Published Thursday, Nov. 2, 2023 | 9:45 p.m.
Updated 24 minutes ago
Logan Thompson made 31 saves tonight for the Golden Knights in a 5-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets at T-Mobile Arena.
Those saves weren’t the netminder’s only notable contributions on the stat sheet.
Thompson had the secondary assist on Jonathan Marchessault’s power play goal in the second period, when he sent an outlet pass up the ice to Mark Stone. Stone quickly sent the puck to Marchessault, who finished it for the first of his three goals on the night.
It was the first point in Thompson’s career.
“That was a hell of play,” Vegas coach Bruce Cassidy said. “Let’s face it, I didn’t see that coming. Good for Logan.”
Vegas was just getting started with the man advantage. About 90 seconds later, Ivan Barbashev recorded a power play goal, and Vegas was well on its way to another win in regulation to extend their impressive start to the season.
The defending Stanley Cup champions have recorded a point in all 11 games they’ve played to rank 10th all-time in league history for consecutive games with a point. The 2012-13 Chicago Blackhawks tallied a point in 24 straight games.
The hat trick, which was capped by an empty net goal in the third period, was the fifth of Marchessault’s Vegas career. William Karlsson scored his fourth goal of the season for the Golden Knights in the first period.
“We aren’t celebrating October wins or November wins like they are playoff wins,” Cassidy said. “They enjoy winning, don’t get me wrong, but tomorrow is another day. Saturday is a new challenge.”
That new challenge is a showdown 7 p.m. Saturday against visiting Colorado in one of the biggest tests of the young season for the Golden Knights. The franchises are again considered two of the best in the Western Conference and could wind up having to go through each other in the playoffs.
Cassidy stressed the meeting with Colorado wouldn’t be Vegas’ only challenge in the next few days. The Golden Knights on Sunday play at the Ducks, having to face a team that’s won five straight games — including four on an east coast trip — on the second leg of a back-to-back games.
“We got a good tuneup tonight,” Cassidy said.