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Golden Knights 5, Sabres 4 (OT): 3 Takeaways

A David Perron OT goal improved Vegas to 5-1-0

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

It wasn't quite how it was drawn up. But the Golden Knights will sure take it.

After surrending a 4-1 third-period lead that Vegas was within 10 seconds of winning in regulation, David Perron fired the game-winning goal past Chad Johnson 3:52 into the overtime period to lift the Golden Knights to a 5-4 win.

Vegas is now 5-1-0, and off to the best start by an expansion team in league history.

Here are three immediate takeaways from Tuesday's game.

1. David Perron

In the early going, Perron hasn't gotten much press. He's quietly fit in on a line with Cody Eakin and James Neal, but didn't get involved in the goal scoring until Tuesday.

 

Video: BUF@VGK: Perron beats Johnson for game-winner in OT

 

Perron scored each of the Golden Knights' final two goals, in the third period and overtime.

For a player who has scored 20 or more goals three times in his career and is one of the more accomplished scorers Vegas has, this is a huge breakthrough.

Besides delivering a victory, it was a sign that a forward the Golden Knights will be relying on tremendously for scoring is starting to get going.

 

Video: BUF@VGK: Perron buries one-timer off turnover


 

2. Alex Tuch

There were many who thought Tuch should've made the Golden Knights out of training camp. But after starting the season with the AHL's Chicago Wolves after being cut on the final day of camp, Tuch continued to make a bid to become a permanent NHLer on Tuesday.

 

Video: BUF@VGK: Tuch tips Engelland's shot past Johnson

 

Tuch scored for the second straight game since his recall, and showed tremendous chemistry with Vadim Shipachyov and Brendan Leipsic.

It's also worth noting that Brendan Leipsic now has four assists in six games. For another rookie looking to find a permanent NHL home for the first time, the early reviews are excellent.

 

Video: BUF@VGK: Smith notches PPG to extend the lead

 

3. Magic continues

A lot of people keep waiting for the other shoe to fall. Like, when will the Golden Knights stop being good? Expansion teams aren't supposed to be good, right?

When Marc-Andre Fleury went down to injury, it had the chance to be the thing that derailed this team's hot start. Especially when he was joined on injured reserve by Jonathan Marchessault and Erik Haula.

 

Video: BUF@VGK: Lindberg rips home goal off Smith's feed

 

Against a team like the Sabres that has won only once this season and hasn't made the playoffs since 2010-11, at home, it a game that good teams win. And the Golden Knights did just that.

At 5-1-0, Vegas moves past the LA Kings for first place in the Pacific Division, and past the Chicago Blackhawks for first in the Western Conference.

It is also the best start through six games by an NHL team in its first year since the Montreal Canadiens started 5-1-0, 100 years ago.

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