Las Vegas–Tonight the Vegas Golden Knights finally had the pleasure in hosting General Manager George McPhee‘s old club the Washington Capitals and Alex Ovechkin for the 1st time ever in the franchise history.

McPhee was the GM for the Washington Capitals from the 1997-98 season to the 2013-14 campaign. During that time, he only saw 1 of his Capitals team make the Stanley Cup Finals where they lost to the Detroit Red Wings in 4 games in 98.

For Nate Schmidt, this was the first time in which he played against his former club since being snagged by McPhee in the Vegas Draft back in June of this year.

Before the game started, the Golden Knights had a special home grown sports talent to help drop the ceremonial puck in Washington Nationals Bryce Harper. Harper is heading into his 7th season with the Nationals next year.

For the Golden Knights things started for them quickly with 2:37 into the games opening period. Vegas’s third line of Leipsic-Eaki-Tuch came to work tonight causing Washington to play from behind.

Vegas’s opening goal came off of a scoring chance by Brandon Leipsic who was still looking for his 1st of the season. Washington’s Brayden Holtby ended up coughing up the puck from the Leipsic bid and it was Alex Tuch who would cash in the rebound for the 1-0 lead over the Capitals. Tuch knotted his 8th of the campaign.

Tuch Gets Things Started For The Golden Knights

Later in the 1st, it was Tomas Nosek and Oscar Lindberg who played a simple game of catch off the rush against Washington. Nosek fed the puck to Lindberg in the slot as he went upstairs glove side on Holtby to extend the Golden Knights lead 2-0 vs Washington at 7:39 of the period. Lindberg recorded his 7th off of that play.

Lindberg Goes High On Holtby

The Golden Knights were not done putting the rubber past Holtby. The next man for Vegas was William Karlsson. Karlsson received a pass from Reilly Smith who went back door on Holtby for a commanding 3 goal lead with 5:05 left in the 1st. This was Karlsson’s 16th this season with Vegas.

Karlsson Gives Vegas A 3 Goal Lead

The 3-0 score would hold for the Golden Knights and for goaltender Marc-André Fleury, he would record his 1st shutout with Vegas and his 45th of his NHL career. In his playing career, Fleury improved to 23-12-2 against the Capitals.

At the end of night Fleury finished off with a 26 save performance.

In a span of a week the Golden Knights defeated three Stanley Cup contending teams in Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, and now Washington.

For the Golden Knights this 3-0 victory moved them into a tie with Los Angeles in points with 48 and a 23-9-2 record before the Christmas Break. They would also head into the holiday break tied in Western Conference for 1st place with the Kings.

The Golden Knights completed their latest homestand with a 4-0-1 record and they improved their home record to 15-2-1

Early Thoughts From Alex Tuch

3 Stars Of The Game

Vegas Golden Knights: Marc-André Fleury (1st shutout with the Golden Knights)

Vegas Golden Knights: Alex Tuch (Game Winning Goal)

Vegas Golden Knights: Nate Schmidt (TOI of 20:29)

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