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Golden Knights 5, Jets 2: 3 Takeaways

William Karlsson's two goals pace Vegas; Golden Knights now 10-5-1

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

What is it about T-Mobile Arena?

After struggling on a 1-4-1 road trip, the Golden Knights roared back in their first home game since October 27 by convincingly defeating the Winnipeg Jets by a score of 5-2.

The Golden Knights have now won six in a row at home, and are 7-1-0 overall in front of our fans.

And at 10-5-1, Vegas now has the third best record in the Western Conference with 21 points.

Here are three immediate takeaways from tonight's game.

Video: WPG@VGK: Neal finds the net for PPG while falling

 

1. Reverse The Script

As the Golden Knights lost Monday in Toronto and Tuesday in Montreal and finished their road trip with a 1-4-1 record, Vegas was absolutely crippled by horrendous starts.

2-0 within 11 minutes of the opening faceoff against the Canadiens, and 3-1 after the first period in Toronto were the deficits. As a result, Vegas was chasing these games all night and never fully recovered.

Against the Jets, the Golden Knights reversed the script.

Luca Sbisa's slap shot goal put Vegas on the board 6:41 into the first period, and David Perron's fifth of the season made it 2-0 at the 15:08 mark.

Besides obviously giving the Golden Knights a two-goal lead, goalie Maxime Lagace seemed rejuvenated by this support. He finished with 27 saves on 29 shots.

 

Video: WPG@VGK: Lagace gloves Laine's shot from the slot

 

And although the Jets pushed back quite hard in the second period, Lagace was able to hold strong and secured his second victory.

This set the stage for William Karlsson to take over the game, and Vegas to cruise to its 10th victory.

 

2. Killer Karlsson

Through six games, William Karlsson was struggling and had zero goals.

Then he was moved off the wing and placed on a line where he centers Jonathan Marchessault and Reilly Smith. Since then, Karlsson's caught fire.

With the Jets having pulled to within 2-1 midway through the game, Karlsson scored to give Vegas a 3-1 edge.

 

Video: WPG@VGK: Karlsson deposits rebound to pad lead

 

The teams then traded goals and it was 4-2 Vegas, before Karlsson put the Golden Knights too far ahead to be caught by scoring a backbreaking shorthanded goal that made it 5-2 Vegas.

 

Video: WPG@VGK: Karlsson nets his second on break for SHG

 

Karlsson's performance in the second period sealed Winnipeg's fate. And in the process, gave the Swedish center his sixth goal in his last 10 games.

Karlsson was the Golden Knights' top performer of the night.

 

3. Home Cooking

It's been such a stark contrast for this team.

6-1-0 at home, 3-4-1 on the road, entering tonight.

 

Video: WPG@VGK: Perron fires home great feed from Engelland

 

In the process of a stretch where the Golden Knights play eight of nine and 14 out of 20 on the road, this was a rare game at T-Mobile Arena for Vegas this month. Given how dominant Vegas has been at home and how average it has been on the road, the Golden Knights needed this game.

Even against a red-hot Winnipeg Jets team, which was 4-0-1 in its last five and had the third best record in the Western Conference entering the night, Vegas needed this one.

 

Video: WPG@VGK: Sbisa blasts home one-timer to open scoring

 

Exiting the night, it's now the Golden Knights that have the Western Conference's third best record at 10-5-1.

And as Vegas departs for a two-game road trip to Edmonton and Vancouver next week, it does so having taken care of a game it had to have.

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