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Cody Eakin and Shea Theodore each had two goals and an assist, and Alex Tuch added a goal and an assist as the visiting Vegas Golden Knights scored a franchise-record eight goals while cruising to their fourth straight victory, 8-3 over the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night.
William Karlsson, Ryan Reaves and Daniel Carr also scored goals and Deryk Engelland had a career-high three assists for Vegas, which has outscored its past four opponents 19-5.
Tomas Nosek, Max Pacioretty and Ryan Carpenter had two assists apiece for the Golden Knights.
Marc-Andre Fleury made 21 saves for his 13th win of the season for the Golden Knights to move into a tie with Toronto’s Frederik Andersen for the NHL lead.
Dylan Strome had a goal and an assist, and Gustav Forsling and Erik Gustafsson also scored goals for Chicago, which lost for the third time in four games. Corey Crawford stopped 24 of 30 shots in the first two periods before yielding to Cam Ward, who finished with 11 saves.
Carr gave Vegas a 1-0 lead at the 2:10 mark of the first period with his first goal of the season on a wrist shot from inside the left circle.
Chicago appeared to tie it 3 1/2 minutes later when Dominik Kahun backhanded a loose puck in front of the net past Fleury. However, Vegas successfully challenged that the Blackhawks were offside, and a video replay confirmed that Artem Anisimov had entered the zone too soon.
Tuch made it 2-0 when Crawford turned over the puck on a clearing pass. Tuch fired a wrist shot past the Blackhawks goalie’s blocker side for his eighth goal of the season and third in three games.
Eakin scored his first goal of the game off a nifty backhand pass from Pacioretty, deking Crawford down and then easily scoring on a backhand for a 3-0 lead at 16:14 of the first period.
The Blackhawks cut it to 3-1 when Forsling’s long wrist shot from the right point caromed in off Karlsson, who was standing to the side of the net. However, Karlsson came right back a power-play goal six minutes later.
Strome, acquired from Arizona on Sunday, scored his fourth goal of the season in his Chicago debut to make it 4-2, but Vegas answered with goals by Reaves and Eakin and two more by Theodore to blow the game open.
—Field Level Media