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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5 NASHVILLE PREDATORS 1 (32-24-4 68 PTS)

It took a bit of time, and a few nice saves from Malcolm Subban, but the Golden Knights eventually kicked it into gear. A spilled puck on a dump in led to the Golden Knights first goal by Max Pacioretty. Then, in the 2nd Vegas took over controlling play for a majority of the period. It eventually led to a power play goal by Brandon Pirri after a terrific entry by William Karlsson. Vegas took a three-goal lead early in the 3rd. Nashville made it interesting cutting it back to two, but a pair of goals from Oscar Lindberg and Pacioretty sealed the deal on a big win for the Golden Knights.

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

  • Carp on the player the Golden Knights should most target at the trade deadline.
  • Ken on a different player he would like to see in Vegas by February 25th.
  • The difference Schmidt made offensively playing with Engelland. (And Theodore with McNabb)

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Cody Eakin
** Oscar Lindberg
* Max Pacioretty

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS 6 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 (31-24-4 66 PTS)

Vegas spent a majority of the 1st period in the box taking three penalties in the last nine minutes of the period. Toronto’s lethal power play capitalized and got on the board first. The Golden Knights did well to storm back scoring shorthanded by Paul Stastny and another by Oscar Lindberg. But the Leafs wouldn’t be held down long scoring a pair of their own in the 2nd. Vegas came back and tied it again at three with a William Karlsson tap in on a brilliant pass from Jon Merrill. Once again though, the defense couldn’t hold against one of the league’s best offenses giving up three straight to drop their fifth straight at home and eight of the last 11. Yikes.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs Toronto Maple Leafs at T-Mobile Arena.

  • I’m not even sure, but it won’t be positive.
  • Also, a photo gallery from the game.

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Jon Merrill
** Reilly Smith
* Cody Eakin

ARIZONA COYOTES 5 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 (31-23-4 66 PTS)

A rather uneventful 1st period came and went without a goal. Vegas controlled possession and dominated in shots through the 1st, but couldn’t beat Darcy Kuemper. An offensive explosion occurred in the 2nd period with a pair of goals by each team. Arizona got the first two but Vegas stormed back with goals from Brandon Pirri and Nate Schmidt. However, the Coyotes took hold of the game with a goal midway through the 3rd and then another late. A solid effort, but once again the Golden Knights come up short, which is becoming a disturbing trend.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs Arizona Coyotes at T-Mobile Arena.

  • Carp on McNabb’s terrific season defensively

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Alex Tuch
** Nate Schmidt
* Cody Eakin

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS 4 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 (31-22-4 66 PTS)

A wide open first period had scoring chances aplenty both ways. Columbus struck first with a deflection goal that just slid past the line, but moments later the Golden Knights answered with a wacky hop bounce goal of their own from Nate Schmidt. Then, on a Blue Jacket power play, Reilly Smith and William Karlsson led the charge down the ice and Jon Merrill put home the loose change. A strong 2nd by Columbus put Vegas on their heels defending for a majority of the frame. Marc-Andre Fleury’s misplay off the boards helped Artemi Panarin tie the game at two. A Cody Eakin tally put Vegas back in front, but another spill by Fleury helped Cam Atkinson tie it. On the power play, Atkinson scored another one. The Golden Knights couldn’t get anything on net with the empty net and dropped a heartbreaking one.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs Columbus Blue Jackets at T-Mobile Arena.

  • Carp on Gallant’s decision to play only 10 forwards in the 3rd
  • An off day that may have changed the complexion of the season.
  • A deeper dive into the difference between when VGK gets through the neutral zone clean and when they don’t. (Assuming my eyes didn’t deceive me when I watch this game again)

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Jon Merrill
** Reilly Smith
* Cody Eakin

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 DETROIT RED WINGS 3 (31-21-4 66 PTS)

A disjointed 1st period for the Golden Knights led to the Red Wings having a majority of the possession. A fluky goal by Detroit put them ahead, but the Golden Knights got going quickly in the 2nd. Alex Tuch drew a penalty quickly which led toa Jonathan Marchessault power play goal. Then, the floodgates opened a bit as Vegas tacked on two more, another from Marchessault and one from William Karlsson. Marc-Andre Fleury sprung into action as the period wound down making multiple terrific saves. Detroit scored one to cut the lead to one, but a nice Brayden McNabb rush led to a tip and a goal.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights at Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena

