Las Vegas–Tonight’s home game at T-Mobile Arena vs the Los Angeles Kings has been a long time coming for hockey fans in Vegas to take part of since the franchise was awarded the back in June of last year.
Vegas Golden Knights fans of all ages and walks of life took part in professional sports history that comes around only once as they cheered on the new home team at T-Mobile Arena.
History Made: Opening Faceoff At T-Mobile Arena
In the early stages of the opening period, Golden Knights forward Cody Eakin opened the scoring at the 3:44 mark making it the 1st preseason goal to be scored at home in franchise history.
This would be Eakin’s 1st preseason goal in a Golden Knights uniform.
Later on in the 1st period, LA’s Nic Dowd would tie the game up at 1 apiece when the bouncing puck confused Vegas’s netminder Calvin Pickard and trickled in under him at the 11:54 mark.
In the 2nd period, Los Angeles would take a 2-1 lead when 23-year-old defenseman Kurtis MacDermid fired a long wrist shot from the point to beat Golden Knights Pickard at 8:56.
Heading into the 3rd period, Golden Knights William Carrier would tie the game back up for Vegas when he backhanded the puck past Kings goalie Jack Campbell at the 3:50 mark. For Carrier, this was his 1st of the preseason.
The game would head into overtime but it did not take long to decide this one as former Washington Capitals forward Brooks Laich ended for LA just 12 seconds in the 4th period to give the Kings a 3-2 victory.
After tonight’s game, the Golden Knights preseason record is 3-1-1. Their next matchup is this Thursday when they welcome into town the Colorado Avalanche.
Full Highlights By The Vegas Golden Knights
3 Stars Of The Game
Los Angeles Kings: Brooks Laich (OT Winner)
Vegas Golden Knights: Cody Eakin (1st home preseason goal in franchise history)
Vegas Golden Knights: William Carrier (1st preseason goal)