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NHL news: Vegas wins emotional opener

As far as franchise starts go, the Vegas Golden Knights’ was about as emotional as it gets. Just days after a gunman opened fire on thousands of concert goers in Las Vegas, the Golden Knights did their best to bring the city together. And they did so in winning fashion.

The Golden Knights knocked off the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center 2-1 Friday night.

Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury summed it all up (from

“It’s a big thing, not just because it’s the first game in the history of the team. We all wanted it to be a good memory that way, but also for everything that’s happened back home and try to have the town behind us, have them be proud of their team. I’m glad we got that first one in.”

Prior to the game, the Stars stood behind the Vegas players for a moment of silence to remember the victims, and both teams wore stickers that read “Vegas Strong.”

James Neal scored both goals, and Fleury made 45 saves in the opener. Fleury’s 45 saves were an NHL record for franchise openers.

Vegas became the first expansion team to win its inaugural contest since 1992.

The Golden Knights face the Coyotes tonight in Arizona.

For more Golden Knights related stories, check out: NHL news: Vegas Golden Knights honor ticket holdersNHL news: Vegas Golden Knights’ inaugural win and NHL news: Vegas Golden Knights ready to hit the ice.

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