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Golden Knights Win: A Lucky Fedora & Logan Thompson Deliver 1-0 Shutout Over Blackhawks

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The Vegas Golden Knights (2-0-0, 4 points) defeated the Chicago Blackhawks (0-2-0, 0 points) Thursday night at T-Mobile Arena 1-0 to usher in the ‘Golden Age’ for the team’s home opener.

It was a tight game between two teams playing their second game of the season. Logan Thompson stopped 27 of 27 for his first shutout of the season. Paul Cotter scored the team’s only goal.

Here’s how it went down.

Will Carrier and Nicolas Hague returned to the lineup for the VGK. Michael Amadio and Ben Hutton, who played in the win against the Los Angeles Kings Tuesday night, were scratched.

The first period was a sloppy one for both teams. There were several turnovers, bad passes, and opportunistic chances for both sides. Despite being the second game of the season for both teams, it looked like they were still getting their feet underneath them early on in the season.

The fourth line for the Golden Knights, led by Nicolas Roy got a good chance, but Keegan Kolesar was unable to capitalize. Paul Cotter, Jonathan Marchessault, and William Karlsson had some good chances.

Thompson bailed out the Golden Knights frequently with a ton of desperation saves, looking like a veteran goaltender in the National Hockey League. The home crowd responded favorably to his play.

Thompson had several great saves, such as one on Colin Blackwell after a puck hit a ref, a pad-stacking save on a rebound chance, and a stellar glove save moving from left to right.

Another player who played primarily with the Henderson Silver Knights last season, Paul Cotter, got the Golden Knight’s first goal of the game. After winning the best-dressed award at the Gold Carpet, Cotter scored out of the box on a two-on-one chance with Reilly Smith. The fedora worked.

The VGK were almost able to score again after the second line, led by Mark Stone, forced a turnover. Stone fed Brayden McNabb, who got Alex Stalock to come out of his net so much he was practically in Summerlin. Good desperation defense from the Blackhawks prevented the VGK from scoring again.

In the third, the Golden Knights did well with puck possession. Cotter’s line had a couple of solid chances. But a mixture of puck luck and goaltending prevented them from adding to their lead.

The Blackhawks pulled Stalock for the extra attacker late in the game. Eichel hit the empty cage, but not where he wanted to, as he hit the post, and the 1-0 game continued. There were several chances where the VGK missed the empty net.

Time eventually ran out with the Golden Knights winning with just one goal.

The Golden Knights will return to the road as they will play the Seattle Kraken on Saturday at 7:00 pm.

VHN’s Player of the Game: Paul Cotter

Gotta go with the good story; Paul Cotter continues to impress with the Golden Knights, whether it be fashion, hitting or goal scoring. He’s staying in the lineup for Bruce Cassidy and the Golden Knights.

Thompson gets a very close honorable mention. But for the story alone, Cotter prevails.

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Owen Krepps covers the Vegas Golden Knights as editor-in-chief for Vegas Hockey Now. A 2022 Robert Morris University graduate, he has previously written for The Boulder City Review, RMU Sentry Media, Colonial Sports Network, The Titusville Herald, Pittsburgh Sports Now, and Pittsburgh Hockey Now. You can follow him on Twitter @OKrepps85

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HOCKEYDIVA

LOGAN THOMPSON has paid his dues in the AHL. He’s cool 😎 and ready to be the KNIGHT’S number one in net….A STELLAR PERFORMANCE IN THE HOME OPENER. The other goalies will have to fight THOMPSON for the net…..I don’t think he’s gonna lose it anytime soon.

Christopher Nowak BFA MLIS

I was a competitive runner and made the EXACT same mistake that ARIELLE did!
Unfortunately, I am suffering from permanent consequences.
I have modified my exercise program substantially.
Instead of 20 minute to two hour runs a day and one hour workouts in the gym, I am doing light weight lifting, running on the spot and exercises I learned at my retirement home for 33 minutes every day early in the morning.
I combine that with long walks.
I do get a MEDIUM ENDORPHIN HIGH rather than an EXTREME ENDORPHIN HIGH when I was competing.
I was a GUINEA PIG for a company that tried to cut costs for janitorial position for a VERY LARGE AREA.
MULTIPLE janitors should have been hired!
I developed SEVERE TENNIS ELBOW after 10 months of work.
ARIELLE used BENGAY (33% METHYL SALICYLATE) whereas I used KALAYA (11% METHYL SALICYLATE).
The directions were VAGUE!
DON’t USE THIS MEDICATION WITH A HEATING PAD should have been replaced with: DON’T APPLY BEFORE HEAVY EXERCISE!!
APPLY THE CREAM AFTER THE EXERCISE AND COOLING DOWN PERIOD!!
https://scienceline.org/2007/08/ask-cooper-bengaydeath/#:~:text=If%20you%20were%20to%20then,brands%20that%20contain%20methyl%20salicylate.

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