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For the second consecutive game
04-22-2019, 05:44 AM,
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For the second consecutive game
LAS VEGAS (AP)  Justin Williams Jersey , the Vegas Golden Knights looked like the same team that was so dominant for much of the season.Jonathan Marchessault scored his 23rd goal and the Pacific Division leaders defeated Vancouver 4-1 on Tuesday night to hand the slumping Canucks their seventh straight loss.But while 12 players had points for expansion Vegas, mystery surrounded the status of starting goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, who exited after one period. Fleury took a shot from Brandon Sutter off the mask midway through the first, but finished the period.Fleury, credited with the victory after making seven saves to improve to 27-11-3, took over sole possession of 12th place on the NHL’s career wins list with 402. The 14-year veteran missed 25 games this season after suffering a concussion four games in.”I haven’t heard (anything) yet. The trainers told me he’s not coming back tonight,” said Vegas coach Gerard Gallant, who confirmed it was not the plan to rest the three-time Stanley Cup champion netminder after one period of play.Malcolm Subban took over in net at the start of the second, making his first appearance since Feb. 2, when he lost in Minnesota. Subban made 22 saves.”I’m not too sure what happened (with Fleury), they just told me I was going in,” said Subban, who found out he would replace Fleury midway through the first intermission. ”I felt pretty good, I guess. The game felt pretty fast. It’s been a long time since I played a game. When you’re out for that long you can’t wait to get back in the net.”Cody Eakin, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Tomas Tatar also scored for Vegas, which ranks second in the league with 245 goals.Vancouver got a goal from Sutter, and Jacob Markstrom stopped 24 shots. Markstrom dropped to 18-26-6 after losing his fifth straight start. He has allowed 14 goals during that skid.Vancouver fell to 6-17-1 against Pacific Division teams. It came into the game with the league’s fifth-best road power play at 21.9 percent but was 0 for 1 on Tuesday.The Canucks have dropped seven straight since losing 21-year-old rookie star Brock Boeser to a potential season-ending back injury. Boeser leads Vancouver with 29 goals and 55 points. The Canucks have scored just seven goals in the seven games since his injury, and were shut out in three consecutive games.”Their team came ready to play tonight. That’s a good hockey team,” Vancouver coach Travis Green said. ”When you get down 2-0 early and 3-0 after one, you’re not going to come back against a team like that – or, we’re not. It’s frustrating to lose. The players are frustrated. I don’t blame them. I think it’s a combination of not scoring … and losing.”Vegas earned its 26th win at home, one more victory than Vancouver has overall this season.Now the Golden Knights prepare for a two-game road trip with Fleury’s status uncertain , beginning at red-hot San Jose, which defeated New Jersey 6-2 on Tuesday. The second-place Sharks are eight points behind the Golden Knights in the Pacific Division.Marchessault, who ended a personal drought when he scored four minutes into the game, said removing Fleury was a precautionary move and he didn’t believe it was anything serious.”It was a smart decision,” Marchessault said. ”We’re winning 3-0, there’s 10 games left. It’s the way it goes sometimes. It’s something that happened, and Sooby did good. He came back and was really in shape. He looked really good out there. It’s something (where) we’re lucky in that group. We’re confident with either goalie that’s going to be in.”Eakin scored less than a minute after Marchessault, and Bellemare added his goal just before the end of the period.”As soon as we realized that Soob was going in, the only thing we were thinking was, we talked to each other in the locker room saying let’s make sure we’re strong for him,” Bellemare said. ”Soob hasn’t played in a while, he needed us to play a strong defensive game in front of him. We managed pretty well.”After blocking six shots in the first period, the Golden Knights finished with 17.Tatar smacked home his own rebound to extend the lead to 4-0 with 5:39 left in the second. Sutter got his seventh of the season when he used a wrist shot to sneak the puck through Subban’s legs midway through the third.NOTES: Gallant is one win from 200 in his career. … The teams meet one more time, on April 3. Vegas has won the first three meetings by a combined score of 15-6. … Former Golden Knights forward Brendan Leipsic has six points (two goals, four assists) over the past 10 games with the Canucks. … Former baseball slugger and Las Vegas resident Frank Thomas was among the 18,214 in attendance.UP NEXTVancouver: Plays at Chicago on Thursday.Vegas: Plays at San Jose on Thursday.