Golden Knights Notebook
Golden Knights #ExpressiveMarkStone Is Back
The Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Winnipeg Jets 5-2 Thursday night to tie their first-round Stanley Cup Playoffs series at one game a piece. The Golden Knights got contributions from all throughout their lineup, with William Karlsson and Jack Eichel scoring big goals and Laurent Brossoit standing tall.
But no player had as big of an impact as captain Mark Stone, who had three points in his second game back from a lengthy injury.
"He plays with so much emotion… You feel for him. He missed a couple of months and comes back. He's an emotional player and an emotional leader for us. The big-time players come up in the right moments, and that's exactly what he did," said defenseman Alex Pietrangelo.
Stone, who is just three and a half months removed from his second back surgery in nine months, had two goals in the third period. His emotions were certainly high and were visible on the ice.
"It's good to just get that one out of the way, and it was a huge win for us… I don't want to miss this. I want to be a part of it. This is the team I want to play for and the team I want to win with and go to war with. Just to be back in there, it means the world to me," said Stone postgame.
Stone is perhaps one of the most expressive characters in the NHL, especially when his team scores. For the VGK, having him joyful gives them an extra boost heading into Game Three.
"We love it. I mean, you guys all see it. We know Stoney (Mark Stone) is an emotional guy, and it's great to see him back and obviously a huge night for us tonight. Just to think about all the adversity that he's gone through and everything that worked through and battled to get back here and be on the ice with us, I can't say enough about him," said Jack Eichel.
The Golden Knights even their series with the Jets at one with big performances from their big players. Game Three will be Saturday at 1:00 p.m. inside Canada Life Center in Winnipeg.