Mike Hoffman’s third-period goal put Florida ahead to stay and the Panthers defeated the Vegas Golden Knights 3-1 Saturday night.

Aleksander Barkov had a goal and an assist and Frank Vatrano also scored a goal for the Panthers, who won for the fourth time in five games. James Reimer made 34 saves.

Max Pacioretty scored for the Golden Knights, and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 22 shots.

Vegas lost its fourth straight game for the first time in its short franchise history.

Hoffman broke a 1-1 tie when he grabbed a loose puck along the boards on the right side, skated in, and slid the puck between Fleury’s pads with 13:47 left in the third. Hoffman leads the Panthers with 24 goals.

Vatrano’s empty-net goal with 1:16 left stretched the lead to 3-1.

Barkov put the Panthers ahead 1-0 just 12 seconds in. Barkov grabbed a loose puck at center ice and fired it past Fleury.

Barkov’s goal missed the franchise record for fastest goal by two seconds. That record is shared by Johan Garpenlov (Oct. 17, 1996) and Barkov (April 5, 2016.)

Vegas tied it at 1-all on Pacioretty’s goal. He punched in a wrist shot from the bottom of the left circle at 8:07 of the first.

Evgenii Dadonov was awarded a penalty shot after he was tripped by Brayden McNabb at 57.9 of the first, but his shot went off the thigh of Fleury and hit the crossbar.

NOTES: Panthers forwards Derick Brassard and Riley Sheahan each made their debut after being acquired in a trade with Pittsburgh on Friday. Brassard recorded an assist. … D MacKenzie Weeger returned after missing four games with a concussion. … The Panthers honored former captain Olli Jokinen as part of the club’s 25th anniversary ‘Legacy Saturdays’ series before the game. … The Golden Knights are 12 for 12 on the penalty kill in their last six games

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Golden Knights: Visit Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday

Panthers: Host St. Louis Blues on Tuesday.

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Vegas Golden Knights center Jonathan Marchessault (81) and Florida Panthers center Vincent Trocheck battle for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Feb. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Vegas Golden Knights center Jonathan Marchessault (81) and Florida Panthers center Vincent Trocheck battle for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Feb. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Vegas Golden Knights right wing Reilly Smith (19) skates to the net followed by Florida Panthers defenseman MacKenzie Weegar (52) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Feb. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Vegas Golden Knights right wing Reilly Smith (19) skates to the net followed by Florida Panthers defenseman MacKenzie Weegar (52) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Feb. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Vegas Golden Knights center William Karlsson, left, attempts to shoot at Florida Panthers goaltender James Reimer (34) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Feb. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Vegas Golden Knights center William Karlsson, left, attempts to shoot at Florida Panthers goaltender James Reimer (34) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Feb. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Vegas Golden Knights right wing Ryan Reaves (75) attempts to shoot at Florida Panthers goaltender James Reimer (34) and center Denis Malgin (62) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Feb. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Vegas Golden Knights right wing Ryan Reaves (75) attempts to shoot at Florida Panthers goaltender James Reimer (34) and center Denis Malgin (62) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Feb. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad (5) and Vegas Golden Knights left wing Tomas Nosek (92) battle for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Feb. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad (5) and Vegas Golden Knights left wing Tomas Nosek (92) battle for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Feb. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Vegas Golden Knights left wing Max Pacioretty (67) shoots and scores against Florida Panthers defenseman Mike Matheson (19) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Feb. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Vegas Golden Knights left wing Max Pacioretty (67) shoots and scores against Florida Panthers defenseman Mike Matheson (19) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Feb. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad (5) slams Vegas Golden Knights left wing Tomas Nosek into the boards during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Feb. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad (5) slams Vegas Golden Knights left wing Tomas Nosek into the boards during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Feb. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Vegas Golden Knights center William Karlsson (71) and Florida Panthers defenseman Mark Pysyk (13) battle for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Feb. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Vegas Golden Knights center William Karlsson (71) and Florida Panthers defenseman Mark Pysyk (13) battle for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Feb. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Deryk Engelland (5) takes the puck downice against Florida Panthers defenseman Josh Brown (2) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Feb. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Deryk Engelland (5) takes the puck downice against Florida Panthers defenseman Josh Brown (2) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Feb. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)