Las Vegas–Golden Knights fans came out to Top Golf Las Vegas and cheered on the cities 1st ever professional sports team as they took on the Dallas Stars in “Big D”.
Just before the game kicked off Vegas Golden Knights fans who are Cox Cable subscribers were given a gift as both parties were able to come together and work out a deal from this long standoff that would have kept half of the fans out from watching tonights 1st ever regular season game in franchise history.
Fans that attended the Top Golf Las Vegas Viewing party were able to take part in a raffle and for the 1st 200 fans that showed up received a complimentary cup along with a #VegasStrong towel and a selected player for if he scored were gifted a prize.
Crowd At TopGolf Las Vegas Watches On As Golden Knights Square Off Against Dallas Stars
Inaugural Game Roster For The Vegas Golden Knights
Owner Bill Foley was in attendance at TopGolf Las Vegas to take part in professional hockey history for the city and the fans of the organization.
Proud Vegas Golden Knights Owner Bill Foley
Before the game began the Vegas Golden Knights and Dallas showed solidarity and took center ice in wake of the Vegas Shooting that took place earlier this week.
Solidarity Between Vegas Golden Knights & Dallas Stars
At TopGolf Las Vegas, I had the pleasure of being in a media scrum with both Team President Kerry Bubolz and Golden Knights prospect Reid Duke during the 1st intermission.
Golden Knights Team President Kerry Bubolz
Golden Knights Prospect Reid Duke
Dallas Strikes 1st
In the games 2nd period, it took until the 17:01 mark for the 0-0 deadlock between the Vegas Golden Knights and Dallas Stars. Dallas’ Tyler Seguin beat Golden Knights goaltender Marc-André Fleury to give the Stars a 1-0 lead.
History Struck For Vegas!!!
For the entire Vegas Golden Knights organization and their fans, it was worth the wait as forward James Neal tied the game up 1 apiece in the 3rd period at the 10:27 mark and beat Kari Lehtonen who replaced starting Stars netminder Ben Bishop who suffered an eye injury earlier in the period.
Neal’s marker was courtesy of a connected pass from defensemen Nate Schmidt and Luca Sbisa, thus etching his name in hockey history.
James Neal Makes History To Score Vegas Golden Knights 1st Goal In Franchise History
Twitter’s Reaction After Neal Scores The 1st Ever Franchise Goal
At the games 17:01 mark of the 3rd period, Neal struck again from his knees and roofed the puck upstairs over Lehtonen and gave the Golden Knights a 2-1 lead.
His 2nd was from forward Cody Eakin and defenseman Jason Garrison.
Neal’s 2nd Strike And Vegas Golden Knights Game Winning Goal
In the 3rd period alone Golden Knights goaltender Fleury made 22 of his 45 saves overall of the contest.
The Vegas Golden Knights 2-1 score would hold as they defeated the Dallas Stars to open their season after an emotional week that hit home this past Sunday at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.
Crowd At TopGolf Las Vegas Celebrates Vegas Golden Knights 2-1 Victory
Fun Fact: The Vegas Golden Knights become the 1st expansion team to win it’s 1st game since the 1992-1993 NHL season when the Ottawa Senators and Tampa Bay Lightning each won their campaign opener with a victory.
An important note that happened tonight, the Vegas Golden Knights raised over $4,000 in funds for UNLV Coach Nick Robone who was one of the 527 injured in this past Sunday’s shooting.
Neal With Both Scoring Pucks After Vegas Defeated Dallas 2-1
Post Game Interview With Founder Of The Vegas Golden Knights Fan Club
3 Stars Of The Game
Vegas Golden Knights: James Neal (1st Franchise and Game Winning Goal)
Vegas Golden Knights: Marc-André Fleury (45 Saves, .978 Save Percentage, 1.00 GAA)
Dallas Stars: Tyler Seguin (1 Goal)