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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, 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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9 Things Under $20 Every Sports Fan Will Love

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Calling all sports fans! We know you’ve got the spirit, now make sure you’ve got the goods. Check out this list of Must Haves for under $20 for a lineup of items you didn’t even know you needed.

  • AM/FM Radio Portable

    Possibly one of the most important Must Haves for Sports fans is an AM/FM radio. Even better if it’s handheld. If you can’t catch the game on TV you can always find it on radio. 

  • Comfortable T-Shirts

    I know what you’re thinking, a t-shirt as a Must Have for Sports FansHear me out. Fresh Clean Tees not only offers a large variety of colors, styles, fits and extended sizes, but their proprietary cotton-poly blend is breathable, durable, moisture-wicking and long-lasting. Making it the perfect tee to watch or play in. And at less than $20 a shirt, you can afford to get one in each of your team colors.

  • Sun/Fishing Hat

    Iyou’re a Sports fan, chances are pretty likely that you attend some games outdoors, whether it be on the local, collegiate or professional level.  Protect yourself in the stands with this UV 50+, windproof, sweat-wicking, quick-dry hat. Use it as a wide brim to block the sun or snap the side up when the clouds come out. Plus it’s packable, so you can throw it your bag and take it on the go.

  • Cooling Towels

    A definitive Must Have for Sports fans is a cooling towel. It can get hot out there in the stands or wherever you’re enjoying the game. You soak these in cool water, wring out and wear in a variety of ways to cool your body down. For some extra coolness, why not throw it in the cooler for a few.

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  • Sports Team Steel Tumbler

    The celebrated brand of Tervis offers Sports Fans to the ultimate showcase of team pride…your travel tumbler. It goes in the car, on the sidelines, to the office, the tailgate and everywhere in between. Why not show off who you’re rooting for. With multiple styles under $20, these Made In America, BPA Free tumblers will keep your drinks hot or cold and are microwavable, dishwasher and freezer safe.

  • Ticket Stub Diary

    Snag this Ticket Stub Diary by Eric Epstein to store your ticket stubs. Keeps them safe and easy to grab when you need to brag to your friends. The acid-free pages also include space for jotting down notes.

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  • Tailgaiting Umbrella

    As a Sports fan, if you spend time any time tailgating, then this Ace Hardware 4ft umbrella is a Must Have. Made of durable polyester, it will clamp onto your chair to keep you dry or protected from the sun. Plus, this bright green color will make it easy to find in the parking lot.

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  • Stadium Approved Crossbody Purse

    A Must Have for Sports fans attending any game is a stadium-approved see-through bag. This Vorspack Clear Crossbody measures 8 inches by 10 inches and will hold all of the necessities without being cumbersome.  It comes in a variety of colors and would look great with any outfit.

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  • Team Lanyards

    Fanatics offers a wide range of lanyards covering every league you can think of. These are a sure-fire to keep your keys and tickets at the ready and from being lostFor well under $20, you can outfit the whole family and show your team pride.


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