Marc-Andre Fleury earned his 407th win to tie Glenn Hall for 10th place on the NHL list, and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 Tuesday night.
Jonathan Marchessault scored twice and Fleury made 26 saves for the defending Western Conference champions. Cody Eakin and William Karlsson also had goals for the Golden Knights, who scored more than two in a game for the first time in seven games this season.
Vladimir Sobotka scored with 37 seconds left, spoiling Fleury’s bid for his 50th career shutout.
For the second consecutive game, the 15-year veteran came up with clutch stops. Sobotka skated in alone in the third period and fired a wrist shot from the left side, but Fleury’s glove was too quick. Not long after that, during a penalty kill, Fleury’s glove nabbed Kyle Okposo’s attempt from the right side.
Vegas stymied all six of Buffalo’s power plays and improved to 17 of 21 on the penalty kill this season. Buffalo, meanwhile, is 4 for 24 on the power play.
Buffalo goalie Carter Hutton stopped 25 shots.
After opening the season with a 5-2 home loss to Philadelphia, the Golden Knights stumbled during a 2-3-0 road trip, as they couldn’t quite find the magic that helped them open last season 8-1-0.
Whereas the Golden Knights had scored 23 goals in their first seven games last season, they’ve scored just 14 through their first seven this season.
Tuesday they played their most complete game of the young season, looking like the high-energy expansion team that made it to the Stanley Cup Final in June.
Marchessault ended the Golden Knights’ power-play drought with a minute left in the first, taking a crisp pass from Karlsson and one-timing it over Hutton’s glove.
Vegas, which was 4 for 29 on the power play through seven games last season, was 0 for 16 with the man advantage heading into the game. The Golden Knights finished the night 1 for 3 on the power play.
Eakin scored his third goal of the season in the second period, when he found a loose puck in the neutral zone, skated down the right wing and fired a shot top shelf for a short-handed goal, giving Vegas a 2-0 lead two minutes into the second period.
Karlsson, who led the team with 43 goals last season, scored his first of the campaign. Reilly Smith fired the puck in front and Karlsson was able to tap it past Hutton. It took Karlsson seven games to get his first goal last season, too.
Marchessault added an empty-net goal for the final margin.
NOTES: Buffalo’s Patrik Berglund played in his 700th career game. … The Sabres entered 6-0-1 in their previous seven road games against Pacific Division opponents. … Through their first six games, the Golden Knights held a lead for 7:47. After Marchessault’s goal, they led the Sabres for 41:01.
Sabres: Visit the San Jose Sharks on Thursday.
Golden Knights: Host the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday.
Source: The Associated Press