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The Vegas Golden Knights return home Tuesday night to face the Buffalo Sabres after completing their longest road trip of the season Saturday … sov-jersey , culminating with a much-needed win against the Philadelphia Flyers.Vegas (2-4-0) suffered losses against Buffalo, Washington and Pittsburgh on the trip, but a stirring 1-0 win over the Flyers puts the Golden Knights in the right frame of mind for their rematch with the Sabres, who are 3-2-0 after opening their West coast swing Saturday night with a 3-0 win over the Arizona Coyotes.The Sabres began the season with a 2-2 homestand, including a 4-2 win over Vegas on Oct. 8 behind two goals by captain Jack Eichel. Buffalo will play five games out west in 10 days. The Golden Knights just finished a five-game trip that spanned seven days.Article continues below ...“It wasn’t our best road trip, but 2-3 is better than 1-4, so those are valuable points going back west,” said Vegas forward Cody Eakin, who scored the lone goal Saturday late in the third period.Veteran goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury recorded 26 saves against the Flyers in his first shutout of the season. The victory kept the Golden Knights from a fourth straight loss, which never occurred last year in the regular season of their magical inaugural run in the NHL.“It’s been a tough beginning to the season,” Fleury told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “I think our play has been improving throughout the road trip. I don’t know, nobody likes to lose, and we had to finish on a good note.”The difficult road trip is similar to what the Golden Knights experienced last season. The Knights had only three points out of six road games between October and November in 2017. This year’s longest trip had four points in five games.The Golden Knights rebounded from last year’s early struggle on the road by winning six of their next seven games. How will they fare this time around? They have an opportunity to make up some points with the next five games at the T-Mobile Arena.“Just forget about the losses and build off this win,” forward Ryan Carpenter told the Review-Journal after the long road trip. “All season we try to just take it one day at a time and when you lose three in a row, it’s never a good feeling, especially after having higher expectations this year. But just off confidence, go home, get some rest and be ready for the next game.”Vegas’ defense allowed 14 goals in the first four games of the trip before blanking Philadelphia. The Knights had only eight goals in the five games. They remain without Alex Tuch (lower-body injury) and the suspended Nate Schmidt. Paul Stastny (lower-body) and Deryk Engelland (arm) were injured on the trip. “We feel good leaving the road trip now Jakub Vrana Jersey ,” Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said after Saturday’s game. “It was a tough trip. We’re going back home for a bunch of games and it’s going to be a long flight home but it’s going to be a good flight. We’re 2-4 and we’re battling back.”Buffalo started its road trip in promising fashion with the win over Arizona, which included the first career goal of 18-year-old defenseman Rasmus Dahlin with less than three minutes into the game when he buried a loose puck in the crease.Sabres coach Phil Housley said Dahlin’s teammates were enthusiastic over the goal. Reporters noted that the celebrating Sabres could easily be heard outside the dressing room.“They were really glad,” Dahlin said on “That makes me glad, too. We have a good chemistry on the team. We’re a good team.” CALGARY, Alberta (AP) The Florida Panthers have been on quite a roll since the All-Star break.Mike Matheson scored twice, Aleksander Barkov had a goal and two assists, and the Florida Panthers beat the Calgary Flames 6-3 Saturday night for their seventh win in eight games.”We’ve been doing a lot better job of playing within our systems,” Matheson said. ”Early on in the year we were trying to get used to it a little bit. Since having a bit of time off at the All-Star break, I think we’ve been able to come back hard knowing we really can’t afford to be leaving points out there.”Article continues below ...Roberto Luongo stopped 30 shots in his first appearance since a groin injury on Dec. 4, and picked up his first win since Nov. 27.”Still not quite as sharp as I want to be, but for the first game back I thought it was pretty good,” Luongo said.Evgenii Dadonov and Vincent Trocheck each had a goal and an assist, and Jared McCann also scored to help the Panthers get their fifth straight road win.Florida went into the league’s four-day break 12 points out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. They’ve cut the margin in half, now trailing the New York Islanders for the second wild card spot by six points.”Guys are playing like it’s our playoffs right now,” Panthers coach Bob Boughner said. ”We’ve got to just keep digging in and getting as many points as we can right now. We’re still in the thick of it and we have some games at hand.”Dougie Hamilton scored three goals for his first career hat trick for the Flames, who are 0-3-3 in their last six at home. It was the first three-goal game by a Flames defenseman since Al MacInnis in 1992.”Obviously a cool thing to do, but tough in a game like that,” said Hamilton … gle-jersey , playing in his 400th NHL game. ”I’ve had two goals before and you always say to yourself, well maybe there’s a chance you can score a hat trick, but never did it. The last one I had that I remember was minor hockey. It’s been a while.”David Rittich started and gave up four goals on 15 shots before he was pulled early in the second period. Jon Gillies came on and stopped 13 of the 15 shots he faced.The Flames, the league’s second-best road team, just completed a 4-2-0 trip. However, they couldn’t carry that over in their return home.”What happened tonight is what everybody fears and talks about,” coach Glen Gulutzan said. ”You come home from a road trip, you have a successful road trip, your first game back and every guy didn’t have enough to get us through this game.”Tied 1-1 after the first period, Florida blew the game open in the second with three goals in the opening 6:03.Trocheck completed a nifty give-and-go with Barkov by slipping a shot past Rittich at 58 seconds to put Florida ahead. With Barkov providing the screen, Dadonov deflected Keith Yandle’s shot past Rittich at 3:09 to make it 3-1. Barkov then gave the Panthers a three-goal lead at 6:03 as he redirected Dadonov’ shot between Rittich’s shot. Gillies came on after that.”We just weren’t executing,” Flames captain Mark Giordano said. ”It felt like we were a little bit off right from the start of the game.”Calgary pulled to 4-2 with 7:45 left in the second on Hamilton’s second power-play goal of the night.Matheson got his second of the game at 3:41 of the third, and McCann made it 6-2 just more than two minutes later.Hamilton capped the scoring with 8:05 left when he banked in a shot from the corner off the leg of Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad.NOTES: It was Rittich’s first start at home. His previous nine starts all came on the road. … Injured starting goalie Mike Smith (lower body) skated before the Flames’ game-day skate Saturday morning, but didn’t face any shots. His status remains day-to-day. … Hamilton played in his 400th NHL game. … Flames F Johnny Gaudreau snapped an eight-game scoring streak (four goals, seven assists). … Ekblad extended his point-streak to six games (three goals, five assists).UP NEXTPanthers: At Winnipeg on Sunday night.Flames: Host Boston on Monday.


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