NHL: Golden Knights beat Panthers, move atop Pacific Division

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Erik Haula scored the go-ahead aim midway by means of the third period and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Florida Panthers 5-2 Sunday.

Nate Schmidt, Colin Miller, Jonathan Marchessault and James Neal also scored for Vegas, when goalie Malcolm Subban stopped 16 shots. The Golden Knights moved into first place inside the Pacific Division. They may be tied with Los Angeles with 44 points, but possess the tiebreaker by having played two fewer games.

Vegas enhanced to 13-2-1 at T-Mobile Arena with all the most dwelling wins by any group within the Western Conference.

Radim Vraba and Mike Matheson scored for the Panthers, though James Reimer stopped 35 shots.

With the score tied 2-2, Haula gave the Golden Knights their 1st lead with the game when he was left alone towards the left of Reimer to tip Marchessault’s wrist shot from the point with 8:20 left.

Marchessault and Neal added empty-net targets in the final 2:10.


CHICAGO (AP) — Patrick Kane scored two slick ambitions, Corey Crawford produced 27 saves and Chicago got its season-high fifth straight win.

Ryan Hartman snapped a 17-game goal-scoring drought dating to Oct. 28, and Tommy Wingels added a short-handed empty-netter for the Blackhawks.

Matt Dumba scored at 5:56 in the third, spoiling Crawford’s shutout bid on a screened shot from the right point. The Wild dropped their second straight immediately after a four-game winning streak.

Kane, who has seven points in his final four games, connected on a one-timer in addition to a breakaway to give him 14 objectives this season and four inside the final three games. The Chicago forward’s 298th and 299th career objectives moved him into fifth spot in team history, ahead of Dennis Hull.

Alex Stalock created 42 saves his third straight start out in spot of Minnesota No. 1 goalie Devan Dubnyk, who’s sidelined with a lower-body injury.


WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Connor Hellebuyck stopped 24 shots for his eighth profession shutout, Patrik Laine got his team-high 16th purpose with the season and Winnipeg blanked the Blues each day just after being shut out at St. Louis.

Adam Lowry, Mark Scheifele and Josh Morrissey also scored for Winnipeg, which lost 2-0 at St. Louis the preceding evening. Morrissey also had an help, and Andrew Copp and Jacob Trouba added two every single to assist the Jets improve to 2-4-1 in their last seven games. Hellebuyck’s shutout was his second in the season.

Jake Allen was back in aim for the Blues and finished with 42 saves. Carter Hutton had 48 saves in St. Louis’ win on Saturday evening.


VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Mark Giordano scored twice, Sam Bennett had a goal and three assists, and Calgary snapped a three-game skid.

Mark Jankowski had a target and two assists, and Matthew Tkachuk and Micheal Ferland also scored for the Flames. Dougie Hamilton had two assists and backup goalie David Rittich created 16 saves to pick up his third win in four appearances.

Markus Granlund scored for Vancouver. Jacob Markstrom permitted five goals on 19 shots in a forgettable outing prior to acquiring replaced by Anders Nilsson to begin the third period. Nilsson produced 18 saves in relief as the Canucks lost in regulation for the fifth time in six games.