Vadim Shipachyov scored his first NHL goal in a win against Boston on Sunday and played nearly 11 minutes of a 5-4 overtime victory against Buffalo on Tuesday night before 17,617 at T-Mobile Arena.
Marc-Andre Fleury on Sunday was placed on injured reserve by the Knights, the face of the expansion franchise lost for the time being with a concussion suffered in the second period of a 6-3 loss to Detroit on Friday.
The first expansion team in NHL history to win its first three games couldn’t make it four Friday night, when the Detroit Red Wings beat the Knights 6-3 before 17,645 at T-Mobile Arena.
No one could have imagined that the first home game in the history of the NHL expansion team would be defined by such a mournful cause, but as it has so many times in the worst of moments, sports proved to be a powerful remedy.
The Raiders lost for a third straight time in falling to Baltimore 30-17 before 54,980 at the Coliseum, the beginning of three consecutive home games for a silver and black side that that is beyond pedestrian in almost every area right now.
It’s a slow and steady and incredibly frustrating climb when it comes to the Rebels trying to match and compete with the Aztecs, a two-time defending Mountain West champion that is ranked 19th in the nation.
The team that just a month ago was a popular Super Bowl pick at local sports books suddenly finds itself at 2-2 and welcoming three home games in the next 11 days.
In a week when fear and death and incomparable sorrow tested the faith and resolve of Las Vegas like never before, major league professional sports officially joined its ranks.
Bill Foley had never before swam in this part of the ocean, near its floor or otherwise, before emerging as the man who would bring Las Vegas its first major league professional sports team in the form of an NHL expansion franchise.
If history is indeed written by winners, Marc-Andre Fleury more than anyone else wearing a Golden Knights sweater deserves to hold a pen, for it is his likeness by which the first major league professional sports franchise in Las Vegas will be defined.