Vegas edge the Capitals

06 February 2018 05:46:27 GMTPlus11

The Vegas Golden Knights continue to set unexpected marks in their first year of existence as the Pacific Division leaders completed a season sweep over the Washington Capitals on Sunday.

Reilly Smith and Alex Tuch were on target in the third period at the Capital One Arena in Washington as the Golden Knights rallied for a 4-3 triumph. Smith had scored earlier in the contest along with Ryan Carpenter as Vegas bounced back from losing to the Minnesota Wild on Friday in St Paul.

It's on to the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh to play the defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins on Tuesday before their six-game road swing ends at the Shark Tank in San Jose later in the week.

In each case the match up with Pittsburgh and San Jose will be the second time that the expansion franchise are facing their opponents. Vegas, 1.71 to win the Stanley Cup, can complete a season sweep against the Penguins while Thursday's game against the Sharks is the second of what will eventually be four games between the teams this campaign.

San Jose sit in second place in the Pacific Division, 10 points behind the Golden Knights following a 3-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Sharks have a three-point advantage over the Los Angeles Kings with the Calgary Flames and the Anaheim Ducks a further point adrift. Those five teams will fight it out for the automatic postseason places in the Pacific Division with the Wild Card in play against the Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild and Colorado Avalanche in the Central Division.

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