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DALLAS STARS 3 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 (DAL WINS 4-1) – OT

Recap: For the first time in seven games the Golden Knights scored a 1st period goal. Chandler Stephenson gave his team the lead with a nifty move to the net. Robin Lehner stood strong stopping all nine of Dallas’ shots on net.

The middle frame was flooded with penalties. Altogether there were four power play opportunities for both teams and neither could produce a goal. Vegas was 0/3 on their chances taking four shots on Stars goalie Anton Khudobin. On the other side of the ice, Lehner was flawless through 40 minutes preserving a 1-0 Vegas lead.

Fifteen seconds into the final period Reilly Smith shot a wicked wrister passed Khudobin to extend Vegas’ lead 2-0. It was Smith’s first goal since August 23rd, breaking his ten-game scoring drought. Dallas would get on the board midway through the period making it a tight 2-1 game. The Stars forced overtime tying the game 2-2 on a later power play goal.

Unfortunately, Vegas took an early delay of game penalty and Dallas took advantage ending the series in overtime.

With their 3-2 OT loss, the Golden Knights were eliminated 4-1 in their best-of-seven series with the Stars. Vegas will pack up and head back home from the Edmonton bubble. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights relied on the same style of possession offense and once again it produced absolutely nothing for the eighth consecutive game. They scored twice on transition chances and that was all they had to show for the game. Then, when they got the lead, they collapsed in their own end throwing the style of game that kept Dallas’s offense at bay out the window. In OT, a tough penalty cost them the game and the series. Not a good look at all and now things have to change moving forward. (Analysis by Ken)


Upcoming stories from Game 5 of the Vegas Golden Knights vs Dallas Stars in the Western Conference Final at Rogers Place in the NHL Bubble.

  • Hopefully the delusion ends and they learn from the shortcoming

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Reilly Smith
** Chandler Stephenson
* Alex Tuch

DALLAS STARS 2 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 1 (DAL 3-1)

Recap: The 1st period of Game 4 was a mirror image of the entire series. For the third straight game neither team could come up with a goal in the opening 20 minutes.

The game began to heat up in the 2nd period. Vegas took the first lead on a power play goal from Alec Martinez. Dallas tied the game and eventually took the lead 2-1 with a power play goal of their own with under a minute to go in the middle period.

Dallas suffocated the Vegas in the final period. The Golden Knights drew multiple penalties earning a 5-on-3 power play. They had several chances but couldn’t convert and tie the game.

With their 2–1 loss, the Golden Knights trail the Stars 3-1 in their best-of-seven series. Game 5 of the Western Conference finals is set for Monday night. Puck drop is scheduled for 5:00 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights refused to change the way they played and the Stars once again capitalized on the style. Vegas controlled a good portion of the game in the offensive zone but yet again couldn’t must up enough truly dangerous scoring chances at even-strength. The one goal they scored was on the power play and when they needed the PP to bail them out again with a 70 second 5-on-3, they couldn’t. Something must change in the style of play or there is no way the Golden Knights will defeat the Stars three times in a row and make the Stanley Cup Final. (Analysis by Ken)


Upcoming stories from Game 4 of the Vegas Golden Knights vs Dallas Stars in the Western Conference Final at Rogers Place in the NHL Bubble.

  • We might be as lost as the Golden Knights. But we’ll figure out something.

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Shea Theodore
** Alec Martinez
* Alex Tuch

DALLAS STARS 3 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 (DAL 2-1) – OT

Recap: The Golden Knights began Game 3 of the Western Conference finals looking to take a 2-1 series lead over the Dallas Stars.

The opening period was tight with Robin Lehner and Anton Kuhdobin both comimg up with big saves to keep it a scoreless tie heading into the first intermission.

Lehner continued to play strong frustrating Dallas into the first two periods. However, the Stars would finally get one by the Vegas goaltender with :17 seconds left in the period.

Vegas’ offense broke out of their slump when Shea Theodore scored his 7th goal of the postseason tying the game 1-1. Dallas regained the lead 2-1 a few minutes later but Vegas wore down the Stars and eventually Alex Tuch tied the game with his 9th goal of the playoffs.

Dallas didn’t take long to win the game 3-2 in overtime. The Stars found an opening :31 into OT scoring their third on Lehner.

