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Glass scores in NHL debut, Golden Knights win opener against Sharks

Vegas' first draft pick quickly contributes; Karlsson scratched for San Jose

by Danny Webster / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Glass scores in NHL debut

SJS@VGK: Glass finishes great feed for his first goal

Cody Glass buries Max Pacioretty's cross-ice pass to notch a goal in his first career NHL game and give the Golden Knights a 3-1 lead

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LAS VEGAS -- Cody Glass scored in his NHL debut, and the Vegas Golden Knights defeated the San Jose Sharks in their season opener, 4-1 at T-Mobile Arena on Wednesday.

Glass was Vegas' first NHL Draft pick (No. 6, 2017). The 20-year-old center scored on a cross-ice pass from Max Pacioretty at 2:12 of the second period to give the Golden Knights a 3-1 lead.

"It's special. You dream of it as a kid and for it to come true like that is unbelievable," Glass said. "Very emotional. When I was sitting on the bench, I just had goosebumps. The crowd was unbelievable. It was a very special moment."

Glass, who played on a line with Pacioretty and Mark Stone, became the youngest Golden Knights player (20 years, 184 days) to score a goal, surpassing forward Alex Tuch (21 years, 158 days on Oct. 15, 2017.

"That's 10 times easier," Glass said. "Having [Stone] and [Pacioretty], two Hall of Famers to be, it makes it easier for a 20-year-old to come into the League. They play 200-foot games and that's something you appreciate and they make it real easy on yourself."

 

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Reilly Smith scored two goals, and Stone had a goal and an assist for the Golden Knights. Marc-Andre Fleury made 21 saves for his 440th NHL victory.

Fleury won his 10th season opener, tying the NHL record held by Curtis Joseph and Martin Brodeur.

"It's nice to get that first win at home, especially against these guys," Fleury said. "Our crowd again was awesome, it was loud in there. I think our team played an awesome game from start to finish and I didn't have to do too much back there."

This was the first game between the Pacific Division rivals since last season's Western Conference First Round, which the Sharks won in seven games. Marcus Sorensen scored, and Martin Jones made 31 saves for San Jose.

"We said coming in we didn't want to give them any in the first 10 minutes, and we gave them two," Sharks captain Logan Couture said. "It's tough to come back in this building when you give them two goals right away."

Video: SJS@VGK: Karlsson sets up Smith off turnover

Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson was a late scratch because of a personal matter. Coach Peter DeBoer did not confirm if Karlsson will be ready when the teams play again in San Jose on Friday.

Stone scored on the power play at 3:46 of the first period to give the Golden Knights a 1-0 lead. Smith scored at 5:21 to make it 2-0.

Sorensen cut the lead to 2-1 at 12:14 of the first.

Smith scored shorthanded at 4:01 of the third period for the 4-1 final.

"This wasn't a hard game for us to be ready for," Stone said. "It's the start of the season. It's a big rivalry. They eliminated us from the playoffs last year, and we wanted to be ready. It's just one game. We're motivated, and that says a lot of the group we have here. Last year is over and we're ready for an 82-game season, and it started with a win tonight."

Video: SJS@VGK: Smith buries Karlsson's pass for SHG

 

They said it

"We have a lot of young players that we're asking to come into this environment against a veteran, battle-hardened team with revenge on their minds. It was a big ask. The result was just and deserved. Hopefully we'll learn some lessons and get better from it." -- Sharks coach Peter DeBoer

"I'd be lying if I said I didn't want to go out there tonight and try and make Cody look good. That's just the way things go when you play with a player like that. He has an opportunity right now, and I wanted to go out there and try and make him look good in his first NHL game." -- Golden Knights forward Max Pacioretty

 

Need to know

Sharks forwards Timo Meier and Kevin Labanc left the game in the third period. DeBoer did not have an update on either player. … Karlsson was replaced by defenseman Tim Heed. … Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt left at 9:29 of the first period with a left knee injury after colliding with Couture. Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said he expects to have an update Thursday. … Fleury is five victories from tying Terry Sawchuk (445) for seventh place on the NHL's all-time wins list. ... The Golden Knights recalled defenseman Nicolas Hague and forward Nicolas Roy from Chicago of the American Hockey League before the game. … Vegas is 6-1-2 all-time against San Jose in the regular season.

 

What's next

Sharks: Host the Golden Knights on Friday (10:30 p.m. ET; ATTSN-RM, NBCSCA, NHL.TV)

Golden Knights: At the Sharks on Friday (10:30 p.m. ET; ATTSN-RM, NBCSCA, NHL.TV)

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