Skip to main content
The Official Site of the Vegas Golden Knights

Golden Knights 2, Coyotes 1 (OT): 3 Takeaways

James Neal scored in OT to improve the Golden Knights to 2-0-0

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights /

This team sure knows how to be dramatic.

One night after rallying for two goals in the game's final 10 minutes to stun the Dallas Stars, the Golden Knights tied the Arizona Coyotes with their goalie pulled and got an OT goal from James Neal to seal a 2-1 victory.

Here are three immediate impressions from Saturday's game.

1. James Neal

It's amazing to think that as of yesterday morning, we didn't even know for sure if Neal was even ready to return from injury.

But the winger, expected to be a game breaker for the Golden Knights, delivered again on Saturday with the overtime goal. This is one night after scoring the game-tying and game-winning goals in Dallas.

Three of Vegas' four goals have now been scored by Neal, as well as both game-winners.

This is just what the Golden Knights need him to be.


Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 27 of 28 shots against him and improved to 2-0-0. A night after turning aside 45 of 46, Fleury was once again brilliant.

Neal may have been the hero each of the last two nights.

But overall, Fleury has been this team's best player. He's been a positive influence in the locker room, and has been even better on the ice.


3. Getting some definition

Through two games, it's hard to be disappointed with the Golden Knights' results.

Two road games, two wins. Perfect, in fact.

But the formula the team has used has been the expected.

Really strong goaltending. Timely goal-scoring.

Vegas' power play is still 0 for 11, which is something that has to be improved upon.

But starting the season with two road wins and returning home for the next seven games, this team will be feeling pretty darn good.

We'll see these Coyotes again in the home opener at T-Mobile Arena on Tuesday.

If the first two games are any indication, expect more late-game dramatics.

View More