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VGK bounce back with win versus Kraken

The Vegas Golden Knights found the win column for the third time in four games Tuesday, Nov. 9 as they defeated the Seattle Kraken, 4-2, inside T-Mobile Arena.


This was the first game back home for the Knights after a four-game road trip that featured stops in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Detroit.


“We've committed to defending hard,” head coach Pete DeBoer said. “We’ve got great goaltending, some timely goals and we’ve found ways to win some games.”


Vegas will continue its homestand Thursday, Nov. 11 as it welcomes in the Minnesota Wild.


Seattle looked determined to set the tone early in this game, scoring the opening goal only 4:49 into the game off the stick of right-wing Jordan Eberle.


As the first period progressed, all signs were pointing to a 1-0 lead for the Kraken heading into the intermission, until VGK defenseman Alex Pietrangelo fired one to the back of the net with 26 seconds remaining in the period to tie the game at one heading into the intermission.


The majority of the second period was spent by both teams trying to break the 1-1 tie and find an advantage over the other.


With plenty of good chances by both, the score remained 1-1 until there was 31 seconds remaining in the period when Seattle center Yanni Gourde caught a pass right down the middle of the VGK zone for an open shot on Knight’s goaltender Robin Lehner to make it a 2-1 game.


Vegas wasted no time answering that second goal from the Kraken as it scored its second goal of the game 15 seconds later courtesy of right-wing Evgenii Dadonov, who was able to get on the score sheet and tie the game up at 2 going into the second intermission.


Hopefully fans made it back to their seats in time for the start of the third period with Knights forward Reilly Smith scoring the go-ahead goal only 30 seconds into the final period, giving the VGK a 3-2 lead.


Smith wasn’t done scoring as he would also put home a power play goal 45 seconds after his initial goal to start the period.


That power play goal was the team’s third in as many games after having a severe drought to start the season.


The remainder of the game showcased the defense and goaltending of Lehner as he defended a number of high-quality chances from the Kraken to hold on to a 4-2 victory.

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