Vegas defeats Seattle, 4-3, ruins Kraken league debut
The Vegas Golden Knights earned a victory of their first sport in franchise historical past 4 years in the past. They denied the Seattle Kraken the identical accomplishment Tuesday night time.
Max Pacioretty scored twice because the Golden Knights spoiled Seattle’s debut with a 4-Three win.
“I feel our exhibition schedule was sort of up and down a bit bit however we’ve obtained a veteran group and so they know when it’s time to dial it up and be able to play and I assumed our group was able to play tonight,” Vegas coach Peter DeBoer stated.
Chandler Stephenson and Jonathan Marchessault additionally scored for Vegas, whereas Robin Lehner made 25 saves.
After 4 years of cheering for Marc-Andre Fleury because the face of the franchise, an introduced crowd of 18,431 gave Lehner and roar of approval throughout pregame introductions, and a raucous ovation after the ultimate horn.
“I cherished it,” DeBoer stated of the followers’ response towards Lehner. “I’m glad the followers gave him that. I feel he’s gonna be actually good for us. This was a tricky night time that he’s been excited about for a very long time and he obtained us a giant win.”
An enormous win that just about eluded the Golden Knights, as they held off a rally from the NHL’s newest addition in what turned out to be a scrappy effort from the Kraken, who erased a 3-Zero deficit and tied the sport earlier than Stephenson’s controversial game-winning aim halfway via the third interval pushed the Knights forward for good.
“I feel it sort of speaks to our character as a staff,” Morgan Geekie stated of the comeback. “We knew they have been an excellent staff coming in right here, and so they sort of paved the way in which. However I like the way in which we introduced tonight, and I feel we obtained higher as the sport went on.”
Geekie, who socred one of many objectives, stated his staff was nervous early on.
“Yeah, positively, 100 %,” he stated. “Clearly, you come into Vegas and it’s a spectacular metropolis and so they placed on fairly a present.”
Vegas captain Mark Stone, who had three assists, despatched a go to the crease the place it appeared Stephenson might have kicked the puck previous Seattle goaltender Phillip Grubauer. After an official overview, the aim was held up.
“I do know what I noticed and believed … I assumed it was a kicking movement,” Seattle coach Dave Hakstol stated. “There’s a grey space on these calls. Their determination was it’s an excellent aim.”
Ryan Donato scored Seattle’s first aim in franchise historical past, whereas Jared McCann and Geekie added objectives. Grubauer had 18 saves in his first sport as a Kraken.
Pacioretty and Marchessault gave the Golden Knights a 2-Zero lead on two of Vegas’ first three pictures on aim.
The Golden Knights ignited the group when Stephenson took a clear entry right into a wide-open impartial zone and picked up momentum and fed Stone to ship the Kraken one course whereas Pacioretty skated down the left aspect. Stone promptly despatched a crisp go to Pacioretty, who beat Grubauer far aspect to provide Vegas its first aim of the season.
Three minutes later it was one of many authentic members of the Golden Knights from their enlargement season with some artful stick dealing with, as Marchessault confirmed persistence by skating in on Grubauer, then deked round him to the aim line earlier than burying the puck to make it 2-0.
Although it appeared Nic Hague prolonged Vegas’ result in 3-Zero within the second interval after taking a great thing about a go from Stone, his wrist shot was later rewarded to Pacioretty who was on the doorstep for a deflection.
Donato gave the smattering of Kraken followers one thing to cheer about later within the interval when he gathered a unfastened puck and backhanded previous a sprawling Lehner who couldn’t get again in time. Lower than a minute later, McCann’s shot to the crease from the correct aspect trickled just below Lehner’s pad to chop Vegas’ result in one and breathe life into Seattle’s bench.
Geekie skated into the correct circle and beat Lehner prime shelf to tie the sport within the third interval, then twirled his stick like a sword right into a make-believe sheath in celebration.
NOTES: The highest line of Stone-Stephenson-Pacioretty completed with eight factors. … McCann, Marcus Johansson, Jamie Oleksiak, and Joonas Donskoi have been all cleared earlier within the day, whereas ahead Calle Jarnkrok remained within the NHL’s COVID-protocol. … Vegas’ Mattias Janmark can also be in COVID-protocol. … The Golden Knights improved to 91-0-1 in franchise historical past when main by three objectives. … Three objectives have been scored by these sporting No. 67 tonight (Pacioretty twice and Geekie).
Seattle: Travels to Nashville to play the Predators on Thursday
Vegas: Performs in Los Angeles on Thursday.