Forwards Jack Eichel and Paul Cotter returned to the Vegas Golden Knights line-up on Thursday night at T-Mobile Arena, and helped spark a 5-2 victory over Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins.
In the first game of an important seven-game homestand, Eichel returned to the starting line-up after missing the last 11 games with a lower body injury and scored one goal and two assists, to lead the Golden Knights in scoring for the night. Cotter also returned to the line-up after missing 8 games with a lower body injury and added a goal and an assist. Phil Kessel and Captain Mark Stone also got into the act, each scoring a goal and an assist to hand the Penguins their sixth straight loss.
Starting goalie Adin Hill made 38 saves to secure the third consecutive victory for the Vegas Golden Knights, and his ninth win for the season. The Golden Knights remain on top of the NHL’s Pacific Division with a record of 27-12-2. They are currently six points ahead of the Los Angeles Kings in the division standings, and will host L.A. at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday night.
In addition to the starting line-up getting healthier with the return of both Eichel and Cotter, the Vegas Golden Knights received more good news on Thursday when the NHL announced that rookie goalie, Logan Thompson, has been named to the Pacific Division roster for the 2023 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend. The NHL Skills Competition will take place on Friday, February 3rd, and the Honda NHL All-Star game will be held on Saturday, February 4th, at FLA Live Arena in Sunrise, Florida, home of the Florida Panthers.
Thompson was named “Rookie of the Month” for November 2022, and his 18 wins tie him for third overall in the NHL. According to an article posted on the Vegas Golden Knights website on NHL.com, the 25-year-old “is the first rookie goaltender to be named to the NHL All-Star Game since 2016, when John Gibson represented the Anaheim Ducks in Nashville.”
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