The Vegas Golden Knights remained unbeaten after defeating the Chicago Blackhawks in their home opener on Thursday night.
The first period was hectic as it was end-to-end action and there was nothing much to separate the two teams. Less than five minutes into the game, Logan Thompson made a spectacular save on Andreas Athanasiou who was sprung on a breakaway.
Thompson was elated after getting his first shutout of the season and spoke about it after the game.
“It was good, it was a lot of fun,” he said. “I’m just happy with the two points.”
Five minutes later, it was Reilly Smith for the Golden Knights who was alone on Alex Stalock, but the Chicago netminder made the glove save to keep the game scoreless. Paul Cotter scored the lone goal of the contest at 11:16 of the second period.
Cotter managed to find himself on a two-on-one and was able to beat Stalock’s low glove side to give Vegas the lead. With four minutes left in the second period, Chandler Stephenson almost doubled his team’s lead, but Stalock again came up with a big save.
The third period is when the visitors pushed back and threw everything at the Vegas net, but the Golden Knights managed to hang on as Thompson made 27 saves and Chicago remained winless on the season.
This is the fourth time in six years that Vegas has started the season 2-0 after beating the Blackhawks. Golden Knights head coach Bruce Cassidy gave credit to both goalies as he called them the stars of the show.
Vegas will be back in action on Saturday as they will head to Seattle to take on the Kraken.
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