Golden Knights make Las Vegas proud with strong, historic 3-0 start

Golden Knights make Las Vegas proud with strong, historic 3-0 start

Prior to the game the organization will honor the victims, families, and first responders of last weekend's tragedy before playing the first major professional sports game as the home team for Las Vegas. Both Neal and Fleury are among the top five players in their respective roles to start out the year, and their explosive beginnings to the new season are the driving force behind Vegas' strong opening.

The first day of hockey in Las Vegas wasn't really about hockey at all.

Engelland delivered a short and powerful speech in an emotional ceremony honoring first responders and victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas on October 1. "We always say we want to help the city start to heal", said Engelland, who gave a brief speech to the crowd during the ceremony.

Neal said Friday night he had tickets to last Sunday night's concert in Las Vegas, at which 58 people were killed and almost 500 injured, but decided not to attend.

Considering the history of weak starts by expansion teams in the National Hockey League, the Golden Knights are doing something quite remarkable.

That may provide a little extra energy as the Knights look to sweep the home-and-home series with the Arizona Coyotes after they defeated them 2-1 in overtime Saturday at Gila River Arena. They're already the talk of the league thanks to their dramatic victories, and their plucky spirit that has made them feel like a living, breathing NHL team in record time.

A ceremonial puck drop followed, featuring survivors of the shooting.

The players still walked a gold carpet into the arena before the game, cheered on by early arriving fans lining the walkway.

For coach Gerard Gallant, the challenge Tuesday is to keep the players' focus on what happens on the ice.

Just 2.5 minutes into the game, the Arizona Coyotes got caught flat-footed when they thought they had a turnover. It was the least we could do for those people that went through that.

Piazza hit a home run into the cold NY night at Shea Stadium in the Mets' first home game after the September 11 terrorist attacks for a late-game victory. It's going to be emotional for us, but we know they're going to do a great job memorializing those people and helping everyone move forward.

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