Balanced Attack Leads Vegas To Victory vs. Chicago, 5-1
Marc-Andre Fleury made 28 saves in return for Golden Knights
by Gordon Weigers
December 11, 2019
The Vegas Golden Knights (16-12-5) used goals from five different players to skate to a 5-1 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks (12-13-6) on Tuesday night at T-Mobile Arena.
HOW IT WENT DOWN
After the first 20 minutes passed without a score, the Golden Knights filled the Chicago net with three second-period goals. Reilly Smith got the scoring started by netting his 13th goal of the season before Deryk Engelland buried his first of the year. Smith set up William Karlsson for a shorthanded goal in the final minute of the frame to put Vegas up 3-0 through two periods. Early in the third, Mark Stone set up Max Pacioretty to give the Golden Knights a 4-0 edge. Ryan Reaves tacked on a goal late in the game and despite a late Chicago goal, Vegas held on for the 5-1 win.
Marc-Andre Fleury: Fleury stopped 28 of 29 shots in his first game back from a two-week absence.
Reilly Smith: Smith led all Golden Knights skaters with two points (1G, 1A) in the victory.
William Karlsson: Karlsson’s second shorthanded goal of the season allowed the Golden Knights to maintain momentum late in the second period.
STAT OF THE KNIGHT
Engelland’s goal was his first of the season and third goal since the start of the 2018-19 season. Two of those three goals have come against the Blackhawks.
Vegas gears up for a quick two-game trip which begins Thursday night against the St. Louis Blues at 5 p.m. PT at Enterprise Center.