Evgeny Kuznetsov scored his sixth goal of the season, Jonas Siegenthaler added the first of his NHL career and the league-leading Washington Capitals beat the Vegas Golden Knights 5-2 Saturday night in a meeting of the 2018 Stanley Cup finalists.
The Vegas Golden Knights head to Detroit on Sunday, but first have to make a stop in Washington D.C. for a game with the Washington Capitals on Saturday. Shea Theodore , who is a survivor of testicular cancer, will serve as the Golden Knights Hockey Fights Cancer spokesperson this season. All proceeds from the jersey auction will benefit organizations that help with early detection and/or with screening for those who can't afford it on behalf of Theodore. William Karlsson leads Vergas in assists with 12 on the season and 2 of them have come while on the power play. There will also be "I Fight For" signs on the concourse for fans to fill out.
LAST 10 GAMES: Golden Knights: 4-3-3, averaging 2.4 goals, 3.1 assists, 4.4 penalties and 8.9 penalty minutes while allowing 3.1 goals per game with a.903 save percentage.More news: Volkswagen ID. Space Vizzion teased ahead of LA Auto Show
This game features two of the more physical teams in the league.
As a team, Washington has been whistled for penalties 4.2 times per game overall this season, 4.8 per game over its last five matchups total, and 3.8 per game over its last five home outings. Nicklas Backstrom sealed it with a power-play goal and an empty-netter. Detroit is 31 in the league in goals for as they average 2.17 goals per contest on the year.
Max Pacioretty and Reilly Smith scored for Vegas, which was again plagued by turnover troubles that contributed to a slow start this season. The Red Wings are 30 in goals against by allowing 3.89 goals per game.More news: Fed Cup Final: Kristina Mladenovic puts France 1-0 ahead against Australia
The Red Wings put together a surprisingly solid game and handed Boston a second straight regulation defeat on Friday night. After falling behind 1-0, Dylan Larkin tied the game with his fifth of the season at 2:41 of the period off assists from Madison Bowey and Jonathan Bernier. The final period saw Detroit with a 10-4 edge in shots and they scored the lone goal of the period. Later in the period, Robby Fabbri, who was recently acquired from St. Louis, scored his second of the year on the power play at 11:49 off assists from Tyler Bertuzzi and Anthony Mantha to give Detroit the lead.
It's a matchup between two powerhouses of both the Eastern and Western Conferences.
Pacioretty opened the scoring at 4:08 of the third period on a gift from Toronto defenseman Cody Ceci. Look for Detroit to come crashing back to Earth in this one. Jimmy Howard is expected to be in net in this contest.More news: Prince Harry hints he and Meghan Markle want baby no. 2
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