Knights get back on track with win over Red Wings
After suffering a loss on Tuesday night against the Carolina Hurricanes, the Vegas Golden Knights claimed victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday, Nov. 18 by a score of 5-2.
The game marked the fifth consecutive home game for the Knights as they continue their six-game homestand.
The win improves Vegas to 4-1 during this homestand and 10-7 on the season as a whole.
The team will conclude its homestand on Saturday, Nov. 20 when the Columbus Blue Jackets come to town.
Puck drop is at 7 p.m. PST and can be seen on AT&T Sportsnet.
A big defensive first period from both sides resulted in a 0-0 score after the first twenty minutes of play as both teams entered the first intermission the same way they started the game on the scoreboard.
The lack of scoring in the first period only led to an explosion of offense in the second period.
Vegas drew first blood in the contest 3:31 into the second period when defenseman Nicolas Hague sent his third goal of the season to the back of the net to make it a 1-0 lead for the Knights.
In his return to the lineup off of injury, defenseman Zach Whitecloud made the most of his return with a goal of his own two and a half minutes later to extend the Vegas lead to 2-0.
Detroit wouldn’t go away quietly as left-wing Givani Smith cut the Detroit deficit down to 2-1 with his first goal of the season at the midway point of the second period.
Whitecloud wasn’t done scoring for the VGK as he would strike again for another goal with 7:28 remaining in the period to regain a two goal lead for Vegas.
Center Paul Cotter joined the scoring party for the Knights, registering his second goal of the season in the final minute of the period, giving the home team a 4-1 lead heading into the second intermission.
Right-wing Reilly Smith got on the stat sheet in the third period, scoring his sixth goal of the season with 14:49 remaining in the game yet putting it out of reach of the Red Wings at 5-1.
Detroit would get a second goal on the scoreboard with 1:26 remaining in the game off the stick of center Joe Veleno.