The team at Adam Kutner Cares gave away two tickets and a Zamboni ride to the Vegas Golden Knights’ game against the Carolina Hurricanes this past Saturday night.
It was considered by Golden Knights players as a much-needed game.
“I thought we played our game tonight and that’s what we’re worried about. We’re trying to play a 60-minute game and we’re trying to compete and battle hard and get back to what makes us successful and I think we did that.”-Gerard Gallant, VGK Coach
It wasn’t the best start for Vegas, but Carolina failed to take advantage early in the game. The Hurricanes controlled the puck setting up for two quality shots that were stopped by Vegas’ Marc-Andre Fleury. Which began a big night for the Golden Knights goaltender.
The Golden Knights settled in and pushed the puck on Carolina for most of the period. With five minutes remaining in the opening period, defenseman Brad Hunt gave Vegas the 1-0 edge. Hunt scored his first of the season by crashing the net on a nice set up by center Eric Haula. The home team took a one-goal lead heading into the first intermission.
“Every time you score in the NHL it’s a great feeling and for it to be the game winner, awesome, keep them coming.”-Brad Hunt, VGK Defenseman
In the second period, Vegas looked crisp, possessing and controlling the puck. It didn’t take the home team long to double their lead. Power forward Ryan Reaves continues to shock the crowd scoring his fourth goal of the season. Shea Theodore lined up an attempt that was directed right to Reaves for the rebound.
Carolina came out pressuring Fleury and the Vegas defense in the third period. However, the Hurricanes couldn’t get one past the Golden Knights goaltender. Fourth-liner William Carrier must’ve been motivated by Reaves’ goal because the hustling forward scored his first of the season. Carrier crashed the goal and poked a loose puck by Carolina’s goaltender.
“Will works hard every game, he has great chances every game and it’s good to see the kid work hard and compete, and get a big goal tonight. But I didn’t see the other part.”-Gallant
The star of the game was Fleury, stopping 34 of 34 shots by the slumping Hurricanes. The goaltender recorded his 50th shutout.
“Yeah it felt like it took me a while to get there, but it’s nice to round it up. It’s always nice to get those wins and those shutouts because of how the team plays. Again tonight was a great one for our team. Got a couple goals and got a shutout. So it’s a good feeling but we need to keep going.”-Marc Andre Fleury
Vegas adds a win to their record (6-7-1), as they now fly to the east coast for four games. Their next game is Tuesday in Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs. Game time is scheduled for 4 PM PT.