Lead by rookie number 80, Tyler Wong, The Las Vegas Golden Knights destroyed the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday September 17, by a score of 9-4. Wong, being the number 1 star for the game lead the team with three goals and one assist. In just under five minutes, he scored his first career goal, and the team’s first goal ever, receiving a chip-pass from Cody Glass to put the Golden Knights up 1-0 early in the first period.
Besides Wong, other players that scored on the Golden Knights were Nosek (1), Hyka (2), Suzuki (1), Thompson (1), and Tuch (1). Players on the Vancouver Canucks that scored were; Boeser (2), Holm (1), and Subban (1).
Although the Golden Knights were not at home, it was their first ever exhibition game, so, during multiple commercial breaks an Elvis Presley impersonator sang to the stadium “Viva Las Vegas” and “Burning Love”. This was shown to Las Vegas as a ‘welcome’ to the NHL.
There are multiple facts this game taught us about the Golden Knights. One of these facts being that rookies Suzuki and Wong are both powerful players who lead the team the entire game. Suzuki did not contribute much to the team in the first two periods but when the third period rolled around he was eccentric. After scoring his first goal ever in the third period, he then gave a beautiful pass to Thompson setting up a goal. Also, Wong may be a rookie but won’t play like one. After showing his power throughout the game he will be a star player on the team for the season to come.
Las Vegas’ goalie, Ferguson, saved 29 out of 33 shots taken on the net. An 88% save rate compared to Vancouver’s goalies Demko and Bachman totaling 29/38 saves, a 76% save rate.
On Tuesday September 19, the Golden Knights play the Colorado Avalanche to try and keep their season undefeated and alive. Later in the week they face-off against the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks, until their first ever Home game on September 26th versus the Los Angeles Kings. The Golden Knights first ever regular season game will be October 6th facing off against the Dallas Stars.
By Gabe Kirsch