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NHL capsules: Erik Haula’s go-ahead goal in third leads Golden Knights past Panthers

UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 17, 2017

Vegas Golden Knights left wing Erik Haula attempts a shot on Florida Panthers goalie James Reimer during the second period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, in Las Vegas. Haula scored the go-ahead goal in the third period. (John Locher / Associated Press)
Vegas Golden Knights left wing Erik Haula attempts a shot on Florida Panthers goalie James Reimer during the second period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, in Las Vegas. Haula scored the go-ahead goal in the third period. (John Locher / Associated Press)
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Erik Haula scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Florida Panthers 5-2 Sunday in Las Vegas.

Nate Schmidt, Colin Miller, Jonathan Marchessault and James Neal also scored for Vegas, while goalie Malcolm Subban stopped 16 shots. The Golden Knights moved into first place in the Pacific Division. They are tied with Los Angeles with 44 points, but have the tiebreaker by having played two fewer games.

Vegas improved to 13-2-1 at T-Mobile Arena with the most home wins by any team in the Western Conference.

Radim Vraba and Mike Matheson scored for the Panthers, while James Reimer stopped 35 shots.

With the score tied 2-2, Haula gave the Golden Knights their first lead of the game when he was left alone to the left of Reimer to tip Marchessault’s wrist shot from the point with 8:20 left.

Marchessault and Neal added empty-net goals in the final 2:10.

Blackhawks 4, Wild 1: Patrick Kane scored two slick goals, Corey Crawford made 27 saves and Chicago beat visiting Minnesota for the Blackhawks’ season-high fifth straight win.

Ryan Hartman also scored for Chicago, snapping a 17-game drought dating to Oct. 28. Tommy Wingels added a short-handed empty-netter.

Matt Dumba scored at 5:56 of the third, spoiling Crawford’s shutout bid on a screened shot from the right point. The Wild dropped their second straight after a four-game winning streak.

Jets 4, Blues 0: Connor Hellebuyck stopped 24 shots for his eighth career shutout, Patrik Laine got his team-high 16th goal of the season and Winnipeg beat visiting St. Louis.

Adam Lowry, Mark Scheifele and Josh Morrissey also scored for Winnipeg, which lost 2-0 at St. Louis the previous night. Morrissey also had an assist, and Andrew Copp and Jacob Trouba added two each to help the Jets improve to 2-4-1 in their last seven games. Hellebuyck’s shutout was his second of the season.

Jake Allen was back in goal for the Blues and finished with 42 saves. Carter Hutton had 48 saves in St. Louis’ win on Friday night.

Flames 6, Canucks 1: Mark Giordano scored twice, Sam Bennett had a goal and three assists, and visiting Calgary beat Vancouver.

Mark Jankowski had a goal and two assists, and Matthew Tkachuk and Micheal Ferland also scored to help Calgary snap a three-game skid. Dougie Hamilton had two assists and backup goalie David Rittich made 16 saves to pick up his third win in four appearances.

Markus Granlund scored for Vancouver.

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