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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS 2 (11-9-3 25 PTS)

Recap: The Golden Knights welcomed in the Toronto Maple Leafs for a mid November, non conference clash. The 1st period was tight and both teams did a solid job defending. Each team was shutout and the period ended in a scoreless tie.

Cody Glass would open up the scoring with his 4th goal of the season. On a Vegas power play, Max Pacioretty blasted a shot on net which Glass loosened the puck and gave his team the 1-0 edge.

The Maple Leafs would tie the game at one in the 3rd period but the Golden Knights would regain the lead :41 seconds later. Tomas Nosek scored on a breakaway using his backend to give Vegas the 2-1 lead. The Golden Knights would add two more and win 4-2.

Vegas improves their record to 11-9-3 and find themselves on a two-game winning streak. The Golden Knights get back on the ice for a divisional battle against the San Jose Sharks. Puck drop is scheduled for 7PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights played an excellent first two periods, both pressuring the Leafs but also taking care of their own end incredibly well. They looked like the team that the city has grown to know and love and entered the 3rd with the one goal  lead. However, things came apart at the seams a bit in the 3rd and if not for Marc-Andre Fleury, this is another 3rd period collapse.

That being said, Vegas did not lose the game and ends up walking away with two points against a good team (though they are scuffling). It wasn’t a perfect effort but it was another pretty darn good one for the Golden Knights. Overall, they’ve continued to put up good game after good game and certainly appear to be headed in the right direction. (Analysis by Ken)


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

  • Details on a VGK player-owned restaurant coming soon.
  • Nic Hague played one game in the AHL, he’s been much better since. Coincidence? I think not.

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Marc
** Andre
* Fleury

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 6 CALGARY FLAMES 0 (10-9-3 23 PTS)

The Golden Knights were determined to break their five-game losing skid against the Calgary Flames on a Sunday afternoon in Las Vegas. William Karlsson got the memo and opened up the scoring with his seventh goal of the season. Vegas battled and kept Calgary off the board and skated into the 1st intermission 1-0.

Both teams traded penalties to begin the 2nd period but the Golden Knights would take advantage of messy play. Paul Stastny made a great move and snapped a shot passed Calgary’s goaltender. After 40 minutes Vegas held on to their 2-0 lead.

Max Pacioretty, Cody Eakin, Mark Stone, and William Karlsson all added third period goals to take a commanding 6-0 lead. Marc-Andre Fleury was once again brilliant and stopped all 34 shots on net to record the season’s first home shutout.

Vegas’ record improves to 10-9-3 and break their five-game losing streak. The Golden Knights next take the ice on Tuesday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 PM. (Recap by Jason)


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

  • Carp’s Sunday column about today’s game.

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Max Pacioretty
** William Karlsson
* Marc-Andre Fleury

 

LOS ANGELES KINGS 4 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 (9-9-3 21 PTS)

Vegas tried to get back on track in LA for a Saturday matinee. The Golden Knights would be awarded an early power play but the Kings would steal the puck and the lead. LA took an early 1-0 edge on a short-handed goal, and the Kings would add another taking advantage of their own PP opportunity. Arch nemesis Drew Doughty got credit for sneaking one past Malcolm Subban. The Kings held a 2-0 advantage after one period of play.

Max Pacioretty would get his team on the board in the 2nd period by deflecting a puck past Jonathan Quick. The one goal deficit wouldn’t last long as the Kings scored their third of the game a minute and a half later to take a 3-1 lead. Thankfully, Jonathan Marchessault brought the lumber and slapped a bomb past Quick. Late in the 2nd period William Karlsson would equalize the game on a nice chip pass by Pacioretty. Through 40 minutes the Golden Knights came roaring back with three goals in the 2nd period.

Both teams battled to break the tie for most of the 3rd period. A tip by Jeff Carter found its way through Subban and gave the Kings the eventual game winner.

Vegas’ record continues to drop 9-9-3 and are stuck on 21 points for the third straight game. Luckily, the Golden Knights get a chance to make up those points tomorrow at home against the Calgary Flames. Puck drops at 4PM. (Recap by Jason)


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

  • Steve Carp’s Sunday column

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Shea Theodore
** Max Pacioretty
* Jonathan Marchessault

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS 5 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 (9-8-3 21 PTS)

The game got off to quick with an early penalty shot for Chicago. The Blackhawks couldn’t convert and the Golden Knights took over. William Carrier and William Karlsson have Vegas a 2-0 lead 6:30 minutes into the game. Patrick Kane would get Chicago within one and the 1st period would come to a close 2-1 Vegas.

