Published on Friday, November 23, 2018 | 1:44 p.m.
Updated 1 hour, 27 minutes ago
The last time the Golden Knights played the Flags of Calgary was a bad loss. Friday afternoon Vegas won quite a lot.
Vegas was a strong defense team, and Alex Tuch and Colin Miller scored each, while the Golden Knights won a 2-0 victory over the T-Mobile Arena's Flames at the T-Mobile Arena.
It was the best ranking of Marc-Andre Fleury, the fourth edition of the season. He did 29 save.
The win was the fourth Vegas of three games and was moved to two points of a postseason spot.
The Golden Knights passed through Tuch's hole in the secondary minutes of the second period, then went out to the third. Miller scored his first season at 2:34 in the third period, and Nick Holden called one after minutes later. Vegas took eight of the first 10 hits of the season, but the game ended with a shot in favor of Calgary, 29-28.
Vegas countered Calgary's speed, which was deadly in the last team meeting with physicality. William Carrier, defense defender of Calgary Juuso Valimaki, the climax for a Vegas outhit Flames game, 36-20.
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Tuch breaks the tie
Alex Tuch was all that the Golden Knights needed to be even more than ever since he returned from the wounds.
Standing in front of the net, Tuch redirected a point Cody Eakin shot 3:51 to go in the second period to give Vegas a 1-0 advantage.
It was Tuch's sixth goal and 14th in 16 matches this season.
Vegas has overcome Tuch's goal. At different times, in the second, Jonathan Marchessault and William Karlsson lit a small flame, dancing around a defender. Marchessault came out of the room, and Calgary goalkeeper David Rittich threw it in the air and Karlsson's show went over the net.
The third line also showed some balls, especially when Ryan Carpenter saw Tomas Nosek behind the defense. Carpenter slipped his puck, but Nosek could not stand up and was wrapped in Rittich's left drum.
Vegas took control of the goal, 18-16 after two periods.
No score after one
Twenty minutes came and none of the teams managed a goal.
Vegas had the best aspect of the period, just over a minute. William Karlsson walked past defenders and found a Reilly Smith with a large opening that climbed the left wing and thrown between Flames' feet, defensive Travis Hamonic. Smith fired in an empty cage with Calgary goalkeeper David Rittich on the other side of the notch, but Smith's shot fell from the post, from Rittich's baton and from evil.
Vegas nearly surrendered a fast goal on a three-to-one break with Calgary's top line loading, but Johnny Gaudreau's shot missed.
Shots on the goal were tied after the first period, 8-8.
Golden Knights are looking for a better result today than their last Calgary flames game.
It would be hard to be worse. Vegas gave up a high-pitched season – allowed a 7-2 loss at Flames in Calgary on Monday. They return home for the match today at 3:00. at the T-Mobile Arena.
"I do not think anyone likes to hurt the way I did last night," Colonel Miller said. "That being said, it's a new game, it's a new night. We go back home where we like to play."
In their last meeting, Flames scored five goals against the Golden Knights in the first period and never looked back. Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk had 4 points for Calgary, and Sean Monahan had three points. Calgary scored seven goals before Vegas got on board.
To avoid the same result, Golden Knights will be tasked with slowing down the Calgary peak line.
"This top line with Gaudreau and Monahan are obviously very good as we saw a few days ago," Miller said. "When we can have more boys on the (defensive) side that we can generally, this is good for us."
Before the game, Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant said the new call-up, Daniel Carr, will make Vegas debut. Before joining the Golden Knights on Thursday, Carr was linked to the 22-point American Hockey League (9 goals, 13 assists).
Carr signed Vegas as a free agent in July after playing 18 matches for three years with the Montreal Canadiens. In the age of 27 he will play on the third line with Ryan Carpenter and Tomas Nosek.
"A little salt, a little bit of ash," said Gallant of what he was expecting from Carr. "We are trying to give him an opportunity because he deserves. He played very well there."
Emerson's Predictions: Flames 4, Golden Knights 2
Predictions season record: Keefer 5-4, Emerson 0-1
Choose to score the first goal of the Golden Knights: Max Pacioretty
Season record for the first goal scored: Keefer 1-for-9, Emerson 0-for-1
TV: AT & T SportsNet (DirecTV 684, Cox 1313, CenturyLink 1760)
Radio: Fox Sports 1340 AM and 98.9 FM
Betting line: Golden Knights minus-30, Duke plus-120; over / under: 6 (plus-109, minus-110)
Golden Knights (10-12-1) (5-3-1 home)
Coach: Gerard Gallant (second season)
Goalkeeper: Jonathan Marchessault (10)
Assisted Leader: William Karlsson (12)
Expected Goalkeeper: Marc-Andre Fleury (2.58 gaa, .901 save percentage)
Calgary Flames (13-8-1) (drum 6-5-0)
Coach: Bill Peters (first season)
Lead leader: Sean Monahan, Matthew Tkachuk (8)
Assisted Leader: Mark Giordano, Johnny Gaudreau (18)
Expected goalkeeper: David Rittich (2.04 gaa, .930 save percentage)
The Golden Knights are waiting for the list of daily games
Forward (12): Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, William Carrier, Ryan Carpenter, Daniel Carr, Cody Eakin, William Karlsson, Jonathan Marchessault, Tomas Nosek, Max Pacioretty, Ryan Reaves,
Defenders (6): Deryk Engelland, Nick Holden, Brayden McNabb, Colin Miller, Nate Schmidt, Shea Theodore
Goalie (2): Marc-Andre Fleury and Malcolm Subban