Las Vegas–Tonight the Vegas Golden Knights were back on the road as they took on the Minnesota Wild for the 1st time this season and franchise history.

It was memorable moment for Minnesota’s Jason Zucker who was raised since he was two months old in Las Vegas as he took on his hometown team for the first time in his NHL career.

Zucker like Golden Knights defenseman Deryk Engelland is also a Vegas resident. He resides there during the offseason.

For Alex Tuch and Erik Haula this was their first time returning the Minnesota since being pick up by the Golden Knights in the Vegas Draft that took place back in June.

Tuch was originally selected by the Minnesota Wild in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft in the  1st round at 18th overall.

Haula was selected nearly a decade ago back in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the Wild, in the 7th round at 182nd overall.

Another Minnesota/Vegas connection was defenseman Nate Schmidt who is originally from St. Cloud and played collegiate hockey with University of Minnesota during the 2010-13 hockey season.

At the 17:01 mark of the games second period, Minnesota’s Mikael Granlund opened the scoring as he received a cross ice feed from Mike Reilly and fired a one timer shot near post and in to beat Malcolm Subban to give the Wild the 1-0 lead over Vegas.

After being off the scoring sheet for 5 straight periods that dates back to 3-0 loss against the Dallas Stars, defenseman Brayden McNabb who recently signed a 4-year extension with the Golden Knights tied the game up at 1-1 that ended Devon Dubynk shutout bid.

Stefan Matteau connected with McNabb as he scored his first goal in Golden Knights uniform at the 2:42 mark of the third.

McNabb’s 1st Goal In A Golden Knights Uniform

Less than 2 minutes later Jonathan Marchessault put the Golden Knights up 2-1 when William Karlsson setup him after Vegas’s three previous post shots to beat Dubnyk.

Marchessault’s Bardown Goal

Marchessault’s go ahead goal was the last one of the night to be scored by Vegas as the rest of the final period, Minnesota knotted three unaswered goals by Jonas Brodin
and two Eric Staal markers including a empty netter to give the Wild a 4-2 victory over the Golden Knights.

Tonight, this was Subban’s first loss in Golden Knights uniform on the road this season with a 4-2-0 record as he made 28 saves on 31 shots with a save percentage of .900. This also marks 2 straight losses for Subban this season.

The Golden Knights will wrap up their quick 2 game road trip tomorrow night against the Winnipeg Jets before returning home.

3 Stars Of The Game

Minnesota Wild: Devon Dubnyk (29 saves and .941 save percentage)

Minnesota Wild: Eric Staal (2 goals)

Vegas Golden Knights: Brayden McNabb (1st Golden Knights goal of the season)

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