Faksa's hat trick lifts Stars over Knights
LAS VEGAS -- Radek Faksa scored his first career hat trick and Ben Bishop stopped 34 shots for his second shutout of the season as the Dallas Stars defeated the Vegas Golden Knights 3-0 on Tuesday night at T-Mobile Arena.
The loss snapped a five-game win streak and also an eight-game home win streak for the Knights, both of which had tied the NHL record for a team in its inaugural season. Vegas (15-7-1) also dropped into a tie for first place in the Pacific Division with the Los Angeles Kings (14-8-3), who won at Detroit 4-1 earlier Tuesday night.
Dallas (13-10-1) snapped a four-game road losing streak and won for the fourth time in five games. The Stars also became the first team to ever shutout Vegas, which entered the contest second in the NHL in scoring with an average of 3.7 goals per game.
Faksa needed less than seven minutes at the end of the second period to record his hat trick. His first goal came at the 12:55 mark when he took a pass from defenseman Dan Hamhuis in the slot and fired a shot past the glove hand of Vegas goalie Malcolm Subban.
His second came at the 19:33 mark when he jammed a pass from center Gemel Smith into the right side of the net past a stick-less Subban. The Vegas goalie lost the stick when Smith's got tangled with it while going behind the net to get the puck. The Golden Knight's challenged for interference but the goal was upheld.
Then, just eight seconds later, Faksa made it 3-0 when he took a pass from left wing Antoine Roussel while driving toward the net and rifled a shot over Subban's stick.
NOTES: The shutout was the 21st of Bishop's career. ... Both teams hit the road after the contest. Dallas traveled to Chicago for the front end of a home-and-home with the Blackhawks on Thursday night while Vegas begins a two-game road trip at Minnesota that concludes Saturday at Winnipeg. ... The Stars designated the two-game road trip as a dad's trip with 15 players bringing their fathers along. ... Vegas recalled F Stefan Matteau from the Chicago Wolves of the AHL. The son of former Rangers star Stephane Matteau had four goals and an assist in 19 games with the Wolves. ... D Jamie Oleksiak and LW Remi Elie were scratches for Dallas while D Jon Merrill, LW William Carrier and LW David Perron were scratched by Vegas. ... This was the second meeting between the two teams. Vegas defeated the Stars 2-1 in its first ever NHL game on Oct. 6 in Dallas.