Chicago scored two 2nd period in a span of :45 seconds. Vegas was awarded a penalty shot of their own but Jonathan Marchessault couldn’t slip it past the Blackhawks goaltender.

The Golden Knights began the 3rd period trailing 3-2 and looked to get back into the game early. However, the Blackhawks had other plans and scored their fourth goal 3:57 into the final frame. Vegas would have a few chances but couldn’t covert until it was too late. Chicago coasted to a 5-3 victory.

Vegas’ record drops to 9-8-3 and remain at 21 points for the season. The Golden Knights will next play on Saturday afternoon at 1PM in Los Angeles. They’ll head right back home for a back-to-back on Sunday against the Calgary Flames. (Recap by Jason)


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

  • Rock bottom?

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Nic Hague
** William Karlsson
* William Carrier

DETROIT RED WINGS 3 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 (9-7-3 21 PTS)

The Golden Knights last stop on their road trip was in Motown for an afternoon faceoff against the Red Wings. Jonathan Marchessault put Vegas ahead 1-0 at the 16:27 mark of the 1st period. With under a minute remaining Detroit was able to tie it up 1-1 on the power play.

In the 2nd period Max Pacioretty continued his hot streak scoring a goal in four out of the last five games. Vegas played strong defensively and kept Detroit off the board in the middle frame. Pacioretty’s goal made it 2-1 Vegas after 40 minutes of action.

The Red Wings tied it up 2-2 midway through the 3rd period. Detroit would keep Vegas’ offense stagnant and would burn the visiting team with :30 seconds remaining in regulation. The Golden Knights lost a 3-2 heartbreaker in Detroit.

Vegas’ record drops to 9-7-3 and went 1-2-1 on their four-game road trip. The Golden Knights will get back on track Tuesday night against the Chicago Blackhawks. Game time is scheduled for 7P at the T-Mobile Arena. (Recap by Jason)


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

  • It’s gone on long enough, changes can’t wait any longer for the 3rd line

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Jonathan Marchessault
** Nate Schmidt
* Max Pacioretty

WASHINGTON CAPITALS 5 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 (9-6-3 21 PTS)

The Golden Knights put themselves in an early hole giving up a goal to Evgeny Kuznetsov :58 seconds into the game. The Capitals scored again five minutes later. Vegas would grind back and get within one on Max Pacioretty’s fifth of the year.

Washington would take a 3-1 lead early in the 2nd period but again Vegas would continue to chip away. Reilly Smith would make it 3-2 on a Golden Knights power play with his team leading 10th goal of the year.

The Golden Knights would begin the 3rd on the power play but couldn’t score a game tying goal. The Capitals would take another two goal lead with a power play goal by Nick Backstrom. Vegas would kill a 5-on-3 but couldn’t creep back. Washington would get a late empty netter to win 5-2.

Vegas’ record drops to (9-6-3) and sit with 21 points. The Golden Knights get right back to it tomorrow afternoon in Detroit. Faceoff against the Red Wings is scheduled for 2PM. (Recap by Jason)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights at Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena

  • Steve Carp’s Sunday column on the Jonny Greco’s departure. (Plus, his 5 favorite in-arena moments in VGK history.)

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Reilly Smith
** Brayden McNabb
* Max Pacioretty

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS 2 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 1 (9-5-3 21 PTS) – OT

The Golden Knights were forced to start the game in their defensive zone but the team stepped up defensively. Under heavy attack for most of the period, Vegas and Malcolm Subban kept Toronto out of the net and the opening 20 minutes ended in a scoreless tie.

Vegas came out sin the 2nd period, combining for 14 shots on net. The Golden Knights penalty killing units continued to shine, shutting down Toronto’s power play and even-strengthened offense. After two periods the game remained 0-0.

The Golden Knights finally opened the scoring with a goal by Max Pacioretty 4:08 into the 3rd period. The Maple Leafs would tie the game on their sixth power play opportunity. After three periods of play the game would need to be settled in overtime. Jon Tavares would win it late in 2–1 OT for Toronto.

