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The Vegas Golden Knights opened the 2022-2023 NHL season with a dramatic last minute victory over the Los Angeles Kings in L.A. last night. And, after Monday night’s heartbreaking loss by the Las Vegas Raiders, it was nice to see one of our hometown teams win a close one.

It sure didn’t look like opening night hockey as both teams came out playing an up tempo, exciting playoff style game. L.A. took the early lead with a goal in the first, but the Golden Knights tied it up in the second, as they took advantage of a bad line change by the Kings for a three-on-one opportunity. Jonathan Marchessault and William Karlsson made a couple of quick passes on the breakaway, and Marchessault wristed it into the net behind Los Angeles goaltender Jonathan Quick.

The teams went into the final period tied at 1-1, and then the floodgates opened in back-and-forth style. VGK goals in the third came from Jack Eichel cleaning up a rebound around the net, and William Karlsson with a nice redirect off of a shot-pass from defenseman Alex Pietrangelo. The Kings kept it close each time Vegas took a lead with goals by Adrian Kempe and Arthur Kaliyev.

It looked like the game was headed into overtime, when Kings defenseman Sean Durzi tried to make a long stretch pass out of his zone with a little over 30 seconds to go. It was broken up the the Golden Knights defense and Chandler Stephenson came away with the puck, sped in over the blue line and into the L.A. zone down the right side. He made a nice no-look backhand pass to captain Mark Stone, who lifted it over Quick’s shoulder for the dramatic game-winning goal with just 26 seconds left on the clock.

New head coach Bruce Cassidy begins his career with the Vegas Golden Knights with a victory. In the post-game interview, he mentioned that he was happy to see the resiliency of his new team in their first league game under his tutelage. He liked the way the players came back and played hard after something didn’t go their way or there was a goal against.

Vegas Golden Knights starting goaltender Logan Thompson acquitted himself well in his new position as the team’s #1 goalie, stopping 27 of 30 shots on net, to get the 4-3 win.

All-in-all, it was a great way to start a new season. Go Knights Go!!


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Larry Martino is the long-time Afternoon Drive personality on 96.3 KKLZ. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of Larry Martino and not necessarily those of Beasley Media Group, LLC.


NHL Releases Las Vegas Golden Knights' Season Schedule, See Here

The official schedule for the Vegas Golden Knights‘ 2022-23 regular season has finally been released.

On Wednesday, July 6, the National Hockey League unveiled the schedule. However, there’s a slight difference to the VGK’s first game compared to pervious seasons.

For the second time since the team’s inception, the Golden Knights will start their season away rather than at home, according to the NHL.

The first game will be on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. with the VGKs playing against the Los Angeles Kings at Arena.

On Oct. 13, the Golden Knights will play their first home game against the Chicago Blackhawks.

According to the NHL, the Golden Knights will have a “season-high, seven-game homestand” that’ll start on Jan. 5, 2023.

This homestand will go as following:

  • Jan. 5 against Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Jan. 7 against Los Angeles Kings
  • Jan. 12 against Florida Panthers
  • Jan. 14 against Edmonton Oilers
  • Jan. 16 against Dallas Stars
  • Jan. 19 against Detroit Red Wings
  • Jan. 21 against Washington Capitals

After this homestand, the Golden Knights will play a “season high” of six consecutive games on the road, which starts immediately after the streak of home games.

  • Jan. 22 in Arizona (Coyotes)
  • Jan. 24 in New Jersey (Devils)
  • Jan. 27 in New York (Rangers)
  • Jan. 28 in New York (Islanders)
  • Feb. 7 in Tennessee (Predators)
  • Feb. 9 in Minnesota (Wild)

According to the NHL, VGK will play at T-Mobile Arena during key dates for Sin City! These dates include Nevada Day, New Year’s Eve, Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the day of the National Football League’s Super Bowl LVII.

This season is sure to be an exciting one with new leadership and a change in command for the team.

Memberships for the full season will be available starting July 11 for the team’s 41 regular season games and additional preseason games.

“Key benefits to being a full-season member include the best pricing on tickets to all home games, a complimentary jersey, exclusive member-only events, and the ability to safely and conveniently resell game tickets,” the NHL stated.

For the Golden Knights‘ full 2022-23 schedule, see below!

