The Vegas Golden Knights (23-15-6) knocked off the Philadelphia Flyers (22-14-5), 5-4, on Thursday night at T-Mobile Arena for their third straight win on home ice.
HOW IT WENT DOWN
Claude Giroux opened a wild first period with his 13th goal of the season before Shea Theodore got the Golden Knights on the board. Max Pacioretty buried a power-play goal at 10:08 to give Vegas a 2-1 edge. In his first game at forward, Jon Merrill beat Carter Hart for his first goal of the season to make it 3-1 Golden Knights. Travis Konecny scored shortly after Merrill, but Pacioretty struck again late in the frame to give the home team a 4-2 advantage after 20 minutes. Cody Glass potted his fifth goal of the season during the second period to extend the Vegas lead to three goals, but the Flyers battled back as Sean Couturier scored midway through the second and early in the third to close the gap to 5-4. Marc-Andre Fleury stood tall as the Golden Knights killed off two late penalties to hold on for the victory.
The Golden Knights found themselves down two men in the final minute of the game. As the Flyers circled the Vegas zone looking for the equalizer, the Golden Knights' penalty killers held off the attack and sealed the win.
Max Pacioretty: Pacioretty added to his team lead in scoring with his 17th and 18th goals of the season.
Jon Merrill: Merrill potted his first goal of the season while playing left wing rather than his usual position of defense.
Shea Theodore: Theodore registered his fourth and fifth point of the homestand with a goal and an assist against the Flyers.
Sean Couturier: Couturier led the charge for Philadelphia with three points (2G, 1A).
The homestand continues for the Golden Knights with a faceoff against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday at 1 p.m. ahead of the final two games of the Fortress Invitational.