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Deryk Engelland’s Speech And Goal Will Forever Live In Vegas Lore

(Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

Like all of you I am proud to call Las Vegas home. I met my wife here, my kids were born here, and I know how special this city is. To all the brave first responders that have worked timelessly and courageously throughout this whole tragedy, we thank you. To the families and friends of the victims, know we will do everything we can to help you and our city heal. We are Vegas Strong. -Deryk Engelland

Prior to last night’s game, Deryk Engelland went from being “the guy on the team who lives in Vegas,” to an immortal figure in Las Vegas history as the voice of the city’s first team during one of the worst moments any city has ever endured.

Then, the game started, and this happened…

It’s a moment that can only happen in sports because if it happened anywhere else, we wouldn’t believe it.

The speech… the goal… the win.

They are going to be tough to top. This team may go on to make the playoffs at some point. They may even eventually lift the Stanley Cup and carry it down the Las Vegas Strip. But there may never be another moment like that in the history of the Vegas Golden Knights.

It was probably one of the more emotional times in my life, going out there with the first responders and seeing them out there. With all that they have been through over the past week. It was a little nerve-racking to speak in front of that many people, but the response from the crowd was phenomenal. It was the least we can do for the people that went through that. -Deryk Engelland

I thought it was unbelievable. He was very nervous, but he looked like he was calm, cool and collected. He scored a goal…pretty amazing. -The Creator

It gave me some goosebumps. He’s always talks about this city and how much he loves it. I know he cares a lot. I’m happy he got to do it and he’s such a gentleman. He got a big goal for us too right away, which was nice. -Marc-Andre Fleury

It was great. That’s tough to do especially before a game. I’m sure he was nervous even just for the first game here, and then for him to do that, I don’t know how he focused on playing hockey, but he did, and he played great, and he got a huge goal for us, which was awesome. -James Neal

He made a great speech out on the ice and for us to come out the way that we played the first 7 or 8 minutes was incredible. It was the perfect script for us and it’s the way things should have went. A lot of times it doesn’t go that way, but tonight was the perfect night for our group. -Gerard Gallant

What a moment. What a night. What a person.

And as if it couldn’t get any better, the speech lasted exactly 58 seconds. The same amount of time as the moment of silence that preceded Engelland’s incredible words. One second for every life that was lost on October 1st.

There’s no word that correctly sums it up, so I’ll go with the closest one we’ve got in the English language.

Perfect.

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5 ARIZONA COYOTES 2

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Arizona Coyotes at T-Mobile Arena. The first home game in Vegas Golden Knights history!

#VegasStrong

Three stars

*** James Neal
** Deryk Engelland
* City of Las Vegas

Golden Knights Home Opener At T-Mobile Arena – October 10th, 2017

This post will be updated throughout the day as we cover what is sure to be one of the most historic nights in professional sports history. The Vegas Golden Knights will play the Arizona Coyotes in front of a sold-out crowd at T-Mobile Arena. 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.

We will be covering everything that goes on throughout the day including the Gold Carpet, the March to the Arena, the pre-game ceremonies, the game, postgame interviews, and then head over to Bailiwick at The Orleans for the official SinBin.vegas after party.

Click through and continue to reload for pictures, videos, quotes, tweets, and so much more from this unbelievable night.

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Fleury Likely To Start Every Game Of Upcoming Seven Game Homestand

Remember when this team had a goalie tandem that could be put up against just about any other team in the NHL? Well, now they have the 2nd star of the week in the NHL and a goalie who was described as “not quite ready to play at this level.”

Maybe I could have said that better. In terms of talent and experience, he’s ready to play at this level. In terms of getting him to play the way that we want him to play we need a little more time. -George McPhee

So as you can probably tell by the headline of this article, that means we aren’t likely to see Malcolm Subban between the pipes anytime soon.

This homestand is actually spaced out well enough that there’s probably no rush to put him in. But between Turk and Dave Prior, when they decide he’s ready for a game, he’ll play and we’ll get him going. -McPhee

My guess is that will be against the New York Islanders or Rangers on back-to-back to start off the long road trip.

McPhee also doubled down on the reasoning behind claiming Subban/trading Pickard and further proved his eye is on the future, despite how much it could set back the currently undefeated 201-18 Golden Knights.

You have a five-year plan, you have a three-year plan, you have a one-year plan, you have a month-to-month plan, but it changes every day. We thought that was the one area where we were set, but this opportunity presented itself, we evaluated it, and we were nimble enough as an organization to do something about it. We made our move hoping that Subban one day down the road can be a very good #1 goaltender. -McPhee

Flower, flower, and more flower. That’s the plan for this first month of the year.

Not the worst plan if he keeps playing the way he’s been though, right?

Jonathan Marchessault And Reilly Smith Talk About Linemate Vadim Shipachyov

These three were inseparable… until George McPhee separated them. (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

Throughout all of training camp and in every preseason game in which they played, Jonathan Marchessault, Reilly Smith, and Vadim Shipachyov played together. So when Shupavhyov was left off the roster to open the season, Marchessault and Smith were impacted as much as anyone. We spoke to Marchessault about the situation, how much he’s talked to Shipachyov, and much more.

