Las Vegas–Tonight the Vegas Golden Knights welcomed the high powered Chicago Blackhawks for the 1st time of the season in a high impact affair at T-Mobile Arena.
In the early stages of the games opening period, the Golden Knights put their 4-29 (13.8%) power play to the test against the Hawks when Chicago’s Ducan Keith tripped up Vegas’s James Neal.
Rather than putting on the pressure on the man advantage early one, the Golden Knights ended up giving up a shorthanded goal to Blackhawks forward John Hayden to give Chicago the early 1-0 lead over Vegas at the 3:30 mark.
29 seconds later it was Golden Knights forward William Karlsson who tied up for Vegas on the power play that brought the contest to a 1-1 score. This improved Vegas’s power play performance to 5-30 at 16.7%.
Karlsson’s Power Play Goal!!!
— Golden Knights Realm (@TheVegasRealm) October 25, 2017
Less than 2 minutes later it was Tomas Nosek who answered the call for Vegas when defenseman Deryk Engelland initiated a wraparound attempt on Blackhawks Corey Crawford.
Nosek cashed in the loose puck in front of Crawford and gave the Golden Knights a 2-1 lead at the 5:46 mark.
Nosek Strikes For Vegas!!!
There is zero quit in the @GoldenKnights.
— NHL (@NHL) October 25, 2017
In the middle frame after failing to convert on a long 4:00 power play, forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare extended the Golden Knights lead 3-1 over the Blackhawks when his one-timer shot beat Crawford at the 18:16 mark.
The French Connection Strikes!!!
Vegas is the real deal. Pierre-Edouard Bellemare one-times one home past Crawford to send Vegas's lead to 3-1! pic.twitter.com/b5zJtikf4a
— NHL Daily 365 (@NHLDaily365) October 25, 2017
On their 5th power play of the night, it was Jonathan Marchessault who ended up answering the bell for the Golden Knights with 1 second left on the man advantage. Marchessault went short side high over Crawford to give Vegas a 4-1 lead over Chicago with 9 minutes remaining in the 3rd period.
This improved their special teams to 6-31 at 19.4% after Marchessault scored Vegas 4th goal of the night.
Marchessault’s Power Play Marker!!!
— NHL (@NHL) October 25, 2017
With a 1:05 left in the 3rd period Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane finally got himself on the board and cut into the Golden Knights lead 4-2. Kane later marker was from Brandon Saad.
This was as far as the Blackhawks would get as the Golden Knights defeated Chicago 4-2 to improve their record 7-1-0 and 5-1 on home ice this season.
The Golden Knights after tonight’s 4-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks wrote another piece of NHL history becoming the 1st ever franchise thru 8 games with a 7-1-0 record.
Golden Knights Continue To Write History Once Again!!!
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) October 25, 2017
3 Stars Of The Game
Vegas Golden Knights: Oscar Dansk (29 saves, .935 save percentage)
Vegas Golden Knights: Pierre-Edouard Bellemare (1st of the season and GWG)
Vegas Golden Knights: Jonathan Marchessault (3rd-period power play insurance goal)
Honorable mentions: William Karlsson (power play goal) and Tomas Nosek (1 goal)