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Kings 6, Golden Knights 2: 3 Impressions

Vegas started quick but fell in its Rookie Camp opener

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

It started promising, but didn't finish that way for the Golden Knights.

After Tomas Hyka scored the first goal in Golden Knights history to give Vegas a 1-0 lead on Los Angeles 1:15 into Tuesday's Rookie Camp game, the Kings roared back to score four straight goals.

Although Keegan Kolesar got one back for the Golden Knights in the third period, it wasn't enough in a 6-2 Kings win.

Here are three quick hits from Tuesday's game.

We'll have more reaction from the locker room later this evening.

Tweet from @GoldenKnights: For the record books: The first moments of hockey in Golden Knights franchise history. pic.twitter.com/savvinuGsX

 

1. Logan Thompson acquitted himself well

The free agent goalie that was invited to Golden Knights Rookie Camp started for Vegas and wasn't flawless.

 

Tweet from @GoldenKnights: George McPhee on players that performed well:Alex TuchLogan ThompsonJake Bischoff

 

He played about half the game, and didn't surrender a single goal.

Thompson left with the Golden Knights ahead 1-0, before Jiri Patera took his place. Patera was in net for all six Kings goals.

 

2. Keegan Kolesar lived up to his billing

The power forward from the Seattle Thunderbirds, who was acquired from the Blue Jackets via trade over the summer, both scored a goal and got into a fight.

 

Video: Keegan Kolesar scored in Tuesday's 6-2 loss to LA

 

Along with the theme of firsts, Kolesar's fight was the first fight in team history.

 

Tweet from @GoldenKnights: We're packing punch on the scoreboard and on the ice.Keegan Kolesar with the first VGK fight�� pic.twitter.com/3OBbmJXsUW


3. Score Was Misleading

It's not quite like a baseball spring training game, where teams start their veterans and put in their prospects for later innings.

Nevertheless, the Golden Knights came out strong, outplayed the Kings in the first period and remained tied 1-1 through two periods.

 

Video: Tomas Hyka scores the first goal in VGK history

 

Video: Tomas Hyka reacts after scoring the first goal

An old cliché in hockey is that you have to play a full 60 minutes. The Golden Knights didn't do that.

But for a team just starting out, a solid 40 minutes provides something to build on heading into tomorrow's rematch with the Kings at 1:00 PM.

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