Tonight, history has been made once again by our beloved Golden Knights! We have just won our FIRST PLAYOFF GAME IN TEAM HISTORY! Now, for those who may not have been able to catch this amazing game, here’s a recap of what happened:
There was a lot of emotion in T-Mobile arena, seating 18,749 which was the largest crowd in Golden Knights history! The hyped up crowed was chanting “Beat L.A.!, Beat L.A.!” and Fleury was between the pipes searching for his 4th Stanley Cup.
The game started with the 3rd highest scoring player in the NHL, William “Wild Bill” Karlsson taking the first Golden Knights playoff puck drop. When the puck hit the ice, T-Mobile erupted with cheers and the playoffs where in full effect.
After just 3:23 minutes in the first period, Shea Theodore drilled our first playoff goal in team team history with an assist from Tomas Nosek, putting our Knights up 1-0. Shortly after, the 2nd least penalized team in the league received their first penalty by Brayden McNabb, leaving the Kings with a one man advantage. After 2 minutes and 2 huge hits from William Carrier, the Golden Knights kill off off the King’s first power play. The Golden Knights couldn’t end the first without matching the King’s physical energy and draw a “NV Energy Power Play” with just 7:13 left in the period. After a great shot and goal chance from “Wild Bill” the King’s kill off the power play. However, it didn’t end there… Tomas Nosek puts the Kings on another power play with a hard hitting boarding penalty sending the Kings player to the ice. The Kings had no chance against our amazing defense and the Golden Knights kill their 2nd power play opportunity ending the 1st up 1-0.
After a long stint of games missed, Riley Smith hits the ice ready to assist his team in a high energy, hard hitting game of NHL playoff hockey! With 15:41 let in the second, the Golden Knights send the Kings on their 3rd power play opportunity for tripping. But this didn’t matter much to our beloved Golden Knights as Pierre-Edouard Bellemare was able to take the puck down ice and get a beautiful shot on net which went off the blocker pad of Jonathan Quick and out of play. After a quick face off and some high energy play behind the Kings net, Wild Bill loses and edge and the Kings are headed down ice with a 5 on 3 man advantage! Now let me ask you a question… what did this mean to Marc-Andre Fleury? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! as it looked like he was flipping pancakes off the end of his stick getting another save and killing the Kings 3rd power play opportunity. The penalties don’t end here, the Golden Knights feel the needed to catch up and draw another! With 9:30 left in the second, Trevor Lewis gets himself a goal tender interference and puts the Knights on another power play opportunity. With the clock running down, Erik Haula sends a beautiful pass to Tomas Tatar who gets a shot off between the legs trying to emulate Wild Bills highlight reel shot during the last regular season game against the Calgary Flames. After a nice save from Quick, the Kings kill the Golden Knights 3rd power power play. Now, 9 long minutes have passed and the Kings haven’t had a single shot on goal. The clock hits zero, the 2nd period ends and the Golden Knights are still up 1-0.
At this point the Golden Knights are leading in face off wins with 28 puck drop victories. This is sure to attribute to our 3rd period lead in game 1 of the 7 game series against the L.A. Kings. After a few more minutes of hard hitting action, William Carrier takes a big hit to the head (which doesn’t draw a penalty) and heads to the bench slightly shaken up. This causes the Golden Knights to bring the heat and after some serious chaos in front of the net with the Kings scrambling for a game tying goal, Fleury gets his face mask knocked off while making a terrific save. Now there’s only 1:04 left in the final period so the Kings add a one man advantage by pull Jonathan Quick from the net. With the entire T-Mobile Arena on their feet, the clock hits zero and Fleury ends the game with a 30 save shutout and gets his 63rd career playoff win!
With history made, you can expect a lot more fast pace, harding action in the games to come! Make sure you tune in to game 2 this Friday at 7pm and cheer our Golden Knights to another victory over the LA Kings! GO KNIGHTS GO!