In Las Vegas, a tight match between the Golden Knights and Anaheim Ducks turned in the favor of Vegas in the third period when they scored three times en route to a 5-2 win.
The two teams exchanged two-goal outbursts in the first period before settling down through the first 40 minutes of the game.
The Ducks responded with a pair of markers from Max Comtois to knot the game at 2-2.
“We haven’t played in nine months,” Comtois said. “We’ve just got to go back to the video room, see what went good, see what went wrong.”
Robin Lehner made 20 saves in the win for Vegas.
Mark Stone scored the eventual game-winner with 49 seconds gone in the third period to break the tie.
“We have a good core group of guys that have done this before,” Stone said. “We have guys that have played a lot of games in this league. … I think we can battle adversity very well.”
“[Stone] led the way, that’s why he’s wearing the ‘C,’” Golden Knights head coach Peter DeBoer said. “He has the ability to raise his level at important times and that’s what you want your captain to do in those moments in the game.”
Alex Pietrangelo debuted for the Golden Knights and had an assist in the win.
“A little different without the fans, obviously,” Pietrangelo said. “I feel like I’ve adjusted well. … So far so good. We played well tonight; the team did a good job out there. I enjoyed myself out there. It’s a fun group to be a part of.”
John Gibson made 24 saves. in the loss.
“We know we can play with those guys; we saw it in the first and the second,” Comtois said. “We’ve just got to stick to that and make sure we give it for 60 minutes.”