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Las Vegas–Tonight the Vegas Golden Knights took on the Vancouver Canucks for the third time this season in front of a crowd of 18,214 at T-Mobile Arena.

This season, the Golden Knights have had success against the Canucks as they took the first two meetings of the campaign with a 5-2 victory back in November and 6-3 win last month both in Vancouver territory.

That trend continued tonight as the Golden Knights came flying out of the gate in the first five minutes of the opening period.

At 3:56 of the period, Jonathan Marchessault would get the Golden Knights on the board first.

With time and space behind the Vancouver net, William Karlsson fed the puck to Marchessault in the slot and as he would one time his shot that beat Canucks Jacob Markstrom to give Vegas the early 1-0 lead.

This ended a long scoring drought for Marchessault as he scored his 23rd of the season.

Less than a minute later the Golden Knights would add to their lead on the Canucks as the next man up was Cody Eakin.

Eakin was given a gift as he connected off of a rebound shot that came from defenseman Shea Theodore. The former Dallas Stars forward with baseball type move, batted the puck past Markstrom to double up Golden Knights at 2-0.

For Eakin he recorded his 10th of the season.

The scoring parade for the Golden Knights continued in the latter stages of the opening period as the Bellemare line would get rewarded with late goal.

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare connected off of a backhand pass from Tomas Nosek in the slot and scored on Markstrom via the five hole for a commanding 3-0 lead.

Like Marchessault, Bellemare also snapped out of a the scoring funk with his 6th of the season with 33 seconds to go in the 1st.

For Golden Knights Marc-André Fleury had light work in the opening period the contest with only having to make 7 saves.

But for some reason he did not return for the rest of game as Head Coach Gerard Gallant made a goaltending and put in Malcolm Subban in relief for the rest of the way.

At 14:21 in the middle frame, the Golden Knights would add another goal on the night against the Vancouver Canucks and it came from an unlikely source from Tomas Tatar.

Since coming over via a trade from the Detroit Red Wings, newcomer Tatar has scored just one time and that came in the 3-2 win in Newark vs. New Jersey.

That changed as he would get his second in a Golden Knights uniform and his first at home when he capitalized off a back pass created by Haula and with that opportunity, he would put one past the glove side on Markstrom for a 4-0 Vegas lead.

Combined this season with the Red Wings and Golden Knights this gave Tatar his 18th of the year.

In his relief stint in Fleury’s absence, Subban was outstanding as he stopped 22 of 23 total shots he faced.

The only goal he surrendered, came in the final period the game where with 11:33 remaining of the game Brandon Sutter of the Canucks ended the collective shutout bid for Fleury and Subban.

Sutter had a burst of speed after he took the up ice fed from Derrick Pouliot skated down the right wing and came in a Subban where he snuck one by him that brought the contest to a 4-1 score.

This was the only time in the entire game where the visiting Canucks found the back of the net as the Golden Knights took a stranglehold on the season series with the 4-1 win.

With Fleury out, he still recorded the win and moved into sole possession of 12th place all time among goalies with career victory number 402 and counting. He is now right behind 5-time Stanley Cup Champion Grant Fuhr who sits at 403.

As Vegas has returned to their winning ways with taking the last two games at home vs. Calgary and Vancouver they improved to 47-21-5 with an eight point lead in the Pacific Division over San Jose.

The Sharks also won their game tonight vs. New Jersey at home in the Bay Area by a 6-2 final. They currently have 91 points.

3 Stars Of The Game

Vegas Golden Knights: Malcolm Subban (22 saves in relief)

Vegas Golden Knights: Cody Eakin (Game winning goal)

Vegas Golden Knights: Co-3rd star Jonathan Marchessault and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare (1 goal each)

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