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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 PITTSBURGH PENGUINS 0 (6-3-0 12 PTS)

Former Penguin Marc-Andre Fleury kept things close making some outstanding stops early in the 1st period against his old teammates. Pittsburgh riffled 11 shots on net but couldn’t slip one past Fleury.

After a scoreless twenty minutes, the 2nd period began quickly with the Golden Knights getting on the board first. Paul Stastny scored his 4th goal of the season on the power play to give his team the 1-0 lead. Vegas’ defensive unit did a good job of limiting Pittsburgh’s offensive stars.

Holding a 1-0 lead, the Golden Knights continued to lock down defensively in the 3rd period. The Penguins would go on back-to-back power plays but would come up empty on great efforts by Tomas Nosek, Deryk Engelland and Brayden McNabb. Fleury also made two crucial saves to preserve the one-goal lead. William Karlsson and Mark Stone added empty-netters to secure the 3-0 shutout.

Vegas improves their record to 6-3-0 on the season. The Golden Knights next play on Monday in Philadelphia against the Flyers. Puck drops at 4PM PT. (Recap by Jason)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights at Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena

  • Carp’s Sunday column on VGK’s consistent struggles with Russian players

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Jake Bischoff
** Mark Stone
* Marc-Andre Fleury

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 OTTAWA SENATORS 2 (5-3-0 10 PTS) – SO (3-2)

The game began like a heavyweight title fight. Golden Knights forward Ryan Reaves (6’2) and Ottawa Senators forward Scott Sabourin (6’3) dropped gloves 2:27 into the game. Both players were penalized five minutes for fighting. A couple of minutes later the Golden Knights offense went to work. Reilly Smith scored his sixth goal of the season to give Vegas the early lead.

Vegas had an early 2nd period power play but couldn’t convert. Ottawa took some chances but Marc-Andre Fleury made some tremendous saves to keep it a one goal lead.

JG Pageau score the game-tying goal for Ottawa 4:25 into the 3rd period. Both teams had chances throughout the period but both goaltenders were brick walls down the stretch. The game would need an overtime period, and eventually a shootout to decide the winner. Jonathan Marchessault would win it for the Golden Knights.

Vegas improves their record to (5-3). The Golden Knights travel to Pittsburgh to play the Penguins on Saturday evening. Puck drops at 4P PT. (Recap by Jason)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs Ottawa Senators at T-Mobile Arena

  • VGK assistant coach shares how/why they pick D-pairs
  • 4th line scoring usually leads to wins
  • Photo gallery from tonight’s game.

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Reilly Smith
** Nic Hague
* Marc-Andre Fleury

 

NASHVILLE PREDATORS 5 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 (4-3-0 8 PTS)

Nashville got off to a quick start scoring 2:14 into the game. Down one early the Golden Knights gathered themselves and score two unanswered goals. Team leaders Mark Stone and Reilly Smith each registered their fifth goals of the season in the 1st period. After 20 minutes Vegas took the 2-1 lead into the intermission.

The 2nd period was all Nashville. The visiting team was able to take advantage of a few of Vegas’ miscues. The Predators scored three straight goals to take a 4-2 lead into the second break.

Nashville had two early power plays to start the 3rd period. The Predators were able to convert on one of them to take a 5-2 lead.

Vegas’ record drops to 4-3-0 but they’ll have a chance to better it on Thursday night. The Ottawa Senators come to town to take on the Golden Knights for a 7 PM puck drop. (Recap by Jason)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs Nashville Predators at T-Mobile Arena

  • Puck management lapses have plagued the Golden Knights with Nate Schmidt out of the lineup
  • SinBin.vegas Podcast recorded from Moneyline Sports Bar after the game
  • Photo gallery from the game.

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** William Karlsson
** Reilly Smith
* Mark Stone

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5 LOS ANGELES KINGS 2 (4-2-0 8 PTS)

The Golden Knights came out hot like they did the night before against Calgary. Reilly Smith scored his fourth of the season, and Max Pacioretty tallied his second on a 1st period power play. LA cut the lead in half but couldn’t tie it up before the period expired. Vegas held the 2-1 edge after the opening period.

In the 2nd, Marc-André Fleury made a few game-changing saves to preserve the one goal Golden Knights lead. Paul Stastny gave Vegas extra cushioning with two Golden Knights power-play goals. After 40 minutes of action the Golden Knights led the Kings 4-1.

Vegas gave LA some life in the 3rd period by allowing the Kings to score and get within two. Mark Stone took that life away :17 seconds later with his fourth goal of the season. The Golden Knights convincingly won 5-2 in LA.

