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Golden Knights 3, Blues 2 (OT): 3 Takeaways

William Karlsson's OT goal improved the Golden Knights to 6-1-0

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights /

With the Western Conference's top team in town, there were many that said the Golden Knights' hot start couldn't continue.

But despite St. Louis mustering chance after chance after chance, despite an injury to Malcolm Subban, the Golden Knights managed to force the game to overtime and win on a goal by William Karlsson.

Vegas improves to 6-1-0, still the best start by an expansion team in league history.

Here are three immediate takeaways from tonight's game.

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Perron Reminisces About Days With Blues

The Golden Knights forward played seven seasons for St. Louis

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights /

It can be a tired cliché sometimes.

Player XXX is playing against his former team tonight, so he must really be motivated now. You know, he wants to show his former team they made a mistake for parting ways with him. He wants to have bragging rights with his former buddies.

For the Golden Knights, who had the chance to acquire at least one player from every other NHL team during the Expansion Draft, having players face their former squads is pretty much and every game occurrence. Tonight, it's David Perron, who spent seven seasons during two separate stints with the Blues, scoring 102 goals for St. Louis.

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Blues At Golden Knights: 3 Keys To The Game

Today's game starts at 7:30. It can be seen on AT&T SportsNet. This is Cox channels 313 (SD) and 1313 (HD), DIRECTV channel 684, U-verse channels 757 (SD) and 1757 (HD), and CenturyLink channels 760 (SD) and 1760 (HD).

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights /

It wasn't supposed to be this way when the season started.

Although as of now, Saturday's contest between the Golden Knights and St. Louis Blues is truly a clash of Western Conference titans.

Two of the top three teams in the conference, meeting on a Saturday night on the Las Vegas Strip - what could be better?

The game starts at 7:30 PM (PT).

It can be seen on AT&T SportsNet. This is Cox channels 313 (SD) and 1313 (HD), DIRECTV channel 684, U-verse channels 757 (SD) and 1757 (HD), and CenturyLink channels 760 (SD) and 1760 (HD).

Dave Goucher and Shane Hnidy will have all the action.

Dan D'Uva will be calling the game on FOX Sports Radio. This is 98.9 FM and 1340 AM.

Here are three keys to tonight's game.

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Malcolm Subban Updates The Status Of Receiving Golden Knights Equipment

The goalie has been wearing a blank mask and Boston Bruins gear since being acquired on October 3.

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights /

The plain white helmet with a Golden Knights sticker.

The Boston Bruins goalie pads, despite now having been with Vegas for most of this month.

As Malcolm Subban has emerged in Marc-Andre Fleury's absence by winning his first two games, the look of the Golden Knights' goalie's equipment has seemed a bit off. After all, Subban's been a Golden Knight for 17 days now.

While getting new equipment - especially a custom mask - can take time, some have asked what the status of Subban's new Vegas equipment's arrival is.

So asked Subban after practice on Friday at City National Arena.

"You have to ask the equipment managers," Subban said. "I'm not too sure. They should be coming soon, though."

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Injured Marchessault Returns To Golden Knights Practice On Friday

Plus updates on Marc-Andre Fleury and Erik Haula

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights /

The most welcome sign in Golden Knights practice on Friday may have been the return of injured forward Jonathan Marchessault.

Although Marchessault wore a no-contact jersey and remains on the injured reserve list after sustaining a lower-body injury in last Friday's game against the Detroit Red Wings, this was his first full practice with the team. And based on what he had to say after practice at City National Arena, it would appear as if Marchessault's return will come sooner, rather than later.

"I skated yesterday, alone," Marchessault said. "Today I felt good and tried to push my limits. I feel good."

Marchessault, who scored against Detroit last Friday and notched 30 goals with the Florida Panthers last season, said that more than anything, he feels like he has to get his timing back. 

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#VegasGoesGold Winners Announced

Local schools were invited to enter a contest to show their team spirit earlier this month

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights /

It was a test to show team spirit.

Leading into the Golden Knights' home opener against the Arizona Coyotes on October 10, local students were encouraged to show their pride in the team and tweet their photos using the #VegasGoesGold hash tag.

The photos would then be judged based on originality, with first place, second place and a third place winner being selected,

First place, submitted by Sara Polito at Kay Carl Elementary School, has won a visit from a Golden Knights player and the team's mascot, Chance, as well as a banner for their classroom.

Second place, Michael Sarabyn's eighth grade health class at Roy Martin Middle School, wins a visit from Chance and a classroom pizza party, and a banner for their classroom.

Third place was Kaela Duran's first grade class at Ruby Thomas Elementary School.

Below is a look at the winning submissions.

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Oscar Dansk Recalled; Maxime Lagace Assigned To AHL Chicago

Dansk and Malcolm Subban are now the Golden Knights' two active goalies

by Vegas Golden Knights @GoldenKnights /

VEGAS (October 19, 2017) - Vegas Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee announced today, October 19, the following roster transactions: The team has recalled goaltender Oscar Dansk from the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey and has assigned goaltender Maxime Lagace to the Chicago Wolves.

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Golden Knights Earning League-Wide Praise

Vegas was placed in the top 10 of the NHL's power rankings for the first time

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights /

The Golden Knights are actually good.

Or something like that?

Entering the season, there weren't much external expectations for this team. After all, the Golden Knights are an expansion team, and not one first-year squad in the modern era has finished with a .500 record.

Vegas' 5-1-0 start has certainly turned some heads. Although with this being an extremely small sample size in an 82-game regular season, there are still many that expect this team to tumble.

Who considers this team's success something of a mirage. And not the hotel on the north side of the Strip.

The Golden Knights received some league-wide credit, however, on Thursday morning. With Vegas holding the second-best record in the Western Conference behind the Los Angeles Kings, recognized the Golden Knights' successes in their weekly power rankings.

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Players Emerging As Keepers For Golden Knights

These five players have played a vital role in Vegas' early success

by Gary Lawless @GoldenKnights /

She was wearing a Sabres shirt and hat. Maybe she'd had a few drinks. But when she noticed the Golden Knights pin on a suit jacket - she was quick to ask: "Could you have guessed the team would be 5-1?"

And she was the third person who had asked in a span of 15 minutes.

The Vegas Golden Knights might not be the best story of the early NHL season but they are certainly in the running. Not since the Montreal Canadiens did it in the 1917-18 season has an NHL team started 5-1 in its inaugural campaign. So, twice in 100 years. Not bad for the expansion team in the desert.

One can point to the quality of competition and wonder how the Golden Knights will fare against stiffer tests such as the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks in their next two games. But a team can only take care of what is put before them and so far Vegas has rolled hot.

The better question is why have they achieved so far. Golden Knights analyst Shane Hnidy succinctly summed it up on Wednesday: Team beats talent.

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Golden Knights 5, Sabres 4 (OT): 3 Takeaways

A David Perron OT goal improved Vegas to 5-1-0

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights /

It wasn't quite how it was drawn up. But the Golden Knights will sure take it.

After surrending a 4-1 third-period lead that Vegas was within 10 seconds of winning in regulation, David Perron fired the game-winning goal past Chad Johnson 3:52 into the overtime period to lift the Golden Knights to a 5-4 win.

Vegas is now 5-1-0, and off to the best start by an expansion team in league history.

Here are three immediate takeaways from Tuesday's game.

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