Fleury, Golden Knights blank Capitals
LAS VEGAS -- Marc-Andre Fluery stopped 26 shots to pick up his first shutout of the season and lead the Vegas Golden Knights to a 3-0 victory over the Washington Capitals on Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena.
It was the eighth win in nine games (8-0-1) for the Golden Knights (23-9-2) who also improved to 15-2-1 on their home ice, tied with Tampa Bay for most home wins in the NHL.
Alex Tuch, Oscar Lindberg and William Karlsson all scored first-period goals for Vegas. That was all Fluery needed en route to the 45th career shutout of his career.
Braden Holtby had 25 saves for Washington (22-13-2), which fell out of first place in the Metropolitan Division.
Vegas, playing for the first time since a dramatic 4-3 victory over Tampa Bay on Tuesday, peppered Holtby with 15 shots in the first 11 minutes, jumping on a Washington team playing the second game of a back-to-back that began with a 3-2 overtime loss at Arizona on Friday night.
Tuch gave the Golden Knights a 1-0 lead at 2:37, jamming in a rebound of a Brandan Leipsic shot into a wide-open right side of the net for his eighth goal.
Lindberg made it 2-0 at 7:39 with a blast over Holtby's glove side from the slot off a nice pass from right wing Tomas Nosek, who started the play by digging the puck in his own end and then carrying it up the right side into the Washington zone.
Karlsson capped the first-period scoring blitz with a one-timer off a crossing pass from Riley Smith at 14:55.
Washington coach Barry Trotz was denied for the second straight night a chance to tie Lindy Ruff (736) for fifth place on the NHL's all-time coaching wins list.
NOTES: Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, the 2015 National League MVP and a Las Vegas native wearing an Alex Tuch jersey, dropped the ceremonial first puck for Alex Ovechkin of the Capitals and James Neal of the Golden Knights. ... Cody Eakin's assist on Tuch's first period goal, was the 100th of his career. ... D Taylor Chorney, RW Alex Chiasson and LW Nathan Walker were scratched by Washington while D Brad Hunt and C Ryan Carpenter were scratched by the Golden Knights. ... Washington returns to action after the Christmas break with a Dec. 27 game at the New York Rangers. Vegas begins a back-to-back southern California road swing that same night at Anaheim. ... Washington brought a streak of having scored a goal in the third period in 10 straight games.