LAS VEGAS (AP) – Last season, Cody Eakin did not score his seventh goal until February 21. He did it more than three months before.
Eakin scored his sixth and seventh goals of the season Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 29 shots for his third shutout, and the Golden Knights of Las Vegas beat the Anaheim Ducks 5-0 on Wednesday night.
"I do not know what it is, just having fun, I think that's important, to play the game, enjoy it and have fun," said Eakin, whose personal record is 19 goals, but is currently on track to score 38. " Pucks are entering right now, there will be times when they are not, but "I'll try to ride it."
Alex Tuch and Nick Holden each had a goal and an assist, Tomas Hyka also scored and Max Pacioretty added two assists to help the Golden Knights match their season total.
"They know tonight was a great hockey game for our group," said coach Gerard Gallant. "I thought we played our game tonight. I thought we worked very hard on defense, we did a lot of good things in zone D, and that started our offense. The boys went to the net and scored some good goals tonight. "He recovered some of our mojo."
Fleury, meanwhile, scored his 412th career victory while wearing a pair of new gold pellets.
"A little more eye-catching than my others," Fleury said of his pads, which generated more conversation than his number 51, which led to a tie with four other people for the 24th time. "I thought we are the Golden Knights, that we could try a little golden gear and have a bit of arrogance."
It was the second straight direct start for the Golden Knights and Fleury, who fought during the team's recent Road Trip 1-3. Going 1-2 in Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, the 15-year veteran allowed 10 goals.
"Sometimes I feel that when it's not going well, for the archers, you want to do too much instead of being patient and relax and react," Fleury said. "They are a team that throws the puck on the net, but they always have many players on the net, but this is the best place to play in. It's very noisy, the atmosphere here every night is incredible."
This was the second time that Golden Knights and Fleury defeated their Pacific Division rival at home this season.
"Obviously, Flower made some key saves, but I thought we had a big jump in the second period, it was an excellent period for us," said Gallant. "We got some puck punches tonight, we finally had some breaks tonight, I hope it's for us."
John Gibson started for Anaheim and allowed three goals on 12 shots before being thrown at 7:19 of the second. period. Ryan Miller came in and stopped 11 of the 13 shots he faced.