Gary Bettman

Golden Knights try to play role in healing Vegas with opener

Hockey fans arrived on the Las Vegas Strip in the crisp desert afternoon, gathering in jovial groups outside the rink. Many wore the striking, multicolored jerseys of the Vegas Golden Knights, the NHL expansion team playing its historic first regular-season home game Tuesday night.

Less than a mile south on the Strip is the massacre site where 58 people were killed and hundreds were injured just nine days earlier. Another short walk down the road, dozens of crosses and heartbreaking memorials sit in the median near the iconic "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign.

Nobody's mind was entirely on hockey during what should have been a celebratory night and a milestone...