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Vegas 7, Colorado 0
When: 6:00 PM ET, Friday, October 27, 2017
Where: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Referees: Brian Pochmara, Justin St. Pierre
Linesmen: Ryan Daisy, Greg Devorski
Attendance: 17702

LAS VEGAS -- Another game, another record for the Vegas Golden Knights.

David Perron, Oscar Lindberg, Cody Eakin and James Neal all scored goals during an 8 1/2 minute span in the second period and Oscar Dansk had 32 saves to lead the Golden Knights to a 7-0 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Friday afternoon at T-Mobile Arena.

It was the fifth consecutive win for the Golden Knights (8-1-0), matching the longest win streak by any team during its inaugural season in the 100-year history of the NHL, a mark set by the New York Rangers in 1926-27 and equaled by Edmonton Oilers in 1979-80. Vegas had earlier set an NHL record for best start by an expansion team by winning its first three games.

The 23-year-old Dansk, recalled from the Chicago Wolves of the AHL on Oct. 19 after injuries to starting goalie Marc-Andre Fleury and backup Malcolm Subban, was making his second straight start for the Golden Knights and just his second of his NHL career in garnering the first shutout in team history.

"Oscar was outstanding," Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said. "He made some big saves, especially early on in the game when it was 0-0. That was key. The guy is a young goalie coming in there with a lot of pressure. He's just playing solid hockey and a good team game. It's great for a kid to get his first shutout. That's something he'll never forget."

"I haven't thought about it too much," Dansk said of going into the trivia books as the goalie with the first shutout in franchise history. "That's pretty cool I guess."

The game was tight-checking and featured few scoring chances in the first 30 minutes before Perron stole the puck at the Avalanche blue line and backhanded a shot over Semyon Varlamov on a breakaway to give Vegas a 1-0 at the 9:50 mark of the second period.

Lindberg made it 2-0 just 2 1/2 minutes later with another unassisted goal, stealing the puck from defenseman Chris Bigras near the blue line and firing a shot over the glove of Varlamov into the right corner of the net. Colorado (5-5-0) asked for a video replay challenge claiming that Lindberg was offsides when he got control of the puck but after several minutes the goal was upheld.

"It was good to get the first goal for sure," Perron said. "The (replay) challenge, it was so close. Those are tough to see sometimes. It went in our favor, and then you have the power play on top of it. We just kept rolling after that."

Eakin made it 3-0 when a shot by Neal caromed off the boards straight to him on the right side of the net where he easily fired it past Varlamov. Neal then registered his team-best seventh goal of the season a few minutes later, redirecting a shot from the point by defenseman Colin Miller.

Jonathan Marchessault, Erik Haula and William Carrier added goals in the third period as Vegas finished with seven different goal scorers and had 11 players make the scoresheet.

Varlamov went the entire game and finished with just 14 saves in net for Colorado, which returns home to host Chicago on Saturday night.

"We've been through tough losses," Avs left wing Gabriel Landeskog said. "We're a different team this year. We're going to bounce back tomorrow."

NOTES: The Golden Knights activated LW Erik Haula from the injured list prior to the game and sent D Griffin Reinhart to the Chicago Wolves of the AHL on a conditioning loan. The team also waived D Jason Garrison for the purpose of assigning him to the Wolves. ... Vegas, which is 2-0-0 on the road so far this season, begins a six-game road trip on Monday night at the Islanders and plays eight of its next nine games away from home. ... Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said before the game that Fleury (concussion) would not make the road trip ... The Avs entered Friday's contest having scored six empty-net goals this season, the most of any team in the NHL and one more than they had the entire 2016-17 season. ... Vegas wore its white road uniforms at home for the first time this season during the rare Friday afternoon start in honor of Nevada Day, a state-recognized public holiday celebrated on the final Friday of October every year to recognize the state's admission to the union. ... Reinhart, LW Brendan Leipsic and D Jon Merrill were scratches for Vegas while D Nikita Zadorov, C Colin Wilson and D Andrei Mironov were scratched by the Avalanche.
Top Game Performances
Colorado   Vegas
N/A Points Cody Eakin 2
N/A Goals Cody Eakin 1
N/A Assists Nate Schmidt 2
N/A Power Play Goals Erik Haula 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Semyon Varlamov .667 Save Percentage Oscar Dansk 1.000
Semyon Varlamov 14 Saves Oscar Dansk 32
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Colorado 32 0 0-3 4-5 27 25
Vegas 21 7 1-5 3-3 13 35
Upcoming Games
  • Vegas will play their next game on the road against NY Islanders. The Golden Knights have a W/L % of .857 after a win and 1.000 after a loss.
  • Colorado will play their next game at home against Chicago. The Avalanche have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .500 after a loss.