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Oh, What A Knight!

Despite an overtime loss, the first preseason home game in team history was a victory for the city of Las Vegas

by Gary Lawless @GoldenKnights /

The bride and groom are allowed to flub their lines in the dress rehearsal. But when the wedding day arrives, both better be sharp with their vows. It's I Do, not I Don't. The former results in a marriage - the latter makes for a short afternoon and no need for cake cutting later in the evening.

The Vegas Golden Knights and their fans got a lot right on Tuesday night. In the end, it was only the final score - a 3-2 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Kings which felt like a flub.

The scene at T-Mobile Arena was much more post-season than pre-season. An announced crowd of 17,101 were on their feet and in full throat when the Golden Knights steamed out of the tunnel prior to the opening faceoff.

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


"That was fun to see that crowd out there and the way they reacted - it was awesome," said Golden Knights head coach Gerard Gallant.

One seasoned hockey writer said this in the Golden Knights dressing room following the game: "The best compliment I can pay this crowd was this felt and sounded like an NHL hockey game. The crowd knew when to cheer, they knew when to boo and then knew when to get loud. They were prompted into 'Go Knights Go,' once but the rest of the time they started the chant on their own. They knew what they were doing. This was a good crowd. A legit crowd."


Video: LAK@VGK: Carrier ties game at 2 with rebound goal

The house was filled with Golden Knights jerseys and the pre-game crowd on Toshiba Plaza just outside the front doors of T-Mobile was festive and fun. It begged the questions: What will this look like on Oct. 10th before the regular season home opener? What will it look like when Vegas hosts a playoff game?

The Golden Knights and their home crowd have two more pre-season games to get it all right before the regular season.

They're already real close. Vegas has NHL hockey and Vegas gets NHL hockey. 

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