The Stanley Cup champions began their quest to defend their title on Tuesday night against the Seattle Kraken. After raising the City of Las Vegas’ first Stanley Cup banner the Golden Knights started up right where they left off. After a few early rushes from Seattle, Vegas’ offense took control. Chandler Stephenson scored the first goal of 2023-24 in acrobatic fashion.
Vegas controlled the puck earlier on in the middle frame which lead to a successful breakaway for Ivan Barbashev. Brayden McNabb found Barbashev up the middle with a successful seam for VGK’s third goal of the game. The Golden Knights successfully killed off two penalties to hold on to their 3-1 edge.
Seattle put on the pressure early in the final period but Adin Hill stood tall in net. The Golden Knights fought off a crucial five minute penalty preserving their two-goal lead. With 1:15 remaining in the game Jack Eichel iced the game with an empty-net goal.
The Golden Knights win their first game of the season 4-1 over the Kraken. Vegas will try and remain undefeated on Thursday night in San Jose. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 PM.