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.
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