The San Jose goaltender surrendered a goal on the first shot he saw in the season for the fourth time in five years in a 4-1 loss to the Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena on Wednesday.
The 20-year-old center one-timed a pass from left wing Max Pacioretty past San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones 2:12 into the second period in the Knights’ 4-1 victory.
The win came at a cost, as defenseman Nate Schmidt was injured in a knee-on-knee collision in the first period and had to be helped to the locker room.
Behind every bitter hockey rivalry you’ll usually find a personal battle between two guys who don’t care for one another.
The Golden Knights did not designate an official captain for the third straight season, and Mark Stone, Deryk Engelland and Reilly Smith were alternates Wednesday.
Vegas Golden Knights players and fans are ready for the NHL season-opener on Wednesday against the San Jose Sharks at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The Golden Knights begin the regular season Wednesday, as they host rival San Jose at T-Mobile Arena.
The left wing said moving his family to Las Vegas and adjusting to a new team for the first time in 10 years probably affected his play last season.
The team’s new studio analyst and retired NHL goaltender is a fan of IndyCar racing, Swedish death metal and goalie backup towels.
Jonathan Marchessault, William Karlsson and Reilly Smith form the team’s designated first line and are pushed by Max Pacioretty, Paul Stastny and Mark Stone.