Martinez, Vegas dominates St. Louis in 6-1 route
Defenseman Alec Martinez had two goals for Vegas as the Knights toppled the St. Louis Blues 6-1 Monday, April 5 from the Enterprise Center in St. Louis.
Martinez scored his sixth and seventh goals of the season against St. Louis including a missile from near center ice that snuck past the Blues’ defense.
“Coming off the last two games one of the things we didn’t like was not putting the puck in the back of the net,” Martinez told ESPN. “We tried to create opportunities. The forwards did a really good job of getting bodies in front of the goalie. It paid dividends.”
The convincing win was much-needed after three frustrating losses against Los Angeles and then Minnesota twice. The losing skid pushed Vegas down to second in the division standings behind the Colorado Avalanche.
Vegas head coach Pete DeBoer said after the game he wanted his team to relax and realize they were in a good position. The team took the advice well and showed out in St. Louis.
The Knights will remain in St. Louis for a second game against the Blues. Puck drop is Wednesday, April 7 at 6:00 p.m.
Left-wing Tomas Nosek got the scoring going for Vegas by contributing his sixth goal of the season and third in the last five games.
Following two straight goals from Martinez, forward William Carrier scored his third goal of the season.
Vegas would find the back of the net four times in the second period before playing prevent defense in the third period.
Former St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo returned to the ice last week for Vegas and had an assist on Carrier’s goal against his former team. Pietrangelo is slowly coming back into form following a long time away from the ice.
The crafty offensive threat Jonathan Marchessault placed his usual stamp on the game scoring his 10th goal of the year halfway through the second period.
Marchessault is up to 27 points this season.
It was a good day to be a defenseman as Nicolas Hague added a goal of his own to put the cherry on top of a complete game from Vegas.