With their 3-2 OT loss, the Golden Knights trail the Stars 2-1 in their best-of-seven series. Game 4 of the Western Conference finals between Vegas and Dallas is set for Saturday night. Puck drop is scheduled for 5:00 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights took too long to get to their game and then couldn’t stick with it long enough through the first two periods. Because of it, they found themselves in a hole. The 3rd period was exactly what Vegas wants the games to look like, but it was happening while behind for the most part. There’s a growing concern that Dallas’ style has been able to keep Vegas away from theirs. In the end, a problem that has plagued them through three games cropped back up and it was an open neutral zone that led to the game-winning OT goal. Tough loss and VGK need a massive response on Saturday.  (Analysis by Ken)


Upcoming stories from Game 3 of the Vegas Golden Knights vs Dallas Stars in the Western Conference Final at Rogers Place in the NHL Bubble.

  • High event vs low event play; VGK seems to benefit from the former against Dallas
  • Neutral zone openness has hurt VGK and completely burned them in OT

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Reilly Smith
** William Karlsson
* Shea Theodore

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 DALLAS STARS 0 (SERIES 1-1)

Recap: The Golden Knights needed a strong effort to even up the series with the Dallas Stars. Vegas jumped out to a quick start in Game 2, drawing an early penalty setting the tone of the game. The Golden Knights wouldn’t score in the 1st period but momentum and Robin Lehner’s pads carried them into the first intermission in a scoreless tie.

Vegas’ offense finally got going in the 2nd period. Paul Statsny scored the Golden Knights first goal of the series 4:53 in, William Karlsson added a power play goal four minutes later, and Tomas Nosek stretched the lead to 3-0. It was Vegas’ first power play goal since Game 7 of the second round.

Up three to start the 3rd period, the Golden Knights played more conservative protecting their lead. Lehner was outstanding again as he stopped all 24 of the Stars shots on net. It was his fourth shutout of the postseason.

With their 3-0 win, the Golden Knights tied up the Western Conference finals. Game 3 between Vegas and Dallas is set for Thursday night. Puck drop is scheduled for 5PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights offense finally broke through in the 2nd period with a few tap in goals and a power play goal from William Karlsson. The biggest key to the game for Vegas though was how they handled the Dallas forecheck in that decisive 2nd period. They finally started breaking out of the zone with confidence and speed and it helped lead to a few rushes, multiple goals, and a number of drawn penalties. Play like that again and this series is Vegas’ to lose. (Analysis by Ken)


Upcoming stories from Game 2 of the Vegas Golden Knights vs Dallas Stars in the Western Conference Final at Rogers Place in the NHL Bubble.

  • A look at all the odd-man rushes against. What happened?

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Nic Roy
** Robin Lehner
* Paul Stastny

DALLAS STARS 1 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 0 (DAL 1-0)

Recap: It was the second Western Conference final in three years for Vegas as they faced the Dallas Stars, a team who hadn’t been since 2008. In a surprising decision, coach Pete DeBoer gave Marc-Andre Fleury the start in Game 1.

Dallas came out hard, attacking Vegas’ zone right from the opening faceoff. The Stars quickly scored 2:36 into the series taking a 1-0 advantage into the first intermission.

The Golden Knights couldn’t generate much in the middle frame. Vegas took only four shots on net and was 0/2 on the power play in the 2nd period. Both goaltenders were strong stopping all shots faced.

Vegas failed to convert again on the power play going 0/4 on the game. The Golden Knights made a strong late push but the Stars were able to stave off and win the game 1-0.

With their 1-0 loss the Golden Knights trail the best-of-seven series 1-0 to the Stars. Vegas will hit the ice for Game 2 on Tuesday night. Game 2 will air on NBC Sports Network scheduled for 5:00 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights’ power outage continued into the Western Conference Final as they’ve now scored just two goals against a goalie in the past four games. Dallas brought the type of game the Golden Knights have not seen since the round-robin and it certainly appeared as though they were caught at least a bit off guard. As the game went on they settled in defensively but never could get anything sustainable going in the offensive zone. Back at it for Game 2 on Tuesday where all eyes will be focused directly on whether or not Vegas can score. (Analysis by Ken)


Upcoming stories from Game 1 of the Vegas Golden Knights vs Dallas Stars in the Western Conference Final at Rogers Place in the NHL Bubble.

  • Dallas’ forecheck early set the tone

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Alex Tuch
** Jonathan Marchessault
* Nick Cousins

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 VANCOUVER CANUCKS 0 (VGK WIN 4-3)

Recap: The Golden Knights were playing in a do or die Game 7 for the second straight season. The top seed came out shooting but Vancouver goalie Thatcher Demko continued his hot streak from Games 5 & 6. Vegas fired 11 on Demko, while Robin Lehner only needed to stop two. Game 7 was scoreless after the opening period.

