The Golden Knights defeated the San Jose Sharks in a 10th straight meeting

Shark Golden Saints

The Knights win, 4-1

RJ’s Three Stars

3. Knights left winger Max Pacioretty — Had a goal and an assist for his second straight multi-point game. He has three goals in his last two games to give him the second most goals on the team with 15. Only left winger Jonathan Marchessault (20) has more.

2. Knights center Jack Eichel – Had a goal and an assist in his first multi-point game with the team. His goal was his first since Jan. 28, 2021, before being traded to the Knights and undergoing artificial disc replacement surgery in his neck.

1. Knights goaltender Logan Thompson — The rookie made 35 saves in his second NHL start for his first victory. He had a shutout until center Nick Bonino scored with 9:43 to go. Thompson has a .938 save percentage in three games.

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Eichel’s goal.

The center circled the offensive zone late in the first period as the Knights and Sharks went 4-on-4. He passed to teammate Chandler Stephenson in net, but Stephenson decided not to shoot.

Stephenson instead cut behind the net with his backhand and Eichel rushed for the crease. Stephenson sent the puck to Eichel a few feet in front of goaltender James Reimer and Eichel redirected it towards the net.

It was Eichel’s 140th goal in 378 NHL games and his first with the Knights. He then got an assist on Pacioretty’s goal and he has three points in three games this season.

Key stat

17-1-3 — Knights all-time record against Sharks.

Their .881 point percentage against San Jose is their third-best against any opponent, behind only Vancouver (.909) and Seattle (1,000). They’ve only played the Kraken twice.

The Knights have won 10 straight games against the Sharks. Their last loss came in overtime on Nov. 21, 2019. The Knights’ winning streak is the longest against any opponent. That’s five games longer than their next longest active streak, which is against Ottawa.

Quotable Knights

“(Coach) Pete (DeBoer) told me yesterday in practice that I was going to start in San Jose. I was much calmer this time than the first time. I was just very excited and I eagerly awaited the opportunity.—Thompson at AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain

The next 10 knights

In Arizona, 6:30 p.m. Friday

Vs. Colorado, 7 p.m. Saturday

Vs. San Jose, 7 p.m. March 1

Vs. Boston, 6 p.m. March 3

In Anaheim, 7 p.m. on March 4

Vs. Ottawa, 5 p.m. March 6

In Philadelphia, 4 p.m. on March 8

In Buffalo, 4 p.m. on March 10

In Pittsburgh, 4 p.m. on March 11

In Columbus, 3 p.m. on March 13

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