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The game appeared to start out horribly as a shot off the crossbar looked to have crossed the goal line. A review showed it did not, however that didn’t stop the Stars from taking the lead. Vegas stormed back scoring in the 1st and then a pair more in the 2nd to bring a two goal lead into the second intermission. The Stars climbed back with a second power play goal and then had a great chance to tie it with another four minute penalty, but the Golden Knights killed it off and eventually put home the empty netter.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs Dallas Stars at T-Mobile Arena.

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Three Stars
*** Nate Schmidt
** Ryan Carpenter
* William Karlsson

Reid Duke Finally Made It To The NHL, Now Does He Get To Actually Play?

**Steve Carp’s twice-weekly column publishes every Wednesday and Sunday during the Golden Knights season.**

It was nice to see the original Golden Knight, Reid Duke, get called up from the AHL’s Chicago Wolves on Wednesday.

He was having a pretty good season to date with the Wolves. In 22 games, he had six goals and seven assists.

Duke was the fourth call-up by the Knights to date, joining Jake Bischoff, Tomas Hyka and Daniel Carr.

Injuries to Paul Stastny, Erik Haula and Max Pacioretty played a partial role in some of the moves. The Knights have been without Stastny since October 9 after he got hurt in Buffalo the day before. Haula has been out since injuring his knee in Toronto on November 6. Pacioretty missed a few games last month and didn’t play Tuesday against Washington, but returned to the ice Thursday against Chicago.

So you always want to have that 23rd body available, if nothing else than for practice.

Carr did nothing wrong. He is a victim of the waiver exemption rules. He had to go back to Chicago or risk being eventually claimed by another team or being with Vegas permanently.

But I also think there may be another reason why George McPhee opted to do what he did.

One reason for the call-ups may be to give these guys a little familiarity with the way the Knights do things, how Gerard Gallant coaches and see what they can do in the event they are needed down the road.

GMGM is always thinking ahead and while calling up Duke may not be a big deal short-term, he may want to see if Duke has the ability to contribute if he’s given a significant role. McPhee could have called someone else up (read on to see who). But he chose to bring up Duke, who perhaps should be rewarded for his fine play in the AHL. But he has teammates who have performed as well, if not better, who have yet to get a call to Vegas.

So, here’s the question: does Duke ever get into the lineup? Or is this merely a chance for McPhee to bide his time until Stastny returns?

Stastny has been practicing and all signs point to him rejoining the Knights soon. Perhaps his return comes late in the upcoming four-game east coast road trip in New York against the Rangers a week from today or the following night in Columbus against the Blue Jackets.

Duke was a healthy scratch Thursday against Chicago and again Saturday in Los Angeles. Maybe he gets in tonight against Dallas. But after hearing Gallant’s response when I asked him about Duke, I’m not too optimistic.

I’m worried about winning games. I’m not worried about individuals coming into our lineup. He’s coming up here because some guys have been hurt and we’re short bodies. I don’t know if he’s going to play. It depends on our roster. We’re playing real good right now. I’m not going to mess up our lines just to put somebody in. -Gerard Gallant

And based on the ice time given the previous call-ups, it doesn’t look good for Duke to get over the boards. Of the three previous call-ups, Hyka played 17 games, averaged 11:46 TOI, had one goal and three assists before being sent back down to Chicago. Carr played six games, averaged just 9:50 TOI and had one goal. Bischoff never even suited up.

So I get where Gallant is coming from. Hyka and Carr both had prior NHL experience and Gallant may have felt more comfortable in giving them a shot instead of maybe playing Oscar Lindberg.

And speaking of Lindberg, good for him for finally lighting the lamp with his first goal of the year Saturday in the 5-1 loss to the Kings. He was one of Vegas’ best players on the ice at Staples Center and he’s probably staying in the lineup tonight against the Stars because of his strong play Saturday.

To Duke’s credit, he’s handling his “promotion” well. In some ways it’s similar to when he joined Chicago right after the Knights signed him in March 2017. He practiced with the Wolves but never got in a game. However, Duke said back then it was a great opportunity to learn from the older players and make the transition from juniors to pro hockey. He said virtually the same thing Friday about his call-up to the NHL.

