A well-rounded offensive effort gave the Vegas Golden Knights a 5-3 victory and a season sweep against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night at Canadian Tire Centre.
HOW IT WENT DOWN
Vegas had one of its strongest opening periods of the season as it emerged from the first 20 minutes with a 2-0 lead thanks to a pair of power-play goals. Jonathan Marchessault got the scoring going with a power-play goal at 15:26 of the period. Shea Theodore added to the lead with 20 seconds to go in the first with a power-play strike of his own. Late in the second, Nick Holden bulled his way to the net and banked a shot into the net off Craig Anderson to put Vegas ahead by three, but Matt Duchene answered quickly to bring the Senators back to within two goals.
Less than eight minutes into the third, Ryan Dzingel fired a shot past Marc-Andre Fleury to cut the Vegas lead to one. Only 1:04 later, Thomas Chabot buried the game-tying goal to knot the score up at 3-3. William Carrier answered quickly for the Golden Knights with his second goal in three games to reclaim the lead, 4-3. Pierre-Edouard Bellemare added some insurance at the 11:59 mark to put Vegas ahead for good, 5-3.
After Ottawa scored two quick goals to tie the game, the Golden Knights fourth line stepped up with two goals in 2:43 to turn a 3-3 game into a 5-3 advantage for the visitors. Carrier and Bellemare each found the back of the net and the success of their line with Ryan Reaves resulted in goals for Vegas as it has done often of late.
William Carrier: Carrier scored the second game-winning goal of his career to lift Vegas to a win in Ottawa.
Pierre-Edouard Bellemare: A constant thorn in his opponents' sides, Bellemare scored his third goal of the season on Thursday night and added an assist on Carrier's game-winner.
Ryan Reaves: A goal shy of the Gordie Howe hat trick, Reaves was a force for the Golden Knights throughout the game.
Shea Theodore: His first period power-play goal extended his point streak to five games.
Thomas Chabot: The highest-scoring Senator this season added two points to his total and was strong in both ends all game.
Colin Miller quietly posted two assists during the game. He moved the puck well on the power play, broke his team out of their zone well and had the points to show for it.
STAT OF THE GAME
William Karlsson went 12-for-20 in the faceoff circle throughout the game. He also notched an assist.
The Golden Knights will move on to Montreal to take on the Canadiens on Saturday night for the first time this season. Following Saturday's game, Vegas moves on to Boston to face the Bruins on Sunday.