Golden Knights win second straight

08 October 2017 13:28:35 EST
James Neal

The Vegas Golden Knights made it two wins in two starts for the expansion franchise as they defeated the Arizona Coyotes 2-1 in overtime in Glendale.

James Neal scored his third of the year, after netting both in the victory over the Dallas Stars, to give the Knights the points and Vegas now heads to the T-Mobile Arena on Tuesday for their home opener, also against the Coyotes.

Tobias Rieder opened the scoring for Arizona on Saturday and that looked likely to stand up as the winner until Nate Schmidt answered with a little over a minute remaining in regulation. Neal would then strike in the extra frame to keep the visitors unbeaten.

Marc-Andre Fleury turned away 27 of the 28 shots that he faced in the Vegas net while the Knights peppered the Coyotes goal with 42 shots. Veteran leadership at both ends of the ice bodes well for Vegas who have built well on their pre-season momentum.

At the other end of the Pacific Division table the San Jose Sharks have no points from two games after losing 4-1 to the visiting Los Angeles Kings. Anze Kopitar scored twice for the Kings who out shot the Sharks 38-25.

Early days yet for San Jose, but the loss of Patrick Marleau to the Toronto Maple Leafs over the summer as a free agent felt like the end of an era for the Sharks who are just two seasons away from playing in the Stanley Cup Final.

The Maple Leafs are 8/1 to win the Stanley Cup with the Washington Capitals 25/1 and the Chicago Blackhawks priced at 25/1.

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