In the final game of a four-game home stint, Max Pacioretty scored twice en route to a 5-1 victory against the Nashville Predators on Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena.
HOW IT WENT DOWN
Just before the end of the first period, Vegas opened the scoring when Max Pacioretty put away a loose puck behind Juuse Saros to make it 1-0. After a slow start to the second period, the Golden Knights added to the lead on the power play when Brandon Pirri collected his own rebound and fired it home to make it 2-0. Early in the final period, Paul Stastny forced a turnover in the Nashville end and passed to a streaking Shea Theodore who backhanded it past Saros to give Vegas a three-goal edge. Less than two minutes later, Nashville's Kevin Fiala slotted the puck away to get the Predators on the board. With 6:12 left in the third, Oscar Lindberg found a pass from Alex Tuch to give the Golden Knights the 4-1 lead and, moments later, Pacioretty buried his second goal of the contest on a sharp wrist shot that beat Saros between the legs for the victory.
Minutes after Nashville got on the board in the third period, the Golden Knights found themselves on a crucial penalty kill. A strong defensive effort and successive stops from Subban helped Vegas to a successful kill.
Max Pacioretty: Pacioretty registered his fourth two-goal showing of the season as Vegas skated to the win.
Malcolm Subban: In his second home start this season, Subban was solid in net as he stopped 29 of 30 shots and collected his third win of the season.
Oscar Lindberg: Lindberg tallied a two-point game as he had a goal and assist.
Alex Tuch: Tuch's two assist performance was vital to Vegas' offensive effort.
The Golden Knights head to Colorado on Monday to take on the Avalanche at 6 p.m. PT before returning to T-Mobile for another four-game homestand. Fans in Vegas can watch the game at the official watch party at Buffalo Wild Wings.