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 were chosen and the top eight have advanced to the second round of the Best Moments Bracket.
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 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-T-Back Shutouts vs. No. 5 Marchessault's Hat Trick
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. This moment defeated Max Pacioretty's four-point playoff game with 77 percent of the vote.
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. This moment defeated Kelly McCrimmon's appointment as General Manager with 92 percent of the vote.
No. 2 Stone's Hat Trick vs. No. 3 Return of Schmidt
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. This moment defeated Brandon Pirri's 10 points in 11 games with 80 percent of the vote.
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. This moment defeated the acquisition of Max Pacioretty with 63 percent of the vote.
T-Mobile Arena Conference
No. 1 Marchessault's Penalty Shot OT Winner vs. No. 4 Subban's First Career 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. This moment defeated Fleury's playoff shutout with 67 percent of the vote.
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. This moment defeated Schmidt's winner vs. Washington with 56 percent of the vote.
No. 2 Acquiring Mark Stone vs. No. 6 Fleury's Save vs. Flyers
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. This moment defeated Vegas clinching a playoff berth with 84 percent of the vote.
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. This moment defeated Vegas' eight-goal game at Chicago with 51 percent of the vote.