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Smith Leads Vegas To 2-1 Victory In Columbus

Vegas forward scores twice in first game of trip

by Garrett Calloway @GoldenKnights /

The Vegas Golden Knights opened up a four-game road trip with a 2-1 victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night at Nationwide Arena.

Reilly Smith got the scoring started late in the first period with a backhand that snuck into the Columbus net. Shortly after the Blue Jackets tied things at 1-1 early in the second, Smith struck again with a shorthanded goal to give Vegas a 2-1 advantage heading into the second intermission. In the third period, Marc-Andre Fleury and the Golden Knights stood strong to secure the 2-1 final. Vegas improved to 9-5-2 overall with the road win.

As the Blue Jackets battled to tie the game late, Vegas committed a penalty with less than 10 minutes to go. As Columbus pressed for the equalizer, the Golden Knights succeeded in winding down that penalty time and used the momentum to secure the 2-1 win.

Reilly Smith: Smith scored twice to increase his total to nine goals on the season, leading all Vegas scorers. His shorthanded tally was the team's fifth of the season, the most in the NHL.

Marc-Andre Fleury: The veteran goaltender stood tall in his return to the Vegas lineup, making 29 saves on 30 shots. 

William Karlsson : Karlsson assisted both goals against his former team, leading the Golden Knights with 12 assists this season.

The Golden Knights will head up north for the first time this season as they continue their trip by taking on the Toronto Maple Leafs Thursday night at 4 p.m. PT. Follow along on AT&T SportsNet and FOX Sports Radio 98.9/1340.

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