The goaltenders took over the game in the 2nd period making some season-saving stops. Lehner made a brilliant save on a two-on-one preserving the scoreless tie. Late in the period Ryan Reaves was given a five-minute major and a game-misconduct for an illegal hit to the head of Vancouver’s Tyler Motte. The Golden Knights killed half of the major penalty in the 2nd period to hold the 0-0 tie.

Vegas began the final period on the penalty kill, continuing from Reaves’ major penalty. The Golden Knights stepped up and stopped the Canucks extended power play. Later in the period Vegas was awarded a power play and it wouldn’t take long for Shea Theodore to give his team the first lead of Game 7. Alex Tuch and Paul Statsny scored an empty-net goals late in the contest. Lehner was outstanding shutting out the Canucks to claim the seven-game series.

With their 3-0 win the Golden Knights clinch the series and advance to the Western Conference final. Vegas will face the Dallas Stars on Sunday night. Game 1 will air on NBC and is scheduled for 5PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: Take a breath Vegas. Everything the Golden Knights feared could happen was happening through the first 40 minutes of the game. They couldn’t find a way to beat Demko. They allowed almost no offense against but everyone once in a while a dangerous chance popped up (what a save by Lehner). They even took ANOTHER penalty causing them to have to kill five minutes. In the end, who else but Shea Theodore to find a way to beat Thatcher Demko and the Golden Knights finally prove what we should have known all along, they are the better team. On to the Conference Finals… again! (Analysis by Ken)


Upcoming stories from Game 7 of the Vegas Golden Knights vs Vancouver Canucks in Round 2 series of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place in the NHL Bubble.

  • It’s all about PK entries
  • Hopefully the blueprint isn’t out on how to stifle the VGK offense

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Zach Whitecloud
** Nic Roy
* Shea Theodore

VANCOUVER CANUCKS 4 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 0 (SERIES 3-3)

Recap: The Golden Knights got off to a bad start to Game 6 allowing the Canucks to score 2:50 into the 1st period. Vegas fired nine shots on Vancouver goaltender Thatcher Demko but couldn’t convert. After the opening 20 minutes the Golden Knights trailed 1-0.

Both goaltenders were strong in the 2nd period shutting both teams offenses. Robin Lehner allowed only one goal through two periods but Canucks led 1-0 heading into the second intermission. 

Vancouver doubled their lead 1:03 into the 3rd period. The Canucks took a 3-0 lead later in the period putting the Golden Knights in desperation mode. Vegas coach Pete DeBoer pulled Lehner with under six minutes to go but Vancouver took advantage and scored on the empty net. Demko was flawless in net and shutout Vegas 4-0.

With their 4-0 win the Canucks tied up the series and force a Game 7. Vegas will have a other chance at clinching the second round matchup with the Canucks tomorrow. Game 7 will air on NBC Sports Network scheduled for 6PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: Once again, the Golden Knights simply could not solve the Thatcher Demko riddle. They were dominant, just like Game 5, but they simply couldn’t find a way to generate enough truly dangerous shots to beat a young hot goalie. They were consistently unable to get onto second chances in front of the goal and watched the game slip away as the opportunistic Canucks kept finding a way to score. On to Game 7, VGK better figure this out or they’re going to become a playoff laughingstock. (Analysis by Ken)


Upcoming stories from Game 6 of the Vegas Golden Knights vs Vancouver Canucks in Round 2 series of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place in the NHL Bubble.

  • How will VGK react to a scary familiar situation?

Ken’s Three VGK Stars (I had to try very hard to come up with these)
*** Nick Cousins
** Nic Roy
* Nick Holden

VANCOUVER CANUCKS 2 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 1 (VGK 3-2)

Recap: The Golden Knights skated into Game 5 looking to clinch their second-round round series against the Vancouver Canucks. Neither team could generate offense in the first period and both goaltenders were flawless. Game 5 was scoreless after the opening 20 minutes.

Both teams got on the board in the 2nd period. The Golden Knights came out firing on Vancouver goalie Thatcher Demko. Vegas took 18 second period shots on net and at the 15:12 mark Shea Theodore gave Vegas the 1-0 lead. Vancouver would respond quickly tying the game :24 seconds later. The game was tied 1-1 after the second period.

The Canucks took their first lead of the game early in the 3rd period. Vancouver held their tight 2-1 lead the entire game fighting off Vegas’ late-game charge.

