You can only be motivated by sentiment for so long, and what the Knights did Saturday was about returning to hockey and moving beyond the drama of their coach being fired.
Tomas Tatar and Ilya Kovalchuk scored in the shootout for Montreal, and the Golden Knights lost 5-4 to the Canadiens on Saturday at Bell Centre.
Seven coaches have lost their jobs, and there are more than two months left in the regular season. The league record of 11 coaching changes in a season is in play.
Max Pacioretty made his second visit to Montreal on Saturday since he was traded to the Golden Knights in September 2018. He spent 10 seasons with the Canadiens.
Forward Chandler Stephenson, acquired from Washington last month, has stepped into injured William Karlsson’s spot on the No. 1 line for the Golden Knights.
Golden Knights practices at City National Arena will remain open to the public, a team spokesman told the Review-Journal on Friday.
Few in the Golden Knights room would have had similar thoughts as Reaves when it was announced that DeBoer would be replacing the fired Gerard Gallant this week.
Peter DeBoer ran his first practice as Golden Knights coach Friday in Montreal, and the 45-minute workout was another reminder of the changes that took place.
Nearly a year after being traded from Ottawa to the Vegas Golden Knights, Mark Stone remains a popular figure in Canada’s capital.
Fans certainly will be content with first impressions, the Knights having snapped a four-game losing streak by beating the Ottawa Senators 4-2 on Thursday.