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.
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.
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.
Gerard Gallant was fired as coach of the Golden Knights on Wednesday morning. For such a seemingly rushed decision, be assured it wasn’t made in the previous 24 hours.
It wasn’t a disastrous start for the Golden Knights. It just wasn’t very good, an opening 20 minutes that was eventually followed by a 3-0 loss to end a seven-game homestand.
A reminder comes each time the Golden Knights play Pittsburgh, with Marc-Andre Fleury again in the opposite net of the team that drafted him No. 1 overall in 2003.
After walking out of the news conference following the Golden Knights’ win Thursday, coach Gerard Gallant kept his cool after his team defeated the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.
Golden Knights owner Bill Foley, a member of the Army class of 1967, sat just off the ice at T-Mobile Arena on Friday, watching Army play Providence in the Fortress Invitational.
Valentin Zykov has never been as good with the Golden Knights as his Sunday performance. He gave his team a lead and forechecked furiously in the win.
On a night during which Marc-Andre Fleury even outdid his own storied hockey career, a rookie defenseman for the Golden Knights continued his slow but sure progression.