Three Stars of the Game
- Mark Stone is the leader of this team, the heartbeat of this team and he stepped up when they needed him most. With the Golden Knights stinking the building out in an ugly second period, they needed a spark and Stone provided that midway through the third after ripping a shot past Ben Bishop. When Mark Stone goes, so do the Vegas Golden Knights.
- Nate Schmidt had himself a two-point night with a goal and an assist to go along with a +2 rating and five shots on goal in 24:37 minutes of total ice time. Schmidt made it a tied game in the third period after joining the rush before ripping a hell of a one-timer past Bishop, and he also got a primary helper on William Carrier’s sensational between-the-legs goal. Just an all-round good night for the defenseman.
- William Karlsson also had a two-point night with an assist and an empty-netter, in addition to a +3 rating in 17:35 minutes of total ice time. Karlsson got the ball rolling with a nice dish to Chandler Stephenson for the opening goal of the game, and the center then wrapped things up with a late empty-netter. The Golden Knights will need their stars to be big if they are to win the Stanley Cup, so Karlsson getting off to a hot start is a major positive.
The Vegas Golden Knights take on the reigning Stanley Cup Champions the St. Louis Blues on Thursday with a chance to lock up at least a No.2 seed.
They will then finish these round-robin games with a matchup against the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.