LAS VEGAS – Reilly Smith acquired his first profession hat trick, Marc-Andre Fleury made 20 saves, and the Vegas Golden Knights defeated the St. Louis Blues 4-1 on Saturday night time.
Chandler Stephenson additionally scored for the Golden Knights, who moved right into a tie with the Carolina Hurricanes for essentially the most factors (80) within the NHL.
Vegas prolonged its residence successful streak to a season-high seven video games. The Golden Knights meet the Colorado Avalanche on Monday in a matchup of the West Division’s high two groups, with the division title nonetheless up for grabs.
Fleury, recent off a victory that gave sole possession of third place on the profession wins listing, has received eight straight video games — none of which he has allowed greater than two targets in.
Colton Parayko scored St. Louis’ lone aim. Rookie Ville Husso, making simply his sixteenth profession begin and third in opposition to the Golden Knights, made 25 saves.
For the second straight night time in opposition to the Blues, it was Smith opening the scoring with a close-range shot on the doorstep to offer Vegas a 1-0 lead.
Shortly thereafter, former Blue Alex Pietrangelo picked off a go and led a rush into the offensive zone, then delayed simply lengthy sufficient earlier than feeding a gem to Stephenson for a one-timer previous St. Louis’ rookie netminder.
The Blues struggled to seek out any form of offensive rhythm, as they didn’t get their first shot on aim till 16 minutes in and have been outshot 10-3 within the first interval. The three photographs on aim tied for the fewest allowed by the Golden Knights in a single interval this season.
Nothing modified within the second because the Blues managed simply 4 photographs. Luckily for them, their closing try got here when Parayko stripped Shea Theodore with a nifty stick raise behind the online and beat Fleury with a backhand previous his blocker to breathe life into St. Louis simply earlier than the tip of the interval.
Smith acquired his second aim of the sport on an influence play within the third interval, when he chipped residence his personal rebound, and notched his third with an empty netter with 48 seconds left within the recreation.
St. Louis: Visits Los Angeles on Monday night time.
Vegas: Hosts Colorado on Monday night time.
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