Phil Kessel helps Golden Knights beat Predators 5-1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Phil Kessel, William Carrier and Chandler Stephenson each had a goal and an assist, and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Nashville Predators 5-1 on Tuesday night.
Vegas had dropped four in a row and seven of eight overall. Michael Amadio and Alex Pietrangelo also scored for the Golden Knights, and Adin Hill made 16 saves in the team's first game since Jan. 28.
Matt Duchene scored for Nashville in the first period. Juuse Saros, Nashville’s lone representative at the All-Star Game, made 25 saves.
The Predators had won three straight and five of six going into the All-Star break.
Hill faced just four shots in the first and two in the second. Nashville’s previous low for shots in a game this season was 18, and Vegas’ previous season low for shots allowed was also 18.
Duchene's 15th goal put Nashville in front at 5:04, but Vegas responded with three goals in the first.
Amadio and Carrier scored 27 seconds apart, and Kessel made it 3-1 at 11:58.
Nashville narrowly avoided a couple of franchise records for fewest shots on goal. The two shots that made it through to Hill in the middle frame exceeded the Predators record for shots in a period by one. They registered just one shot on goal on four occasions, the most recent coming on Dec. 8, 2008.
The franchise record for fewest shots on goal during a game is nine, set Jan. 27, 2001.
SUCCESS AGAINST NASHVILLE
Stephenson has two goals and three assists in two games against Nashville this season. In 10 career games against the Predators, he has six goals and eight assists.
Vegas defenseman Zach Whitecloud returned to the lineup after missing 21 games due to a lower-body injury.
Predators: Visit the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.
Golden Knights: Visit the Minnesota Wild on Thursday.
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Jim Diamond, The Associated Press