Golden Knights keep savaging Montreal - on and off the ice

Golden Knights keep savaging Montreal - on and off the ice”

Ryan Miller and John Gibson combined to stop 33 shots as the Anaheim Ducks handed the Western Conference-leading Vegas Golden Knights a rare home loss, 2-0, on Monday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

This is the Anaheim side - now with 71 points and very much in a game-by-game fight to remain in a playoff spot - that we expected to see all season before injuries derailed such a start to things.

In case Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee was considering trading James Neal prior to the February 26 deadline, the team got a preview of life without its second-leading scorer Monday night. The last two, two mistakes and it went against us, which doesn't happen all the time but it happened in that game. "This road trip, at least, we've been playing some pretty good hockey". "There's a lot of teams out there that can beat us. This is the type of hockey we want to play and hopefully we continue doing it". The Ducks are now third as of today, one point ahead of the Calgary Flames and two ahead of the Los Angeles Kings.

To prevent a game from going beyond regulation, the Ducks will need to ensure they capitalize on their scoring chances more frequently and hold off the unsafe offense Vegas has to offer. I think our team performs better under pressure. We still gotta focus playing one game at a time. "We have to keep chasing those points night after night".

Backup goalie Ryan Miller played a clean third, stopping 20 shots to preserve the win.

Averaging 28.5 saves per game with a.932 save percentage, Marc-Andre Fleury (19 wins, eight losses, and two OT losses) has been the primary goalkeeper for Vegas this season.

It marked the third time the Golden Knights have been shut out, the second at home.

The Anaheim Ducks 3-2 shootout triumph against the Minnesota Wild this past Saturday was the second of the first three games on this four-game road trip.

"It was a pretty tight game both ways".

"The schedule is going to be tough with a lot of games coming up", Fleury said. "We were defending fairly well, and they came with a big push in the third period". So, we knew what we were getting.

The Ducks have converted on just 17.5 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that places them in the bottom-10 overall among National Hockey League teams.

Vegas has looked dominant in its play and especially against the Ducks. "That was a better game for us". We knew they were going to get on us fast. It's the way we play and the way we support each other. "Sometimes you just have to make the simple play, chip it up the wall". Vegas has won all three matchups thus far, both at Honda Center and one at T-Mobile arena. With the team minus Neal, a catalyst for the Golden Knights' second line, Alex Tuch stepped in to play with David Perron and Erik Haula.

"He's a big part of our line, for sure. We know what we want to do out there", Perron said of Neal. He hasn't really played that way this year - he's more of a speed guy.

"Come April 8, we can maybe gear up from there, but from now 'til then it's one game at time and get ready for the next one". "We had some chances".

Silfverberg gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead after setting up in the slot and tipping in Andrew Cogliano's wrist shot past defenseman Brad Hunt and Fleury. He has nine points (five goals, four assists) in his last seven games.

Jakob Silfverberg and Josh Manson scored goals and Rickard Rakell had two assists for the Ducks, who tied their season high with a three-game win streak.

Vegas is now 14-2-1 within the division, 10 points clear of second-place San Jose in a season where everything has gone opposite as to what most believed would occur. The team has been forced to kill penalties for just 6.4 minutes per game over their last 10 matchups, in total.

National Hockey League action comes to the Honda Center where the Anaheim Ducks host the Dallas Stars on Wednesday.

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