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Brewin Flames, September 26 in Vegas Golden Knights
Going into season # 3, it's going to be interesting...
Game # 1
VGK 4 Sharks 1
LAS VEGAS -- Golden Knights rookie
He broke a sliding door in the locker room of the team's practice facility, couldn't fall asleep while attempting to take a pregame nap -- and his nerves continued to get the best of him.
Then he stepped onto the ice.
Glass, the club's first draft selection when he was picked sixth overall in 2017, scored the first goal of his career to help Vegas beat the
"It's nerve-wracking, especially with all those fans," said Glass, who centered a line that included veteran wings
"It's something that I just took a deep breath and kind of tried to forget about. They (the jitters) went away. As a hockey player you take that first shift, kind of take it all in. Try and not do too much and then after that get more comfortable.
"Playing with two special players like that, it's incredible. I've been watching those guys for a while growing up. To have the chance to play on a line with them is unbelievable. Obviously they had really good games today and hopefully moving forward it's the exact same."
Pacioretty assisted on Glass' goal, Stone had a goal and assist, and
Sitting amongst the regular season-record crowd of 18,588 at T-Mobile Arena was Glass' father Jeff and brother Matt, making the night even more special.
"They've been through it all with me, through the tough times and the good," Glass said. "It's incredible to have them here. I know they're very happy for me and I can't wait to share this moment with them. It's a special day, but I don't want to be a one-game player. I want to be an 82-game player."
Fleury, now in his 16th season, improved to 10-5-0 in openers. The victory tied him with
Vegas, which will play in San Jose on Friday, improved to 6-1-2 all-time against the Sharks in the regular season. But it was San Jose that ousted Vegas in a highly controversial Game 7 during last season's first round of the playoffs.
"It's nice to get that first win at home, especially against these guys," Fleury said. "Our crowd again was awesome; it was loud in there. I think our team played an awesome game from start to finish and I didn't have to do too much back there."
"It's hard," San Jose coach Peter DeBoer said. "We have a lot of young players that we're asking to come into this environment against a veteran, battle-hardened team with revenge on their minds. It was a big ask. The result was just and deserved. Hopefully we'll learn some lessons and get better from it."
Stone opened the scoring when he snapped a wrist shot past Jones on the power play. Less than two minutes later it was Smith with a one-timer from
Sorensen cut the lead in the half later in the period when he rifled a wrist shot just over the top of Fleury's glove.
Glass extended Vegas' lead to 3-1 with his goal, and Smith provided the final margin with a short-handed goal, his second of the game.
Game # 2
Tomas Nosek finds the back of the net twice in the Golden Knights' 5-1 win vs. the Sharks.
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The
"It doesn't erase what happened last spring, but we had all summer to think about (it)," said Fleury, whose team blew a three-goal lead midway through the third period of a 5-4 Game 7 overtime loss in the first round of the NHL playoffs earlier this year.
The Sharks trailed 3-0 in that game when
The Golden Knights swept the season-opening, home-and-home series with the Sharks and improved to 7-1-2 all-time against San Jose in the regular season.
"It's a good rivalry," Golden Knights coach Gerald Gallant said. "We battled hard and we came out on top for the first two."
Vegas took an early lead on a goal by
Vegas extended its lead early in the second period when
McNabb scored a short-handed goal with just under five minutes left in the second period, and Nosek scored 88 seconds later to make it 4-0.
Nosek added a short-handed goal midway through the third period.
"It feels pretty good," Nosek said. "I've never had a three-point game in the NHL, so I'm happy that we win and I'm happy for the three points."
Vegas had multiple short-handed goals for the first time in franchise history.
"We drew a very good team, maybe the best team in the West right out of the gate, and they showed us how it's supposed to look and we've got some work to do," Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said.
The Golden Knights have three short-handed goals in two games. They had just 11 all of last season.
The Sharks were 0 for 5 on power plays, and haven't scored in 10 power plays through two games.
"I think right now, for me, the power play is gonna be the least of my worries," DeBoer said. "We've got to find a way to get four lines out there who can put pressure on the other team."
LAS VEGAS -- The defending Eastern Conference champion
That hasn't stopped them from opening on a rampage in Western Conference cities, clearly putting last season's Game 7 loss in the Stanley Cup Final behind them.
