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2-0 In 3-On-3; How and Why The Golden Knights Have Done Well

When it comes to the Golden Knights 5-1 start there’s really not much you can point at and say “well that makes sense,” but nothing’s been more surprising than the Golden Knights success in overtime thus far.

This 3-on-3 thing’s pretty easy. (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

In six games the Golden Knights have been to overtime twice. They beat the Coyotes in Arizona in the second game of the year and then knocked off Buffalo Tuesday night late in the extra frame.

Normally, when it comes to three on three overtime, the team with the highest skilled skaters wins the day. The game in Arizona is debatable, but there’s no doubt the trio of Jack Eichel, Ryan O’Reilly, and Evander Kane out-skill anything Vegas can throw out there.

Yet, when it was all said and done, the Golden Knights were able to get the job done.

You look at our hockey team and people wonder if we are going to be as good in overtime because of the skill level, cause a lot of teams can put out some very talented players, but I think you look at our group, there’s guys with speed, guys with skill and that’s what’s impressive. I thought our guys have done a great job in overtime. They moved the puck and David Perron scored a beautiful goal. I just hope it keeps going. –Gerard Gallant

The two overtime periods were almost direct opposites of each other. In Arizona, the Coyotes controlled the puck for a majority of the period before a magical play by Perron opened the door for James Neal to get the goal. At home against Buffalo, the Golden Knights controlled the puck for most of the four minutes and finally scored on somewhat of a broken play.

The Golden Knights did do three things very well in both periods, which is ultimately why they found the game-winner in both.

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“I Guess That’s The Nice Thing About Having An Expansion Team”

There may be no “I” in team, but with most professional sports teams, they go as their best player goes. If Sidney Crosby or Connor McDavid have an off day, it’s going to be a rough night for the team.

Which one of you wants to dominate tonight? (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

For the Golden Knights, we expected that player to be Marc-Andre Fleury. Then after three games, it seemed as if James Neal was becoming to lynchpin to the Vegas offense. But over the past few games, and now the season as a whole, there really isn’t one player that needs to be relied upon for this team to have success.

Tuesday night David Perron scored twice, Reilly Smith had a big game, and William Carrier put forth his best effort. Two nights before it was the play of Alex Tuch and Vadim Shipachyov that got the Golden Knights on the board, and the defensive play of Brad Hunt, Jon Merrill, Nate Schmidt, and Luca Sbisa that earned Vegas the victory.

It sounds like a cliche, but with the Golden Knights, someone new truly does step forward every night, and the variety of players doing it is almost astounding.

I guess that’s the nice thing about having an expansion team is you get to pick one player from every team and it seems like a lot of different guys have been stepping up. -Reilly Smith

People really underestimate us as a team. I think we’ve got unbelievable depth and we’ve got a lot of hard-working guys in here that want to win every night. You see it every day in practice and in games. -Alex Tuch

Like I talk about every time we win a game, we’re not going to be able to win if we rely on one line. The guys are working hard and chipping in and we’ve got some good hockey players scoring goals. Tonight, we needed every one of them. -Gerard Gallant

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5 (5-1-0 10 PTS) BUFFALO SABRES 4 – OT

Golden Knights use dominant second period to jump out in front, but can’t hang on as Buffalo scores three in the final 10 minutes, including one inside the last 10 seconds to send it to overtime. David Perron wins it in overtime!

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Buffalo Sabres at T-Mobile Arena.

Three Stars

*** David Perron
** Alex Tuch
* William Carrier

Perron gives his view of the game winner.

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Too Much Of A Good Thing?

Like a lot of things with the Golden Knights, too many guys playing well was not a concern we expected to be an issue. However, five games in, that’s the exact spot Geroge McPhee, Gerard Gallant, and the Golden Knights have found themselves in.

Hey everyone, look how great we’re all playing! (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

After leaving Vadim Shipachyov, Alex Tuch, and Shea Theodore off the opening day roster due to “numbers decisions,” Vegas started the season 3-0 using the same 20 players in all three games.

Then the injuries and a loss came. Erik Haula and Jonathan Marchessault were put on IR which freed up spots for Shipachyov and Tuch, and Gallant decided to mix up his healthy scratches following the loss as he inserted Brad Hunt and Jon Merrill for Jason Garrison and Brayden McNabb.

All four “new” players had a major impact on the game Sunday night, and it’s left Vegas with an abundance of players and not enough roster spots to keep them all.

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 (4-1-0 8 PTS) BOSTON BRUINS 1

Newcomers dominate as Vadim Shipachyov and Alex Tuch score their first career goals in their first games as Golden Knights. Plus, Malcolm Subban comes within 30 seconds of a shutout in his first start for Vegas.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Boston Bruins at T-Mobile Arena.

Three Stars

*** Vadim Shipachyov
** Malcolm Subban
* Alex Tuch

GOLDEN KNIGHTS PLACE MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (G) AND JONATHAN MARCHESSAULT (F) ON IR; RECALL MAXIME LAGACE (G) AND ALEX TUCH (F) FROM AHL

VADIM SHIPACHYOV (F) RECALLED FROM AHL

Erik Haula has been placed on IR.

Marc-Andre Fleury and Jonathan Marchessault were both absent from practice. Coach confirmed they were “maintenance days” for both. “Hopes” both play tomorrow.

Opening Ceremony Was Exactly What We Thought It Would Be… Then Chance Appeared

Well, can’t say we weren’t prepared for that. Opposing team’s “mascot” skates out, tries to pull the sword from the stone, and can’t do it. Then the Golden Knight appears to pull the sword out, the arena lights up, and the crowd goes wild.

Oh, about that last part. Yeah, well, nevermind.

It was exactly what The Creator has been saying it would be for the better part of three years, and the Golden Knights gameday staff did as much as they possibly could with it to make it as not-awful as physically possible.

Then, the real shining light appeared…

Meet Chance, VGKs Gila Monster mascot. (There are two more coming.)

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Chance The Gila Monster!

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Golden Knights vs. Red Wings Photo Gallery – October 13th, 2017

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DETROIT RED WINGS 6 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 (3-1-0 6 PTS)

A miserable third period sunk the Golden Knights after looking pretty good through two. 2nd period goals by Erik Haula, James Neal, and Jonathan Marchessault gave the Golden Knights a 3-2 lead after 40 minutes. Then the third period happened… 4 goals on 12 shots, and Vegas was no longer undefeated.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Detroit Red Wings at T-Mobile Arena.

Three stars
*** Erik Haula
** Gustav Nyquist
* Henrik Zetterberg

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