Marchessault hat trick pushes Knights past Jets for 10-0-1 start

The Knights extend their point streak to 11 games to start the season thanks to a hat-trick from the reigning Conn Smythe winner.

LAS VEGAS—The Golden Knights won again on Thursday night, beating Winnipeg 5-2 with the help of a hat trick from Jonathan Marchessault. 

The Golden Knights moved to 10-0-1 with the win, extending their point-steak to 11 games open the season.

Several Golden Knights players have expressed frustration with the team’s recent performance, despite their impressive record. On Thursday, the Knights showed a sense of urgency that reflected the tone of their locker room.

How it happened

William Karlsson opened the scoring just past the halfway mark of the first period, putting a feed from Pavel Dorofeyev in the back of the net. Karlsson’s fourth goal of the year was good for his team-leading 12th point of the season. 

Jets star winger Kyle Connor knotted things up on the power-play just over six minutes into the second period. 

A mere 43 seconds later, Marchessaults first goal of the night gave the Knights a 2-1 lead on a four-minute power play. Goalie Logan Thompson tallied an assist on the goal, much to the delight of the Vegas crowd. It was Thompson’s first career point.

Ivan Barbashev added a goal of his own on the power-play, pushing the Knights lead to 3-1 two minutes after the Jets tied the game at 1. Karlsson stretched his team-leading point total to 13 with the secondary assist on Barbashev’s goal. 

Alex Iafallo capitalized on a power play for Winnipeg to start the third, cutting the Vegas lead to 3-2 with just over 18 minutes to play. 

That was as close as things would come, as Marchessault’s second goal of the game pushed the score to 4-2 and gave the Knights some welcomed insurance. 

Marchessault completed the hat-trick by converting an empty net goal with 2:52 remaining in the game.

FINAL SCORE: Golden Knights 5, Jets 2

Next game 

The Golden Knights take on the Colorado Avalanche at home on Saturday night. The two most recent Stanley Cup champions will meet for a 7 p.m. local time puck drop at T-Mobile Arena.