As can be seen in the image above, prior to the game, the team put the names of the victims on the ice. When two more pucks dropped into the Arizona Coyotes' net-both sent there by early-season scoring machine James Neal- before we'd reached the 11-minute mark of period one, it sealed the deal: No one could deny the Vegas Golden Knights on this night.
After the video ended, nurses, doctors, firefighters and police officers were then introduced alongside Golden Knights players. "I couldn't be more happy than to get one tonight". Thanks to their three-game win streak to start the season, Vegas has become the first expansion team in any of the four major professional leagues to start the year 3-0 since the San Diego Padres did so in 1969.
On Tuesday, October 10, the #Las Vegas Golden Knights had their home opener at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
That may provide a little extra energy as the Knights look to sweep the home-and-home series with the Arizona Coyotes after they defeated them 2-1 in overtime Saturday at Gila River Arena.
Tremendous amounts of class shown by the @ArizonaCoyotes, who stayed on the ice to salute Las Vegas with the @GoldenKnights.
The explanation is that I love sports, don't have a hockey team, and visit Las Vegas enough to apparently pass the test at the Golden Knights adoption center. They gave this community an awesome display, everything from a classy pregame production to a well-played hockey game. This is the best start ever from an National Hockey League expansion team.
For coach Gerard Gallant, the challenge Tuesday is to keep the players' focus on what happens on the ice. The Golden Knights are leaning on people like me to buy merchandise, get emotionally invested, and follow the team no matter how long it takes for them to get good.
"Like all of you, I'm proud to call Las Vegas home", Engelland said to an announced crowd of 18,191. It was the least we could do for those people that went through that. "Obviously, the city is still healing from the tragedy, and as players we're aware of that". The events of the past nine days have taught them more about this place and its people than they might have gleaned in five "normal" years.