LAS VEGAS — Michael Amadio had two goals and an assist, and the Vegas Golden Knights moved closer to claiming the Pacific Division with a 4-1 victory over the Seattle Kraken on Tuesday night.
Edmonton’s 2-1 overtime victory over Colorado on Tuesday prevented the Knights from clinching the Pacific.
Reilly Smith had a three-point game, scoring on the rebound of a shot by linemate Amadio. Smith also picked up assists on Amadio’s goals. Jonathan Marchessault scored on a 5-on-3 power play and William Karlsson had two assists for Vegas.
Laurent Brossoit made 20 saves and ran his season record to 6-0-3, helped by a Vegas defense that allowed four shots on goal in the third period.
Yanni Gourde scored for the Kraken.
The Knights, who are 4-0-3 in their last seven games, lead the Pacific and Western conference with 109 points. They will face the Kraken again Thursday night in Seattle in the regular-season finale for both teams. A win gives Vegas the division title, while a loss, combined with an Oilers’ victory over San Jose would give Edmonton the top spot in the division. Edmonton, which has 107 points, owns the tiebreaker.
Seattle had its five-game winning streak — all against teams out of the playoff picture— halted. The Kraken, who have 100 points and have secured a playoff berth, are two points behind Los Angeles in the race for the Pacific’s third-place playoff spot.
Amadio had his second career two-goal game. His other occurred Feb. 17, 2018, against Buffalo when he played for the Kings. It was his second three-point game of this season.
Smith’s three points were a personal best this season. He is one goal shy of 200 for his career.
Seattle’s Jared McCann had his three-game goal streak halted, as well as his five-game point streak.
The teams meet again in Seattle on Thursday night in the regular-season finale for both.
GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4, KRAKEN 1
Seattle 1 0 0—1
Vegas 1 2 1—4
First Period—1, Vegas, Amadio 15 (Smith, Karlsson), 5:37. 2, Seattle, Gourde 14 (Bjorkstrand), 9:06.
Second Period—3, Vegas, Amadio 16 (Smith, Karlsson), 2:00. 4, Vegas, Smith 25 (Hague, Amadio), 14:48.
Third Period—5, Vegas, Marchessault 28 (Stephenson, Pietrangelo), 3:23 (pp).
Shots on Goal—Seattle 8-9-4—21. Vegas 10-16-11—37.
Power-play opportunities—Seattle 0 of 2; Vegas 1 of 3.
Goalies—Seattle, Daccord 2-1-1 (37 shots-33 saves). Vegas, Brossoit 6-0-3 (21-20).
A—18,377 (17,367). T—2:25.
Referees—Gord Dwyer, Chris Schlenker. Linesmen—Kyle Flemington, Bryan Pancich.