Vegas Golden Knights: Three Big Takeaways from Calgary Cruising

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 17: The Vegas Golden Knights celebrate after a goal by William Karlsson #71 during the first period against the Calgary Flames at T-Mobile Arena on November 17, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/NHLI via Getty Images)

With the pressure on and their critics lying in wait, the Vegas Golden Knights delivered when they really had to after blowing out the Calgary Flames on Sunday.

After losing seven of eight and dropping five straight games, the Vegas Golden Knights were trying to avoid setting a new franchise record for most consecutive losses.

And they achieved that particular mission in emphatic fashion after cruising to a 6-0 success over the Flames, playing a complete game and really breaking out in the third period.

William Karlsson blocked a shot then proceeded to wrist home the first goal of the game, before Paul Stastny shrugged off his recent struggles to snap an eight-game streak without posting a single point.

Max Pacioretty put the Golden Knights firmly in the driving seat in the third period, before three goals in a frantic few minutes iced the game for Vegas who had finally displayed a killer instinct.

It was a hell of an effort from a team who had a plethora of blown leads to their name, and they put on a masterclass when it came to killing an opponent off in the final period.

Marc-Andre Fleury played his part after claiming his second shutout of the year with a 34-save performance, and the blueline also played a key role after contributing six points against the Flames, with four of those coming from just one player in Nate Schmidt.

Overall, it was a clinical display from the Vegas Golden Knights who broke out of their rut in stunning fashion, and here were our main takeaways from the win…

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