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Kings 3, Golden Knights 2 (OT): 3 Takeaways

A goal 12 seconds into overtime delivered the game to the Kings

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

The first game in T-Mobile Arena history for the Golden Knights was even.

Vegas had two.

LA had two.

And as the teams headed to overtime, it was any game. However, a costly turnover by Nate Schmidt in the opening seconds of overtime cost Vegas big, as the Kings quickly hammered in the game-winning goal and won 3-2.

Here are three immediate impressions from tonight's game, played in front of a near capacity crowd of 17,101.

1. One play swung the outcome

After coming back to tie the game at 2-2 in the third period, all of the momentum was in Vegas's corner. Especially late in the third, as the Golden Knights had a power play and significant pressure in the Kings' zone.

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After LA survived the latter stages of the third, a costly turnover by Nate Schmidt in the first 10 seconds of overtime cost the Golden Knights dearly, leading to Brooks Laich's overtime goal.

Other than this, this game was pretty much equal.

 

Video: Condensed Game: Kings @ Golden Knights

 

2. Eakin with a memorable milestone

Although the first official goal in Golden Knights history at T-Mobile Arena won't come until the regular season, Cody Eakin scored the first unofficial home goal in team history 3:44 into the first period.

And for a team that will be chalk full of milestones this season, this is perhaps one of the most significant to date.

This is how it all looked.

 

Video: LAK@VGK: Eakin blasts one-timer past Campbell

 

3. Engelland drops the gloves

This was probably fitting. No player on the Golden Knights represents the city better than Deryk Engelland.

The former Las Vegas Wrangler has called this city home for more than 12 years, dating back to his ECHL days in this town when he met his wife, who is from this city.

As Engelland has played in the NHL for both the Pittsburgh Penguins and Calgary Flames, he's still come back to Las Vegas every offseason and made this city his home.

Engelland, a defensive defenseman who plays tough, has a team-first mentality and sacrifices his body to make a play for the chance to help win a game, in true Engelland fashion, got into the first fight in team history at T-Mobile Arena.

 

 

Engelland's fight came 5:15 into the first period against Kings defenseman Kurtis MacDermid

"We all know what Deryk Engelland is," coach Gerard Gallant said. "He's a character guy, he's a leader guy, he's a physical guy. He stands up for his teammates

"I want guys to stand up and play tough for their teammates. You don't have to stand up for your teammates (by fighting) every night, but what Deryk did tonight was perfect.:

 

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