Golden Knights score four second-period goals to extinguish Flames 6-1

The Vegas Golden Knights took on the Calgary Flames on Thursday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome, an arena Vegas has always struggled in. But after leaving another point on the table in a 5-4 overtime loss Tuesday at Vancouver, the Golden Knights needed to win this game.

They did the job.

In fact, the Golden Knights played arguably one of their best games of the season, leading a dominating second-period effort for a resounding 6-1 win over the Flames.

Logan Thompson got his first start in two weeks and put in a 35-save performance for his fifth straight win.

It was a team-wide effort, with six different Golden Knights skaters lighting the lamp and five recording multiple points.

Despite the lopsided result, it was the Flames who opened the scoring, finding the string on the power play after a clean miss by the Golden Knights that proved costly midway through the first period.

The puck ended up on the stick of Tyler Toffoli, who was alone at the edge of the net. His patience paid off as he set up the trailing Dillon Dube in the slot for the one-timer.

However, the Golden Knights scored the next six goals, the first of which came less than three minutes later.

It came on a nice tic-tac-toe passing game as the new line of Jack Eichel, Jonathan Marchessault and Mattias Janmark cashed in to level things at 1-1 at 13:09 from the first.

It was Eichel’s 12th total in 27 games and he extended his points streak to six games.

Vegas took control of the game in the second period, scoring four goals on just nine shots.

Evgenii Dadonov gave Vegas its first lead of the night when he picked up a rebound off the side of the net and lifted it over the shoulder of Flames goaltender Jacob Markstrom. The goal came just a second after a disappointing Vegas power play ended.

The Golden Knights added two more goals in quick succession to make it 4-1 less than 10 minutes into the second period.

Michael Amadio set up a quick William Karlsson, who split the Calgary defense but was unable to beat Markstrom on the first attempt. However, Amadio followed the play and netted the rebound for his 10th of the season.

Marchessault scored just 40 seconds later to give Vegas a three-goal lead.

Janmark scooped up the loose puck at center ice and hauled it into the Calgary end with speed, rounding defenseman Rasmus Andersson before finding the breaker Marchessault up front.

That goal ended Markstrom’s night; he was retired after allowing four goals on 17 shots.

But the Golden Knights didn’t stop there.

They added to their lead with a power-play strike with 2:24 left in the second. Nicolas Roy tipped a point from Shea Theodore to make it 5-1 in 40 minutes.

It was Roy’s first goal since March 24, and it ended Vegas’ power-play drought after 20 failed attempts.

Karlsson added one more for good measure in the final two minutes of the game for the 6-1 win. He and Marchessault finished the game with three points, while Janmark, Dadonov and Roy both had them.

Thompson finished the game with 35 saves on 36 shooting for a .972 save percentage. He wasn’t overly tested but made several clutch saves to keep Calgary from generating any kind of momentum. He is 8-4-0 in 13 games this season.

The Golden Knights now have 87 points and are just two points behind the Stars in the second wildcard race. Vegas has seven games left in the 2021-22 regular season, while Dallas has eight.

The Golden Knights wrap up this three-game road trip on Saturday afternoon in Edmonton against an Oilers team that is coming off a 4-0 win over Nashville. Vegas has won three of four road games this month but is 1-2-0 against the Oilers this season.

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