Expansion teams usually suck, so no one really expected the Las Vegas Golden Knights to be anything more than a nice “oh look, a hockey team in the desert” kind of story in their inaugural NHL season.
Turns out everyone was wrong.
The Golden Knights have jumped out to a 9-5-1 record, posting the fifth best points total so far in the young hockey season with 19 points through 15 games. Winger Pierre-Edouard Bellemare has not been one of the early stars for Las Vegas, but he pulled off this skillful goal Tuesday night against the Montreal Canadiens.
He starts with his back to net on the outside of the circle before cutting in past the first Montreal defender and then dekes the puck between the legs of Jeff Petry. He then avoids Joe Morrow coming in to help from the weak side, before finding a sliver of daylight to tuck the rubber past goalie Charlie Lindgren.
It was Bellemare’s first goal of the season, actually. You wouldn’t know it from this clip, but he’s hardly an elite scorer. He only had 17 goals in three full seasons with the Flyers before moving to Vegas. At least No. 18 was damn pretty.