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Golden Knights Fall 4-1 Against The Flyers
(Photo by David Becker/NHLI via Getty Images)
Las Vegas–Tonight the Golden Knights returned home from their 6 game road swing as they took on the Philadelphia Flyers for the first time in franchise history.
Prior to the contest against the Flyers, the Golden Knights went 4-2-0 on their latest road trip capping off a 5-3 win against the San Jose Sharks.
The Golden Knights had a special guest in Hailey Dawson as she dropped the ceremonial puck with her special VGK hand that was custom made from the UNLV School of Engineering for the occasion.
At the 11:22 mark of the opening period the Golden Knights would get on the board first by a goal from defenseman Brayden McNabb. McNabb took the pass from Reilly Smith and went top shelf on Michal Neuvirth with his wrister for the 1-0 Vegas lead on the Flyers.
McNabb scored his 2nd goal in two games and his 4th of the season for the Golden Knights.
With 2:10 left in the 1st period, the Flyers would get the equalizer goal as Travis Konecny from down low sent a feed pass to Sean Couturier in the slot and put the puck five hole on Marc-André Fleury for a 1-1 score.
In the middle frame of the game it was all Flyers as they would two goals late in the period from Andrew MacDonald and Claude Giroux. Both goals from MacDonald and Giroux were scored from close range on Fleury, giving Philadelphia a 3-1 lead on the Golden Knights. Couturier would record an assist on both goals.
The Flyers would get another goal late in the game, when Head Coach Gerard Gallant pulled Fleury for the sixth attacker.
Shortly after Fleury was pulled it was the former Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Radko Gudas who iced the game with his empty net goal and 4-1 Flyers victory over the Golden Knights.
Vegas’s record after the loss, put them at 36-15-4, still holding their 1st place lead in the Pacific Division and Western Conference.
Fleury ended the night off with a 14 save performance and posted a .824 save percentage. The loss gave him his 18th defeat against the Flyers in the his NHL career.
On the end of the ice, Neuvirth had himself a great night in net for the Flyers, stopping 38 of 39 total shots that the Golden Knights threw at him and recorded an impressive .974 save percentage.
In his post game remarks, Golden Knights Head Coach Gallant highlighted the performance of the visiting Flyers.
“They scored goals around the blue paint. We didn’t get there tonight.” Gallant said to members of the media at T-Mobile Arena.
3 Stars Of The Game
Philadelphia Flyers: Sean Couturier (1 goal and 2 assists)
Philadelphia Flyers: Michal Neuvirth (38 saves)
Vegas Golden Knights: Brayden McNabb (1 goal)