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Las Vegas–Tonight the Vegas Golden Knights had their last opportunity facing off against the Sedin Twins.

Yesterday, both Henrik and Daniel Sedin made it official with their announcement that they will be retiring at the end of the 2017-18 regular season which ends this Saturday.

The Sedin’s have been the mainstays with the Canucks organization since the 2000-01 season and have each played in at least 1,000 NHL games. With tonight’s matchup vs. Vegas, Henrik recorded 1,328 games to his credit while Daniel knotted his 1,304.

For the Golden Knights, both Jonathan Marchessault and Erik Haula where out of the lineup as the two took a maintenance day. In their place, was forwards Brandon Pirri and William Carrier.

Carrier made his return to the lineup after missing the last 27 games with the injury bug which goes back to early February.

Pirri made his Golden Knights debut against the Vancouver Canucks and his impact was immediately felt in the opening period of the game.

At the 4:28 mark of the period, the Chicago Wolves leading goal scorer, recorded his first goal with the Golden Knights.

Pirri took a slap pass from defenseman Colin Miller in the slot position and with plenty of time and space sent his wrister upstairs over the glove on Jacob Markstrom for the early 1-0 Vegas lead.

This gave Pirri his first Golden Knights goal of the 2017-18 season.

In the late stages of the opening period, the Canucks would get the equalizer goal from former San Jose Sharks forward Nikolay Goldobin.

Goldobin took a drop pass from Brandon Sutter and played the puck in the high slot as he put one upstairs stick side on Malcolm Subban and made it 1-1 game with 21 seconds remaining of the 1st.

During the early stages of the middle frame Vegas would restore their lead on Vancouver.

Getting it done was Pirri getting his second goal of the game as he took the pass from Alex Tuch and with his one timer beat Markstrom glove side for a 2-1.

His 2nd goal of the game Pirri recorded his 100th NHL point of his career at the 3:27 mark of the middle period.

Less than 4 minutes after Pirri knotted his 2nd Golden Knights goal of the contest Tomas Tatar would give Vegas some insurance as he redirected a Shea Theodore shot from the point off his shin-pad that fooled Markstrom which made it a 3-1 hockey game.

Tatar recorded his 20th goal of the season off that scoring play and would register his 4th straight 20 goal campaign of his NHL career.

In the 3rd period of the contest the offense scoring ratcheted up as the Golden Knights continued where they left off at.

The Golden Knights were on 5 on 3 power play and it would be William Karlsson answering the bell for Vegas.

On the scoring play Tuch was behind the Vancouver net and with a wide open Karlsson in the left face circle dished the pass over to the team’s leading goal scorer as he sent shot far side on Markstrom that put Vegas ahead 4-1.

Karlsson scored his 43 goal of the season and would pass 1992-93 Tampa Bay Lightning’s Brian Bradley in most goals scored by a player from a first year franchise.

For the Canucks they would not quit of the Golden Knights and responded with a rally of their own in a span of 5 plus minutes in which they scored three times on Vegas.

Bo Horvat, Sutter, and Goldobin put Vancouver back in the game that brought the contest even at 4-4. In that span, Goldobin recorded his 2nd goal of the game.

It was that 3rd period rally that forced the contest to overtime.

However, the contest would not be settled in a highly intense 4th period of the game. Both teams had their chances to win it for the respective clubs but both Subban and Markstrom were up to task and kept the game deadlocked at 4-4.

It took 4 rounds of the shootout competition to decide this one as it would the local boy and Golden Knights defenseman Theodore getting the winner for Vegas. Theodore went in on Markstrom and put a backhander upstairs that secured a 5-4 victory over the Canucks.

After the loss to the Golden Knights both Sedin Twins took part in handshake line with the Vegas players as this would be the last time in the 31st franchises history facing number 22 and 33.

The Golden Knights improved to 51-22-7 on the season with points 108 and 109.

Pirri in his first game with the Golden Knights finished the night off with 2 goals, 7 shots on net, logged 18:31 of ice time and was +2.

3 Stars Of The Game

Vegas Golden Knights: Brandon Pirri (2 goals and 7 SOG’s)

Vancouver Canucks: Nikolay Goldobin (2 goals)

Vegas Golden Knights: Shea Theodore (shootout winner)

Honorable Mentions: Vegas Golden Knights William Karlsson (1 goal and 2 assists) and Alex Tuch (2 assists)

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