NHL: Knights rout Avalanche to tie win-streak record
Los Angeles (AFP)
The Vegas Golden Knights' spectacular arrival in the NHL continued with a record-equalling win on Friday.
David Perron, Oscar Lindberg, Cody Eakin and James Neal all scored goals during an 8 1/2- minute stretch in the second period and Oscar Dansk had 32 saves to lead the Knights to a 7-0 victory over the Colorado Avalanche in Las Vegas.
The fifth straight win for the Golden Knights matched the longest win streak by any team during its inaugural season in the 100-year history of the league.
The record was set by the New York Rangers in 1926-27 and equaled by Edmonton Oilers in 1979-80.
Vegas had already set an NHL record for best start by an expansion club by winning its first three games.
The 23-year-old Dansk, recalled from the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League on October 19 after injuries to starting goalie Marc-Andre Fleury and backup Malcolm Subban, produced the first shutout in team history as he made just the second start of his NHL career.
The contest featured few scoring chances in the first 30 minutes before Perron stole the puck at the Avalanche blue line and backhanded a shot over Semyon Varlamov on a breakaway to give Vegas a 1-0 lead at the 9:50 mark of the second period.
Lindberg made it 2-0 just 2 1/2 minutes later with another unassisted goal.
Eakin made it 3-0 and Neal notched his team-best seventh goal of the season a few minutes later, redirecting a shot from the point by defenseman Colin Miller.
Jonathan Marchessault, Erik Haula and William Carrier added goals in the third period for Vegas.
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