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UPDATE: Philadelphia Flyers beat Vegas Golden Knights 5-2

Vegas Golden Knights fans wave towels during Game 3 of their NHL hockey Western Conference Final game against the Winnipeg Jets Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at T-Mobile Arena. The Golden Knights won 4-2 to take a 2-1 lead in the series. CREDIT: Sam Morris/Las Vegas News Bureau

UPDATE as of 10:57 P.M.

The Golden Knights lost to the Philadelphia Flyers 5-2, Thursday night.

It was the Flyers’ third straight season-opening victory in a Pacific Division city. Philadelphia has earned at least a point in each of its last four season openers (3-0-1).


ORIGINAL STORY

The Vegas Golden Knights will head back to the ice for the season home opener Thursday night.

Fans packed in City National Arena for an open practice Monday morning as some new faces and some familiar faces took the ice today.

Many fans who spoke with News 3 say they looking forward to seeing Max Pacioretty and Paul Statsny play together in their new home. The two played for Team USA together.

There are still some questions surrounding injured players Alex Tuch and Cody Eakin. Eakin practiced Thursday in a non-contact jersey, however, the likelihood of him taking the ice Thursday night is slim. No matter what happens tonight, the fans will be out strong.

News 3 caught up with Jaxon Galvan who's celebrating his 7th birthday and was excited to see his favorite players, William Karlsson and Deryk Engelland.

"I hope you guys win," said Galvan.

Sitting next to the birthday boy was a woman most people at City National, know by the name of "hockey momma." She says she's been to 97 of 98 practices.

“I love Nick Holden. I’ve been watching him since the middle of the summer. He came out and practiced with the guys that live here. He’s been really good," said Kathleen Kramer.

The home opener kicks off on Toshiba plaza at 3:30 p.m. with players walking the gold carpet. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the puck drops against the Philadelphia Flyers at 7:00 p.m.

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