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Knights beat Canadiens to sweep homestand

The Vegas Golden Knights completed a perfect sweep of their three-game homestand Sunday, March 5 as they defeated the Montreal Canadiens, 4-3. Vegas is 7-0-1 at home since the all-star break and are 21-13-1 at home this season.

“We got it to the finish line,” head coach Bruce Cassidy said. “That’s the important part. We lost our way there for a while. Obviously it gave Montreal a chance to get back in the game. We need to correct that. But at the end of the day, I thought we were better.”

This win for the Golden Knights keeps the team atop the Pacific Division with a 38-19-6 record on the season, equating to 82 points and a two-point lead over Los Angeles in the division.

The Knights extended their home point streak to nine with the win today which is tied for the third longest in franchise history. The only streaks longer than this one came in the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons when they picked up a point in 12 straight games both times.

Center Ivan Barbashev led the Golden Knights in scoring with two goals and was the only Golden Knight to have multiple points in the game. Nine different players for Vegas recorded a point in this one. He has five points in the last three games (two goals, three assists) and he’s the eighth Golden Knight player to have a multiple-goal game this season.

Assisting on Barbashev’s goal was right-winger Jonathan Marchessault who picked up a point for the 11th straight game against the Canadiens. This ties Sidney Crosby for the longest active point streak against Montreal.

Vegas now embarks on a five-game road trip starting on Tuesday as the Knights face off with the Florida Panthers. Puck drop is set for 4 p.m. and can be seen on AT&T Sportsnet in Las Vegas and ESPN+ nationwide.

The Golden Knights will be looking for the season sweep of the Panthers on Tuesday. Las Vegas was victorious in their opening matchup back on Jan.12 in what was a 4-2 win for the Knights.

Sunday also marked the debut of newly-acquired goaltender Jonathan Quick who was traded from Columbus earlier in the week.

“He was outstanding today,” Barbashev said of Quick. “He played a really great game and he made a lot of good saves especially in the first and second periods. He was great and he helped us win the game.”

Quick made 25 saves on 28 shots faced for a final save percentage of .893 in the narrow win.

“It’s a fun building to play in,” Quick said. “These fans are great, we’ve known that since day one.”

Vegas jumped out to a 3-0 lead by the end of the second period with goals coming from Barbashev, right-winger Reilly Smith and defenseman Shea Theodore.

Theodore’s goal gave him his 12th goal in the 12 games since the all-star break (three goals, nine assists) which ranks seventh amongst NHL defenseman during that time. Assisting on Theodore’s goal was center Teddy Blueger who picked up his first point as a member of the Golden Knights.


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