NHL: Lagace gets first NHL win, Golden Knights defeat Senators

OTTAWA, ON – Maxime Lagace made 24 saves for his first NHL win when the Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Ottawa Senators 5-4 at Canadian Tire Centre on Saturday.

The Golden Knights (9-4-0) had lost three in a row. Erik Haula (two goals, one assist) and Jonathan Marchessault (one goal, two assists) each had three points, and Alex Tuch and William Karlsson scored for Vegas.

The Golden Knights matched the NHL record, tying the 1917-18 Montreal Canadiens, for the fewest games to win their ninth game of their first season.

Mark Stone, Alexandre Burrows, Ryan Dzingel and Erik Karlsson scored for the Senators (6-3-5), and Craig Anderson made 29 saves. The Senators are 3-3-4 at home.

Lagace, 24, started his third consecutive game and became the fourth Golden Knights goaltender with a victory this season. Marc-Andre Fleury (concussion), Malcolm Subban (lower body) and Oscar Dansk (lower body) also have won a game for Vegas.

The Golden Knights had a 5-2 lead but Dzingel scored at 7:52 of the third and Karlsson scored with 34 seconds left and Anderson pulled for an extra attacker to make it 5-4.

The Golden Knights led 1-0 on a power-play goal by Tuch at 4:25 of the first period. Stone tied it at 1-1 21 seconds into the second.

Haula gave the Golden Knights a 2-1 lead at 4:17 of the second, and Burrows tied the game 2-2 at 7:12 when his wraparound attempt went under Lagace’s left pad. Vegas coach Gerard Gallant challenged the call for goaltender interference but it was upheld.

The Golden Knights went ahead 3-2 at 12:39 of the second period when Marchessault scored a power-play goal. William Karlsson made it 4-2 at 3:29 of the third period on a wraparound.

Haula scored the third power-play goal for the Golden Knights at 6:47 of the third to make it 5-2.

The Golden Knights power play, ranked 29th on the road coming into the game (2-for-22, 9.1 percent), was 3-for-5, and Haula’s first goal came three seconds after a penalty to Senators forward Zack Smith expired.