The team at Adam Kutner Cares gave away two tickets and a Zamboni ride to the Vegas Golden Knights return to T-Mobile Arena against the Anaheim Ducks last night. For more pics of our winner, head to our Facebook page.
It’s been almost two weeks since the last time the Golden Knights played at home. Never has there been a better time to get some home cooking. After a long road trip, Vegas hosted Anaheim for Military Appreciation Night.
From the opening faceoff, both teams skated conservatively until Alex Tuch scored on a Golden Knights Power Play. It was Tuch’s fifth goal, and Vegas’ 11th Power Play goal of the season. After twenty minutes of action, Vegas skated to the locker room with a 1-0 lead.
“Great play by Pacioretty, honestly. He almost was the guy on the boards and found me in an area and I was just able to, you know, it’s pretty easy when he opens up like that, put it top shelf. Makes me look really good, but you know what, I just try to maybe bring the defensemen toward me a little bit and best of luck. Like I said, he made it look really easy on me.” -Alex Tuch, VGK Forward
In the second frame, it didn’t take long for Vegas to get going. Center Cody Eakin scored 25 seconds into the period extending the lead 2-0. Eakin scored on a beautiful set up pass by Tuch.
“Cody has been excellent. He has played real good hockey for us all season long. He has been real consistent and he is playing his role. Now he has stepped up with Erik Haula and Paul Stastny being out and he has done great. Tonight was a great game. He scored two beautiful goals and had a chance for the hat trick late in the powerplay. He has played well and stepped up and has really taken advantage of it.” -Gerard Gallant, VGK Head Coach
Vegas continued its offensive surge, as Nick Holden added his second goal of the season, and Eakin notched his second of the game. Vegas marched into the second period intermission with a commanding 4-0 lead.
Vegas continued to pressure Anaheim in the third period, as Tomas Hyka added to the score with his first of the season. Quietly, Marc-Andre Fleury played another gem, earning his 51st shootout of his career as Vegas closed things out 5-0.
“Yeah you don’t want to give them any reason to get back in it. We locked it up in the defensive zone and valued the blues lines by getting in and getting out when you need to and try not to let them get any momentum.” -Cody Eakin, VGK Center
Vegas improves their record to (8-10-1), and will continue their home stretch on Friday night as they host dear friend David Perron and the St. Louis Blues. The Golden Knights lost earlier this month 5-3 in St. Louis. Vegas is hoping to win back-to-back games for only the second time this season. The Friday night matchup begins at 7pm.