On Friday, the Vegas Golden Knights became the first expansion franchise to win their first NHL game since the Ottawa Senators did so in 1992. It's difficult to be competitive in an inaugural season, and there aren't many who are expecting much success from Vegas (the Sporting News NHL team predicted Vegas will finish with 47 points).
And while it's entirely too early in the season to make any grand declarations, what's true up to this very minute is the Knights are 2-0-0, undefeated in the franchise's history after forward James Neal scored again on Saturday, his second game-winner in as many nights, to lead the Knights to a 2-1 overtime victory against the Coyotes.
The Knights latest win played out similarly to their first. Vegas fell behind 1-0 against the Coyotes on Saturday in the first period; on Friday, the Knights trailed the Stars 1-0 in the second. Like Friday, Vegas managed to erase that one-goal deficit, and defenseman Nate Schmidt scored with 1:12 remaining in regulation to tie the score at 1-1 against Arizona.
That set the stage again for Neal, who scored both goals on Friday against the Stars, providing all of the Knights' offense in their 2-1 victory. A little under four minutes into overtime on Saturday, Neal took a pass from David Perron at the side of the net, cut toward the front of the net, and beat Antti Raanta to keep Vegas' record unblemished.
The Knights next game will be its first at home, when they play in Las Vegas on Tuesday, also against the Coyotes. The game will be televised on NBCSN, the first at T-Mobile Arena, and the first the city has hosted for a professional sports franchise. It is also the first game in Las Vegas since a mass-shooting that occured last Sunday in the city that killed 58 and injured more than 500. The Knights said they will honor the victims of the shooting on Tuesday.