The team at Adam S. Kutner & Associates was able to give away two tickets and a Zamboni ride to last night’s preseason home game. Take a look through our Facebook post for more pictures of our winner. Continue reading for a full-game recap!
It didn’t take long for the Golden Knights to get the 2018-19 season underway. Vegas needed only sixteen seconds to score their first goal of the preseason against Arizona. Star forward, Jonathan Marchessault, opened up the scoring for the Golden Knights in the first shift of the game. Of course, it’s just preseason but fans erupted like it was the Western Conference Finals.
“I mean yeah it was fun. The crowd really got us going again. It was fun, we played well.” – Jonathan Marchessault, VGK Forward
Newcomer, Max Pacioretty, wanted in on the party, finding the net on a first period power-play. Pacioretty wore an alternate captains patch along with William Karlsson, and was ecstatic to play in front of his new home crowd.
“You come out and the crowd is going nuts, it’s like a playoff game. It’s unbelievable, like I remembered when I was here the first time. I still have goosebumps.” – Max Pacioretty, VGK Forward
Overall, four Golden Knights scored in the first period alone. The scoring didn’t end there, as Marchessault started the second period off as he did in the first. The first-line forward scored 41 seconds into the second frame putting Vegas up 5-2 over Arizona.
“Yeah, just trying to keep it simple. Trying to make the right plays at the right time. There’s always a few plays that you’re a little rusty that you don’t do in the regular season. Try to clean that up, but it’s part of the game to get ready. It wasn’t too bad.” – Marchessault
Vegas outclassed the Coyotes in every aspect of the game. The Golden Knights didn’t give up many scoring chances and took advantage of every opportunity. The exhibition squad scored four power-play goals, two from their highly-rated defensemen Erik Brannstrom and Nic Hague. In one third period sequence, Brannstrom drew two minor penalties and scored on the ensuing power-play.
“They both played real well. Most of our guys on our team played real well. We had some veterans in our line-up that made a difference in the game and the score tonight. I was happy with the way both of those guys played tonight. I think they both scored a goal and played well. They were both played [during] the powerplay and penalty kill time. They both played very well tonight.” – Gerard Gallant, VGK Coach
Vegas won their first preseason game 7-2, as they head to Colorado to take on the Avalanche this Tuesday. They’ll return to Vegas next Monday 9/24 for an exhibition rematch with the Avs. The Golden Knights play a total of seven exhibition games in preparation for their first regular season game on October 4th against the Philadelphia Flyers.