Vegas improves their record to 4-2-0 and get a well deserved day off tomorrow. The Golden Knights next take the ice Tuesday against the Nashville Predators (3-2-0). Puck drops at 7PM. (Recap by Jason)


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

  • Marchessault, Karlsson, Smith dominating in possession and it’s trickling down to the rest of the lineup.
  • I’ll take a look at the power play and see if I can find out if there’s anything different going on beyond just personnel. If there is, there will be a story on it.

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Mark Stone
** Marc-Andre Fleury
* Paul Stastny

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 6 CALGARY FLAMES 2 (3-2-0 6 PTS)

The Golden Knights hosted the Calgary Flames in a Pacific divisional battle. Both teams were in search of their third victory of the season.
Vegas jumped on the board first 3:24 into the game on Tomas Nosek’s third goal of the season. Both teams would trade power plays but neither would convert. The 1st period ended 1-0 good guys.
In the 2nd Calgary scored two quick goals to take the 2-1 lead. After settling down, Mark Stone tied the game with his third goal of the season. William Carrier and Paul Stastny added two more in the period to give Vegas the 4-2 lead after 40 minutes of action.

Golden Knights forward Ryan Reaves put his team up by three scoring his first goal of the season. All three fourth-line forwards scored for Vegas in their commanding 6-2 victory.
Vegas improves their record to 3-2-0 with a victory over Calgary. The Golden Knights will have a quick turnaround as they travel to LA to face the Kings tomorrow night. Puck drops at 7 PM. (Recap by Jason)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs Calgary Flames at T-Mobile Arena

  • Steve Carp’s Sunday article on VGK players rising to the occasion to overcome injuries.

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Ryan Reaves
** Tomas Nosek
* William Carrier

ARIZONA COYOTES 4 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 1 (2-2-0 4 PTS)

The Golden Knights looked to bounce back in Arizona after losing their first loss off the season on Tuesday.

The Coyotes struck first eight minutes into the 1st period. Arizona would add another with under a minute left. However, Shea Theodore would score with :04 seconds left in the opening period and get his team within one. Plus a poor goalie interference challenge would give the Golden Knights a power play to start the second.

Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury would begin the 2nd period in place of the injured Malcolm Subban. Vegas squandered the power play and Arizona would slip one past Fleury for the 3-1 lead early in the middle frame. The Coyotes would score a fourth with under two minutes to go in the 2nd to stretch the lead 4-1.

The Golden Knights couldn’t get much going to start the 3rd period, as coach Gerard Gallant shuffled the lineup. Unfortunately, Vegas couldn’t generate any offense and would go on to lose their second straight game. Arizona took the first meeting between the two 4-1.

Vegas’ record drops to 2-2-0 and look to snap their skid on Saturday. The Golden Knights return home to face the Calgary Flames. Puck drops at 7 PM. (Recap by Jason)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights at Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena

  • McPhee explains why he must have a player like Ryan Reaves on his roster
  • 5 breakaways in 2 periods. What in the world happened? (Will become a full article if the trend continues)

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Reilly Smith
** Jon Merrill
* Malcolm Subban

BOSTON BRUINS 4 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 (2-1-0 4 PTS)

After playing the San Jose Sharks back-to-back to begin the regular season the Golden Knights we’re back home to face the Boston Bruins. The game got off to another quick start for the Golden Knights when Mark Stone scored a Power Play goal 6:36 into the contest. Reilly Smith added his third goal of the season to make it 2-0 Golden Knights. Boston cooled down Vegas and took control of the game midway through the period. The Bruins would score two and tie the game 2-2 after one period.

The Bruins continued their offensive success immediately into the 2nd period. Brad Marchand scored his second goal of the game :33 seconds into the 2nd period. Torey Krug shot one last Vegas goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury a few minutes later to give the Bruins a 4-2 lead.

The Golden Knights kept battling in the 3rd period but couldn’t get anything past Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask. Max Pacioretty got one on the board for Vegas but it wasn’t enough. The Bruins fended off Vegas for the final 10 minutes and skated away with the 4-2 road victory.

Vegas (2-1-0) loses their first game of the 2019-2020 regular season 4-2 to the now 3-0-0 Bruins. The Golden Knights get back to action on Thursday night as they travel to Arizona to take on the Coyotes. Puck drops at 7PM. (Recap by Jason)


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

  • William Karlsson doesn’t take faceoffs at all anymore, and it’s affecting the VGK penalty kill.
  • Golden Knights limiting Engelland’s minutes

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Mark Stone
** Reilly Smith
* Max Pacioretty
(Honorable Mention: Nick Holden)

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5 SAN JOSE SHARKS 1 (2-0-0 4 PTS)

The Golden Knights traveled to San Jose for the first time since their heartbreaking Game 7 loss in last season’s postseason series.