The Bruins (3-0-0) remained undefeated when
Boston scored four straight goals after falling behind 2-0 early in the first period and has won its first three games for the first time in the past 18 seasons.
"We have a good group. We're pretty much all together again. We've got a couple of new guys, but we have a good team," said Marchand, who has three goals this season. "We're going to compete every night. That's what's in this room, that's what we expect.
"If we're going to get beat, we're either going to have a really bad game or another team is going to battle us."
Neither of which has taken place yet, as the Bruins have outscored Dallas, Arizona and Vegas 7-3.
"It's not too long since we last played together and I think we have pretty much the same group, so we know the system and it helps," said Rask, who moved into sole possession of 49th place with his 267th career win. "I think we're feeling comfortable playing together and even though we were down a couple of goals we just trust the system and it worked out today."
Boston, which was 4-0-2 in the preseason, improved to 4-1-0 all-time vs. the Golden Knights and concludes its four-game road trip Thursday in Denver.
"Obviously being down early, being able to come back, winning a close game at the end, pushing them off a little bit at the end, those are just experiences that we'll put in our pocket and use for another day," Krug said. "Early on you're trying to find your legs, your game and sometimes it's not going to be pretty.
When you go on the road you don't worry about putting on a show for the fans. We're just able to grind out some games.
"We got some greasy wins, they weren't pretty early on, it's still not where we want to be -- but they're steppingstones. I think it's beneficial to go out on the road."
The Golden Knights (2-1-0), who swept a season-opening home-and-home series with San Jose, looked out of sync much of the night despite occasional flashes from their top two lines.
"Their defense has good gaps, big, long sticks -- we had to be prepared for that," Stone said. "We didn't do a good enough job in the neutral zone and that led to their attack.
We had our looks in the second period to score goals. A bounce here, a bounce there, we're right back in it. We've just got to clean up our mistakes."
Vegas started out strong with back-to-back goals in the first period by Stone and Smith to take a 2-0 lead in the first 8:20. But then the Bruins answered with four consecutive goals -- three from their top line of Marchand, Pastrnak and
Marchand scored 33 seconds into the second period to put Boston ahead 3-2, handing Vegas its first deficit of the young season, and Krug extended the lead with a blistering slap shot that got through traffic to make it 4-2.
The Golden Knights, who didn't get their first shot on goal in the third period until there was 8:28 left in the game, made it a one-goal game when Pacioretty beat Rusk with his first of the season, a power-play goal with 5:18 remaining.
Conor Garland scores a pair of goals in Arizona's first win of the season vs. Vegas.
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- During the first two games of the season, the
Now they've got a win, too.
Dvorak got the primary assist when Schmaltz scored with 39 seconds left in the first period.
"It's something you dream of for a long time," Hayton said. "Played a little longer than I would have thought. Overall, I thought it was a good game."
Garland backhanded the puck off the skate of Vegas defender
"We just want to play the same way we always do no matter what," Garland said. "But if they're going in, that makes us a dangerous hockey team."
Theodore answered for the Golden Knights with 5 seconds left in the first. His shot eluded Kuemper, who had to deal with Vegas forward
The Coyotes challenged for goaltender interference, but the goal was upheld.
Out of a penalty kill, Garland scored on a solo rush up the ice, beating goalie
"We weren't even close to good enough tonight," Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said. "We lost the game in the first period. We have to be better."
Hjalmarsson scored off a faceoff at 18:28 of the second, his long slap shot getting past Fleury for his first goal with the Coyotes. The defenseman didn't score last season, his second with Arizona.
Fleury made 13 saves, but the Golden Knights went 0 for 4 on power plays.
Arizona has allowed just four goals on the season, second-fewest in the NHL.
"Nobody was panicking after two games and we liked the way we played and the guys worked hard in practice," Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet said.
The Golden Knights score three goals in the second period as they beat the Flames 6-2.
LAS VEGAS -- The
All three forwards on the fourth line scored and 12 players had at least one point.
"When you get your team going like we had tonight, all four lines contributed, that's a big part ... you're excited when you see that," said Vegas coach Gerard Gallant, who is now one win shy of his 250th.
