Vegas Golden Knights get plenty of scoring help

Colorado Avalanche center Tyson Jost, left, vies for the puck withVegas Golden Knights defenseman Shea Theodore during the first period in Game 6 of an NHL Stanley Cup second-round series Thursday in Las Vegas. (AP photo)

Max Pacioretty and the top line of Vegas are rolling right along.

Same with William Karlsson’s group on the second unit and right on down the lines.

Bottom line: The Golden Knights are operating four highly productive lines heading into their semifinal showdown with the Montreal Canadiens in a best-of-seven series that starts Monday in Vegas.

In all, the Golden Knights have seen 16 different players score so far in the postseason and 21 register at least a point.

“We’ve had so many contributions from so many guys,” said Vegas coach Pete DeBoer, whose team knocked off top-seeded Colorado in six games during the second round after holding off Minnesota in a seven-game series to open the playoffs. “We’re the sum of our parts.”

And those parts are firing on all cylinders, along with their blue-line pairings. The Golden Knights are far from top-line dependent.

Teams can strategize all they want to slow down Pacioretty, captain Mark Stone, Karlsson or Jonathan Marchessault. But that’s about the time a fourth-liner such as Keegan Kolesar or William Carrier will step up. Both had goals in Game 6 against Colorado.

Just doing their parts.

“Anyone that goes deep in the playoffs, they roll four lines and everyone can play and chip,” Carrier said.


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