It’s a little different, I’m guessing they kept us together during preseason just to kind of get the chemistry going. It’s obviously a weird scenario, there’s nothing you can do. I don’t think a lot of people know what’s going on or what’s going to happen, there’s a lot of question marks around it. -Reilly Smith

I’m not going to put any words for him but I know if I was in his shoes it would be a little bit of a frustrating experience. -Smith

Me and Shippy and Smitty were actually watching our video trying to get better trying to learn how to play together and then the season starts and Shippy is not there. So obviously it’s inconvenient, but that’s part of hockey there’s not much stability and that’s out of our control. -Marchessault

McPhee Speaks About Vadim Shipachyov’s Situation In Press Conference

With media in from all over North America to cover what is likely to be one of the most emotional games in NHL history, coupled with the 2-0 start, the Golden Knights locker room was buzzing. But still missing from that was center Vadim Shipachyov. He was sent to the AHL, expected to rejoin the roster prior to Friday’s game, but that did not happen. Now, nearly a week later he’s still not with the team.

George McPhee held a press conference to give an update on his status. Here are the quotes on Shipachyov and SinBin.vegas’ best “translations” to help give the background on what he’s actually saying.

Vadim Shipachyov is still not on the roster at this point, is that a hockey decision or a numbers decision.  -SinBin.vegas

That’s a numbers decision. As you know we had three guys who we could assign, and we did, to give us the room that we needed to carry what we are carrying. I do not have a specific date when that will change but we are working on things. -George McPhee

Translation: Shipachyov is waiver exempt, so the Golden Knights can (and did) assign him to the AHL without any risk of losing him on waivers to another team. Asking if it’s a numbers or hockey decision was to confirm that Shipachyov’s play on the ice was not the reasoning behind this decision. McPhee confirms this again later in the press conference.

Has this gone on longer than you expected? -Jesse Granger, Las Vegas Sun

No. We knew in the Summer that with Theodore and Tuch that we may have to send them down initially because we are going to have a lot of people that we are evaulating, and we are still evaluating. I don’t know how long it will take but I prefer to be in this position where we have enough people rather than not enough. -McPhee

Translation: As we explained throughout much of the Summer as well, the Golden Knights simply have too many players on NHL contracts to keep everyone. So, rather than waiving certain players, McPhee opted to utilize his waiver exempt players to allow him to continue evaluating the players on his roster.

The confusing part about this rationale is that three of the players he is likely in need to evaluating were inactive in both games this weekend (Griffin Reinhart, Brad Hunt, and Jon Merrill). Thus, how long this will take is still a major mystery. Of course, one injury would open a roster spot and allow for Shipachyov to return.

Have you been in contact with Shipachyov regularly letting him know what’s going on? -Granger, Las Vegas Sun

Through his agent yes. -McPhee

Has his agent expressed his disappointment with the decision? -David Shoen, Las Vegas Review Journal

Yep. They didn’t understand initially. But they do now. This is a roster move that’s not about performance. The three guys we sent down have all earned the right to be here. And we’ll get them here at the right time or as soon as we can. -McPhee

Translation: This is possibly where the reports of Shipachyov being unhappy emanated from. The original move was made on Tuesday of last week. His agent didn’t understand which likely meant Shipachyov would have been upset about the decision. McPhee returning to saying it is not a performance-driven decision while answering this question likely means there was at least a moment when Shipachyov believed it was performance based.

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GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 ARIZONA COYOTES 1 (OVERTIME)

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena.

What a weekend.

3 Stars

*** Antii Raanta
** Nate Schmidt
* James Neal

VGK’s Young Stars Dominate In Wolves Debut

As fun as it was to watch the Golden Knights stun the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center, the game down the road in Austin, TX was probably a better indication of the direction the Golden Knights future is heading.

In the first game as the AHL affiliate for the Golden Knights, the Chicago Wolves got a hat trick from Alex Tuch and some guy named Shea Theodore put up a goal and two assists as well. Sound familiar?

Watch the highlights, it’s basically a window into Golden Knights future, and boy is it bright.

The full box score is all sorts of glorious for Tuch, Theodore, Pulkkinen, and even the newest Golden Knight Brandon Pirri.

This season is going to feel long at times for the NHL club cause let’s be real, they ain’t all going to go like that one y’all. (Sorry, this whole Texas thing is getting to me) But this season is about more than the Golden Knights on the ice at T-Mobile, and catching a Wolves game every now and then might be a nice pick me up.

Not Going To Be Pretty, But That’s The Blueprint To VGK Success

46 shots against, five penalties, and 0 for 7 on the power play… on the road, against a team that will likely be contending for a Stanley Cup this season. That’s not how you normally go about winning an NHL game, but that’s exactly what the Golden Knights did, and it’s something Golden Knights fans should probably get used to.

2-1 work. Amiright? (Photo Credit: Jason Pothier, SinBin.vegas)

No no no, I’m not saying this team is going to shock the world, make the playoffs, and win the “Cup in One.” What I’m saying is that if the Golden Knights want to be a competitive team night in and night out, sometimes it’s going to take individual efforts like tonight.

I don’t want to be giving up 40 some shots. I thought we competed and battled hard and Fleury stole that hockey game. -Gallant

Other times it’s going to take a bit of luck and good fortune.

Let’s hope not. But some games will go that way. –Reilly Smith

But often it’s going to be ugly. Quite frankly, Vegas isn’t going to have the best players on the ice in most games. If they are going to stay in games, and even steal some like they did tonight, it’s going to take a bit of magic, or as hockey players call it, a bunch of cliches.

We’ve got to play a team game, all 20 guys out there have to go to battle for one another. Keep it simple. Battle battle battle for one another, and just outwork teams. –Deryk Engelland

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 DALLAS STARS 1

Stories and media from the first regular season game in Golden Knights history. October 6th, Vegas Golden Knights vs. Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center.

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