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Las Vegas–Today the Vegas Golden Knights finally took their game west of the Hudson River and into New Jersey as they took on the Devils for the first time in club history.

In the opening period, the Golden Knights best player on the ice was clearly goaltender Marc-André Fleury as he made 11 saves.

Vegas did have a really good look in the opening period from a feed pass by Erik Haula to Colin Miller but the former Vancouver Canucks backup Cory Schneider was at the ready with a key save in the first.

It wasn’t until the middle period where the offensive fire power came out for both clubs and it was Golden Knights kicking things off.

Less than 5 minutes into the middle frame it was David Perron getting Vegas on the scoreboard first. On the scoring play it was Tomas Hyka with the initial shot on Cory Schneider that caused a rebound that Perron with the follow up put it away for his 19th of the season.

This also gave Perron his 58th point of the campaign that set a new season best of his career. Hyka would earn his first NHL assist on Perron’s goal.

 At 8:44 into the 2nd period the Devils would get the equalizer goal on the man advantage. Getting it done for New Jersey was the former Anaheim Ducks defenseman Sami Vatenan. Hall set up Vatenan who one timed his shot that beat Fleury that made it a 1-1 hockey game.

Vatenan’s power play goal kept Hall’s point scoring streak alive at 18 consecutive games since coming back from injured reserve and 25 overall.

With 8:43 left in the 2nd period, the Golden Knights put themselves back into the lead as it was defenseman Deryk Engelland scoring his 4th goal of season. Engelland connected off of a pass from Shea Theodore as his shot from long range and found the back of the net for a 2-1 Golden Knights lead.

On the scoring play new comer Ryan Reaves tallied his firs Vegas assist.

Late in the middle stanza former Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar would get his first Golden Knights goal. Perron on the scoring play put the initial shot on Schneider but it was an opportunistic Tatar who ended stuffing it home to give Vegas the lead once more on the power play at the 17:43 mark. Tatar’s go ahead goal, gave him his 17th of the year.

12 seconds later after Tatar gave Vegas a 2 goal cushion, Devils Hall would close the gap as he took the lose puck away from Golden Knights Engelland and capitalized on the wrap around goal that beat Fleury five hole for his 30th of the season.

This made things interesting for the rest of the game. In the 3rd period of the game as both Fleury and Schneider made 13 combined saves.

It was late in the 3rd period where a costly penalty almost played a role in the outcome of the contest. With 3.8 seconds left in the game, Golden Knights defenseman Brayden McNabb sent the puck over the glass that gave the Devils some life on the power play.

With New Jersey 6 on 4 vs. Vegas, the play that saved the game for the Golden Knights was when Fleury made a buzzer-beater save on Kyle Palmieri.

After Vegas finally snapped their three game losing post NHL Trade Deadline they put themselves in third place all time by a franchise in their inaugural season with 18 wins (18-11-3 at 39 points).

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In his post game remarks with members of the media at Prudential Center new comer Tatar talked about making a positive impact for the Golden Knights since coming over from Detroit from the NHL Trade Deadline.

“It’s nice to have the monkey off of my back. I was just praying for a win.” Tatar said.

For Head Coach Gerard Gallant he was pleased with the start of their 5 game road trip when he spoke with the media after the game in New Jersey.

“It’s a good start to our road trip and I thought we played a consistent, focused game tonight.” Gallant on the win.

Fleury’s lifetime record vs. New Jersey improved to 24-24-3 with his 33 save performance for the Golden Knights. He recorded his 22nd win on the season with Vegas.

The Golden Knights finally improved to 42-18-5 and restored their 10 point cushion on 2nd place San Jose in the Pacific Division at 89 points.

3 Stars Of The Game

Vegas Golden Knights: Marc-André Fleury (33 saves)

Vegas Golden Knights: Tomas Tatar (1st VGK goal/GWG)

New Jersey Devils: Taylor Hall (1 goal and 1 assist)

Honorable Mention: Vegas Golden Knights David Perron (58th point of the season) and Brayden McNabb (11 hits) Tomas Hyka (1st NHL assist)

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