL with the Boston Bruins at 78 points each, just one behind the Tampa Bay Lightning who have 79.

After the game, defenseman Schmidt who recorded an assist in the contest, highlighted how the third period unfolded for them that allowed the Golden Knights to strike 4 times in their comeback win over the Chicago Blackhawks.

“It was kind of a snowball effect.” Schmidt told reporters at T-Mobile Arena during post game remarks.

3 Stars Of The Game

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

Vegas Golden Knights: Brad Hunt (1 power play goal)

Vegas Golden Knights: Marc-André Fleury (29 saves)

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