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Lagace makes 24 saves for first NHL win, Vegas tops Sens 5-4

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(Fred Chartrand /The Canadian Press via AP). Ottawa Senators right wing Alexandre Burrows (14) scores on a backhand against Vegas Golden Knights goalie Maxime Lagace (33) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 in Ottawa,... (Fred Chartrand /The Canadian Press via AP). Ottawa Senators right wing Alexandre Burrows (14) scores on a backhand against Vegas Golden Knights goalie Maxime Lagace (33) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 in Ottawa,...
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(Fred Chartrand /The Canadian Press via AP). Ottawa Senators defenseman Fredrik Claesson (33) collides with Vegas Golden Knights center Jonathan Marchessault (81) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 in Ottawa, Ontario. (Fred Chartrand /The Canadian Press via AP). Ottawa Senators defenseman Fredrik Claesson (33) collides with Vegas Golden Knights center Jonathan Marchessault (81) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 in Ottawa, Ontario.
(Fred Chartrand /The Canadian Press via AP). Vegas Golden Knights right wing Alex Tuch (89) celebrates his goal with center William Karlsson (71) as Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson (41) and defenseman Fredrik Claesson (33) look on during the firs... (Fred Chartrand /The Canadian Press via AP). Vegas Golden Knights right wing Alex Tuch (89) celebrates his goal with center William Karlsson (71) as Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson (41) and defenseman Fredrik Claesson (33) look on during the firs...
(Fred Chartrand /The Canadian Press via AP). Vegas Golden Knights right wing Alex Tuch (89) shoves the puck past Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson (41) to score during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 in Ottawa, Ontario. (Fred Chartrand /The Canadian Press via AP). Vegas Golden Knights right wing Alex Tuch (89) shoves the puck past Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson (41) to score during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 in Ottawa, Ontario.

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) - Maxime Lagace was relieved to pick up his first NHL victory after allowing 11 goals in his first three appearances.

The 24-year-old goalie made 24 saves for the Vegas Golden Knights in a 5-4 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.

"It's good to have the first one finally," Lagace said. "The guys played really well so I have them to thank for that win."

The game was all the more special with Lagace's parents and other family members in attendance.

"It's a really special moment and I'm pretty excited," Lagace said.

Expansion Vegas snapped a three game-losing streak to improve to 9-4-0.

"They are the hardest-working team in the league," Ottawa coach Guy Boucher said. "That's how they win. They're relentless. They have four lines of guys who work hard and if you don't have four lines and six D that are working as hard then sooner or later they're going to hurt you."

Erik Haula had two goals and an assist, Alex Tuch, William Karlsson and Jonathan Marchessault also scored, and Marchessault added two assists.

"They didn't surprise us, they played a well-structured game and did the things they needed to do to be successful," Senators captain Erik Karlsson said. "We couldn't find a way to break their pattern and find our own way to be successful for long enough."

Erik Karlsson, Mark Stone, Alex Burrows and Ryan Dzingel scored for Ottawa, and Craig Anderson stopped 29 shots. The Senators will leave Monday for Sweden for two games against the Colorado Avalanche.

Marchessault gave Vegas a 3-2 lead on a power player with 7:21 left in the second.

William Karlsson scored on a wraparound to make it 4-2 at 3:29 of the third, and Haula had a power-play goal at 6:47. Dzingel's fifth of the season for Ottawa made it 5-3 at 7:52, and Erik Karlsson scored his first of the season in the final minute of play.

"I got nervous a little bit, but not nervous to the point where it could affect my game," Lagace said. "They came back right away after with a tip and I got a little piece of it so that scared me a little bit, but we got it so it's all good."

Vegas was 3 of 5 on the power play. Ottawa was 0 of 2.

"They got some bounces on their power play that made us pay and once we got going toward the end it was too late," Burrows said. "They work extremely hard, they never give up and give a second and third effort all the time."

NOTES: Legace was 2-2-0 in four games this season for the Chicago Wolves in the American Hockey League. ... Ottawa D Mark Borowiecki missed his third straight game due to illness. D Ben Harpur was a healthy scratch. ... Vegas D Jon Merrill, D Brad Hunt and LW Brendan Leipsic were healthy scratches.

UP NEXT:

Golden Knights: At Toronto on Monday night.

Senators: Face Colorado on Friday night in Stockholm.

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