Las Vegas–Today the Vegas Golden Knights held their post-game practice session at “City National Arena” following their 3-1 victory over the Boston Bruins that put them back into the win column and a 4-1-0 record on the season.
It was a knight of 1st’s that happened for three members of the Golden Knights squad, forwards Alex Tuch and Vadim Shipachyov scored their 1st ever NHL career goals and backup goaltender Malcolm Subban recorded after 2 previous starts his 1st win of his career.
For Golden Knights forward Tuch it’s been a whirlwind kind of a week for him after spending the opening part of his 2017-18 season with the Chicago Wolves organization and playing in their 1st three games of their campaign.
In that span, he’s been skating on the Wolves topline with forwards Teemu Pulkkinen and Brandon Pirri.
While being with the Wolves Tuch has recorded 4 goals and 1 assist for 5 points and was a plus 2 in the process.
For today’s practice, he was skating on a line with Shipachyov and Leipsic.
Before his regular season debut for the Golden Knights, Shipachyov played in 4 preseason games for Vegas and registered 1 assist in the span and was minus 2 in the span.
Subban in two prior NHL starts with the Boston Bruins was 0-2-0. Getting this win yesterday was a huge lift off of his shoulders.
After today’s practice, we caught with forwards Shipachyov, Tuch, and backup netminder Subban for their post-win thoughts on what was a memorable game for these three Golden Knights players.
Tuch talked about the turnaround time being with the Chicago Wolves and Vegas Golden Knights in what has been a crazy week for the 21-year-old Syracuse, NY native.
“It’s been pretty hectic, it’s pretty crazy past few week, 2 weeks so going on to Chicago we have a good team down, really strong offensively, I was able to play with guys like Pirri and Pulkkinen, I’ve played with Pulkkinen in the past then Pirri has been in the NHL past few years so it’s to play with them and then come up here and play with Leipsic and Shipachyov is just as easy and so I thought we had good chemistry and stuff and makes playing hockey that easier.” Tuch on playing with Chicago and Vegas.
Tuch paid compliments to how well the depth has been between the Golden Knights and Wolves organization for the current hockey season.
“It’s unbelievable I mean I was shocked of what they’ve done and how good of players they gotten from the draft and stuff, I think George McPhee and his management have done an unbelievable job collecting and signing players.” Tuch on the depth of both Vegas and Chicago.
For Tuch, he was all smiles when he described to us his 1st NHL career with the Golden Knights.
“Just trying to make a good backcheck and strip the puck and then try to throw it back in the zone and got a lucky bounce and just use my speed past the defenseman got the puck probably closed my eyes as the shot went off, went short side high and caught him a little off guard, watched the video a few times so it’s still pretty surreal.” Tuch said with a chuckle.
For more on Tuch’s reaction please check out our video below.
Post Practice Reaction From Alex Tuch
Re-Live Alex Tuch’s 1st NHL Career Goal (SportsNet Canada Feed)
For our viewers just a bit of a heads up with Shipachyov’s reaction on yesterday memorable game for him, this interview session required the use of a translator. Please forgive us for the quality of the audio to our post reaction video.
Highlights Of Reaction With Shipachyov
- Thoughts on his 1st game and 1st goal (Shipachyov said he “was happy” about it.)
- Reflecting on being assigned with the Chicago Wolves for the 1st 4 games of the season (Shipachyov responded with “just wants to play hockey”).
- Staying conditioned while on his AHL assignment with Chicago (Shipachyov mentioned that he “practiced a little bit”).
- The play of fellow linemate Alex Tuch (Shipachyov replied with “very nice players”).
- Reflection on the 3-1 win against the Bruins (Shipachyov followed up with “I’m just happy, I’m glad that we won last night”)
Post Practice Reaction From Vadim Shipachyov
Re-Live Vadim Shipachyov’s 1st NHL Career Goal (SportsNet Canada Feed)
For Subban, after coming off of his 1st win in the NHL he offered he thoughts and reflection on being on the winning side this go around.
“It was unbelievable obviously to get your first win in the NHL, great feeling for sure and just looking to build on that right now.” Subban on the win against Boston.
The former 2012 Boston Bruins draft pick talked about what it was like playing against his former club since being a member of the Golden Knights.
“Obviously it was a great experience I mean you know they helped me out a lot, did a lot for me, still got a lot from that organization the whole staff there, great group of guys there, fun time, I’m here now you know great staff, great group of vets here, I’m looking to make a lot of memories you know so hopefully down the road.” Subban said on his transition from Beantown to Vegas.
Subban talked about the night of 1st’s that happened for him, Tuch, and Shipachyov.
“Sometimes the older guys it’s good to see when the young guys pitch in and help the team win so I’m happy that we got that done yesterday so it was awesome.” Subban replied.
For more on Subban’s reaction please check out our video below.
Post Practice Reaction From Malcolm Subban
Malcolm Subban All Smiles After Recording His 1st NHL Win (SportsNet Canada)