Jack Hughes is putting the league on notice.
Playing his year with spare parts hasn’t affected Jack Hughes much, as he now sits second in league scoring amongst rookies, and has his eyes set on the Calder. Not only that, but after picking up a goal and two assists against the Anaheim Ducks he’s now leading his team in assists, and is just one point back of the team lead in points. The feather in his cap from the night however was his incredible Rick Nash-esque goal (https://i.makeagif.com/media/5-25-2015/QHw3SY.gif).
With Hughes leading the charge, the Knights top line finished with three goals, eight points, a combined plus-six, and have been dominating top-level talent in the league since we changed calendars. Vegas has won four of their last five games, all against Western Conference teams, with three of those wins coming against opponents within their division.
This wasn’t as easy of a game as it should have been, however. Vegas entered the dressing room after two periods with a comfortable two-goal lead, and almost let it slip away. Anaheim, after being dominated in the first period with a mere four shots, came on strong in the second and scored a goal, before adding two more to start the third period and tie the game up. The Hughes line turned it on, with all three forwards contributing to score a power play goal and pull their team ahead.
Unfortunately, that lead was short lived, as an ill-timed Tyler Ennis charging penalty allowed the Ducks to even the game for third time, but it would prove to be not enough, as the Knights survived being outshoot sixteen-to-five to earn a point and a shot at one more. Both teams fired two biscuits at their opposing goaltender before it went to a shootout.
Victor Rask, as the third shooter, scored on his attempt, his second time this week he’s done so. Patrice Bergeron quickly answered for Anaheim before Hughes got the chance to show his magic mitts, which left Chris Kreider without any idea how to respond. Knights G Pavel Francouz easily turned aside Kreider’s slapshot, and Vegas left the Honda Centre on a high note.