I’m very thankful to be called up here. It’s a great thrill and I’m just looking to learn all I can and help the team if I get the opportunity.-Reid Duke

Duke has the right mindset. He doesn’t control his ice time. Gallant does. But he does get to benefit being around an NHL locker room, watching how guys prepare on a daily basis. He gets to skate with them in practice, get a feel for the higher tempo in which things are done at this level. And even if he doesn’t play, at least he gets a small taste of NHL life.

He went through this last year after his shoulder injury sustained in a rookie scrimmage against the Kings in September forced him out of action until the spring of 2018 where he played 14 games with the Wolves. A lot of his rehab was spent in Las Vegas and he tried to take advantage of it.

I wasn’t playing last year and I had a great opportunity to be around the team and see how they come to the rink every day, their work ethic, their attention to detail. I got to watch a lot of hockey and learn the ins and outs of the team. -Duke

The good news for Duke is he’s only 22 years old. Time is on his side. I have no doubt he’ll play in the NHL at some point. He’s got good size (6-0, 191 pounds), he has a good feel for the puck and knows how to find the back of the net. He’s also tough and won’t be intimidated. But he may have to wait a little longer to play that first NHL game.

He’ll probably get sent down in a few days. So who would be next to get the call from Chicago not named Hyka or Carr?

* Brooks Macek — He leads the team with 15 goals. His shooting percentage is 34.1 percent, which is Karlsson-like (circa 2017-18). If the Knights need a winger, he’s a likely possibility.

* Gage Quinney — I thought he might have gotten a chance by now, especially when Haula went down. He’s got 15 points (7 goals, 8 assists) in 23 games and he’s reliable at both ends of the ice, much like Carr showed when he was up with the team.

* Brandon Pirri — If the Knights need some scoring, he’s your guy. He leads the Wolves with 34 points (13 goals, 21 assists) and he has lots of NHL experience. He’s somewhat of a liability defensively and that’s always been the rub against him.

And what about Erik Brannstrom, you ask?

I go back to what I wrote a few weeks ago. When and if the Knights call up Brannstrom, it’s for good. They’re not going to yo-yo him between Vegas and Chicago. He’s making great progress learning from Rocky Thompson and he’s going to be wonderful when he gets to the NHL. I have no doubt about that. But GMGM isn’t going to bring him up just for the heck of it.

Of course, waiver exemptions, the calendar, and the Golden Knights 23-man roster will play a big factor in any future call-ups. Macek and Quinney are waiver exempt, so they can go back and forth freely. Pirri is not, so like Carr, if he’s on the Knights for 30 days or plays in 10 games, he’d have to re-clear waivers. But of course all of this disappears on February 25th, the NHL trade deadline, when the roster limits disappear, and McPhee is free to call up as many players as he would like.

Last year, McPhee didn’t really utilize the expanded roster as the only recall was Tomas Hyka and he was returned a week later. May this year be different? Only time will tell.

As for now, enjoy the NHL life, Reid Duke. Hopefully you get a spin. If not, maybe it will be better to wait. That way your dad will have his passport and be able to come watch you in Vegas the next time around.

**Steve Carp is the author of “Vegas Born — The remarkable story of the Golden Knights.” Follow him on Twitter @stevecarp56. All of Steve Carp’s work here on is presented to you by the Jimmerson Law Firm. For over twenty-five years, the Jimmerson Law Firm has been widely recognized as one of Las Vegas’s preeminent full-service law firms. Specializing in high stakes business, civil and family litigation, the Jimmerson Law Firm has an unparalleled track record of winning when it matters most. To reach the Jimmerson Law Firm, call (702) 388-7171 and tell them sent you.**


A fairly uninspiring start from both teams ended up getting going as Oscar Lindberg scored his first of the year on a rebound. However, the sloppiness from the beginning continued for Vegas as they struggled to get through the neutral zone with any consistency and ended up giving up five straight goals. The Golden Knights could never get going through the neutral zone and didn’t create nearly enough offense.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights at Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center

  • Carp’s Sunday column on Reid Duke and how Vegas is using their AHL to NHL pipeline.

