The team at Adam Kutner Cares gave away two tickets to a lucky fan from our Facebook giveaway. The AKC team was also able to give a Zamboni ride during the Vegas Golden Knights’ game against the Dallas Stars last night. For more pics, head to our Facebook page.
With the anticipation of the Golden Knights new addition, Vegas fans were excited from the pregame warmup.
Newly acquired forward Mark Stone made his Golden Knights debut donning a home grey #61 jersey. The new star was eager and ready to get on his new sheet of ice.
“That was awesome… It’s great. I knew what to expect coming in, the two games I’ve played here in the past two seasons. It’s next level here, that’s for sure.” -Mark Stone, VGK Forward
Vegas came out strong, starting the game with two quick shots by the new second line of Stone, Paul Stastny and Max Pacioretty. Midway through the period, Vegas went down a man when Jonathan Marchessault took a roughing penalty after a Dallas player crashed into Marc-Andre Fleury. Marchessault took exception of the collision and let the Stars know it wasn’t okay.
Unfortunately, Dallas took advantage and scored the game’s first goal on the power play. Marchessault’s decision to protect Fleury might’ve caused a goal for Dallas but it pumped up the Vegas bench.
“That’s what I want from our guys. Anytime they are bumping our goalie, I think they bumped him three times tonight and you know you need guys to stand up for that. Marchy had an extra penalty, they scored on the power play but I like seeing our team with emotion and passion.” -Gerard Gallant, VGK Coach
Dallas held the 1-0 lead to start the second period but the game tightened up on both sides. Vegas had multiple high-danger chances on net but Stars goaltender Ben Bishop kept the home team off the board until the Golden Knights were awarded a power play.
Nate Schmidt found an open Pacioretty on the man-advantage to tie the game 1-1. Pacioretty unloaded a beautiful top corner strike for his 19th goal of the season. The game was tied 1-1 after 40 minutes of action.
“It was really good, but I feel like we have a lot more to improve on and coming on to a new team with a new system. We’re here, we react a little bit more to the play. So, I think it was an unbelievable start but we still have a lot to improve on.” -Max Pacioretty, VGK Forward
The game stood 1-1 for the early part of the period but Vegas poured shots on net. Overall, the home team outshot Dallas 21-1 in the final frame. Pacioretty aggressively crashed the Stars net and created a turnover resulting in a 2-1 Vegas lead. Nate Schmidt and Brayden McNabb added late empty net goals putting the final score at 4-1.
Vegas improves their record to (33-25-5) and remain in the Pacific Division’s third place spot. Stone’s first game as a Golden Knight was highly successfully, as he was +1 with 8 shot attempts and 3 takeaways.
The team gets back on the ice Thursday against the Eastern Conference Florida Panthers. Game begins at 7:00 pm.