After making it to the Stanley Cup Final in their inaugural season, the Vegas Golden Knights didn’t look particularly magical out of the gate. They started the season 1-4-0 and were 9-12-1 through Nov. 19. They finally seem to have clicked though, winning seven of their last eight contests.
Their latest victim was the freefalling Chicago Blackhawks, who they beat 4-3. That’s the fifth time in the span of six games that Vegas has scored at least four goals. Meanwhile, Chicago has dropped six straight games and now sit at 9-16-5 this season. Since taking over as the head coach, Jeremy Colliton has a 3-10-2 record. We’re still in early December, but the Blackhawks are 10 points out of a playoff spot and it’s hard to see them closing that gap. If anything, it will probably widen before the campaign is over.
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DETROIT 5 TORONTO 4 (OT)
William Nylander made his season debut now that he’s finally signed with the Maple Leafs. He logged just 12:29 minutes of ice time and didn’t record a single shot on goal. He was also benched for most of the third period/overtime. None of that is shocking. It will take Nylander time to get up to speed after missing more than a quarter of the season and all the practices during that stretch.
Kasperi Kapanen scored a goal and registered an assist. The Leafs forward has 11 goals and 21 points in 29 games.
Garret Sparks stopped 27 of 32 Red Wings shots. Most of the damage was done in the first period when he surrendered four goals on 11 shots.
Gustav Nyquist scored a goal and registered two assists for Detroit. He’s up to seven goals and 26 points in 29 games.
Dylan Larkin netted the overtime winner and registered an assist. He has 11 goals and 26 points in 29 contests.
Jonathan Bernier stopped 27 of 31 shots last night. It’s been a little while now, but Bernier did play for the Maple Leafs from 2013-14 through 2015-16. This was just his third career start against Toronto, but he’s 3-0-0 against them.
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COLORADO 5 FLORIDA 2
Mikko Rantanen scored a goal at 10:40 of the first period to extend his point streak to 10 games. The Avalanche forward has 12 goals and 47 points in 29 games.
Carl Soderberg found the back of the net twice for Colorado. That gives him 11 goals and 21 points in 29 contests.
Colton Sceviour scored a goal for the Panthers. It was his third goal and seventh point in 25 games.
Philipp Grubauer kicked out 33 of 35 Panthers shots. He’s 7-1-2 with a 2.96 GAA and .909 save percentage in 10 starts.
At the other end of the ice, Roberto Luongo stopped 32 of 36 shots. The game was tied at 2-2 going into the third period, but Luongo allowed two goals on 13 shots in the final frame.
COLUMBUS 4 PHILADELPHIA 3 (OT)
Sergei Bobrovsky saved 23 of 26 shots on Thursday. He got the win, but this is the fourth time in the span of five starts that he’s surrendered at least three goals.
Seth Jones scored two goals, including the overtime winner. The defenseman has five goals and 16 points in 21 contests.
Brandon Dubinsky scored a goal and registered an assist for Columbus. He has three goals and nine points in 18 games.
Travis Sanheim scored two of Philadelphia’s three markers. He has two goals and eight points in 26 games.
Anthony Stolarz allowed four goals on 30 shots. He’s surrendered 10 goals over three starts this season.
PITTSBURGH 6 NY ISLANDERS 2
Thomas Greiss stopped 16 of 21 shots over two periods of play. Christopher Gibson came out for the third and saved six of seven shots. Gibson made his season debut because Robin Lehner was unavailable due to an undisclosed injury.
Phil Kessel did a lot of the damage with two goals and two assists. He’s up to 12 goals and 33 points in 27 games.
Sidney Crosby also had a big night with a goal and two helpers. He has 15 goals and 32 points in 24 contests.
Anders Lee found the back of the net for the Islanders. It was his 11th goal and 22 point in 27 games.
Casey DeSmith saved 22 of 24 Islanders shots. He had surrendered three goals in each of his previous three starts.
MONTREAL 5 OTTAWA 2
Paul Byron scored a pair of goals for Montreal. He has six goals and 11 points in 15 games.
