The team at Adam Kutner Cares gave away two tickets and a Zamboni ride to the Vegas Golden Knights’ game against the New York Rangers last night. For more pics of our winner, head to our Facebook page.
The Golden Knights welcomed in an Original Six team, the New York Rangers, to a weeknight matchup in Las Vegas.
The first period began slowly as both teams played defensive hockey limiting shots on each side. Late in the period, Vegas broke the scoreless tie on Cody Eakin’s 13th goal of the season. Vegas forward Alex Tuch sent a beautifully timed board pass directly past a defender in place for Eakin to break free.
After a slow start, the Golden Knights secured their 1-0 lead after the opening frame.
“I thought they worked hard, they competed hard. You know we talked about before the game, that the Rangers, they got beat pretty hard their last three games and I knew they were going to give a good, hard, solid effort tonight and they did that. They came out and they were ready to play and they were quick and they were hungry and it was a good hockey game. I mean it was 1-0 for a good part of it and you know Marchy’s goal was a huge goal for us, but they came out and they played well and it was a grinding game tonight.” -Gerard Gallant, Vegas coach
The second period started with Max Pacioretty furiously shooting the puck at Rangers’ goaltender Alexandar Georgiev. One slapshot from Pacioretty slipped through Georgiev’s pads just enough for Vegas forward Brandon Pirri to tap it in. Pirri’s seventh goal of the season made it a 2-0 Vegas lead.
The scoring wouldn’t stop for the Golden Knights in the second, as Jonathan Marchessault added his 14th of the season to give Vegas a commanding 3-0 lead after 40 minutes of action.
Marc-Andre Fleury wasn’t tested much all night but did his job to keep it a three goal lead for most of the third period. Mika Zibanejad got New York on the scoreboard to cut the lead 3-1, diffusing Fleury’s possible shutout.
“It was pretty quiet until then, they didn’t have too many shots. I was trying to stay warm moving around. The guys were playing good. I’m just trying to make a timely and key save to keep us in the game.” -Marc-Andre Fleury, Vegas goaltender
Both teams traded late goals but the game never got close. The horn blew after 60 minutes of action and the Golden Knights skated off to a 4-2 victory.
Vegas improves their record to (27-15-4) tied with the Calgary Flames for the best record in the Pacific Division. The Golden Knights play a big divisional matchup on Thursday night when they host the San Jose Sharks. Game begins at 7:00 pm.