The team at Adam S. Kutner & Associates was able to give away two tickets and a Zamboni ride to the Vegas Golden Knights season opener!
Sai Santiago is an 8-year-old Golden Knights fan who has suffered from congenital heart disease and has undergone numerous open-heart surgeries. Although Sai is facing problems no child should, he continues to show the liveliness another child his age would have. He also continues to show strength, courage, and positivity for not only his loved ones but now the Las Vegas community.
Following his past heart surgery, that occurred right before the Stanley Cup Finals had ended, we at the Adam Kutner Cares team are extremely glad to hear he is recovering well!
Continue reading for a full-game recap against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Only a handful of banners get raised in an NHL season. Last night, the Golden Knights raised two. Proud of their historical first season, the organization permanently hung a 2017-18 Pacific Division Champions banner and a 2017-18 Western Conference Champions banner on the rafters of the T-Mobile arena.
Vegas leaders, Deryk Engelland and Marc-Andre Fleury, smiled with pride from last year’s accomplishment, while looking eager to begin their second chase for the cup.
After the festivities, the much anticipated season opener against Philadelphia began in front of a loud, boisterous Vegas crowd. The hometown fans didn’t have to wait too long as star forward Jonathan Marchessault scored the first goal of the Knights season 6:37 into the game.
Marchessault’s first goal of the season was created by a beautiful stretch pass by Jon Merrill. Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury also added a rare assist on Vegas’ opening score. However, the fun didn’t last long as Philadelphia scored twice to close out the first period 2-1.
“I was excited and our players were excited to start at home tonight. It just didn’t go our way. For some reason, I thought we played a real good ten minutes opening up the game. We had a 1-0 lead. Then Shea Theodore hit the cross bar, would’ve made it 2-0. After that, they pretty much took over the game.” -Gerard Gallant, Vegas Head Coach
Unfortunately, the second period was more of the same from Philadelphia. The Flyers stormed out to score three goals in the first seven minutes, taking a commanding 5-1 lead into the last period of play. Vegas goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury was pulled from net after the fifth goal.
“You know we left ‘Flower’ out to dry there and that’s frustrating. He’s the backbone of this team, so it’s frustrating when you leave your best player out to dry like that, and we’ll make it up to him the next game.” -Max Pacioretty, Vegas Forward
At that point, coach Gerard Gallant felt it was unnecessary to have his starter in the game.
“It was on the team. I didn’t like the way we were playing, I didn’t like the tap in goals there. Marc would be upset with himself, but it wasn’t Marc-Andre Fleury, it was our team.” -Gallant
Thankfully, the Golden Knights play on Saturday so they can shake off the rust and get things right.
“Back to our system. This isn’t the start that we wanted, but it’s a good slap in the face. We won’t have an easy game, we said it and we didn’t play that way in the first period and the first half of the second period. So, now we know it won’t be an easy game. We just have to keep the system and trust it. It will pay off.” -Pierre-Eduard Bellemare
Vegas travels to Minnesota to take on the Wild this Saturday. The Golden Knights have never beat the Wild in three chances, so they’ll be motivated. It’ll be Vegas’ first of a five-game road trip. The game begins at 5:00 pm PT.