"Not too often our so-called fourth line are gonna get three goals in a game, but they went out there, they did their jobs, they kept the game simple, they worked really hard ... they did their job and they got rewarded for it."
Since the Golden Knights joined the NHL in 2017, Calgary is winless in five visits to T-Mobile Arena while being outscored 21-6.
Fleury, who went 2-0-0 with a 0.50 goals-against average and a .984 save percentage last season against the Flames, improved to 13-4-1 in his career against Calgary.
With regular backup
The Golden Knights will endure their first back-to-back situation, as they travel to play in Los Angeles on Sunday, but Gallant said he would confer with goalie coach Dave Prior before deciding on his starting netminder against the Kings.
"We're looking forward to it, it's gonna be a tough game," Gallant said. "L.A. had a real good game today ... they'll be on a high tomorrow. We'll go in there tonight, no morning skate tomorrow and get ready for a game tomorrow night and it should be a real good hockey game. They're playing real well this year, doing a real good job."
Vegas found its offense at the right time, with back-to-back Pacific Division opponents on deck, after losing to Boston on Tuesday and at Arizona on Thursday.
"A little scrambly for us the last couple of games, so we had to just get back to playing simple hockey," Reaves said. "But being in position for each other and getting in on the puck and reloading and getting out of piles properly is something that we talked about and it definitely showed today."
Calgary coach Bill Peters wasn't pleased with his team's effort, as it was thoroughly outplayed after Andersson and Gaudreau gave the Flames a 2-1 lead early in the second period.
"We didn't play hard enough," Peters said. "Until we start to play hard, and play hard for 60 minutes, it's going to be up in the air all night long or you're going to get blown out. ... We're disappointed the way we've played."
Meanwhile, Vegas has benefited from a well-balanced offense, including a fourth line that has eight points (six goals, two assists) in five games.
"We're trying to be the best fourth line in the league," Carrier said. "Shift after shift, whatever the team needs -- a big hit, tonight it was a goal, but it could be anything out there -- we're just trying to be the best fourth line out there."
Paul Stastny nets two goals for the Golden Knights as they beat the Kings on the road 5-2.
LOS ANGELES -- The
A perfect 3-for-3 game with the man-advantage against the
"We want to be capitalizing on the power play, or at least getting some sustained pressure," Pacioretty said. "The last couple games we haven't capitalized on it, but I thought tonight (we) had some good zone time, we were moving the puck around, and guys were finishing. That's what you want from your power play."
Stastny redirected Pacioretty's pass between
Kings coach Todd McLellan said his penalty kill was simply worn down, unable to make clearances.
"It was obviously a horrendous night for that unit, and it needs work," McLellan said. "Individuals need work, the system needs work. . They took advantage of fatigue, and they picked us apart. Eventually it was in our net. We never got relief on our penalty kill ever."
Those breakdowns made a bad night for Quick worse as he allowed five goals on 36 shots. Quick has allowed 19 goals on 92 shots in his three appearances this season, and he has allowed at least five goals in five of his last seven starts.
McLellan would not discuss how he plans to distribute starts between Quick and
"When you're the goaltender, when you're the pitcher, when you're the quarterback, all eyes are on you," McLellan said.
"It's as simple as that. He's the last line of defense for our mistakes, and we made our share of them."
Quick's latest poor outing stood in sharp contrast to another strong performance from Fleury, who made several standout saves in the first period to allow Vegas to get back to the dressing room with a 2-1 lead on goals by Smith and Pacioretty.
Fleury's best stop was a blind kick save on
"I was screwed there," Fleury said. "It was a screen in front of me and I didn't see it fast. I just threw it out there and hoped for the best and got lucky a little bit there."
Fleury's only blemish among 16 first period shots came on
Good game against the Kings... Will be interesting once Nate can return - which from the sounds of it - is going to be very soon...
Calle Jarnkrok scores the go-ahead goal in the second period as the Predators top the Golden Knights 5-2.
LAS VEGAS -- Nashville's
He's been a vital part of the Predators' success over the years.
But when it comes to playing the three-year old
Until Tuesday night.
Rinne made 33 saves to remain unbeaten as the Predators topped Vegas 5-2.
