Recap: The Stanley Cup champions were looking to stay undefeated in regulation on Thursday as the Winnipeg Jets came to town for a second meeting this season. Both teams had early power plays but couldn’t convert into the opening goal. Midway through the frame William Karlsson snapped the tie, scoring his fourth goal of 2023-24.
The scoring picked up in the middle period beginning with the Jets game-tying goal at the 6:17 mark. Vegas quickly responded less than a minute later on a four-minute power play. First Jonathan Marchessault scored to give his team the lead and Ivan Barbashev followed it up with a PP goal of his own. After 40 minutes the Stanley Cup champions led 3-1.
Winnipeg scored in the opening two minutes to get within one, but Marchessault regained the multiple-goal edge a few shifts later. The Jets had several quality chances down the stretch but Logan Thompson was outstanding in net. Late in the contest, Winnipeg emptied their net which Marchessault happened to notice. The Conn Smyth winner finished off his hat trick with an empty-net goal. The Golden Knights finished off the Jets 5-2.
The Golden Knights record improves to 10-0-1 defeating the Jets 5-2 at T-Mobile Arena. Vegas will prepare for a marquee matchup on Saturday against the Colorado Avalanche. Puck drop vs the Avalance is scheduled for 7 PM. (Recap by Jason)
Analysis: VGK’s power play came through to take over a game that was fairly close beforehand. Defensively the Golden Knights were excellent at keeping the Jets away from the front of the goal which stymied their offense most of the night. Logan Thompson was excellent in goal and fired a sweet pass to record his first assist of his professional career. (Analysis by Ken)
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