Las Vegas–For the Vegas Golden Knights, they hosted the Boston Bruins for the 1st of two meetings of the season after their 6-3 loss to Detroit on Friday night.
The Golden Knights had some new faces in their lineup against Boston as forwards Vadim Shipachyov and Alex Tuch who were recently assigned to the Chicago Wolves made their debut.
Defenseman’s Brad Hunt and Jon Merrill along with backup goaltender Malcolm Subban also made their Golden Knights debut.
Shipachyov, Tuch, and Subban were injected into the lineup due to the early-season injury bug from starting goaltender Marc-André Fleury who was diagnosed with a concussion while forwards Jonathan Marchessault and Erik Haula were all placed on IR.
At 14:38 mark of the 2nd period the Golden Knights opened the scoring when recently called up forward Tuch scored his 1st ever NHL career goal. Tuch walked into Boston’s end all alone and put the puck over the shoulder on Tuukka Rask.
Tuch’s 1st NHL Career Goal
Over three minutes later the Golden Knights struck again and this time it was former KHLer Shipachyov that extended Vegas’s lead 2-0 over Boston due to a mad scramble in front of Rask’s crease.
Shipachyov’s 1st NHL Career Goal
On Shipachyov’s goal, Tuch recorded his 2nd point of the game (1 goal and 1 assist), defenseman Deryk Engelland also was credited with an assist on Vadim’s marker.
In the final period of the game, the shutout bid from Subban was snapped by Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnok with 30 seconds left and made it a 2-1 score. Brad Marchand and Charlie McAvoy each earned an assist on Pastrnok’s 2nd tally of the season.
16 seconds later, Golden Knights forward Oscar Lindberg sealed the deal for Vegas with an empty net goal that brought the game to a 3-1 final. The empty netter gave Lindberg his 3rd of the campaign.
Lindberg’s Empty Net Goal
Another historical milestone that happened at the conclusion of the game, the Vegas Golden Knights made history again as the best expansion team in the league thru 5 games played in their 1st season with a 4-1-0 record.
After the two previous tries in the NHL, Subban finally grabs his 1st ever career win with the Vegas Golden Knights with his 21 save night.
At the end of the night, Golden Knights forward James Neal his 4 game goal scoring streak came to end.
Tuch And Shipachyov With Their 1st NHL Goal Pucks
3 Stars Of The Game
Vegas Golden Knights: Alex Tuch (1st NHL goal and 1 assist)
Vegas Golden Knights: Vadim Shipachyov (1st NHL goal).
Vegas Golden Knights: Malcolm Subban (21 save performance and 1st NHL career win)