Golden Knights cruise past Ducks in first game since Pacioretty surgery


LAS VEGAS — The Vegas Golden Knights got their 10th win in the past 12 games with a 3-1 victory against the Anaheim Ducks at T-Mobile Arena on Friday.

Nicolas Roy, Adam Brooks and Mattias Janmark scored for the Golden Knights (22-12-0), who got their 62nd victory of 2021, the most in the NHL. It was their first game without Max Pacioretty since he had wrist surgery Thursday; he is out indefinitely. The forward missed 17 games from Oct. 14-Nov. 24 with a lower-body injury.

Laurent Brossoit made 15 saves but was denied Vegas’ first shutout of the season when Ryan Getzlaf scored on the power play with 12 seconds left for the 3-1 final.

John Gibson made 42 saves for the Ducks (17-10-7), who lost their third straight game and second in regulation since Nov. 30.

Roy gave the Golden Knights a 1-0 lead at 11:15 of the first period by deflecting Ben Hutton‘s point shot. It was Roy’s NHL career-high seventh goal.

Brooks made it 2-0 at 18:25 when he deflected a shot from Dylan Coghlan.

Janmark increased the lead to 3-0 at 4:39 of the second period when he scored from the left face-off circle after Anaheim defenseman Jamie Drysdale cleared the puck from the crease following a scramble in front. 

Janmark was stopped by Gibson on a penalty shot at 18:21 after Josh Manson was called for holding the stick.

Golden Knights coach Peter DeBoer returned after missing one game in NHL COVID-19 protocol.

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