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NHL capsules: Golden Knights beat Hurricanes 5-1, have NHL’s best record

Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury watches the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Carolina Hurricanes, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Raleigh, N.C. (Karl B DeBlaker / Associated Press)
Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury watches the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Carolina Hurricanes, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Raleigh, N.C. (Karl B DeBlaker / Associated Press)
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James Neal and Jonathan Marchessault scored to help the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-1 on Sunday night in Raleigh, North Carolina, giving the expansion franchise the best record in the NHL.

The Golden Knights are 31-11-4, good for 66 points. That’s one ahead of Tampa Bay, which had the night off.

Colin Miller had a goal and two assists, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 27 saves for Vegas. The Golden Knights finished 2-1-1 on this road trip, including a 4-1 win Thursday at the Lightning.

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Brendan Leipsic also scored for Vegas, which avenged a 3-2 shootout loss to Carolina in December. Neal got his 21st goal of the season, and Marchessault had his 17th.

Sharks 6, Ducks 2: Mikkel Boedker had two goals and an assist, Joe Thornton had a goal and an assist, and San Jose beat Anaheim in Anaheim, California.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Kevin Labanc and Melker Karlsson also scored for the Sharks, who have won five of six. Aaron Dell stopped 33 shots.

Rickard Rakell and Ryan Getzlaf scored for Anaheim. John Gibson stopped only 17 of 22 shots and was replaced after giving up his fifth goal. Anaheim had a four-game home winning streak snapped.

Four goals came in the third period.

Flyers 2, Capitals 1 (OT): Travis Konecny scored 27 seconds into overtime, and surging Philadelphia beat host Washington.

Konecny found space in the middle of the offensive zone and his shot deflected off Washington’s T.J. Oshie and past Braden Holtby for his eighth of the season.

Michael Raffl also scored for Philadelphia, and Brian Elliott had 27 saves. The Flyers have won three in a row and seven of eight to move into playoff position in the Eastern Conference.

Washington has dropped three in a row. Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-best 29th goal, and Holtby made 21 stops.

Jets 1, Canucks 0: Connor Hellebuyck made 29 saves for his fourth shutout of the season, and Winnipeg beat Vancover in Winnipeg, Manitoba, to extend its home winning streak to six games.

Patrik Laine scored his team-leading 21st goal in the first period.

Hellebuyck picked up his 25th win for the Jets, who moved into first place in the Central Division, one point ahead of idle Nashville.

Anders Nilsson stopped 35 shots for the Canucks, who had lost 5-2 to Edmonton the night before. It was Nilsson’s sixth straight loss.

Kings 4, Rangers 2: Tanner Pearson, Michael Amadio and Jake Muzzin each scored on the power play and Los Angeles snapped its six-game skid with a win over visiting New York.

Jonathan Quick made 21 saves for the Kings while ending his personal five-game losing skid. Trevor Lewis added an empty-net goal with 17.8 seconds remaining.

David Desharnais had a power-play goal and Jimmy Vesey also scored for the Rangers, who have dropped four straight on the road. Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves.

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