Three Stars (Who cares? Right?)

SinBin Radio – CBS Sports Radio 1140 – 12/08/18

An impressive 8-2-0 since we began this radio show, the Golden Knights should be thanking us not Nate Schmidt. In this episode, we talk goalies, William Carrier’s impact, best vs worst player, and make predictions for the week.

You can listen to our show every Saturday from 10-11am on 1140 AM or streaming live on the app. All shows will be archived as well. Podcast #134: Autographgate

After a pair of solid home wins we’re back in the studio to talk about what else… an autograph controversy. Hosted by Ken Boehlke and Jason Pothier.

  • Background on the Ryan Reaves autograph scandal
  • Jason’s belief of what the organization should do to Reaves
  • The non-objectivity of fans
  • Relationship points
  • Stastny to the 2nd line?
  • VGK at WJC

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The Rules And Procedures Behind The Goalie Interference/Net Off Review And Challenge

(Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

It was a wild sequence that was only made wilder by the in-arena entertainment team jumping the gun. Nate Schmidt slid a backhand towards the goal and Oscar Lindberg collected the rebound to score, but while that was going on two Blackhawks and Tomas Nosek were all sent crashing into Corey Crawford creating a mess in front of the goal.

The puck was in the net, as were multiple players, the net was dislodged, and Crawford was asking for goalie interference. There was quite a bit to sort out, and unfortunately, it’s not always clear what’s exactly going on. So, here’s a look at exactly what happened and why each call was made the way it was per the NHL Rulebook.

What were the calls on the ice?

The play was initially ruled no goal because the net was dislodged before the puck crossed the goal line. The officials then reviewed the play and determined the puck did cross the line prior to the goal coming off, but there was goaltender interference. This determination is made by the officials in the arena. Vegas then challenged the call, thus sending the review to the NHL Situation Room in Toronto. Toronto confirmed that there was goalie interference and the play shall be ruled no goal.

Why was the play reviewed originally?

NHL rules allow officials in the arena to review goals under nine difference circumstances (posted at the end of this article). The puck crossing the line prior to the goal being dislodged is one of the nine. Once the review is initiated, the officials are now also allowed to determine goaltender interference.

So if the play has already been reviewed, why did Vegas get to challenge and subsequently lose their timeout?

The initial review is triggered by one of the nine circumstances that allow for review. The decision to review the play is made by the “Video Goal Judge.” Coaches are only allowed to challenge under two circumstances (goalie interference and offside). The Video Goal Judge and in-arena officials make the determination on video reviews triggered by one of the nine circumstances, the NHL Situation Room in Toronto has the final decision when a coaches challenge is made.

So, Vegas challenged the official’s decision and wanted the Situation Room to make a ruling on the play. The Situation Room agreed with the ruling and thus Vegas loses their timeout.

Does there have to be conclusive evidence to overturn the in-arena officials decision?


If a review is not conclusive and/or there is any doubt whatsoever as to whether the call on the ice was correct, the original call on the ice will be confirmed. -NHL Rulebook, Rule 78.7

Why does that matter in this case?

It’s the only reason why there are two reviews. Part of the process for the coaches challenge is that there is an “original call on the ice.” Without an original call, the Situation Room does not have a standard as to which they must overturn. The call on the ice is the standard and only conclusive evidence can overturn that call. So, the in-arena officials have to make their ruling before they send it to Toronto. They made their ruling in the first review, the Situation Room made theirs in the second one.

The standard practice is that if the call is “confirmed” it means there is video evidence to support the ruling on the ice, if the call “stands” it means there was not video sufficient evidence to overturn the call and thus the call on the ice was used.

In the case of this call, the NHL “confirmed” the goalie interference.

After reviewing all available replays and consulting with the Referee, the Situation Room confirmed the “no goal” call because the actions of Vegas’ Tomas Nosek caused Chicago’s Andreas Martinsen to contact Corey Crawford prior to the puck crossing the goal line. -NHL Situation Room

How does the NHL define goaltender interference?

The entire rule, which is long and quite drawn out, is posted at the bottom of this article, however, there’s one portion that explains it fairly succinctly.

