Looking back at the first half of the Golden Knights’ inagural campaign
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A LOT has happened through the first half of the Vegas Golden Knights’ 2017-18 season. From the Knights’ record-setting start to the Spinal Tap-esque goalie carousel to the Vadim Shipachyov saga, there has been no shortage of drama. But there also have been heroic efforts, moving tributes and plenty of exhilarating hockey. Even the introduction of the mascot was memorable. As the Knights find themselves in first place in the Western Conference with 61 points through 42 games, it clear that nothing about the first half of this season was ordinary. So in case you missed any of it or just want to reflect on it all as we enter the second half David Clarkson Jersey, here a timeline of highlights and events from the Knights’ season thus far.OctoberKnights’ Record 8-3-0Leading Scorer James Neal The opening month of the Knights’ season was marked by an improbable start after an unthinkable tragedy. “Vegas Strong” was adopted as the Knights’ mantra as the team became a symbol of Vegas’ resilience, jumping out to a record-setting 8-1-0 record and shattering all expectations. But that was just the beginning of a run that still has pundits shaking their heads in disbelief. Everyone has waited for this team to hit the inevitable rut and regress. While that still a possibility, one thing is for sure Vegas is no longer being underestimated by anyone.Oct. 3Golden Knights claim goaltender Malcolm Subban off waivers from the Boston Bruins.Golden Knights set 23-man roster, sending waiver-exempt Shipachyov, Alex Tuch and Shea Theodore to the Knights’ AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves.Golden Knights and National Hockey League donate $300,000 to victims of the Las Vegas tragedy.Oct. 4Golden Knights sign forward Brandon Pirri to a one-year contract.Oct. 5Golden Knights waive goaltender Calvin Pickard and name Subban as Marc-Andre Fleury backup.Oct. 6 The first gameGolden Knights trade Pickard to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for forward Tobias Lindberg and a 2018 sixth-round pick.We here at Knights On Ice record some bold predictions for the regular season, which have since been reexamined.GAME 1 Vegas Dallas Vegas plays its first regular-season game.Tyler Seguin scores the first goal against the Knights in franchise history at 1701 of the second period.James Neal scores the first goal in franchise history at 1027 of the third period to tie the game at 1-1.Golden Knights earn the first win in franchise history with a 2-1 victory in Dallas on two goals from Neal and 45 saves from Fleury as the team starts the season 1-0-0. Cody Eakin earns an assist on the game-winning goal against his former team. After being selected in the expansion draft and then traded to Dallas, defenseman Marc Methot finishes the game with one shot, two hits, five blocks, one takeaway and a minus-one rating. Full recap.Stars of the Game1 Marc-Andre Fleury2 Alexander Radulov3 James NealOct. 8GAME 2 Vegas Arizona Nate Schmidt records the first goal by a defenseman in franchise history at 1848 of the third period to force overtime.The Knights defeat the Coyotes 2-1 as Neal records the first overtime goal in franchise history to give the Knights a 2-0-0 record to start the season. Neal scores three of the Knights’ first four goals in franchise history Erik Brannstrom Jersey. Full recap.Stars of the Game1 James Neal2 Nate Schmidt3 Antti RaantaOct. 9 The Shipachyov saga officially sets sailKHL insider Aivis Kalnins reports that Shipachyov is upset with the Knights organization and wishes to return to Russia.General manager George McPhee, as well as Petr Svoboda, Shipachyov agent, deny the report.Fleury is named the NHL second star of the week with a 0.98 goals-against average and .937 save percentage.Oct. 10 Knights dominate in memorable emotional home openerThe Golden Knights organize an incredibly moving pre-game ceremony in which players are introduced with heroic first responders from the Vegas mass shooting Brandon Pirri Jersey. The stadium holds a 58-second moment of silence in honor of the 58 victims of the tragedy; the names of the victims are displayed on the ice. Vegas native Deryk Engelland caps off the meaningful ceremony by addressing the crowd at center ice with a heartfelt speech, saying e are Vegas Strong.nd the names of the victims are on the ice.