— BOSTON — Last Oct. 15, young goaltender Malcolm Subban earned the first win of his NHL career, stopping 21 shots to beat his old team, the Boston Bruins in Las Vegas.Sunday, Subban might get another shot as the Golden Knights end their four-game road trip with the first of two games on the season with the Bruins.Saturday night, Marc-Andre Fleury was in a goal for a 5-4 loss to the Canadiens in Montreal. Coach Gerard Gallant did not name a Sunday starter after the game, but Fleury has started the last five Scott Darling Jersey , so the door was open for Subban to make just his fourth appearance of the season.Article continues below ...Subban was a Bruins prospect picked up on waivers from the Boston a week before he beat them in his Vegas debut. He is 0-2 in three games this season.If he starts, he will face a team coming off a 5-1 victory over the Maple Leafs — Toronto’s first road loss of the season — Saturday night. David Pastrnak, who has 15 goals in the first 16 games, delivered a hat trick and an assist.“I think just, honestly, stronger on the puck,” Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said when asked about the difference in Pastrnak. “Before he’d try his one-on-one moves and he’d get pushed off, and I don’t think he had the strength to battle like Marchy (Brad Marchand) does, for example. So, when he gets second or third effort opportunities to make plays. I think it’s just physical maturity, to be honest with you.”The Knights, 10-6-1 in their first 17 games as an NHL team last season (1-1 against the Bruins in those 17), fell to 7-9-1 on this season by failing to hold leads of 2-0 and 4-3. To make it worse, Tomas Tatar, traded by Vegas to Montreal, scored the winner on a goal that actually went in off of Vegas Shea Theodore.After the game, Jonathan Marchessault said his team “wasn’t sticking to the system for 60 minutes ” with Gallant responding, “Well, they better get back at it then.”The loss spoiled the return to Montreal by Max Pacioretty, the former Canadiens captain swapped in the Tatar deal. Pacioretty had a Vegas season-high nine shots on goal in his return but came up empty on the scoresheet after getting a video tribute and an ovation from the fans before the game.Before the game, he said, “We feel this trip could be a bit of a turning point for our year and that’s what we’re looking to do. And tonight’s a valuable game so I’ve got to treat it as that Youth Sebastian Aho Jersey , more so than being emotional or taking too much in.”The Knights are 1-2 on a trip that ends in Boston, where Pacioretty will play his 39th regular season game against the Bruins, his old rival. He has 16 goals in 38 games against Boston.“I really wanted to win (Saturday),” Pacioretty said. “I always appreciate the support I get from the fans here. I’ll remember that for a while.“No matter what, I was going to be going tonight. Seemed like the story of our year so far, mine in particular (two goals in 13 games). It just seemed to not go in and all the opportunities against are going in. If we keep going like that, it’s going to eventually break wide open for us. I felt good out there. I just wanted to win bad.”Jaroslav Halak, who had apparently won the No. 1 goalie job in Boston before Tuukka Rask left the team to deal with a personal situation, made 40 saves in an outstanding effort Saturday, coming after both he and Rask were shaky in an 8-5 loss to the Vancouver Canucks Thursday night.Unless something goes wrong, he will play again Sunday night, as the Bruins (9-5-2) finish a four-game homestand.“Right now, no,” Cassidy said of any reservations about Halak playing back-to-back. “I haven’t had a conversation with him to make sure physically he’s fine. I don’t believe there will be an issue. It’s a 7:00 game. We won’t skate in the morning, just get up and go and have a few meetings. If not, (Dan) Vladar’s here, played great on Friday (in the minors), but I would suspect Jaro will be ready to go.”Playing for the New York Islanders last year, Halak defeated the Knights twice, allowing four goals in the two games. He stopped 69 of 73 shots in those wins.Fleury is 12-7-4 with a 2.43 goals against average and .917 save percentage lifetime against the Bruins in the regular season and also has an 0-1 playoff record against Boston.

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