Friday, 14 May 2021 07:10 GMT

Knights drop Kings as Fleury moves up wins list

(MENAFN - Gulf Times) Max Pacioretty and Tomas Nosek both collected one goal and two assists to pace the visiting Vegas Golden Knights to a 6-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday.
Mark Stone and Alex Tuch netted one goal and one assist apiece in the win, and Chandler Stephenson and Alex Pietrangelo added goals as the Golden Knights won their fourth straight game.Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury made 20 saves for Vegas, which completed the season series with Los Angeles having won six of eight clashes.
It was also Fleury's 485th career regular-season win, moving out of a tie with Ed Belfour and into sole possession of fourth on the all-time list. He trails only Martin Brodeur (691), Patrick Roy (551) and Roberto Luongo (489). Trevor Moore scored both goals for the Kings, who lost their second straight game. Adrian Kempe had two assists.
Goaltender Jonathan Quick surrendered three goals on eight shots in the first period before being pulled in favor of Calvin Petersen, who stopped 21 shots in relief.
Nosek opened the scoring with his fourth goal in seven games and the first of three the Golden Knights tallied in the first period. After being sprung on a rush, he blasted a shot from the wing at the 7:18 mark. A minute after the midway point of the frame, Tuch made it 2-0 by rifling a top-shelf shot over Quick's glove hand to net his 15th goal of the season.
After Moore netted his first of the night on a power play thanks to a shot that ricocheted off a defender at the 13:38 mark, Pacioretty restored Vegas' two-goal edge with a lucky tally. Pacioretty simply lifted a backhander from outside the blue line. The puck took a hop just before it reached Quick and bounced into the net for his team-high 21st goal of the season.
Stephenson made it a 4-1 affair when he wired a five-hole shot off the rush with 4:13 left in the second period, only to see Moore notch his second of the game late in the middle frame thanks to a partial breakaway created by a long pass from Kempe.
The Golden Knights kept pouring it on after the second intermission.
Stone extended the lead at the 5:28 mark of the third period when he took a drop pass from Pacioretty as he hit the slot and blasted a shot, and then Pietrangelo snapped a 12-game goal drought when his point shot deflected off a defender up and over Petersen to round out the scoring at 10:53 of the period.

Stolarz, Ducks defeat Sharks for second straight game
Anthony Stolarz made 27 saves to lead the visiting Anaheim Ducks to their second straight win against the San Jose Sharks, 4-1 on Wednesday night. Stolarz set a franchise record on Monday for most saves in a shutout when he stopped 46 shots in a 4-0 win against the Sharks. He has made four starts for the Ducks this season and 21 over his four-year NHL career.
Alexander Volkov and Derek Grant each had a goal and an assist, and Ryan Getzlaf also scored for the Ducks, whose only wins in the past eight games have come in San Jose.
Erik Karlsson scored a 6-on-5 goal at 17:44 of third period to spoil Stolarz's chance for a second straight shutout. Josef Korenar made his first NHL start for the Sharks and finished with 23 saves.
San Jose missed a chance to pull closer in the West Division playoff race, remaining four points back of the fourth-place St. Louis Blues.
Getzlaf, who missed four of the previous five games with a back injury, gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead at 8:08 of the first period.
Erik Karlsson tried to pass the puck through his legs after the Ducks dumped it in deep. Troy Terry intercepted the puck, however, and brought it to the side of the net. He centered a pass to Getzlaf, who chipped it in the net.
Grant, playing in his 300th NHL game, muscled to the front of the San Jose net and redirected a point shot from Josh Manson for a 2-0 lead at 2:29 of the second period.
Volkov also scored from in front of the net when he found an opening and slapped in a feed from Max Comtois to make it 3-0 at 13:40 of the second period.
Jakob Silfverberg scored with 30 seconds left to make it 4-1. Volkov has five points (four goals, one assist) in seven games since he was acquired from the Tampa Bay Lightning on March 24.

Golden Knights    6-2    Kings
Avalanche    4-3    Blues
Wild    5-2    Coyotes
Flames    4-1    Canadiens
Jets    3-2    Senators
Ducks    4-1    Sharks


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