Golden Knights flatten Blackhawks

14 February 2018 13:49:23 EST

The Vegas Golden Knights bounced back from their 4-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers by beating the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Tuesday evening.

The visitors led 2-1 entering the final period, but three goals from Brad Hunt, Reilly Smith and David Perron in the first 4:54 of the third propelled the Golden Knights to the victory, with Tomas Nosek adding an empty netter with less than two minutes to play in regulation.

The win restored the 10-point lead that Vegas enjoys over the San Jose Sharks in the Pacific Division, as the Golden Knights also lead the Western Conference ahead of the Nashville Predators, Winnipeg Jets and St. Louis Blues.

Vegas are 27/20 to win the Western Conference, with the Jets 20/31 and the Predators 4999/1.

The Golden Knights continue their seven-game home stand on Thursday against the Edmonton Oilers, with the Montreal Canadiens, Anaheim Ducks, Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks to follow.

Meanwhile, the Sharks sit in second in the Pacific Division after their 2-1 loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday.

San Jose had been hoping to complete a four-game sweep of Arizona for the season, but missed out on a chance to increase their lead over the third-placed Calgary Flames, who were falling 5-2 to the Boston Bruins.

Indeed the overall play of all of the teams in the Pacific Division has been somewhat uninspiring in recent weeks.

The Golden Knights are 6-4-0 in their last 10 games, while the Sharks, 4-5-1, Flames, 4-4-2, Los Angeles Kings, 6-4-0 and Anaheim Ducks, 5-3-2 are hardly setting the world on fire.

This in contrast to the Central Division, where the top five have all won at least six games in their last 10.

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