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Fleury makes 22 saves, Golden Knights hold off Stars

Karlsson scores for Vegas, which has won eight of 10

by Danny Webster / Correspondent

LAS VEGAS -- Marc-Andre Fleury made 22 saves, and the Vegas Golden Knights held on for a 4-2 win against the Dallas Stars at T-Mobile Arena on Sunday.

Fleury, who was making his 10th consecutive start, got his 421st NHL win, two shy of tying Tony Esposito for ninth in League history.

"It was good to win. We came out strong. I think the guys played well," said Fleury, who got the start despite allowing five goals in a 5-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday. "... It was not a good game for anyone on the team and it was good that we got to put it behind us quickly, came home and got a good win against a good team."


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Ryan Carpenter, William Karlsson, Alex Tuch and Reilly Smith scored for Vegas (17-14-1), which has won eight of its past 10 games.

Martin Hanzal scored, Esa Lindell had a goal and an assist, and Miro Heiskanen had two assists for Dallas (16-11-3), which had won four straight. Ben Bishop made 24 saves.

"I'm a little concerned right now because our energy and emotion the last two games hasn't been there," Stars coach Jim Montgomery said. "We were consistently playing with emotion and energy and a lot of competitiveness, which comes with those two qualities, and in the last two games, we haven't had that."

Hanzal, who was playing in his second game this season following spinal fusion surgery in March, gave the Stars a 1-0 lead with a deflection on the power play at 6:29 of the first period. It was his first goal since Feb. 5.

Carpenter scored his first goal of the season on a rebound at the left post to tie it 1-1 at 16:12.

Video: DAL@VGK: Karlsson goes five-hole on Bishop

Karlsson gave the Golden Knights a 2-1 lead at 11:48 of the second period, scoring short side from the left circle.

Tuch extended the lead to 3-1 at 18:17 with his second goal in three games.

"I thought all 20 guys came in and played really hard and it showed on the score sheet," Tuch said.

Lindell cut it to 3-2 after Jason Spezza's pass redirected in off his skate on the power play at 8:33 of the third period, but Smith scored an empty-net goal on the power play to make it 4-2 at 19:32.

"It was just a good team game," Fleury said. "I think everyone contributes to our success. Forwards playing well, backchecking hard, the defense being in their face not giving [Dallas' top line of Tyler Seguin-Jamie Benn-Alexander Radulov] too much room because they have good shots, good hands. It was a good team effort to shut them down."

Video: DAL@VGK: Tuch slides puck by Bishop

They said it

"Our details weren't great. We really wanted to break the puck out well, we wanted to block out in our net front. They go to the net really hard and they got a couple of goals because of it, so we didn't do our job there, and our forecheck was nonexistent." -- Stars coach Jim Montgomery


"I've thought about it (his amount of starts). The schedule has been a little busy lately. Maybe that's why it feels like I'm playing a lot. I've tried to rest and just take it one game at a time." -- Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury

Need to know

Heiskanen has five points (one goal, four assists) in his past six games. … Vegas became the third team to have five players with at least 10 goals (Max Pacioretty, Cody Eakin, Jonathan Marchessault, Tuch and Karlsson), joining the Tampa Bay Lightning and Pittsburgh Penguins. ... Fleury leads the NHL in wins (17), games played (28) and time on ice (1,652:10). … Vegas has scored at least four goals in six of its past eight games. 

What's next

Stars: At the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday (10 p.m. ET; PRIME, FS-SW+, NHL.TV)

Golden Knights: At the New York Islanders on Wednesday (Barclays Center; 7 p.m. ET; MSG+, ATTSN-RM, NHL.TV)

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