Everything about Sunday night at T-Mobile Arena screamed Vegas Golden Knights Hockey.
The pregame extravaganza featured more than 18,000 glow sticks turning the arena into a living light show. Fans stood and cheered for what felt like hours before puck drop and, before they could sit down to watch the game, Mark Stone scored to keep them going.
The Golden Knights won the game, 6-3, and Stone potted the first hat trick of his NHL career. Vegas fans and players alike exuded emotions of thrill during the unforgettable game. It was one that Vegas won't forget, but right now, it has to.
"We have to put that game on the back burner," said forward Reilly Smith. "It's over, there's nothing we can do about it now. We'll take the positives that we can out of it and move on from the negatives. It's all about the next game. We're happy that we're up 2-1 but there is a lot of series left."
Just as the Golden Knights reset after their 5-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks in Game 1, the team is focused on getting back to emotional equilibrium ahead of Game 4.
"It's the same thing as Games 1 and 2 and we did a good job after both of those games," Pacioretty said. "We know that San Jose is going to come out with a ton of energy in the next game."
Forward William Carrier said he's confident that the team can reset and be ready to do it all again Tuesday night in Game 4.
"I think this team is good at refreshing," Carrier said. "Whether it's a big win or a loss, we put those behind us. It's the midnight rule."
One thing that is guaranteed to carry over from Game 3 is the home ice advantage that the Golden Knights have at T-Mobile Arena. Pacioretty said he was blown away by the scene and it's extra sweet that Vegas won the game.
"It's unlike any other building in the league and we used it to our advantage last game," Pacioretty said.