(Photo by Isaac Brekken/ Associated Press)

Las Vegas–Tonight the Vegas Golden Knights and Anaheim Ducks, faced off for the final meeting of the season on America’s Presidents Day.

Tonight hockey fans who showed to watch the two Pacific Division rivals face off against one another had the pleasure in grabbing up the first Vegas Golden Knights bobblehead featuring Chance the Gila Monster.

Also the Golden Knights elected to wear their road whites tonight in honor of America’s Presidents Day. It was also the NHL debut of forward Tomas Hyka.

The Anaheim Ducks knew that coming into tonight’s matchup against the league leading Golden Knights to avoid the sweep presented the opportunity to be their best and they did just that by incorporating the Randy Carlyle style of hockey vs. Vegas.

This made it hard for the Golden Knights to generating anything of a sustained attack as the Ducks made them earn every inch of the ice with the stingy defense and a heavy game that Carlyle likes to employ against the opposition.

13:32 into the game the Ducks would open the scoring on the Golden Knights as it was Andrew Cogliano setting up Jakob Silfverberg in the slot as he redirected the puck past Marc-André Fleury to the early 1-0 lead. This was Silfverberg’s 13th goal of the season with Anaheim.

The second Anaheim goal, did not come until the third period when it was Ducks Captain Ryan Getzlaf‘s wrist shot that made contact with Josh Manson‘s stick and trickled its way under Fleury for the 2-0 lead with less than 13 minutes to go in the game.

Manson recorded his 4th goal of the year for Anaheim as the Ducks would come away with this one 2-0 to avoid the season series sweep against the Golden Knights.

At the end of the night this was the second time in Ducks franchise history where they not only defeated their opponent by a shutout, but by doing it in tandem with Gibson and Miller by handing the Golden Knights their third loss with a zero to their credit.

Both Gibson and Miller became the 64th goalie pairing in NHL history to record a shutout and the first tandem unit to accomplish this feat this season. Combined they made 33 saves (Gibson with 20 and Miller stopped 13).

The last time it happened for the Ducks was back during the Jean-Sébastien Giguère and Steve Shields era in 2001.

This did not matter for the Golden Knights because even though they lost tonight to the Ducks they still maintained their first place spot in the NHL with a 39-16-4 record.

Their new record for wins at home would post as a 22-5-2 record still tied with the 1979-80 Hartford Whalers.

Fleury ended the night with an okay performance in net for the Golden Knights with his 18 saves off of 20 shots the Ducks threw at him.

In his first NHL game, Hyka recorded 11:37 of ice time for Golden Knights Head Coach Gerard Gallant which includes two shots. Back in the late stages of the final period he came close to getting his first ever goal from a feed by Jonathan Marchessault.

Vegas after the defeat did not play one of their best games of the season and forward Reilly Smith did not shy away with his comments in how the team played in front the 18,267 fans who showed up.

“We weren’t very crisp with the puck. It seemed like it was bobbling around a lot.” Smith said to reporters at T-Mobile Arena after tonight’s 2-0 loss to the Anaheim.

Their next opponent is this Wednesday when they welcome into “The Fortress” the Calgary Flames for the first time in club history.

3 Stars Of The Game

Anaheim Ducks: John Gibson (20 saves)

Anaheim Ducks: Ryan Miller (13 saves in relief)

Vegas Golden Knights: Tomas Hyka (NHL debut)

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