Reilly Smith collected the puck in the corner of the offensive zone and zipped it to Deryk Engelland at the right point. Engelland snapped a wrist shot that flew by Corey Crawford and hit the back of the net to give Vegas a 2-0 lead in the first period against Chicago on Dec. 6.
The goal was key for the Golden Knights as they went on to win, 4-3, but the importance of the goal goes beyond that game. William Karlsson, who notched a secondary assist on the goal, scored his 100th point as a Golden Knight to become the first player to hit the century mark in a Vegas uniform.
"I never really thought about being the first one to reach 100 points," Karlsson said. "When I first got here, all I wanted to be was a top-six forward. I'm happy I made that and now I'm just focused on being a top player."
Karlsson credits his achievement to the collective success of his line. Karlsson, Jonathan Marchessault and Reilly Smith have formed one of the most productive trios in the NHL since early in the 2017-18 season. Marchessault (98 points) and Smith (80 points) should join Karlsson soon in the triple digit club.