Knights, Lightning get together for battle of top teams

Annette Crawford
January 19, 2018

The Golden Knights became the fifth team in National Hockey League history to win 30 games in its inaugural season Thursday night, beating the Lightning 4-1 in Tampa Bay.

Nate Schmidt scored on a slapshot from the point late in the first period to give Vegas a 2-0 advantage after one. The Bolts netminder has now dropped four of his last five games and he's given up four or more in four consecutive games.

Fleury made a number of impressive stops, including a left-circle shot by Steven Stamkos and in-close chance from Nikita Kucherov during the second period.

James Neal, Nate Schmidt and William Karlsson also scored goals for Vegas, which snapped a two-game losing streak, its longest since November 28-30. Remarkably, the Knights improve to 19-1-0 when scoring the first goal of the game, the best mark in the National Hockey League.

The Golden Knights improved to a Western Conference leading 30-11-3 with 63 points. It was Neal's 19th goal of the season.

Karlsson got his 24th goal 18 seconds into the third. Lightning D Dan Girardi, hit on the back of the neck by a slap shot January 7 against Detroit, was back in the lineup.

The Knights play again Friday night against the Florida Panthers.

Lightning: Play the first of eight straight road games Saturday night at Minnesota.

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