Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was there for all three periods to watch his hometown Vegas Knights.
The Chicago Blackhawks appeared to be watching much of the action as well.
Chicago came out chasing from the get-go. Duncan Keith took a rare penalty at 3:01 into the first, and the Hawks turned the tables quickly as John Hayden got on the board with a short-handed goal.
Unfortunately, that was it for the Hawks offense until the closing moments of the game.
William Karlsson scored 26 seconds later – still on the Keith penalty – to tie the game at one.
Less than two minutes later, Deryk Engelland carried the puck into the zone and kept attacking. He put a shot on net that Corey Crawford couldn’t control and Tomas Nosek tapped it home to give Vegas a lead they wouldn’t give up the rest of the way.
Vegas out-shot the Hawks 14-10 in the first period.
In the second, hung around in spite of their play for 18 minutes. Brayden McNabb put a big hit on Nick Schmaltz 14 minutes into the second and Ryan Hartman came to his defense. Unfortunately, Hartman took two minor penalties on the play. The Hawks limited Vegas to only one shot during the four minute advantage, but Pierre-Edouard Bellemare was left all alone on the doorstep with under two minutes left in the period.
At the end of 40 minutes, the Hawks were down 3-1 and Vegas held a 22-18 shot advantage.
Jonathan Marchessault ripped home the Knights’ second power play goal of the night ten minutes into the third to extend the lead to 4-1. Chicago didn’t show much jump and Vegas was taking everything they could get at the expense of Crawford.
Patrick Kane scored to cut the lead to 4-2 with 65 seconds left in regulation, but it was another case of too little, too late.
Vegas is now 5-1-0 at home and is off to the best start of any expansion team in NHL history. Oscar Dansk made his first career NHL start on Tuesday night and was sharp when he needed to be, controlling the limited opportunities the Blackhawks created.
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Jonathan Toews won 13 of 25 at the dot and was credited with two takeaways in the game. Brandon Saad and Jordan Oesterle were credited with the only assists for Chicago, both coming on Kane’s goal.
Keith had a team-leading four blocked shots and Brent Seabrook led the Hawks with four hits. Patrick Sharp was credited with a team-high four shots on net.
Crawford stopped 29 of 33 in the loss.
Chicago was 0-3 on the power play with none of their alleged advantages looking even decent.