Like a lot of road venues when the Blackhawks are in town, T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas has plenty of red among the seas of black and gray worn by the Golden Knights and their fans.
It gave Tuesday’s first-ever matchup between the Knights and Hawks the feel of the many prize fights that have taken place in Las Vegas with the crowd reacting to each team’s next counterpunch.
The Knights continued their hot start with a 4-2 victory over the Hawks as they moved to 7-1-0 on the season while the Hawks fell to 5-3-2.
The Knights frustrated the Hawks most of the night after the Hawks got the first score of the night on a shorthanded goal from John Hayden, his first goal of the season. Hayden made a nice play to steal the puck at the Knights’ blue line and skated around a few defenders before beating Knights goaltender Oscar Dansk to the give the Hawks the lead 3 minutes, 33 seconds into the game.
But after that it was all Knights. Just 26 seconds later, William Karlsson redirected a shot from Colin Miller to beat Corey Crawford at 3:59.