Tatar scores first, Fleury makes 33 saves, Vegas wins

Tatar scores first, Fleury makes 33 saves, Vegas wins
New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (13) is checked by Vegas Golden Knights center Jonathan Marchessault (81) into Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, March 4, 2018, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Trading deadline acquisition Tomas Tatar scored his first goal with the Golden Knights and the Vegas avoided its first four-game losing streak of the season with a 3-2 victory over New Jersey on Sunday, handing the Devils their third-straight loss.

Deryk Englland and David Perron also scored for the Golden Knights. Marc-Andre Fleury, who stopped a half-dozen excellent chances in the first period, made 33 saves, including a last-second shot by Kyle Palmieri to win for the 22nd time in 33 games.

Taylor Hall had a goal and an assist for New Jersey to extend his points streak to a league-best 19 games. He has a point in the last 25 games he has played. He missed three games with an injury, so the personal streak is longer than the league-recognized run.

After a scoreless first period, there were five goals in the second, with the Golden Knights getting three and Tatar providing the game winner with his 17th of the season.

Tatar, who was acquired from the Red Wings for three high draft picks over the next four years, gave Vegas a 3-1 lead with 2:17 left in the period when slid a rebound of Perron’s blast that Schneider could not hold under the goaltender for a power-play goal.

Hall reduced the lead to a goal 12 seconds later with his career-best 30th goal. He collected a puck that Golden Knights defenseman Colin Miller mishandled behind his own net and came quickly came out in front and beat Fleury.

Perron opened the scoring at 4:39, putting the rebound of a delection by Tomas Hyka into an open net.

Sami Vatanen tied it a little more than four minutes later with a power-play goal from the left circle. Hall set it up with a cross-ice pass.

Engelland put the Golden Knights ahead to stay at 11:17 with a rising shot from the right point past a screened Schneider. It was his first goal in 35 games and fourth of the season.

NOTES: Devils F Brian Gibbons will skate with the team this week for the first time since breaking a thumb on Jan. 20. … Perron’s 59 points are a career high. … Vegas scratched F James Neal and Oscar Lindberg and D Luca Sbisa and Nate Schmidt with injuries. … Devils rookie F Jesper Bratt was a healthy scratch. … D Jon Merrill, who Vegas took from New Jersey in the expansion draft, got an assist on Perron’s goal. … Patrick Maroon, who the Devils acquired on a trading deadline deal, has three assists in three games.


Golden Knights: The road trip continues in Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday night.

Devils: Host Montreal on Tuesday night.


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