Vegas Golden Knights: Tuch’s breakout night, other takeaways from New York

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 02: Alex Tuch #89 of the Vegas Golden Knights scores on the power-play at 3:50 of the first period against Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on December 02, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

For the first time this season the Vegas Golden Knights have won three games in a row after beating the New York Rangers 4-1 at Madison Square Garden on Monday.

A lack of consistency has plagued the Vegas Golden Knights so far this year, but they are starting to put everything together and they put on a show at the World’s Most Famous Arena.

Taking on a Rangers team that was riding a five game point streak (4-0-1) and had won four straight at home, the Golden Knights were outstanding from the first drop of the puck and they dominated every aspect of the game.

It didn’t take long for Vegas to land the first blow of the night as Alex Tuch‘s wrister found a way through Henrik Lundqvist, before Tuch added his second goal of the night minutes later on the power play.

Reilly Smith, who was pitting his wits against older brother Brendan, scored a filthy effort on the breakaway in the second period, while Max Pacioretty iced the game after one-timing a sublime feed from Cody Glass past Lundqvist.

The Rangers did ruin Malcolm Subban‘s shutout bid, however, after Brendan Lemieux perfectly redirected Jacob Trouba‘s pass beyond the Vegas goalie.

However, Subban was like a brick wall and stopped 29 of the 30 shots he faced, while the Golden Knights got a total team effort on their way to picking up a big win.

It was the perfect way to start this three-game road trip and we had some takeaways from the contest…

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