Golden Knights end home stand on high note with win against Senators

Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
The Golden Knights rode a dominant second period to a decisive victory against the Senators on Sunday.

LAS VEGAS — The Golden Knights entered Sunday’s game with a chance to end a much needed four-game home stand with three wins. They did so resoundingly, taking control of the game with a three-goal second period that propelled them to a 6-2 win.

Perhaps more importantly, the game was an effective rebound from Friday night’s third period disaster against the Sabres. For the most part, the Knights losses have come in skids this year. For them to flip the script from what happened on Friday less than 48 hours later is another step forward for a team that still maintains pole position in the league standings.

How it happened

Jack Eichel wasted very little time, scoring just 97 seconds into the first period to give the Knights an early 1-0 lead. The goal made him the first player in franchise history to tally a 10-game point streak.

The early momentum for the Knights was short lived. 5:25 into the period, Ivan Barbashev was clocked for a delay of game that sent the Senators on a power-play. Josh Norris converted for the special teams unit with his ninth goal of the year, courtesy of a primary assist from Tim Stutzle.

The Senators again took advantage of a power-play near the midway point in the opening period, as Ridley Greig put one in the net following a tripping call on Nic Hague.

The Knights only let themselves stay down for about three minutes before Conn Smythe winner and original misfit Jonathan Marchessault tallied his team-high 15th goal of the year with help from Brett Howden and Brayden McNabb.

The rest of the period was scoreless, with the score knotted at two at the first intermission.

The first half of the second period went relatively quietly, with the Knights failing to convert on an early power-play opportunity. After Ottawa’s Zack MacEwen was booked for a high-stick near the halfway point of the stanza, Nic Roy began the three-goal second period onslaught by scoring on the ensuing power-play.

Less than two minutes after Roy put the Knights ahead 3-2, Chandler Stephenson stifled a Senators power-play by burying a shorthanded goal off a clean feed from Mark Stone after one of Stone’s signature deflections.

The Knights scored their third consecutive goal when Ivan Barbashev collected the deflection off Senators’ goalie Joonas Korpisalo and snuck the puck past his outstretched glove to push the Knights’ lead to 5-2 with 12 seconds left in the second.

William Karlsson scored on another power-play goal for the Knights 5:43 into the third period after a slashing call against Ridley Greig to push the Knights’ lead to 6-2.

Brady Tkachuk scored a garbage time goal for Ottawa to settle the final score at 6-3.

Next game

The Knights are back on the road, traveling tomorrow before taking on the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena in Raleigh at 4 p.m. PST on Tuesday.