  • Games in October

    • Tue. Oct. 11 at Los Angeles 7 p.m.
    • Thu. Oct. 13 vs. Chicago 7 p.m.
    • Sat. Oct. 15 at Seattle 7 p.m.
    • Tue. Oct. 18 at Calgary 6 p.m.
    • Thu. Oct. 20 vs. Winnipeg 7 p.m.
    • Sat. Oct. 22 vs. Colorado 7 p.m.
    • Mon. Oct. 24 vs. Toronto 7 p.m.
    • Tue. Oct. 25 at San Jose 7:30 p.m.
    • Fri. Oct. 28 vs. Anaheim 3 p.m.
    • Sun. Oct. 30 vs. Winnipeg 5 p.m.
  • Games In November

    • Tue. Nov. 1 at Washington 4 p.m.Thu. Nov. 3 at Ottawa 4 p.m.
    • Sat. Nov. 5 at Montreal 4 p.m.
    • Tue. Nov. 8 at Toronto 4 p.m.
    • Thu. Nov. 10 at Buffalo 4 p.m.
    • Sat. Nov. 12 vs. St. Louis 7 p.m.
    • Tue. Nov. 15 vs. San Jose 7 p.m.
    • Thu. Nov. 17 vs. Arizona 7 p.m.
    • Sat. Nov. 19 at Edmonton 7 p.m.
    • Mon. Nov. 21 at Vancouver 7:30 p.m.
    • Wed. Nov. 23 vs. Ottawa 7 p.m.
    • Fri. Nov. 25 vs. Seattle 5 p.m.
    • Sat. Nov. 26 vs. Vancouver 7 p.m.
    • Mon. Nov. 28 at Columbus 4 p.m.
  • Games In December

    • Thu. Dec. 1 at Pittsburgh 4 p.m.
    • Sat. Dec. 3 at Detroit 4 p.m.
    • Mon. Dec. 5 at Boston 4 p.m.
    • Wed. Dec. 7 vs. N.Y. Rangers 7 p.m.
    • Fri. Dec. 9 vs. Philadelphia 7 p.m.
    • Sun. Dec. 11 vs. Boston 5 p.m.
    • Tue. Dec. 13 at Winnipeg 5 p.m.
    • Thu. Dec. 15 at Chicago 5:30 p.m.
    • Sat. Dec. 17 vs. N.Y. Islanders 7 p.m.
    • Mon. Dec. 19 vs. Buffalo 7 p.m.
    • Wed. Dec. 21 vs. Arizona 7 p.m.
    • Fri. Dec. 23 vs. St. Louis 7 p.m.
    • Tue. Dec. 27 at Los Angeles 7:30 p.m.
    • Wed. Dec. 28 at Anaheim 7 p.m.
    • Sat. Dec. 31 vs. Nashville 12 p.m.
  • Games In January

    • Mon. Jan. 2 at Colorado 6 p.m.
    • Thu. Jan. 5 vs. Pittsburgh 7 p.m.
    • Sat. Jan. 7 vs. Los Angeles 7 p.m.
    • Thu. Jan. 12 vs. Florida 7 p.m.
    • Sat. Jan. 14 vs. Edmonton 7 p.m.
    • Mon. Jan. 16 vs. Dallas 3 p.m.
    • Thu. Jan. 19 vs. Detroit 7 p.m.
    • Sat. Jan. 21 vs. Washington 7 p.m.
    • Sun. Jan. 22 at Arizona 5 p.m.
    • Tue. Jan. 24 at New Jersey 4 p.m.
    • Fri. Jan. 27 at N.Y. Rangers 4 p.m.
    • Sat. Jan. 28 at N.Y. Islanders 4:30 p.m.


  • Games in February

    • Tue. Feb. 7 at Nashville 5 p.m.
    • Thu. Feb. 9 at Minnesota 5 p.m.
    • Sun. Feb. 12 vs. Anaheim 12 p.m.
    • Thu. Feb. 16 vs. San Jose 7 p.m.
    • Sat. Feb. 18 vs. Tampa Bay 7:30 p.m.
    • Tue. Feb. 21 at Chicago 5:30 p.m.
    • Thu. Feb. 23 vs. Calgary 7 p.m.
    • Sat. Feb. 25 vs. Dallas 7 p.m.
    • Mon. Feb. 27 at Colorado 6 p.m.


  • Games In March

    • Wed. March 1 vs. Carolina 7 p.m.
    • Fri. March 3 vs. New Jersey 7 p.m.
    • Sun. March 5 vs. Montreal 3 p.m.
    • Tue. March 7 at Florida 4 p.m.
    • Thu. March 9 at Tampa Bay 4 p.m.
    • Sat. March 11 at Carolina 4 p.m.
    • Sun. March 12 at St. Louis 4 p.m.
    • Tue. March 14 at Philadelphia 4 p.m.
    • Thu. March 16 vs. Calgary 7 p.m.
    • Sun. March 19 vs Columbus 1 p.m.
    • Tue. March 21 at Vancouver 7 p.m.
    • Thu. March 23 at Calgary 6 p.m.
    • Sat. March 25 at Edmonton 7 p.m.
    • Tue. March 28 vs. Edmonton 7 p.m.
    • Thu. March 30 at San Jose 7:30 p.m.
  • Games In April

    • Sat. April. 1 vs. Minnesota 7 p.m.
    • Mon. April 3 at Minnesota 5 p.m.
    • Tue. April 4 at Nashville 5 p.m.
    • Thu. April 6 vs. Los Angeles 7 p.m.
    • Sat. April 8 at Dallas 5 p.m.
    • Tue. April 11 vs. Seattle 7 p.m.
    • Thu. April 13 at Seattle 7 p.m.
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