Knights strike early, often against Fleury, clinch playoff spot

Danny Webster, Las Vegas Review-Journal on

Published in Hockey

LAS VEGAS — The Vegas Golden Knights will defend their Stanley Cup title.

The Knights clinched a playoff spot for the sixth time in their seven-year history after a 7-2 win over Marc-Andre Fleury and the Minnesota Wild at T-Mobile Arena on Friday.

Right wing Jonathan Marchessault scored his 42nd goal of the season, and center Chandler Stephenson had four assists to give the Knights (43-28-8) an opportunity to defend their Stanley Cup championship.


Center Jack Eichel had his 30th goal and added an assist, and center Tomas Hertl scored his first goal as a member of the Knights.

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