Knights whack the Quack, beat Ducks 4-0
Updated: May 22, 2021
In a game that saw Vegas out-shoot Anaheim by a little over three times the amount of shots (51-to-16), the Knights shutout the Anaheim Ducks 4-0.
The defensive performance from Vegas was potentially its best of the season.
“I don’t know if it’s the most complete, but I think we’re starting to feel like every game is going for longer periods in the right direction,” Vegas head coach Peter DeBoer told ESPN. “We’re starting to dictate games pretty consistently here, which is what you want to do down the stretch.”
The win was Vegas’ fifth straight.
The Knights will remain in Anaheim to take on the Ducks once more on Sunday, April 18.
Puck drop is earlier in the afternoon at 1:00 p.m.
Anaheim’s goalie John Gibson didn’t receive many favors from his team’s offense despite a solid performance from the seven-year pro. He stopped 47-of-51 shots.
In fact, the first shot allowed was not the fault of Gibson’s.
Forward Reilly Smith made a run up the ice and ended up taking two Anaheim defenders with him as he tried sweeping a shot under Gibson.
The commotion from four bodies all in Gibson’s face ended up forcing the puck to the open side of the goal where center William Karlsson tapped in the easy goal to put Vegas up 1-0.
Captain Mark Stone made one of the slickest passes of the season as he snuck it past two Anaheim defenders to the slashing Chandler Stephenson. Stephenson faked to the right before narrowly scoring his 10th goal of the season over the shoulder of Gibson.
Vegas went into the third period with a 3-0 lead following a late Nicolas Roy goal on a play Anaheim failed to clear the puck from its own side of the ice.
Roy found the puck and fired it past Gibson, who was visibly frustrated.
Defensemen Brayden McNabb scored his second goal of the season halfway through the third period to close out the Ducks 4-0. Stone assisted on the goal giving him 39 on the season.