Coleman gave Calgary a 1-0 lead at 11:06 of the first period on a power play, sliding a rebound underneath Thompson’s right pad.
Kadri extended the lead to 2-0 at 13:04. He won a puck battle in the crease and poked it past Thompson.
“What I saw [on the two goals] was guys getting outwilled in front of the net,” Vegas coach Bruce Cassidy said. “They’re just pucks that got pushed into the middle of net. You’ve got to be positionally sound as a goaltender, and you need to outwill people to win those puck battles if he’s making the first save and still recovering. That was the issue with the first two. They were just heavier in front of our net.”
Backlund made it 3-0 at 17:09 of the second period, dangling the puck to his backhand and putting it into a wide-open net.
“We have guys stepping up playing really good hockey,” Coleman said. “We got everybody going, which is good. That’s the way we’ve got to play. … Everyone’s been in good spirits, and the confidence is growing higher and higher.”