"I don't know what's behind it; (Backup goalie Juuse) Saros has actually played unbelievable against these guys," said Rinne, who improved to 4-0-0 and is tied with four others for most wins in the league. "That's something that you want to do. Just the fact, to me, they are one of the top teams in the West. Personally, that obviously gets you going."
But it was Rinne who was splendid in the net, stifling one of the NHL's most potent offenses in what Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said might have been his best outing thus far.
The Golden Knights seized momentum in the first period after taking a 2-1 lead, on goals by
"He worked and battled and just stayed with it," Laviolette said. "He had to keep fighting for things. They fire a lot of pucks at the net and that keeps you needing to be on your toes all the time and he was strong. He gave us a chance, especially early on.
"It maybe could have been 3-1 or 4-1, it may have been hard to climb out of, so the fact we were able to be down just one going into the second period, and we turned things around pretty quick and that was real positive. He was terrific."
Nashville stole the momentum immediately in the second period, scoring three unanswered goals over the first 6:52.
Sissons followed his own shot and knocking the puck past Fleury just 44 seconds into the second to tie the game, 2-2.
Then it was
Forsberg extended his point streak to six games with his fifth goal of the season, and 150th of his career, when he intercepted Fleury's pass behind the net and found the open net to push Nashville's lead to two goals.
"We know that it's hard to come in here and take two points against this Vegas team, so I think we did a great job tonight to get the two points," Jarnkrok said. "The offense has been working. Today we kept it pretty simple and that seemed to work out good for us."
Bonino gave Nashville a 5-2 lead early in the third, as the Predators made it five straight games with a power-play goal.
"We made three real bad mistakes in the second period," Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said. "We give them three goals and that's what happens. You get behind the eight ball. You're pressing a little bit. We made some mistakes tonight (that are) uncharacteristic of our hockey team."
Nashville has scored 28 goals, its most through its first six games of a season in franchise history. The Predators have scored at least four goals in five of their six contests.
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LAS VEGAS --
"I didn't want to lose that game," Stone said. "Being honest."
And that is why Stone was the first player onto the ice to hug teammate
"We wanted to get that win for Stoney," Marchessault said. "It's an emotional night when you face your old team for the first time and he's a big part of our group, he's our leader up front and it was great to see that he was so happy there."
Stone, who played 366 games for Ottawa, faced his former team for the first time. Stone was acquired from the Senators at the trade deadline in February for
"Seeing that logo on the other side was different. I wore that logo with a lot of pride, enjoyed playing for that team, for that city," Stone said. "It was weird, it really was.
That being said, Vegas is the place I want to be. It was the only place I wanted to go. I've never been through anything like that. It was different, nerve-wracking at times, but happy to get that win."
Vegas fired a franchise-record 54 shots on goal before needing the extra period to earn the two points.
"I'm always impressed with him," Stone said of Fleury. "I shoot at him every day. He's the hardest worker on our team, so that's kind of a trickle-down effect for us."
After being outshot 52-34 in regulation, the Senators outshot Vegas 5-2 in overtime, and it took several spectacular saves by Fleury to force the shootout.
"I'm not too happy with that, obviously," coach Gerard Gallant said. "We're just giving up too much. We gotta clean up our defensive game and play better. We got away with it tonight, we had great goaltending, they had outstanding goaltending also. But we're giving up too much."
"That's a really good team. They're fast, they're physical, and I really liked our guys' effort," Ottawa coach
But we had our chances as well, and their goalie was outstanding. It's a tough building to get points in. We'd got one, we'd like two."
Smith said considering where the Senators are at two weeks into the season, now 1-5-0, and the fact Vegas (5-3-0) is one of the favorites in the Western Conference, he believes his team took a step forward in building confidence during a tough road trip.
The Senators, one of the least productive teams offensively this season with just 14 goals, struggled to find any sort of rhythm in their zone, and relied on Nilsson to hang around.
The Senators are now 0 for 21 on the power play and are the only team without a power-play goal this season.
Smith opened the scoring for the Golden Knights when he took a pass from Marchessault and backhanded a shot under Nilsson's pads 4:12 into the game.
The lead wouldn't last. Chabot sent a wrist shot past Fleury to tie the game 1-1.