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Vegas wasted no time jumping all over the Blackhawks scoring just 1:28 in on a power play goal from Reilly Smith. Then, Deryk Engelland added his first goal of the season on a shot from the high slot. Then, Chicago stormed back and scored a pair to even it. It appeared as if Vegas had retaken the lead, but a goalie interference call went against them. A rough Nick Holden turnover led to the Hawks taking the lead, but the Golden Knights stormed back with two goals in 12 seconds. They even survived another goalie interference. Chicago made a late push and hit a post inside the final minute, but Fleury and the Golden Knights hung on.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs Chicago Blackhawks at T-Mobile Arena.

  • A breakdown of exactly how that first goalie interference/puck off net review went and what the rules are on all of what happened. (Likely, that article might be boring as hell, so we might not post it. Only time will tell)

Three Stars
*** Deryk Engelland
** Jonathan Marchessault
* Reilly Smith


The numbers on the VGK penalty kill against Washington were staggering. (Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

In a year of inconsistency, there has been one constant in the Golden Knights game throughout the first 29 games. It’s the league’s 2nd ranked penalty kill which just so happens to be the #1 PK at home and has killed 20 straight penalties at T-Mobile Arena.

The Golden Knights have killed penalties off at an 85.2% clip and are well over 90% on home ice, but never, and by that I mean in the history of the franchise, has the PK shown up bigger than it did on Tuesday night.

Following the Ryan Reaves ejection, the Capitals, who already had a 2-1 lead, went on the man-advantage for five minutes spanning over two periods. Not only did the Golden Knights kill it off, they barely even allowed a scoring chance. Vegas went on to kill two more penalties in the 3rd amassing a perfect 5 for 5 kill against a team scoring on more than 25% of their power plays.

It was big. Obviously, we had killed one of the best power plays in the league tonight. The guys responded because they were trying to pick up Ryan. They did an outstanding job. I think there was two more in the third period that they had to kill.  I think we killed nine minutes of the 15-minute span there between the second and the third period and we did outstanding. -Gerard Gallant

Despite spending just short of 11 minutes at 5-on-4, the Capitals mustered up just three shots on goal. According to, Washington had just one scoring chance on their five power plays and not a single high-danger chance.

That’s a lethal power play there, I think we did a really good job of forcing pressure down ice and kind of rattling them and when they got into the zone they were kind of tired or mishmashed or not enough guys up on the ice. That was big for us momentum-wise, big for our penalty kill, big for our team. -Eakin

Aside from one shot from Ovechkin’s office and another from nearly the same spot that John Carlson missed, the Capitals PP spent most of the time trying to enter the zone, changing players, or struggling to fan the puck around to Ovechkin. It was essentially the perfect game penalty killing for the Golden Knights.

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Golden Knights vs. Washington Capitals Photo Gallery – December 4th, 2018

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An early power play goal got things going for the Golden Knights. Ryan Reaves put home an excellent pass in front of the goal from Cody Eakin. Then the game started to get a bit ugly as the hitting rained down all over the ice. Reaves lit up Tom Wilson, Alex Ovechkin destroyed Tomas Nosek, and William Carrier was hitting everything that moved. During it all, Washington took the lead back. The Golden Knights killed the 5-minute major penalty that sent Reaves to the showers for hitting Tom Wilson. Then. Vegas scored twice in 16 seconds to regain the lead. Nate Schmidt scored late in a 4-minute power play to give the Golden Knights the lead very late in the 3rd and then Schmidt nailed the empty netter to seal it. The game of the year in the NHL to this point.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs Washington Capitals at T-Mobile Arena.

  • Carp’s column on Seattle expansion, including quotes from Foley on taking the exemption over the money.
  • Photo gallery from this incredible game
  • The most consistent part of the Golden Knights game: Penalty Killing

Three Stars
*** Cody Eakin
** Pierre-Edouard Bellemare
* Nate Schmidt

Ryan Reaves #75 of the Vegas Golden Knights taunts Tom Wilson #43 of the Washington Capitals after checking him to the ice at the T-Mobile Arena on December 4, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV. (Photo by Brandon Andreasen)

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