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Unbeatable: The Vegas Golden Knights instantly connect with their new hometown

GLENDALE AZ- OCTOBER 07 The Vegas Golden Knights celebrate the game winning goal by Vegas Golden Knights left wing James Neal during the NHL hockey game between the Vegas Golden Knights and the Arizona Coyotes Kevin Abele Icon Sportswire
Kristopher Love | 13 October, 2017, 11:45

Instead, the all-white boards simply displayed the message "Vegas Strong".

According to Sports Illustrated's Alex Prewitt, Golden Knights players also will be visiting Las Vegas police headquarters, as well as families of victims and blood banks Tuesday and Wednesday. He hopes to follow the Golden Knights in addition to his Maple Leafs.

The Golden Knights' inaugural regular-season game at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas Tuesday against the Coyotes was more than a hockey game.

Certainly, there will be great joy as Las Vegas and all of Southern Nevada celebrates the christening of its first major league professional sports franchise.

Reminders of that disgusting night, and its grisly aftermath, were omnipresent throughout the Vegas Golden Knights' home opener, from the massive security presence outside the venue to a touching pre-game tribute to the 58 slain and the first responders and hospital heroes who kept that bad total from ballooning far further.

Engelland delivered a short and powerful speech in an emotional ceremony honoring first responders and victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas on October 1.

After a video, the team introduced alongside first responders and those who ran into harms way to help others, in many cases, total strangers. the ceremonial puck-drop?-- flanked by survivors of the shooting. then- 58 seconds of silence to honor the 58 victims who lost their lives, and during that, their names illuminating on the ice-- through that 58 seconds. not a single sound. not one drunk guy screaming for attention, not one audible conversation between distracted patrons. just silence.

"When you look at pro athletes National Hockey League players are so often real good people", McCrimmon said.

It didn't take long for them to deliver.

Neal's goal at 3:46 of overtime Saturday night gave the Golden Knights a 2-1 victory at the Arizona Coyotes, one night after Neal scored both goals in a 2-1 victory in Dallas. Engelland had the crowd standing well before the game started. "We're playing for our city, for the tragedy that happened, for all the people that were here tonight and were affected by the tragedy". "This situation here our players came to us to ask what they can do".

Engelland doesn't score many of them.