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Despite Game 1 loss, VGK fans thrilled to be back for playoff hockey at T-Mobile Arena

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- NHL playoffs are underway and the Vegas Golden Knights are hoping for a strong comeback win after a tough loss in the first game against Minnesota on Sunday.

The Wild snuck off with a 1-0 overtime victory at T-Mobile Arena yesterday afternoon.

Vegas generated plenty of shots, totaling 42, but couldn't find the back of the net a single time.

It was the first playoff game at T-Mobile Arena in more than 750 days, since April 21, 2019.

Game one was the biggest crowd of the season, with nearly 8,700 fans on hand to create what everyone described as an electric atmosphere.

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Target ends mask requirement for vaccinated customers, team members

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Fully vaccinated customers and team members do not have to wear masks or face coverings, Target announced Monday.

The chain retail store is the latest to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommendation in changing its mask requirement, joining Walmart, Trader Joe's, Costco and other businesses.

The CDC on Thursday eased mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people, allowing them to stop wearing masks outdoors in crowds and most indoor settings... Read More

First child tax credit payments go out July 15

WASHINGTON (NewsNation Now) —  The first monthly payment of the expanded Child Tax Credit from the American Rescue Plan will be made on July 15, according to the U.S. Treasury Department and the IRS.

Approximately 88% of children in the United States are expected to receive monthly payments automatically, the Treasury Department said.

"For working families with children, this tax cut sends a clear message: help is here," President Joe Biden said in a statement.

The payments will be made on the 15th day of each month unless that day falls on a weekend or holiday. Eligible families are expected of up to $300 per month for each child under the age of 6 and up to $250 per month for each child 6 and above.

“The American Rescue Plan is projected to lift more than five million children out of poverty this year, cutting child poverty by more than half,” according to a Treasury Department news release... Read More

Knights fans celebrate first maskless weekend at Red Rock Resort pop-up bar

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — As many watched the Knights in-person, some bars and resorts across the valley were filled with fans Sunday afternoon. This is the first weekend since the new CDC mask guidelines went into effect.

"We knew today was the first playoffs game for the Knights,” said Knights fan Calina Conner. "We thought what better to do than go watch the Knights at a Knights themed bar."

Conner is one of many that showed up to cheer on the Golden Knights at the sold out “Crimson at Knight” pop-up at Red Rock Resort.

“It's really fun, all of the decor and everything, the DJ,” Conner said. Everything about it is super low key but also really energetic."... Read More

UPDATE: 1 killed, 2 injured in crash near Lake Mead, 5th

NORTH LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — At least one person is dead following a crash in North Las Vegas.

Police say it happened just after 5 p.m. near the intersection of Lake Mead Boulevard and 5th Street.

Officers have confirmed to 8 News Now that one vehicle collided with a light pole. It's unknown what led up the crash at this time.

Police say one person was pronounced dead at the scene, and two others were taken to the hospital.

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Eriksson Ek’s OT goal lifts Wild past Knights 1-0 in Game 1

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Joel Eriksson Ek’s goal at 3:20 of overtime lifted the Minnesota Wild past the Vegas Golden Knights 1-0 in Game 1 of their first-round series on Sunday.

Wild goaltender Cam Talbot stopped all 42 shots he faced.

Vegas’ Marc-Andre Fleury, the first goalie in NHL history to play in 15 consecutive postseasons, made 29 saves.

After Vegas defenseman Alex Pietrangelo failed to clear the puck, Eriksson Ek was in the slot to send a shot that went off the skate of Golden Knights defender Alec Martinez and past Fleury.

Game 2 is Tuesday night in Las Vegas.

Between hitting, skating, a torrid pace, spectacular goaltending — regulation had everything but scoring... Read More

Breanna Stewart, Jewell Loyd carry Storm past Aces, 97-83

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Breanna Stewart had 28 points and 13 rebounds, Jewell Loyd added 22 points and the Seattle Storm opened defense of their WNBA title with a 97-83 victory over the Las Vegas Aces.

The rematch of last year’s WNBA Finals in the Florida bubble was a celebration for the Storm complete with a ring ceremony and championship banner unveiling as Seattle tries to become the first team to repeat as WNBA champs since Los Angeles in 2001 and 2002.

A’ja Wilson, last year’s league MVP, led Las Vegas with 24 points and Liz Cambage added 16 in her return to the WNBA after sitting out last season... Read More