Andrew Shaw netted the game-winning goal. It was his eighth marker and 16th point in 25 games.
Mark Stone had a goal and an assist for Ottawa. He’s up to 14 goals and 32 points in 29 contests.
Craig Anderson surrendered four goals on 42 shots. He faced a staggering 18 shots in the third period, but was only beaten once in that frame.
Carey Price saved 19 of 21 Senators shots. He has allowed two goals in four of his last five starts.
TAMPA BAY 3 BOSTON 2
David Pastrnak scored a goal and registered an assist. That gives the Bruins forward 20 goals and 32 points in 28 contests.
Anthony Cirelli netted the game-winning goal. It was his fifth marker and eighth point in 30 games.
Brayden Point also scored a goal for Tampa Bay. He’s up to 21 goals and 38 points in 30 contests.
Louis Domingue stopped 33 of 35 Bruins shots. He has a 12-4-0 record, 3.07 GAA, and .903 save percentage in 16 starts.
Tuukka Rask saved 27 of 30 shots last night. He’s 6-6-2 with a 2.63 GAA and .914 save percentage in 14 contests.
CALGARY 2 MINNESOTA 0
Mike Smith earned a 31-save shutout. It was his second perfect game of the season and 38th shutout of his career.
Jared Spurgeon had a team-high six shots against Smith. That’s the most shots he’s had in a game this season, though obviously he has nothing to show for it.
Elias Lindholm scored both of the game’s goals. He has 15 markers and 32 points in 29 games.
Mark Giordano assisted on Lindholm’s goals. Giordano is up to three goals and 29 points in 29 games.
Alex Stalock kicked out 18 of 20 Flames shots. This is the fourth straight start where he’s allowed two or fewer goals, but he’s only 2-2-0 over those games.
WASHINGTON 4 ARIZONA 2
Andre Burakovsky scored the game-winning goal. He has five goals and eight points in 28 games.
Christian Fischer scored a goal for the Coyotes. It was his sixth marker and eighth point in 27 games.
Matt Niskanen had a goal and an assist. The Capitals defenseman has four goals and 14 points in 28 contests.
Pheonix Copley turned aside 27 of 29 Coyotes shots. Arizona had two power plays, but didn’t record a shot on Copley in either of them.
At the other end of the ice, Adin Hill stopped 25 of 28 shots. That brought an end to his four-game winning streak.
VANCOUVER 5 NASHVILLE 3
Jacob Markstrom turned aside 26 of 29 Predators shots. He surrendered two goals on 13 shots in the third period, but Vancouver already had enough of a lead to endure those setbacks.
Elias Pettersson scored the game-winning goal and registered an assist. He has 14 goals and 25 points in 25 games this season.
Jake Virtanen also had a goal and an assist for Vancouver. That gives him nine goals and 14 points in 31 games.
Yannick Weber assisted on two of Nashville’s three goals. He has two goals and six points in 21 games.
VEGAS 4 CHICAGO 3
Artem Anisimov scored a goal at 7:14 of the third period. That provided Chicago with a 3-2 lead, but it didn’t last long.
Reilly Smith scored a goal and registered two assists for Vegas. He has five goals and 20 points in 30 games.
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 32 of 35 Blackhawks shots. He faced a staggering 17 shots in the second period and allowed two goals over that span.
Corey Crawford surrendered four goals on 36 shots. He’s lost seven straight games and has allowed at least three goals in each of those contests.
NEW JERSEY 6 LOS ANGELES 3
Jonathan Quick stopped 29 of 34 Devils shots. He surrendered three goals on 16 shots in the second period.
Kyle Clifford scored a goal for Los Angeles. He has five goals and no assists in 27 games.
Kyle Palmieri scored a pair of goals for the Devils. That gives him 14 goals and 24 points in 27 contests.
Taylor Hall assisted on three of New Jersey’s six goals. He has eight markers and 30 points in 27 games.
Keith Kinkaid saved 29 of 32 shots Thursday night. This is the sixth straight game where he’s allowed at least three goals, but at least his five-game losing streak is over.