VGK hits lucky number 7 on win streak
The Vegas Golden Knights found their way to victory for the seventh consecutive time Saturday night as they defeated the Montreal Canadiens by a final score of 6-4.
Right-wing Reilly Smith led the way for the Knights with two goals while center Jonathan Marchessault chipped in a goal and an assist to notch a multi-point evening. Those two points from Marchessault also marked his 300th point as a member of the Golden Knights.
“It’s a good achievement but it’s nothing like the ironman,”Marchessault said, poking some fun at teammate Phil Kessel.
The VGK improved their record to 11-2-0 on the season and currently have the most points in the NHL standings with 22 points. Boston sits with the second most points in the league with 20 points on a 10-2-0 record.
Vegas currently holds a six-point lead over the Seattle Kraken in the Pacific Division. Seattle currently has a 7-4-2 record.
With a trip back to Montreal, it was also a homecoming of sorts for center Nicolas Roy and left-wing William Carrier.
“It’s always special,” Roy said. “I had a lot of family and friends in the stands, Will did too. We were pretty excited and it was fun to get the win for sure.”
The Golden Knights played like the more aggressive team Saturday as they generated 42 shots to Montreal’s 31, and they also landed 18 hits to Montreal’s nine.
“Lil’ Jon gets a lot of credit for this one tonight,” head coach Bruce Cassidy said. “He’s 1-0 in his career with the shots, shots, shots because it certainly worked.”
For reference, the Golden Knights released a promotional video the day before the game which featured Lil’ Jon preaching to some of the players about producing a lot of shots.
The game was fairly calm when it came to scoring through the first two periods. At the end of the second period, Vegas led 2-1. In the third period, both teams combined for seven goals. Coming into the game, the over/under for the entire game was 6.5 goals.
A pair of guys that likely were not thrilled to see all those shots were the goaltenders in the game. Montreal’s Jake Allen faced all 42 Vegas shots and saved 36 of them for a final save percentage of .857.
On the other end of the ice, Vegas goalie Adin Hill saved 27 shots on 31 shots faced for a final save percentage of .871.