William Karlsson appeared to be stumped by a question about the Golden Knights’ recent penalty-killing success, which comes as a bit of a surprise.
It should be an easy subject to talk about.
The Knights have gone six consecutive games without allowing a power-play goal and enter Saturday night’s matchup at Anaheim with 14 straight successful kills.
“It’s working. It’s just that mojo, you know?” Karlsson said. “We know what to do, and we execute it and it seems to be working.”
The Knights (11-4-1, 23 points) didn’t allow a power-play goal on nine chances in the four-game split against Colorado. The last goal the penalty kill allowed was Feb. 9 when Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf scored with one second left on a penalty to Nicolas Roy. Otherwise, it would be 20 straight kills.
Overall, the Knights rank third in penalty-kill percentage at 87.2 and sit fourth in the league in net penalty kill (89.4 percent), which takes into account how many short-handed goals a penalty kill scores.
A key reason for the success is Marc-Andre Fleury, whose .920 save percentage short-handed is eighth among goalies with at least five appearances. That’s a significant improvement from last season when Fleury ranked 56th overall with an .845 save percentage on the penalty kill and the Knights finished 27th in penalty-kill percentage.
Robin Lehner has a .903 save percentage that is 12th among goalies with at least five games played.
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