  • What to do with Brandon Pirri
  • Balance vs. loading up: Gallant has a choice to make

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** William Karlsson
** Jonathan Marchessault
* Marc-Andre Fleury

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING 2 (30-21-4 64 PTS) – SO (1-0)

The Golden Knights couldn’t stay out of the box in the 1st period taking three uncharacteristic penalties. Schmidt (0 on season), Karlsson (5 on season), and Smith (3 on season) each took a penalty. Tampa Bay scored on one of them. The Golden Knights got a PP of their own and squandered it not getting even a single shot. The Golden Knights battled through multiple penalty kills to eventually tie the game at two. Valentin Zykov scored the tying goal. Vegas had a power play to end regulation and one to end OT but couldn’t get one to go. Alex Tuch came up huge in the shootout recording the only goal.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights at Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena

  • Steve Carp’s Wednesday column

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Cody Eakin
** Alex Tuch
* Valentin Zykov

 

FLORIDA PANTHERS 3 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 1 (29-21-4 62 PTS)

Florida scored just 12 seconds into the game on a break started by a collision from Paul Stastny and Shea Theodore. An individual effort by Max Pacioretty tied the game up in the 1st. A fast-paced 2nd period came and went without any goals. A turnover in the offensive zone by Jonathan Marchessault led to a bad pinch from Shea Theodore and a poor defensive effort from William Karlsson to allow the game-winning goal.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights at Florida Panthers at BB&T Center.

  • Steve Carp’s Sunday column
  • A case to split up the only working line

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Paul Stastny
** Alex Tuch
* Max Pacioretty

CAROLINA HURRICANES 5 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 (29-20-4 62 PTS)

An early penalty put the Golden Knights on the power play which they cashed in on with a Shea Theodore goal eerily similar to the one he scored against Pittsburgh. Carolina came right back creating chances left and right before getting one to go on a great kick pass from Justin Williams to Nino Niederreiter. A miserable error by Max Lagace to start the period led to the Hurricanes first lead. Vegas battled through a poorly played period to tie it at two but less than a minute later Carolina retook the lead again. The Golden Knights couldn’t get anything going in the 3rd as they conceded an early goal to go down a pair. An empty netter late sealed it.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights at Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena

  • The Creator speaks about the possibility of losing AGM Kelly McCrimmon.

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Paul Stastny
** Alex Tuch
* Shea Theodore

NASHVILLE PREDATORS 2 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 1 (29-19-4 62 PTS)

Vegas struck first using a strong 1st period effort. An excellent goal that touched the sticks of all three linemates was finished off by Max Pacioretty. However, another series of lapses in their own end led to consecutive goals by the Predators to take the lead. The Golden Knights peppered shots at Saros all night long, but could not find the equalizer. It’s the first time they’ve lost two straight at home in regulation all season.

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

  • The bye week extravaganza on SinBin.vegas. (We have a bunch of somewhat ridiculous non-hockey related stuff)

Ken’s Three Stars
*** Oscar Lindberg (I actually thought he was good tonight.)
** Juuse Saros
* Juuse Saros

MINNESOTA WILD 4 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 (29-18-4 62 PTS)

A sloppy 1st period in which only 11 total shots on goal were taken resulted in a 1-0 lead for Vegas on a PP goal from Alex Tuch. A missed wide-open net on a rolling puck by Brandon Pirri kept VGK from going up 2-0. Then the Wild got going as they scored two straight to take the lead. A terrific passing display by Paul Stastny led to a Max Pacioretty goal which knotted it back up. A scramble play in the Golden Knights end led to the go-ahead goal for the Wild and Vegas could not rebound. The loss moves them to 1-4-0 against the Wild all time.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs Minnesota Wild at T-Mobile Arena.

  • What is going on with Zykov if he’s not going to get into a game?

Ken’s Three Stars
*** Colin Miller
** Jonathan Marchessault
* Devan Dubnyk

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