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Golden Knights top Blackhawks for fourth straight win

Score four consecutive goals, Dansk makes 29 saves in first NHL start

by Danny Webster / NHL.com Correspondent

LAS VEGAS -- Oscar Dansk made 29 saves in his first NHL start to help the Vegas Golden Knights to their fourth win in a row, 4-2 against the Chicago Blackhawks at T-Mobile Arena on Tuesday.

Dansk got the start because goalies Marc-Andre Fleury (concussion) and Malcolm Subban (lower body) are injured.

 

[WATCH: All Blackhawks vs. Golden Knights highlights]

 

"I try not to think about it too much," said Dansk, who earned the win in his NHL debut Saturday after relieving Subban in the third period of a 3-2 overtime victory against the St. Louis Blues. "I was just trying to do my part."

The 23-year-old from Stockholm, Sweden, said his teammates made his job easier.

"We had a lot of blocked shots today (17), and I can't stress that enough," Dansk said. "It's really big to take momentum away from them and give us a lot of energy on the bench."

Video: CHI@VGK: Nosek pounces on loose puck for goal

William Karlsson, Tomas Nosek, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Jonathan Marchessault scored four straight goals for the Golden Knights (7-1-0).

John Hayden and Patrick Kane scored for Chicago (5-3-2), and Corey Crawford made 29 saves. The Blackhawks went 0-for-3 on the power play and are 1-for-10 in their past three games with the man-advantage.

"Power play wasn't very good tonight," coach Joel Quenneville said. "We got disrupted there in about three or four entries in the second period. That might have been a part of the game, we're talking about having the puck, keeping the puck. A lot of loose pucks that didn't materialize into anything."

A turnover by Vegas defenseman Nate Schmidt turned into a shorthanded goal by Hayden to give Chicago a 1-0 lead 3:33 into the game.

But Karlsson scored on the same Vegas power play to tie the game 1-1 at 3:59. It was his second goal in two games after being held without one in the first six.

Video: CHI@VGK: Bellemare beats Crawford with one-timer

Nosek knocked in the rebound of a Deryk Engelland shot Crawford couldn't control to give Vegas a 2-1 lead at 5:46.

Bellemare scored his first goal for the Golden Knights with 1:46 left in the second period to make it 3-1.

Marchessault, who missed the previous three games with a lower-body injury, gave Vegas a 4-1 lead at 10:20 in the third period.

"I felt pretty good," Marchessault said. "I was a little slow in the first period, getting my tempo back. I think I played well overall and my linemates helped me."

Kane scored with 1:05 remaining to make it 4-2, extending his point streak to six games (three goals, three assists).

Video: CHI@VGK: Kane finishes Saad's dish to trim deficit

 

Goal of the game

Less than 30 seconds after Hayden's shorthanded goal put the Blackhawks ahead early in the first period, Karlsson skated through the high slot and deflected defenseman Colin Miller's low slap shot from above the right face-off circle into the right corner of the net.

Video: CHI@VGK: Karlsson redirects Miller's shot for a PPG

 

Save of the game

Dansk denied Chicago forward Patrick Sharp on a breakaway 7:40 into the third period to keep Vegas ahead by two goals.

Video: CHI@VGK: Dansk denies Sharp on breakaway

 

Highlight of the game

With the Golden Knights' fifth and final power play about to expire, Schmidt passed the puck between Blackhawks forwards Lance Bouma and Tommy Wingels to Marchessault, who beat Crawford with a shot into the left corner on the short side from the left face-off dot for his second goal of the season.

Video: CHI@VGK: Marchessault goes top shelf for PPG

 

They said it

"It's a fun, exciting atmosphere. There's no doubt they're excited to play and just to go out there and not necessarily be the underdogs, but just go out there and try and make teams make plays and score and frustrate them, and they're really keying off that and getting some energy off that." -- Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews

 

"Chicago's a [heck] of a hockey team and we have our minor league goaltenders up here. It's like what we talked about: It's the next man up. I thought we played an excellent hockey game against a really good hockey team." -- Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant

 

Need to know

Vegas is the 10th team in League history with a four-game winning streak in its inaugural season. … The Golden Knights sent Vadim Shipachyov to Chicago of the American Hockey League prior to the game in order to activate Marchessault from injured reserve. … The Blackhawks are 1-2-1 in their past four games and have given up at least four goals in two of them.

 

What's next

Blackhawks: Host the Nashville Predators on Friday (8:30 p.m. ET; NHLN, TVA Sports, NBCSCH, FS-TN, NHL.TV)

Golden Knights: Host the Colorado Avalanche on Friday (6 p.m. ET; TVA Sports, ATTSN-RM, ALT, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Dansk makes 29 saves in Golden Knights' victory

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