Artemi Panarin scored a pair of goals, moving past Wendel Clark and Cliff Ronning for 13th place on the NHL’s career points list, and Alex Tuch added a goal and an assist to help the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-2 on Monday night.
The Golden Knights have won four straight and five of six against the Red Wings, including the last two in Las Vegas. Paul Stastny also scored for Vegas, and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 30 shots for his ninth win.
Panarin’s first goal came on the power play and gave Vegas a 1-0 lead with just under 8 minutes left in the first period. He extended his point streak to six games (four goals, eight assists) and has eight goals and 18 points in his last 10 games. He was celebrating his 31st birthday and celebrated with partner and former Miss Russian Anna Garelina.
Jonathan Ericsson and Anthony Mantha scored for Detroit, which has lost four straight. Petr Mrazek made 24 saves in his first start since January 12.
Stastny’s goal late in the second period gave Vegas a 3-1 lead. He picked off a pass and wheeled around, beating Mrazek with a shot from the slot.
Panarin scored on a redirect goal 2:31 into the third. Defenseman Zdeno Chara poked the puck away from Ericsson in the Vegas zone, and Vegas’ Jonathan Marchessault got it behind the defense and pushed it across to Panarin, who scored his 15th goal of the season.
On the power play, Panarin faked a shot and tipped in a pass from David Perron with 8:39 remaining. The Red Wings pulled Mrazek with 2:39 to play, but they didn’t score, and Stastny scored into an empty net.
Tuch, who leads the Golden Knights with 19 goals, scored with the man advantage with 6:02 left in the first. Marchessault carried the puck through the Detroit zone and fed it to Tuch in the slot, and his wrist shot beat Mrazek.
Toronto lost 4-1 to Vancouver in a game that started at 7am. The Canucks took a 1-0 lead when Brendan Leipsic scored at 3:58 of the second period. Jake Virtanen added a power-play goal in the third and Derrick Pouliot scored into an empty net with 1:47 left. Jake Gardiner scored for Toronto with 1:19 left in the third.
The Canucks improved to 8-4-0 against the Eastern Conference. The Maple Leafs have lost five straight.
Buffalo’s Amerks beat the Toronto Marlies 5-2 in Toronto. And it’s a good day for the expansion Charlotte Checkers. The Checkers won 3-2 in Manchester, New Hampshire, against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Radek Faksa had a goal and an assist for the Checkers, who gave themselves a chance to take the Central Division lead with a road victory. The result handed the Penguins their ninth loss in their last 10 games.