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Golden Knights Launch 2018-19 Best Moments Bracket

Vote on your favorite moment of 2018-19!

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights /

The second season of Vegas Golden Knights hockey produced moments that brought fans to their feet all year long. Sixteen of the most memorable moments from the season will be voted on to select the moment that will stand alone as the top moment from 2018-19.

The moment that receives a higher percentage of votes during each voting period will advance to the next round. Moments will go head-to-head until the field has been narrowed down to the final two.

Fans can cast their votes by clicking here. The voting schedule is below:

Round 1: 5/16-5/19
Round 2: 5/20-5/23
Round 3: 5/24-5/27
Round 4: 5/28-6/2


City National Arena Conference
No. 1 Fleury's Back-To-Back Shutouts vs. No. 8 Pacioretty's Four-Point Playoff Game
With the Golden Knights starting to pick up steam after a slow start to the season, the team hunkered down at home during Thanksgiving weekend to host the Calgary Flames and San Jose Sharks in back-to-back games. Marc-Andre Fleury dazzled against Calgary as he stopped 28 shots to lead Vegas to a 2-0 win. The next night, Fleury made 33 saves for his second clean sheet in a row as the Golden Knights topped the Sharks, 6-0.

During Vegas' first-round playoff series against the San Jose Sharks, Max Pacioretty was one of the most productive offensive players in the series. In Game 4 of the series, Pacioretty fired a shot through Martin Jones to give Vegas a 1-0 lead just 1:11 into the contest. In the final minute of the period, Pacioretty helped set up Shea Theodore for a late goal. Pacioretty scored his second goal of the game midway through the second period and notched another assist on an Alex Tuch goal in the third period. His four-point night was key for Vegas in the 5-0 win.

No. 2 Stone's Hat Trick vs. No. 7 Pirri's Points In 10-of-11 Games
After splitting the first two games of their first-round matchup against the San Jose Sharks, the Golden Knights returned home to an electric atmosphere at T-Mobile Arena for Game 3. Mark Stone fed off the energy as he scored 16 seconds into the game. He picked up two assists in the second period before notching his second goal of the contest 36 seconds into the third period. Stone completed his first career hat trick with a breakaway goal to bring the house down and drive the Golden Knights to a 6-3 win.

On Dec. 19, Brandon Pirri was called up from the Chicago Wolves and joined the Golden Knights for their matchup with the New York Islanders on Dec. 20. He scored in that game and kept scoring for four consecutive games. In his first four contests with Vegas this season, he posted four goals and one assist. After a scoreless game against Los Angeles on Dec. 29, Pirri went on a six-game scoring streak with eight points (4G, 4A). Vegas went 8-2-2 through Pirri's first 12 games in the lineup.

No. 3 Return Of Schmidt vs. No. 6 Acquiring Pacioretty
Defenseman Nate Schmidt missed the first 20 games of the season due to suspension and, when his return came on Nov. 18 in Edmonton, the team received a much-needed boost. Schmidt had a +1 rating in his first game back and averaged 23:40 in the ensuing two games. He made his long-awaited return to T-Mobile Arena on Nov. 23 and helped Vegas to back-to-back shutouts against Calgary and San Jose.

During training camp ahead of the 2018-19 season, the Golden Knights made a splash by acquiring forward Max Pacioretty. By sending Tomas Tatar, Nick Suzuki and a second-round draft pick to the Montreal Canadiens, Vegas added an experienced player with leadership qualities and a deft scoring touch. Pacioretty signed a four-year extension with Vegas after the trade and went on to pocket 40 points (22G, 18A) in 66 appearances for the Golden Knights.

No. 4 McCrimmon Named GM vs. No. 5 Marchessault's Hat Trick
On May 2, the Vegas Golden Knights promoted Kelly McCrimmon to General Manager while George McPhee's title shifted to President of Hockey Operations. McCrimmon, who was a prime candidate for open general manager positions with other teams, has been an integral part of shaping the Golden Knights' roster and Chairman and CEO Bill Foley wanted to do anything possible to keep McCrimmon in the fold.

