Marchessault relieved to snap 13-game goal drought as VGK extend win streak

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Jonathan Marchessault was relieved to snap his 13-game goal drought as the Vegas Golden Knights continued on their winning ways since the break with a 5-4 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.

Marchessault scored two first-period goals as the Golden Knights raced to a 4-2 lead in an entertaining start to the contest.

The center is the latest VGK player to end a goal drought, but he was keen to move on, with the side improving to 34-18-4 amid a five-game win streak.

"Yeah, that's probably the longest I have went but you just have to move on," Marchessault told reporters.

"You know, it's on to the next game. We're gonna enjoy this one until midnight tonight and try to get better tomorrow."

The Golden Knights have found form since the All-Star break, holding the lead in the Pacific Division.

"I think we got a bit more resilient," Marchessault said. "I think we've played a full 60 minutes instead of a sloppy area of our games, sometimes half a period.

"Our effort and support has been better as a unit of five out there. We just have to keep it going."

The Lightning suffered their second straight loss, falling to 35-16-4. It marked Tampa Bay's first regulation loss of their four-game trip.

Marchessault's two-goal performance brought him within five points of 400 career points.

VGK head coach Bruce Cassidy added: "I loved our third period. We didn't give up anything and tried to extend our lead.

"First period, getting around the front of the net, scored a couple of goals. I like that part of our game."