Smith’s two goals boost Golden Knights past Blue Jackets
- Reilly Smith scored twice when the Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1 at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday.
- Smith’s shorthanded goal at 7:36 of the second period broke a 1-1 tie for the Golden Knights (9-5-2), who had lost their previous two games in overtime after surrendering two-goal leads to the Montreal Canadiens and Winnipeg Jets.
“I’ve had chances the past few games,” Smith said. “To be able to help us win tonight was a good feeling.”
- Former Columbus forward William Karlsson had two assists, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 29 saves for Vegas after missing the 4-3 loss to the Jets on Saturday because of the flu.
- The Golden Knights began a four-game trip after a 1-1-2 homestand.
“Those last two losses at home we had the lead going into the third and we found ways to lose those games,” Fleury said. “It was tough, it was frustrating, but tonight we were up by one and we stuck with it. We didn’t make any mistakes and maybe we can build off that.”
- Boone Jenner scored, and Joonas Korpisalo made 23 saves for the Blue Jackets (5-7-3), who are 0-4-1 in their past five games.
“You’ve got to keep building here,” Jenner said. “We have to find a way to put those chances in.
“In a game there’s going to be close chances, but obviously you want to cash in. We have to play a little bit better if we want better results.”
- Blue Jackets defenseman Markus Nutivaara left the game at 3:10 of the second period after the puck deflected off his stick and hit his face.
- There was no update on him. …
- Karlsson has seven points (three goals, four assists) in a five-game point streak. …
- In losing three straight at home, Columbus has been outscored 9-2.
Sources & Credits: Craig Merz / NHL.com, VGK, CLB Blue Jackets