Vegas got its first taste of major professional sports with a 5-2 thrashing of the Arizona Coyotes. The night started with a tremendous ceremony to honor the victims and first responders of the Las Vegas shooting and ended with the NHL’s newest team sitting at 3-0-0.
"We talked about tonight being the most important game we'll ever play. We're playing for our city." - Gerard Gallant on his pregame speech,
0.953 Save Percentage
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 31 of 33 shots on the night, bringing his save percentage for the season to 0.953. His career average is 0.912, so expect Fleury to come back down to earth after his hot start.
1 Career Goal
Tomas Nosek entered the game with one career goal in 17 NHL games. He doubled his total with the first goal of the night, as he beat Antti Raanta five hole after Pierre-Edouard Bellemare delivered a great pass.
3 Power Plays
The Golden Knights entered the night 0 of 11 on the power play for the season, but James Neal’s second goal came on the man advantage to end the drought. Vegas is now 1 of 14 on the power play.
5 Vegas Shots
Arizona’s starting goalie, Antti Raanta, only faced five shots on goal. He allowed three of them to find the back of the net. He was promptly pulled for Louis Domingue, who gave up two goals on 22 shots on goal.
Brendan Leipsic played the fewest minutes for Vegas, logging just 12:05 of ice time. But he made his time count by racking up two primary assists to Deryk Engelland and Oscar Lindberg.
18 Arizona Shots
After ripping off three goals on five shots to open the game, the Golden Knights went into cruise control. They dominated the second period, posting 14 shots on goal to the Coyotes 8. But Arizona finished with a higher Corsi (48-45) because they battered the Golden Knights 18 shots to 5 in the third period.
47 Faceoff Wins
The Golden Knights dominated at the dot winning 68 percent of faceoffs. Only five players took a draw on the night and all of them won more than they lost. Cody Eakin was star winning 19 of 28 faceoffs. Pierre-Edouard Bellemare was 9 of 11.
The Golden Knights did an outstanding job honoring the victims and the first responders of the Las Vegas shooting on October 1st. There were 58 seconds of silence to honor the 58 killed. Plus the Golden Knights took the ice one-by-one each with a first responder.
James Neal scored twice more to bring his season total to five goals. He is on pace to score 136.7 goals this season. He has only taken 11 shots on goal this season, giving him a shooting percentage of 45.4 percent.
T-Mobile Arena’s capacity for hockey is listed at 17,500. The Golden Knights packed in 600 more people for the franchise’s first ever home game. Vegas has six more home games in the next 17 days, we’ll see how long the building stays packed.
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