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Lightning Return From Bye Week, Lose To Golden Knights

19 January 2018

The Golden Knights became the fifth team in National Hockey League history to win 30 games in its inaugural season Thursday night, beating the Lightning 4-1 in Tampa Bay.

Tampa Bay closed to within 2-1 midway through the second period when Palat jammed in a pass from Steven Stamkos from the right side of the crease. Vasilevskiy, an All-Star this season, has allowed 19 goals over his last four games. Nate Schmidt and William Karlsson also scored for Vegas, who swept the two-game season series with Tampa Bay.

Neal opened the scoring with a nifty deflection 56 seconds into the first, and Schmidt made it 2-0 with 3:57 left in the period. Neal redirected a wrist shot from the right point by defenseman Deryk Engelland, who garnered his 100th career point with the assist.

Vegas is 19-1-0 when scoring first, with the lone loss coming October 30 to the New York Islanders.

The Golden Knights improved to a Western Conference leading 30-11-3 with 63 points. It was Neal's 19th goal of the season.

Sami Vatanen collected his third assist of the game on the winning goal, a shot over the shoulder of goaltender Braden Holtby.

The Knights play again Friday night against the Florida Panthers. The Lightning travel to Minnesota to face the Wild on Saturday.

Lightning Return From Bye Week, Lose To Golden Knights