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Relive The Streak: Eight Straight For The Golden Knights

Vegas won eight games in a row from Feb. 13-28

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights /

The Vegas Golden Knights matched a franchise record when they rattled off eight consecutive victories from Feb. 13-28. Those wins helped Vegas move into the top spot in the Pacific Division and set the team up for success before the NHL's pause.

One month after the streak started, we take a look back at each of those victories and how they went down.

Feb. 13: Golden Knights 6, Blues 5
The Blues wasted little time getting on the board as Zach Sanford scored 25 seconds into the game. Max Pacioretty answered by scoring twice in 4:35 to give the Golden Knights the lead. Before the midway mark of the frame, Sanford scored again to tie it before Ivan Barbashev's go-ahead goal at 15:43 to give St. Louis a 3-2 lead through 20 minutes. In the middle period, Sanford completed the hat trick as the Blues went up by two. On a late power play, Jonathan Marchessault scored his 19th goal of the season to bring the Golden Knights to within one heading into the third. After Nate Schmidt leveled the score at 4-4 early in the third, Sanford's fourth of the night rebuilt the St. Louis lead. With less than five minutes to play, Alex Tuch redirected a Jon Merrill shot to knot the score at 5-5. The Golden Knights received a power play in overtime and, at the exact halfway mark of the extra session, Marchessault delivered the final strike for a 6-5 victory.

Feb. 15: Golden Knights 1, Islanders 0
Vegas and New York skated through a scoreless first period and, just when it looked like they'd do the same in the second, Reilly Smith potted the game's only goal in the final minute of the middle frame. Marc-Andre Fleury finished the game with 19 saves as he locked in the 1-0 win for the Golden Knights.

Feb. 17: Golden Knights 3, Capitals 2
Nick Holden kicked off the scoring with his fifth goal of the season just 3:43 into the game to get Vegas on the board first. Reilly Smith connected late in the first period and the Golden Knights took the 2-0 lead into the intermission. Max Pacioretty added to the lead in the middle frame as the home team led by three heading into the final 20 minutes. In the third, T.J. Oshie scored twice for the Capitals, but Vegas held on for the 3-2 win.

Feb 20: Golden Knights 5, Lightning 3
After seven scoreless minutes, Kevin Shattenkirk found the back of the net to give the Lightning a 1-0 lead. Late in the period, Alec Martinez connected on his first goal as a Golden Knight to knot the score at 1-1 heading into the break. Paul Stastny gave Vegas its first lead of the night at 6:45 of the middle frame, but a power-play goal from Steven Stamkos brought the Lightning back to even at 2-2. One minute later, Martinez and Max Pacioretty linked up to spring Mark Stone on a breakaway and he buried a backhand shot for the go-ahead goal. Vegas had a perfect opening minute in the third period as Ryan Reaves and Pacioretty each scored before the clock hit 19:00 to give the Golden Knights a 5-2 lead. Stamkos scored again late in the game but Vegas held on to claim the 5-3 triumph.

Feb. 22: Golden Knights 5, Panthers 3
The Panthers opened the scoring early in the first period as Mike Hoffman jammed in the game's first goal. Tomas Nosek potted the game-tying goal at 11:52 of the period and the teams skated into the intermission tied at 1-1. Evgenii Dadonov put the Panthers back on top just 42 seconds into the middle frame, but William Carrier answered to knot the score at 2-2. In the final minute of the period, Max Pacioretty gave Vegas its first lead of the night with his 29th goal of the year. Just 19 seconds into the third, Reilly Smith doubled the lead to 4-2, but a goal from Aleksi Saarela made it a one-goal game once again. An empty-net tally from Smith sealed the 5-3 win for Vegas.

Feb. 23: Golden Knights 6, Ducks 5
In his Golden Knights debut, Patrick Brown potted his first goal with Vegas to put the team ahead, 1-0. The Ducks scored in the final second of the frame to knot the score at 1-1 and took the lead at the midway mark of the second. Alec Martinez buried his second goal as a Golden Knight to tie the score and Karlsson popped in the go-ahead goal in the last minute of the period. After Anaheim scored in the opening minute of the third to tie the game at 3-3, Karlsson scored again to rebuild the Vegas lead. At 11:05 of the period, Karlsson completed the hat trick to give the Golden Knights a 5-3 lead. Anaheim climbed back into the game with two late goals to force overtime, but Shea Theodore picked the low corner to lift Vegas to the win.

Feb. 26: Golden Knights 3, Oilers 0
Max Pacioretty potted his 30th goal of the season late in the first period to send the Golden Knights into the break ahead, 1-0. After a scoreless second period, Nick Cousins knocked in his first goal as a Golden Knight to put Vegas ahead by two. Shea Theodore added a third goal midway through the frame and Marc-Andre Fleury held on for the shutout as the Golden Knights won, 3-0.

Feb. 28: Golden Knights 4, Sabres 2
Buffalo grabbed the early advantage as Dominik Kahun scored at the 2:16 mark of the opening period, although Vegas would answer quickly when Nick Cousins set up Nic Roy in front of the Sabres' net. With the game still tied after a scoreless second, William Karlsson finished off a pass from Max Pacioretty to give the Golden Knights their first lead of the game. Reilly Smith extended the Vegas lead with a wraparound tally past Carter Hutton, and then an empty-net goal at 18:11 of the third. Despite a late score from the visitors to make it 4-2, Robin Lehner earned the win in his first game with the Golden Knights.

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