Marc-Andre Fleury made 40 saves for the Vegas Golden Knights in a 2-1 victory against the Dallas Stars on Friday night at American Airlines Center.
HOW IT WENT DOWN
Paul Stastny set up Max Pacioretty for the game's first goal just 18 seconds into the contest. Later in the period, Roope Hintz netted the game-tying goal and the teams went into the first intermission level at 1-1. A defensive battle ensued in the second period as neither team found the back of the net. The best chance in the middle frame came on William Karlsson's first career penalty shot but his wrister was steered aside by Anton Khudobin. Early in the third, Ryan Reaves pounced on a rebound in front of Khudobin and flipped a shot into the cage to give Vegas a 2-1 edge. Fleury went to work late in the period as he steered aside 16 shots in the final period as the Golden Knights emerged with a one-goal win.
The Golden Knights committed two penalties in the final five minutes of the game, but consecutive penalty kills were the difference for Vegas as Dallas tried to tie the score. With 3:45 left in regulation, John Klingberg crept in from the blueline and fired a wrist shot which Fleury snatched out of the air. With 1:04 to play, Fleury made a similar save on Tyler Seguin to keep the Stars from finding an equalizer.
Marc-Andre Fleury: Fleury was sensational in the third period as he preserved the Vegas lead through the final horn.
Ryan Reaves: Reaves added to his career-high goal total with his ninth of the campaign.
Max Pacioretty: Pacioretty potted his 22nd goal of the season to get Vegas started on the right foot.
STAT OF THE GAME
Pacioretty's goal 18 seconds into the first period was the fastest goal to start a game on the road in Golden Knights history.
The Golden Knights return home to meet the Edmonton Oilers at 7 p.m. Sunday at T-Mobile Arena.