A first for an NHL expansion team as Golden Knights go 3-0
October 11, 2017 9:41 AM
The Vegas Golden Knights have gone where no expansion NHL teams has gone before – win their first three games.
That third victory was by the largest margin of the season, three goals in a 5-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes in the home opener for the Golden Knights in front of a sellout crowd of nearly 18,000 at T-Mobile Arena.
In an obviously emotional night with all the events that have transpired, Vegas rode that energy to a four-goal first period that basically salted the victory.
James Neal added two more goals and now has five on the season, while goalie Marc Andre Fleury won his third straight game allowing just four goals during that span.
The long gone Oakland Seals and the Los Angeles Kings of the late 1960’s were the only two expansion teams to ever start 2-0. Vegas now has an opportunity to become the only 4-0 first-year franchise in league history when they host the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night.
The long seven-game homestand continues this week for Vegas with games Sunday night versus the Boston Bruins and next Tuesday against the Buffalo Sabres.