Vegas entered the latter half of the second period against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Jan. 19 tied 3-3. Jonathan Marchessault scored a goal to give Vegas a 4-3 lead and he scored again before the end of the period to send Vegas into the third leading by two. As the clock wound down in the third period, Pacioretty set up Marchessault for an empty-net goal to complete Vegas' first hat trick of the season. It was Marchessault's second career hat trick and first as a member of the Golden Knights.

T-Mobile Arena Conference
No. 1 Marchessault's Penalty Shot OT Winner vs. No. 8 Fleury's playoff shutout
On Oct. 28, the Golden Knights and Ottawa Senators took a 3-3 tie into overtime. Marchessault caught a pass in neutral ice and darted into the Ottawa zone before being hooked. He was awarded the first penalty shot of his career on the play. Marchessault cruised in on the right wing, angled himself toward the middle of the ice and snapped a shot under the glove of Craig Anderson to give the Golden Knights a dramatic victory on home ice.

With Vegas leading their first round series against San Jose, 2-1, the Sharks were hungry to tie the series in Game 4 at T-Mobile Arena. Vegas' offense put five goals on the board and Marc-Andre Fleury weathered the storm in net for the 5-0 win. The Vegas netminder made 28 saves for his 15th career postseason shutout and 78th career playoff win.

No. 2 Acquiring Mark Stone vs. No. 7 Clinching Playoff Berth
As the trade deadline on Feb. 25 approached, the Vegas Golden Knights had just one win in their last seven outings and needed a boost heading into the playoff push. That boost came in the form of coveted forward Mark Stone. Vegas acquired the two-way player from the Ottawa Senators minutes before the trade deadline and enjoyed a six-game win streak after the acquisition. The Golden Knights went 11-6-2 to finish the year and Stone compiled 11 points (5G, 6A) to close out the regular season.

On March 29, Vegas took the ice against the Minnesota Wild at T-Mobile Arena and, while the focus remained on the ice, eyes were kept on the score of the Colorado Avalanche and Arizona Coyotes game which had started an hour earlier. Vegas needed to earn a point against Minnesota or have Colorado defeat Arizona in any fashion to clinch a playoff spot. As the Golden Knights and Wild entered the second intermission of their game, the Avalanche claimed a shootout win against the Coyotes to solidify Vegas' position in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

No. 3 8-goal game at Chicago vs. No. 6 Fleury's Save in Philadelphia
On Nov. 27, the Golden Knights added another piece of history to their own record book as they scored a single-game best eight goals against the Chicago Blackhawks during an 8-3 win at United Center. Daniel Carr, Alex Tuch and Cody Eakin each scored in the first period to give Vegas a 3-0 lead. Goals from William Karlsson, Ryan Reaves and Shea Theodore brought the Golden Knights' total up to six goals through two periods. Theodore and Eakin scored another goal each in the third period to cap Vegas' night with a franchise-best eight goals.

When the Golden Knights met the Philadelphia Flyers on Oct. 13, Claude Giroux came bearing down on a breakaway late in the second period. Fleury read Giroux's deke and stayed with him as he moved from left to right. As Giroux attempted to reach around Fleury and tuck the puck inside the right post, Fleury dove and sealed off the shot with an outstretched glove. The save was one of 26 made by Fleury that afternoon in Philadelphia as he recorded his first shutout of the season.

No. 4 Subban's First Career Shutout vs. No. 5 Schmidt's Winner vs. Capitals
On March 21, goaltender Malcolm Subban made his third consecutive start with Marc-Andre Fleury unavailable due to injury. With two consecutive wins under his belt, Subban hit the ice against the Winnipeg Jets at T-Mobile Arena and stopped all 10 shots he faced in the first period. As his team kept piling up pucks in the Winnipeg net, Subban kept turning shots aside and, when the final horn sounded, he'd made 20 saves for his first NHL shutout in a 5-0 win for Vegas.

When the Golden Knights and Washington Capitals met at T-Mobile Arena on Dec. 4, it marked their first matchup in Vegas since the Capitals won Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final to capture their first championship. With the game tied at 3-3 in the final two minutes, Schmidt charged up the ice and ripped a wrist shot from just inside the blueline. The puck eluded Braden Holtby's glove and caught the twine inside the right post to give Vegas a 4-3 lead with 1:25 left in the game. Schmidt added an empty-net goal to seal a 5-3 win for the Golden Knights.

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