CARTER HELPS KINGS EXTEND WINNING STREAKS
The Kings earned a 2-1 overtime victory over the Blackhawks to secure their sixth consecutive home win and fifth straight victory overall. Jeff Carter (1-1—2) scored in overtime, his fourth game-winning goal in the past five games.
Carter, who leads the League with six game-winning goals this season (22 GP), became the first player in franchise history to score four such goals in a span of five team games.
Kings defenseman Alec Martinez (1-0—1) extended his point streak to five games (3-2—5), matching his career high from March 1-10, 2014 (3-2—5).
The Kings unveiled a special monument outside Staples Center to commemorate their 50th anniversary
In other NHL news . . .
GALCHENYUK, PRICE LIFT NHL-LEADING CANADIENS OVER RED WINGS
Alex Galchenyuk scored with 1:23 left in overtime as the League-leading Canadiens improved to 16-4-2 (34 points) this season.
Carey Price made 32 saves to improve to 13-1-1 this season (1.66 GAA, .946 SV%, 2 SO) and has allowed one goal or fewer in nine of his 15 starts. Elias notes that Price is the only goaltender in the Canadiens’ 99-year NHL history to win 13 of his first 15 appearances in a season.
LAS VEGAS FRANCHISE ANNOUNCES "GOLDEN KNIGHTS" NAME
The Las Vegas NHL franchise announced it will be known as the Vegas Golden Knights. The long-awaited name of the city's first major-league sports franchise was revealed during a public ceremony at the Toshiba Plaza outside T-Mobile Arena.
“We want our team to be known for dedication, honor, strength, courage and a commitment to never give up – both on the ice and off,” said Bill Foley, the team's majority owner. “We want our team to be committed to teamwork, service to this great city and integrity in all things – and we wanted a name and logo that represented all of this and was unique to Las Vegas and our community. Vegas Golden Knights is that name.”
Drawing on themes associated with knights, the helmet in the team’s logo includes a ‘V’ to represent Las Vegas. The secondary logos include swords that create the star from the iconic “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign.
“The Vegas Golden Knights team name and logo embody this great city and the mission of our team. When people see it, we want them to say ‘These guys never give up. These guys are going to win,'” said Foley.
The team’s colors – steel grey, gold, red and black – reflect the community and the focus of the team:
· Steel grey represents strength and durability
· Nevada is the largest producer of gold in the United States, it is a highly-valued precious metal and is a color seen in the Las Vegas terrain
· Red is from the Vegas skyline, the desert and the beauty of the Red Rock canyons; red is also a color associated with the readiness to serve
· Black represents power and intensity
Foley explained, “We selected 'Knights' because knights are the defenders of the realm and protect those who cannot defend themselves. They are the elite warrior class.”
The Vegas Golden Knights will begin play in the 2017-2018 season.
SATURDAY’S RESULTS (Home Team in Caps)
TORONTO 4, Washington 2
OTTAWA 2, Carolina 1
Montreal 2, DETROIT 1 (OT)
FLORIDA 2, Columbus 1 (SO)
PITTSBURGH 4, New Jersey 3 (SO)
ST. LOUIS 4, Minnesota 3 (SO)
Vancouver 3, COLORADO 2 (SO)
LOS ANGELES 2, Chicago 1 (OT)
Anaheim 3, SAN JOSE 2
SUNDAY’S ACTION (All Times Eastern)
Nashville @ Winnipeg, 1 p.m., TSN3, FS-TN
Tampa Bay @ Boston, 1 p.m., NESN, SUN
Arizona @ Edmonton, 3 p.m., SN, FS-A PLUS
Florida @ Carolina, 6 p.m., FS-CR, FS-F
Ottawa @ NY Rangers, 7 p.m., TVAS, NHLN-US, MSG, TSN5
Calgary @ Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m., CSN-PH, SNW
By Staff of TheDailySportsHerald.com and news services