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Karlsson, Perron boost Golden Knights past Jets

Forwards combine for three goals, lift Vegas to seventh victory in eight home games

by Danny Webster / NHL.com Correspondent

LAS VEGAS -- William Karlsson scored two goals to help the Vegas Golden Knights to a 5-2 win against the Winnipeg Jets at T-Mobile Arena on Friday.

David Perron and Luca Sbisa each had a goal and an assist, Reilly Smith and Deryk Engelland each had two assists, and James Neal scored for Vegas (10-5-1), which has won seven of eight home games, including six in a row. Maxime Lagace made 27 saves for his second win.

 

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"[Winnipeg] has been playing well, so obviously we respected them coming out," Karlsson said. "I think our game was really good today. We were aggressive all over the ice."

Video: WPG@VGK: Karlsson deposits rebound to pad lead

After not scoring a goal the first six games of the season, Karlsson has six in the past 10, matching his total from last season with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

"We capitalized on our chances," Karlsson said. "Defensively, we were solid, and [Lagace] played well in the net. I think we were on our toes from the get-go."

Connor Hellebuyck made 16 saves for the Jets (8-4-3) before being pulled to begin the third period in his first regulation loss of the season (8-1-2).

"That's how hockey goes, I can't expect to go so many starts without a loss," Hellebuyck said. "It's going to happen. I'm going to look to get better, I'm going to work harder tomorrow, and I'm not going to let this phase me. I'm going to use this as motivation."

Winnipeg had earned a point in eight straight games (5-0-3) since losing 5-2 to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Oct. 17.

Sbisa scored his first goal of the season at 6:41 of the first period to give the Golden Knights a 1-0 lead.

Video: WPG@VGK: Sbisa blasts home one-timer to open scoring

Perron, who had an assist on the Sbisa goal, scored at 15:08 of the first to make it 2-0.

Jets forward Adam Lowry, playing his second game since missing nine with an upper-body injury, scored 39 seconds later, deflecting a Dmitry Kulikov shot past Lagace at 15:47 to make it 2-1.

Karlsson scored his first of the night to start a three-goal second period for the Golden Knights, beating Hellebuyck at 12:17 for a 3-1 Vegas lead.

Patrik Laine scored a power-play goal at 13:57 to cut the Vegas lead to 3-2. He has a goal in four straight games.

Neal scored a power-play goal at 16:45 to make it 4-2, and Karlsson scored shorthanded at 17:47 for a 5-2 lead.

"We were never able to contain any of the momentum that we built," Jets coach Paul Maurice said. "We didn't build on it because they scored very quickly right away. The second half of that second period, we stopped being able to do some things that we expect ourselves to do."

Steve Mason made a save on all five shots he faced in relief of Hellebuyck.

Video: WPG@VGK: Perron fires home great feed from Engelland

 

Goal of the game

Karlsson's shorthanded goal at 17:47 of the second period.

Video: WPG@VGK: Karlsson nets his second on break for SHG

 

Save of the game

Lagace's save on Mark Scheifele at 1:15 of the second period.

Video: WPG@VGK: Lagace gets across to rob Scheifele's shot

 

Highlight of the game

Neal's goal at 16:45 of the second period.

Video: WPG@VGK: Neal finds the net for PPG while falling

 

They said it

"We thought it would be a tighter game than that, that we would make it a tighter game, but they finished on their chances. [Vegas goalie Maxime Lagace] made a few real timely saves for them. I think that kept the momentum from shifting very much. We weren't as good as we have been." -- Jets coach Paul Maurice

 

"We knew after a long trip we wanted to get off to a fast start and play a full 60 minutes. I think that's the most complete game we've played in a long time." -- Golden Knights defenseman Deryk Engelland

 

Need to know

The Golden Knights became the third team in NHL history to hit the 10-win mark within the first 16 games of its inaugural season, joining the 1917-18 Montreal Canadiens (10-4-0) and 1917-18 Toronto Arenas (10-6-0). ... Karlsson is the fourth Vegas player to score two goals in a game, joining Neal, Smith and Perron. ... The Jets, who went 6-for-9 on the power play in their previous three games, were 1-for-6 on Friday. Winnipeg was 9-for-26 (34.6 percent) with the man-advantage during its eight-game point streak. ... The Jets scored first in six straight games prior to Sbisa's goal in the first period. ... Blake Wheeler, whose 21 points (five goals, 16 assists) lead the Jets, had his three-game point streak end and was minus-4. Winnipeg rookie forward Kyle Connor also was minus-4.

 

What's next

Jets: At the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday (10 p.m. ET; SN, FS-A PLUS, NHL.TV)

Golden Knights: At the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday (9 p.m. ET; SNW, ATTSN-RM, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Karlsson scores two as Golden Knights top Jets, 5-2

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