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Golden Knights first to 100 points in inaugural NHL season

Vegas trying to become second debut team in major North American sports to win division

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The Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday became the first team in NHL history to reach 100 points in its inaugural season.

It came from a 2-1 overtime loss at the San Jose Sharks.

"It's a huge number. Definitely satisfied and happy with that," coach Gerard Gallant said, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "What do we [have], eight games left in the season? So let's keep adding on to the points, but it's definitely a huge feat for our group so far."

Before this season, the fastest team to reach 100 points after joining the NHL was the Edmonton Oilers, who had 111 in 1981-82, their third season in the League after they began in the World Hockey Association. The fastest for a team not entering the NHL from another league was the New York Islanders, who had 101 points in 1975-76, their fourth season. Neither of those teams played with overtime or shootout wins; overtime was reintroduced by the NHL in 1983 and shootouts were added in 2005.

The Golden Knights previously set NHL records for wins, home wins, road wins and points by a team in its inaugural season.

Vegas is the fourth team to reach 100 points this season; the Nashville Predators and Tampa Bay Lightning are tied for the League lead with 106, and the Boston Bruins have 100.

Vegas leads the second-place Sharks in the Pacific Division; each team has eight games remaining. The Golden Knights are trying to become the second team in any of the four major North American professional sports to finish first in its division in its inaugural season (with the exception of the Philadelphia Flyers in 1967-68, when all six teams in the NBA West Division were expansion teams). The Denver Nuggets, one of four teams that joined the NBA from the American Basketball Association in 1976, finished first in the Midwest Division in their inaugural season.

The Golden Knights are almost assured of becoming the first NHL expansion team since 1967-68 to finish with a positive goal differential. Including shootouts, Vegas has scored 249 goals and allowed 202 for a plus-47 differential. No team entering the NHL since 1967-68 has scored more goals than it allowed in its first season; the closest was the 1993-94 Florida Panthers, who scored 233 goals and allowed 233, finishing 33-34-17.

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