Tonight was the Vegas Golden Knights’ regular season opener. The Western Conference champions from last season hosted the Philadelphia Flyers in front of an excited and rowdy crowd of 18,555 fans: an excited and rowdy crowd that was ultimately disappointed in the Knights’ 5-2 loss.
What?! A loss!!
Surely you jest.
Our beloved team sure didn’t look like it did last season. Granted, some players were traded and let go, others are new, and a few key players like Alex Tuch and Cody Eakin are currently on injured reserve.
A first period goal by Jonathan Marchessault gave the Knights what would be their only lead of the game—something relatively unfamiliar from the Knights of last season who rarely lost a lead in a game. The Flyers answered this goal in droves, scoring a quick two in the first period and three more in the 3rd period before Pierre Edouard Bellemare tried to start a comeback with a short-handed goal midway through the 3rd.
But, alas, tonight wasn’t the Knights’ night despite the myriad pregame festivities such as the guys walking the gold carpet and the hoisting of the Western Conference Championship and Pacific Division Championship banners.
I have to admit that while I was glued to the television for the first period, once the score reached 4-1, I lost faith and went back to work whilst listening to the rest of the debacle and dabbing the tears from my eyes.
The Knights will chase their first win of the season Saturday night when they visit the Minnesota Wild.
“The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.” ~ Robert Green Ingersoll