With their 2-1 loss the Golden Knights now lead 3-2 in their best-of-seven game series. Vegas will have a other chance at clinching the second-round matchup with the Canucks on Thursday night. Game 6 will air on NBC Sports Network at 6:45 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: Well, the Golden Knights ran into a goaltender making his NHL playoff debut and he did just about everything he could to keep his team alive in the series. That being said, the Golden Knights absolutely could have created much more in that game as the Canucks generated nearly nothing the first 30 minutes of the game. Vegas needed to find a way to create chances no goalie can stop, and they didn’t do it. (Analysis by Ken)


Upcoming stories from Game 5 of the Vegas Golden Knights vs Vancouver Canucks in Round 2 series of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place in the NHL Bubble.

  • Familiar nemesis bites VGK again.
  • Trying to illustrate why Nic Roy fits Alex Tuch so well

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Alec Martinez
** Nate Schmidt
* Shea Theodore

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5 VANCOUVER CANUCKS 3 (VGK 3-1)

Recap: The Golden Knights entered Game 4 two wins away from the Western Conference finals. Vegas took the first lead after Max Pacioretty’s quick wrist shot slipped through Vancouver goalie Jacob Markstrom’s pads. The Canucks tied the game 1-1 with a power play goal midway through the first. Two minutes later, Chandler Stephenson regained the lead for Vegas after a nice give-and-go pass with Shea Theodore. Starting goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 7 out of 8 Vancouver shots taking a 2-1 lead into the first intermission.

Vancouver evened the game early, and took the lead later in the 2nd period. It was the Canucks second power play goal that gave them a 3-2 lead. Markstrom held the Golden Knights scoreless on 14 shots in the 2nd period. 

The tide turned in the 3rd period as the Golden Knights came out ready to take care of business. Nate Schmidt tied the game 2:52 into the final twenty minutes, and Pacioretty gave Vegas the lead 4-3 with his second goal of the night. William Karlsson joined the party stretching the Golden Knights lead 5-4. Fleury stopped 27 of Vancouver’s 30 shots on net and earned his first win of the series. 

With their 5-3 victory the Golden Knights lead 3-1 in their best-of-seven game series. Vegas will have a chance at clinching the second round matchup with the Canucks on Tuesday night. Game 5 will air on NBC Sports Network scheduled for 6:45 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: For the first time in four games the Canucks proved they could match up with the Golden Knights physically. They used a strong 2nd period to take a lead, but the Golden Knights were quick to offer some proof of their own that it was not sustainable for Vancouver. Vegas dominated the 3rd period from start to finish and banged in three quick goals to take hold of the game and the series. We knew it coming in, we really know it now, the Canucks cannot play 60 minutes with the Golden Knights. (Analysis by Ken)


Upcoming stories from Game 4 of the Vegas Golden Knights vs Vancouver Canucks in Round 2 series of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place in the NHL Bubble.

  • One bad period has not led to two for the Golden Knights

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Marc-Andre Fleury
** Max Pacioretty
* Shea Theodore

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 VANCOUVER CANUCKS 0 (VGK 2-1)

Recap: The Golden Knights quickly took control of Game 3. After killing an early penalty Vegas forward Alex Tuch scored the first goal of the game. It was Tuch’s seventh goal of the postseason. Defenseman Zach Whitecloud didn’t hesitate to give his team a two-goal lead 1:23 later. It was Whitecloud’s second of the playoffs making it a 2-0 1st period lead. Starting goaltender Robin Lehner fought off several power plays and a barrage of Vancouver shots holding Vegas’ two goal edge after the opening twenty minutes. 

The Golden Knights heavily pressured the Canucks in the 2nd period. They outshot Vancouver 15-7 and held their two goal lead. Both goaltenders were strong saving all 22 shots in the middle frame. 

The Golden Knights struggled on the power play until Mark Stone broke the seal in the 3rd period. Stone’s sixth of the postseason extended Vegas’ the lead 3-0. Lehner was flawless again saving all 32 shots and shutting out the Canucks for the second time in three games. 

With their 3-0 victory the Golden Knights reclaim their series lead 2-1 in their best-of-seven game series. The second round matchup with the Canucks continues tomorrow night. Game 4 will air on NBC Sports Network scheduled for 7:30 PM (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The 1st period was filled with penalties on both sides and if not for Robin Lehner’s brilliance it could have been trouble early for the Golden Knights. But, when the game was played at 5-on-5, which is was for a majority of the 2nd and 3rd, the Canucks had no answers for the Golden Knights. A classic, dominant victory in the fashion anyone who handicapped this series would have expected. (Analysis by Ken)


Upcoming stories from Game 3 of the Vegas Golden Knights vs Vancouver Canucks in Round 2 series of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place in the NHL Bubble.

  • Back-to-backs in the playoffs: Why does VGK think they must play both goalies, plenty of team’s don’t.

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Nic Roy
** Alex Tuch
* Robin Lehner

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