Vegas Golden Knights not just fabulous
October 11, 2017 10:00 AM
by Nick Pellegrino
It wasn't just fabulous (as in "Fabulous Las Vegas), it was, well, Thelonious.
On the night commemorating the 100th birthday of American jazz legend Thelonious Monk, the Vegas Golden Knights opened its first century of play on home ice with a equaling dazzling performance worthy of a standing ovation on The Strip.
Led by a Tomas Nosek goal a mere 2:31 into the contest, the Knights rolled to four goals in the opening 10:42, shocking the visiting Arizona Coyotes, 5-2, at T-Mobile Arena.
Vegas is off to an historic 3-0-0 start, the best by an NHL expansion team, topping the 2-1-0 mark first established by the 1926-27 New York Americans.
The first-period bombardment on Coyotes goalie Antti Raanta saw defenseman Deryk Engelland made it 2-0 at 4:18. James Neal scored his 5th and 6th goals of the season at 6:15 and 10:42 to increase the advantage to 4-0.
And the fans of the Golden Knights went wild. If Wayne Newton is "Mr. Las Vegas," maybe each player on the Knights should simply be "Mr. Vegas" -- even if's just for one night for a city seeking recovery from pain.
Vegas Proud... and all alone in first place in the Pacific Division.
The balance of the scoring saw Arizona forward Tobias Rieder scored to make it 4-1 at 12:37 of the first. Oscar Lindberg scored with 2:38 left in the second period to give Vegas a 5-1 lead.
In the third period, Kevin Connauton made it 5-2 when he scored at 14:14, Meanwhile, Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury made 31 saves to register all three triumphs.
However, the first period explosion is what most of the sell-out crowd will remember in chasing Raanta after just five shots.
Vegas' 7-game homestand continues Friday against Detroit at 7:30 p.m., then a late Sunday matinee with Boston at 4 p.m. Afterward, the ensuing visitors will be Buffalo, St. Louis, Chicago and Colorado