Vegas drops their record to (9-5-3). The team continues their road trip on Saturday will against the Washington Capitals. Puck drop is scheduled for 4PM PT. (Recap by Jason)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights at Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena

  • Can we stop with the “Golden Knights aren’t that good” stuff?

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Shea Theodore
** Max Pacioretty
* Malcolm Subban

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS 1 (9-5-2 20 PTS)

Vegas began their four-game road trip in Columbus looking for their first regulation win since October 27th. The Golden Knights played strong defensively in front of goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury in the 1st period. Fleury stopped all nine shots by the Blue Jackets and Reilly Smith scored a late goal to give his team a 1-0 lead after the opening 20 minutes.

Columbus would tie it up 5:37 into the second period but the lead wouldn’t last long. Smith would add his second of the game on a nice shorthanded setup by William Karlsson. Fleury continued his strong play between the pipes and Vegas would again take a one goal edge leading 2-1 after two periods in the books.

Columbus came out attacking in the 3rd but Fleury and the defense would keep the Blue Jackets scoreless for the entire period. Vegas picked up two points with a final of 2-1 in Columbus.

Vegas improves their record to (9-5-2) and break their two-game skid. The team will head to Toronto for a matchup against the Maple Leafs on Thursday night. Puck drop is scheduled for 4PM PT. (Recap by Jason)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights at Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena

  • Betting trends all pointed to a win over Columbus (possible)

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Jon Merrill
** William Karlsson
* Reilly Smith

WINNIPEG JETS 4 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 (8-5-2 18 PTS) – OT

The Golden Knights seemed to forget the game started as they allowed a quick one from the Jets, but that goal sure did wake them up. An incredible response started with a goal from Jonathan Marchessault, and then two more from Nate Schmidt and Max Pacioretty inside of four minutes. Vegas took the 3-1 lead into the first intermission.

The 2nd period was highlighted by a dirty hit by Adam Lowry on Alex Tuch. A clear head shot sent Tuch to the locker room and left Lowry to have to fight Ryan Reaves. Lowry actually did very well and then his team backed up him playing much better as the period went on. However, Vegas did well to fend them off keeping the score at 3-1.

A power play goal cut the lead to one. Then a missed call gifted the Jets the game-tying goal.

Vegas struggled again in overtime blowing another game in which they had a two-goal lead in the 3rd period.


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs Winnipeg Jets at T-Mobile Arena

  • Steve Carp’s Sunday column on awful officiating.

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** William Karlsson
** Brayden McNabb
* Nate Schmidt

Alex Tuch did not return from this hit in the 2nd period.

MONTREAL CANADIENS 5 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 (8-5-1 17 PTS) – OT

It was Halloween night and The Golden Knights would get more than just treats as two key players made it back from injury. Nate Schmidt returned to anchor the defense and Alex Tuch hit the ice ready to shoot.

After trailing 1-0 the Golden Knights came back to control the game. William karlsson ties the game with a goal in his third straight game. A fresh Tuch gave his team the lead on a laser past Montreal’s goaltender. Schmidt picked up his first assist on Tuch’s first goal.

The Canadiens scored the only 2nd period goal of the game. Vegas had multiple quality scoring chances but was stoned by strong goaltending by Keith Kincaid. After 40 minutes it was tied 2-2.

Vegas broke out in the 3rd period on goals by Cody Glass and Mark Stone. Max Pacioretty picked up his 500th career point with an assist on Stone’s 8th goal of the season. Former Vegas forward Tomas Tatar got Montreal within one, and moments later Montreal ties the game 4-4.

Golden Knights fell apart completely in overtime blowing multiple coverages and allowing a quick goal.

Vegas’ falls to 8-5-1 with their loss to Montreal. The Golden Knights will get back to action on Saturday night. Vegas welcomes in the Winnipeg Jets for their only visit to Las Vegas. Puck drop is scheduled for 7P.
(Recap by Jason)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs Montreal Canadiens at T-Mobile Arena

  • Jack Dugan says once he “dominates” at the level he’s at, he’ll be ready to move on. 14 points in 6 game sounds like that.

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Max Pacioretty
** Cody Glass
* Alex Tuch

Jonathan Marchessault and Gerard Gallant talk about the defeat to the Canadiens…

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