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Zach Whitecloud scores his first career game-winning goal in 5-4 win over Ducks

The Vegas Golden Knights battled until the end to beat the Anaheim Ducks, 5-4 Tuesday, Feb 9, from the T-Mobile Arena.

Vegas is off to the best start in franchise history, 8-1-1 on the year.

The Knights are 3-0 against the Ducks this season and look to make it 4-0 Thursday, Feb 11 at T-Mobile Arena.

The new reverse retro red jerseys were worn by Vegas for the first time, making them 4-0-0 all-time when debuting a new uniform.

The jersey was inspired by hockey history in Las Vegas, playing tribute to the Las Vegas Thunder and the Las Vegas Wranglers.

“This will wake you up in the morning,” head coach Pete DeBoer said about his matching red pull-over. “This and the gold, they sure pop.”

Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury remained perfect on the season at 5-0-0.

The Knights dominated the first two periods with a 4-1 lead and then gave up three third-period goals in less than five minutes.

Defensemen Zach Whitecloud scored his first career game-winning goal to push Vegas to victory.

The assists came from both left-wing William Carrier and center Chandler Stephenson.

Stephenson improved to seven points on the season after three goals and an assist in the last two games.

He scored the first goal of the night, 10:56 into the first period, with assists from right-wing Mark Stone.

Mark Stone scored his 400th career point and currently has 15 on the season.

Center Jonathan Marchassault had the second goal of the night with a minute to spare in the first period.

Center William Karlsson and right-wing Reilly Smith both got the assist on the goal.

“I think now that we’re starting to score more, that’s where we want to be,” Karlsson said before the game. “And I think we’ve been playing pretty well.”

Right-wing Alex Tuch gave Vegas a comfortable 3-0 lead early in the second period, with an assist by center Cody Glass.

Glass had two assists in his first multi-point game.

The Ducks scored a goal in the second period to make the score 3-1.

Center Nicolas Roy extended the lead to 4-1 with his first goal of the season and first point since Jan 14, Vegas’ first game of the season.

Both defensemen Shea Theodore and Glass assisted with Roy’s goal.

Anaheim scored three goals in the third to tie the game, 4-4.

With just four minutes remaining in the third, Whitecloud scored the go-ahead, game winning goal.

Vegas is 7-0-1 at home.

The Knights media availability was canceled due to Covid-19 protocol. This was just precautionary, according to sources.

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