Vegas started the game off fast yet again as William Carrier scored his first of the season at the 5:01 marker of the 1st period. The Golden Knights had multiple scoring chances but couldn’t convert until 14:09 in the period. Jonathan Marchessault tallied his first goal of the 2019-2020 season, giving his team a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes of play.

The 2nd period was a lot more defensive as the Golden Knights fought off two Sharks power plays and kept them scoreless through 30 minutes. With ten minutes left in the period, Brayden McNabb added his first career shorthanded goal to make it 3-0 Vegas. Tomas Nosek would join the party and score his first of the season. After 40 minutes in the books, the Golden Knights held a commanding 4-0 lead.

Vegas did everything they could to preserve the shutout for Marc-Andre Fleury in the third period. Nosek added his second and the team’s second shorthanded goal of the game to extend the lead 5-0. San Jose would later break the shutout with a power play goal. After a few skirmishes, the game ended 5-1 as the Golden Knights once again dominated the Sharks.

The Golden Knights remain undefeated (2-0) and head back home for a game against the Boston Bruins. Boston (1-0) will travel to Las Vegas for an out of conference battle. Puck drops at 7pm. (Recap by Jason)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights at San Jose Sharks at SAP Center

  • Max Pacioretty singled out a tiny play that told him everything he needed to know about Cody Glass

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Brayden McNabb
** Marc-Andre Fleury
* Tomas Nosek

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 SAN JOSE SHARKS 1 (1-0-0 2 PTS)

The regular season began with a bang as the home team Vegas Golden Knights scored two goals in the opening five minutes. Mark Stone added Vegas’ first goal of the season on the power play. Reilly Smith doubled the score with his first making it 2-0 Golden Knights. San Jose would get one back to make a 2-1 game after one period. Vegas defenseman Nate Schmidt left the game and wouldn’t return with an apparent knee injury.

Vegas came out hot again to start the period, when Cody Glass scored his first NHL goal 2:12 into the 2nd period. Glass converted on a beautiful cross crease pass from Max Pacioretty. The two teams traded power plays but neither could convert. After 40 minutes Vegas held the 3-1 edge.

The Golden Knights fought off an early 3rd period Sharks power play and Smith and William Karlsson took advantage. Smith scored his second goal of the game, and first shorthanded goal of the season. The Golden Knights had to kill off a late penalty, but their kill stood up for a fifth time to keep the Sharks at one.

Vegas heads up to San Jose for the Sharks hope opener on Friday night. Faceoff is scheduled for 7:30PM. (Recap by Jason)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. San Jose Sharks at T-Mobile Arena

  • A closer look at the Cody Glass 2nd line center experiment from many different angles
  • What to do without Schmidt
  • Photo Gallery from Opening Night

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Marc-Andre Fleury
** Cody Glass
* Reilly Smith

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5 SAN JOSE SHARKS 1 (Preseason Game 7)

The Golden Knights final preseason game was a sneak peek to the highly anticipated season opener a gasoline the San Jose Sharks. It was a quick 1st period with neither team scoring in the first 17 minutes. William Carrier opened up the scoring with a nice deflection past San Jose goaltender Martin Jones for the 1-0 Vegas lead.

The Golden Knights would extend their lead 2-0 on a 2nd period power play goal by Jimmy Schuldt. After matching roughing penalties,  Vegas took advantage of the open ice and Jonathan Marchessault made 3-0. Mark Stone  would add a fourth on a little flick shot past Jones.

Vegas began the 3rd period with a four goal lead which the Sharks would cut into early. San Jose trailed Vegas 4-1 after Danil Yurtaykin scored with a nifty backhand. However, Reilly Smith would regain the four goal lead on Vegas’ third power play goal. The Golden Knights would go on to win a wild exhibition game 5-1.

The Golden Knights conclude the preseason with a record of 5-2. The 2019-2020 regular season begins Wednesday night in Las Vegas against the Sharks. (Recap by Jason)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. San Jose Sharks preseason game at T-Mobile Arena.

  • Carp’s first article of the season remembering VGK’s response to 1 October
  • A San Jose Sharks star has high praise for Cody Glass

Ken’s Three VGK Stars

*** Valentin Zykov
** Valentin Zykov
* Valentin Zykov

Evander Kane’s reactions to the game

 

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