While many were out shopping for bargains on Black Friday, the Vegas Golden Knights donning their white jerseys, were playing on what some are dubbing as Gold Friday.
The Golden Knights were looking to win back-to-back games against old friend James Neal and the Calgary Flames. The same team that embarrassed Vegas 7-2 on Monday night.
“It wasn’t the hardest, but James is sneaky. You think he is going high then he shoots five,, but I have seen it all the time.” – Marc Andre Fleury, Vegas Goaltender
The first period was back and forth, with both teams fighting for possession. Golden Knights call up Daniel Carr made his name known with two early quality shot attempts. Vegas continued to skate with the fast-moving Flames and kept things scoreless after twenty minutes of play.
“I thought we played a real good game. When we got the second goal tonight I thought we had a little letdown. We started to let Calgary come to us a little bit and with that push, but you have to keep playing the same way. We played a real good solid hockey game.” – Gerard Gallant, Vegas Coach
In the middle frame, both teams traded chances but came up empty. With under four minutes to play in the period, Vegas broke through on a textbook deflection for Alex Tuch. Cody Eakin worked hard to keep the puck in Calgary’s zone and flipped it towards the net for Tuch to poke it through. Vegas carried a 1-0 lead into the second intermission.
In the third, it was more of the same from the Golden Knights, attacking and pressuring the Calgary defense. Colin Miller scored his first goal of the season off a heavy slap shot on a Golden Knights Power Play. Miller grooved one past traffic in front of the Flames net clinching the 2-0 win for Vegas.
Fleury had another fabulous performance shutting out Calgary for his 52nd career shutout. Vegas improves their record to (11-12-1) on the season and finds themselves two points out of share for third place in the Pacific Division. The Golden Knights get right back at it tonight at 7pm against another divisional opponent, the San Jose Sharks.