Pacioretty helps Knights slay Kraken


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The 2021-22 campaign is officially underway. The first two games of the season were last night and they were both fun ones.

The Pittsburgh Penguins entered the season without Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, or Jake Guentzel in a matchup against the defending back-to-back Stanley Cup champions. It seemed like a recipe for a one-sided game and it was – just not in the way we expected. The Penguins earned a 6-2 victory with goals from six different forwards. It’s contests like this that emphasize for all the predicting and odds that exist, anything can happen.

After that it was Seattle and Vegas – the newest franchise facing the 31st oldest team. Of course, the Golden Knights had a magical inaugural season that saw them go all the way to the Stanley Cup Final and everyone’s been wondering if Seattle can do the same. The Golden Knights were good right out of the gate in their first season, winning three straight games en route to an 8-1-0 start.

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By contrast, Seattle experienced its first lost in its first ever game, but they made a contest of it, rallying back from a 3-0 deficit before ultimately falling to Vegas 4-3. Seattle naturally still has plenty of unanswered questions, but the expansion club has a solid foundation and they showed it last night by hanging in there against one of the league’s top teams.


Brian Boyle scored at 4:11 of the second period to give the Penguins a 2-0 lead. He didn’t get a contract last season, so this was his first NHL goal since August 5, 2020 and his first regular season goal since January 16, 2020.

Dominik Simon netted what proved to be the game…

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