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Stone scores first for Golden Knights in goal-fest first period

Dallas Stars v Vegas Golden Knights

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - FEBRUARY 26: Mark Stone #61 of the Vegas Golden Knights waits for a faceoff in the second period of a game against the Dallas Stars at T-Mobile Arena on February 26, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Golden Knights defeated the Stars 4-1. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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Alright, Vegas. You can breathe now.

Mark Stone had six goals in his final six games with the Ottawa Senators prior to his departure to Vegas on trade deadline day.

But heading into Saturday night, he had nothing but a couple of assists in his first five games with his new club, one he will be with for quite some time after signing and eight-year deal to stay with the team.

The goal drought ended early in the first period against the Vancouver Canucks, however, as Stone cleaned up the trash in front of the opposing goal to grab his first market in the black and gold threads.

By the time the period was through, the Golden Knight had fired five past Jacob Markstrom, who was chased at the 14:17 mark of the frame. Stone picked up an assist on Paul Stastny’s goal for his first multipoint game.

Vegas hasn’t seemed to need Stone scoring lately -- they’ve won five straight and are well on their way to No. 6. But with $76 million invested in him now for a long time to come, it’s good to see him get back in the scoring column.

Scott Billeck is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @scottbilleck