LAS VEGAS (AP) — William Carrier scored his third goal in two games and the Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Ottawa Senators 4-1 on Wednesday night. Mark Stone, William Karlsson and Jack Eichel also scored for the Golden Knights.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — William Carrier scored his third goal in two games and the Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Ottawa Senators 4-1 on Wednesday night.
Mark Stone, William Karlsson and Jack Eichel also scored for the Golden Knights. Logan Thompson stopped 38 shots to earn his 11th win, the most in the NHL.
Jake Sanderson scored his first career goal for Ottawa and Cam Talbot made 32 saves.
Carrier scored his seventh goal of the season – his career high is nine – as he ran through the neutral zone, pushed past two Senators in the offensive zone and fired an off-balance wrist shot to the other side to put Vegas 2-1 to take the lead at 16:23 of the second period.
Karlsson made it 3-1 when he lasered a backhand with his back to Talbot from a spin move from the left point after 2:39 of the third for his fifth of the season.
In his 900th career game, defenseman Alex Pietrangelo made his 18th assist of the season.
Eichel’s backhand from the red line into the empty net with a lead of 1:41 provided the last advantage.
Vegas looked to take the lead in the second half before Carrier gave the Golden Knights a definitive lead, but Brett Howden’s goal was disallowed after sliding headfirst into the crease and slamming the puck into the net with his hand.
The Golden Knights cemented their place at the top of the Western Conference standings with 33 points before Thanksgiving, a benchmark for NHL teams in general. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, 76% of teams in playoff positions at Thanksgiving advanced to the postseason from the 2005-06 season through 2018-19, the last season not affected by the pandemic.
Vegas is looking to return to the playoffs after missing out for the first time last season.
Stone opened the scoring on a power play when he took Eichel’s no-look pass to the hash marks and fired a shot into the net. It was his ninth goal of the season and Eichel’s 15th assist.
Acorn has at least a point in 16 of Vegas’ first 21 games.
Ottawa also came on the board with a man advantage when Sanderson’s drive off the blue line was easily deflected by Vegas defender Alec Martinez’s stick and got past Thompson to equalize.
NOTES: After playing his first 758 games with St. Louis, Pietrangelo has played his last 142 with the Golden Knights. … Sanderson was the first Montana-born skater in NHL history to score. … With his assist for Sanderson’s goal, Tim Stützle became Ottawa’s franchise leader with 106 points before he was 21.
Senators: Visit the Anaheim Ducks on Friday.
Golden Knights: Host the Seattle Kraken on Friday.
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Wg Ramirez, The Associated Press