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Morning Flurries: Avalanche finally come home and Vegas stays strong

It doesn’t matter which NHL team you cheer for, last night was about supporting a Vegas community that needs it.

Arizona Coyotes v Vegas Golden Knights Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Ten days ago, the Las Vegas community suffered a tragedy that is beyond words. Last night, the Golden Knights showed how important they already are to the community. In a league that has become synonymous with cringe-worthy pre-game ceremonies, the Vegas Golden Knights absolutely nailed their last night. Before their first-ever home opener, they remembered the people lost to the tragedy at the Route 91 Festival while honoring the first responders that were integral in making sure things didn't get worse.

For a team that is brand new to the city, it is obvious that they want to be a big part of the community, and last night was a great way of showing it. They had first responders line up with the players, survivors of the shooting drop the opening faceoff and to top things off, Las Vegas native Deryk Engelland addressed the home fans before the game. It was a historic night for the NHL that was side-swiped by a tragedy and I don’t think the Vegas Golden Knights could have handled it any better.

So that was last night....is there anything noteworthy happening today?

Oh, right.

It’s time for the home opener! Coming off a successful road trip, the Avalanche finally get to play in front of their fans at the Pepsi Center. They’re facing a Bruins team that will be looking for a little revenge after the Avs shut them out Monday afternoon. Stay tuned to MHH for an in-depth game preview later today.

The Avs handled a little business off the ice yesterday as they officially announced that as of the 2018-19 season, the Colorado Eagles will begin operation as the team’s AHL affiliate. Here’s a great look at the significance of the announcement and the impact this will have on the organization.

Elsewhere last night, Mr. Shudda Gone #1 Nolan Patrick scored his first NHL goal against Nashville.