Vegas went back on top later in the period when Holden scored his first goal of the season. On the power play, Holden's one-timer bounced off a stick and into the net, the goal that gave Stone his 200th assist.
After a scoreless second period, the Senators tied the game when Pageau smacked a rebound past Fleury's glove just 4:25 into the third period.
He had a much better time Saturday night.
Fleury stopped 29 shots against his former team, leading the Golden Knights to a 3-0 victory over the Penguins.
"Last time I was in Pittsburgh, I let in five goals," Fleury said. "I wanted to make sure that wasn't happening again. I was just happy that it was a better showing."
Fleury recorded his 445th win, tying Terry Sawchuck for seventh on the NHL career list. Fleury, who made his second career start for Vegas against the Penguins in Pittsburgh, also registered his 57th career shutout.
The Golden Knights won for the fourth time in five games.
Fleury kept the puck out with a sliding cross-crease shoulder save on
"I just tried to read the play," Fleury said. "They find guys across the crease on both sides. I just tried to be aware of where guys were at and got lucky with a couple posts."
The Penguins played without six regulars, including five of their top nine forwards and a defenseman from their No. 1 pairing.
"I think we did some good things, we just couldn't find a way to score," Penguins captain
Fleury allowed five goals on 38 shots in a 5-4 loss against the Penguins in his initial return to Pittsburgh on Feb. 6, 2018. He didn't start when Vegas last played in Pittsburgh on Oct. 11, 2018.
Fleury, the No. 1 overall pick in 2003, spent his first 13 seasons in Pittsburgh and helped the Penguins win three Stanley Cup titles before Vegas selected him in the 2017 expansion draft.
Fans gave Fleury a loud ovation as soon as he hit the ice for pregame warmups.
Fleury chatted with several former teammates prior to the game, including starting goaltender
"I saw so many people with signs and my jersey, waving and cheering," Fleury said. "It's always fun to come back."
Fleury made a sharp first-period pad save on a
Vegas opened the scoring after Aston-Reese was whistled for goaltender interference. Stastny one-timed a
That was more than enough for Fleury.
"I was so excited he got a shutout," Stastny said. "I think he earned it. He deserves it."
Kevin Hayes and Michael Raffl score 44 seconds apart in a four-goal Flyers' second period in Philadelphia's 6-2 win against Vegas.
PHILADELPHIA -- Blame the Flyers' slow start on jet lag, bad hockey, or maybe Gritty just woke up on the wrong side of the cradle. Whatever the reason, the first few weeks of the season again meant Philadelphia was buried in the standings.
Against Vegas, the Flyers may have had their breakthrough.
The Flyers snapped a four-game losing streak in front of a tepid crowd that has grown accustomed to a franchise that struggles in the fall.
Of late, the Flyers lost seven of eight to open 2013, went 0-2-2 to start 2014, and went 4-7 last season that led to a housecleaning in the front office and on the bench.
It was more of the same this season under new coach Alain Vigneault, with the Flyers standing at 2-3-1 after a rugged trip where they played four of the first five games in four time zones.
There was no need for concern against Vegas.
"We got big saves and when they made mistakes, we made them pay which we haven't been able to do for quite some time," Vigneault said.
"You have to stay patient and stay ready and the guys gave me a really good chance to win with all of that run support," Elliott said. "You just want to play big back there and not give anything unreasonable up."
The Flyers had scored only 15 goals through the first six games but caught a break when
He started nine games this season -- and one game with
The kids in the $25 standing-room-only section in Hart jerseys had to cheer an offensive outburst instead from their obstructed sightlines and catch the goals on the big screen.
There was plenty of highlight-reel action.
Hayes and Raffl scored only 44 seconds apart in the second to blow the game open. Niskanen added a power-play goal and Lindblom's fourth goal of the season came off a give-and-go with Raffl to make it 5-0.
"Down 3-0, we started to gamble a little bit and that's not the way we play," Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said. "We can't play like that. We have to play good, solid hockey. "
The Flyers scored four goals in each of the first two games of the season, then scored only five over the last three.
The Knights tacked on goals from
The Flyers needed to score one at home -- they're back on the road for four of the next five.
"It's an important win for our group," Vigneault said.
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