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Golden Knights started out a bit sluggish giving one up early. The 1st ended down 2-0 but Vegas got going a bit as the game went on. Goals from Max Pacioretty, Jake Bischoff, and Brad Hunt helped the Golden Knights get to back within a goal with over nine to play in the 3rd. Vegas could not climb all the way back on a night which wasn’t the best for either the defense or Malcolm Subban. Luckily, it didn’t count.

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Three Stars (Coming Soon)


Yet again the Golden Knights scored pretty much instantly, this time from Max Pacioretty. It kind of went downhill from there as the Golden Knights allowed the next three goals. Alex Tuch set up Oscar Lindberg to get Vegas back within one but a shorthanded goal put San Jose back up by two at the end of the 2nd. Vegas ties it with an amazing effort by Ryan Carpenter and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare to score a shorthanded goal. Then, in shootout, who else but Erik Brannstrom scores the game-winner.

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Three Stars
*** Pierre-Edouard Bellemare
** Timo Meier
* Tomas Hertl


For the third consecutive preseason game it didn’t take long for the Golden Knights to get going. They scored three times in the 1st period including one from Daniel Carr, who we featured earlier today on the site. Vegas’ top line of William Karlsson, Jonathan Marchessault, and Reilly Smith were absolutely dominant the entire night accounting for four goals between them.

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Three Stars
*** Reilly Smith
** William Karlsson
* Jonathan Marchessault


As it often is when he’s on the ice, it was the Erik Brannstrom show in Denver. Brannstrom helped start the scoring with a nice pass along the wall on the power play to set up a Brandon Pirri goal. Then, after skating the puck out of trouble from below his own net, Brannstrom flew down the center of the ice, got a pass from Tomas Hyka, and buried the puck past Semyon Varlamov. Alex Tuch scored the Golden Knights third goal on a sweet set of passes by Paul Stastny and Oscar Lindberg. Reid Duke and Erik Haula added goals late.

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The Golden Knights picked up right where they left off scoring just :14 seconds into the game. Vegas continued to dominate the game pretty much the entire way through. Highlights were Max Pacioretty’s first goal, a Dylan Ferguson penalty shot save (after stopping the breakaway too), and Brannstrom singlehandedly drawing a 5-on-3 and then scoring on it.

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Three Stars
*** Tomas Nosek
** Max Pacioretty
* Jonathan Marchessault



The game got off to a horribly slow start with neither team creating much of anything. Then a penalty by Colin Miller gave the Capitals their first real opportunity of the game. Alex Ovechkin banged one off the bar and Vegas escaped unscathed. The period ended scoreless, not the Golden Knights best though.

The 2nd was the complete opposite. Five total goals were scored in a span of 14 minutes in the period. Washington scored first and third, the Golden Knights came back to tie the game twice with goals from Nate Schmidt and David Perron. Then, a late power play goal from Reilly Smith put Vegas ahead for the first time since the 1st period of Game 2. Following the goal, a massive scrum ensued which resulted in four roughing penalties.

Vegas had a couple good chances to open the period, specifically from the second line. Tomas Tatar then took a hooking penalty which opened the door again for the Capital power play. They were unable to convert, but that didn’t stop them from pouring on the pressure and ending the Golden Knights dreams of winning the Stanley Cup in their expansion season. A pair of 3rd period goals gave the Capitals the lead, one they would hold to the finish to win the Stanley Cup.

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Three Stars
*** David Perron
** Devante Smith-Pelly
* Lars Eller



The Golden Knights came out looking like the best team in hockey for the first 10 minutes of the game. All four lines were buzzing, they created three or four Grade A chances, but Brayden Holtby and his post kept all of them out. Then, a tripping penalty in the center of the ice on Colin Miller led to a power play goal and the ceiling caved in from there. Two more 1st period goals sent the game to intermission at 3-0 and the Golden Knights into a hole in the series they will have a very tough time climbing out of.

Another barrage of VGK chances opened the 2nd, and once again, the posts and Holtby kept them all from getting to the net. A power play the other way and the Caps take advantage again.

The Golden Knights cut it to 4-2 with a couple goals in the 3rd, but couldn’t keep the Capitals off the board. Just not Vegas’ night and not a good trip to Washington.

Now, it’s a 3-1 deficit in the series and the Golden Knights will look to become the first team since 1942 to win three straight when down 3-1 and win a series.

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Three Stars
*** Brayden Holtby
** Evgeny Kuznetsov
* T.J. Oshie


The Capitals had a few strong chances early including one that actually got past Fleury. However, a goalie interference penalty brought the goal back and put the Golden Knights on the power play. Vegas’ best chance came when Jonathan Marchessault joined the play off a change and hit the post. The period came to a close scoreless, but it certainly was not without its chances.

The 2nd period was the one that got away from the Golden Knights. They gave up chance after chance after chance on a scramble in front of the goal and eventually Alex Ovechkin cashed in. Then another goal later in the period put the Golden Knights in a massive hole.

The Golden Knights were gifted a goal early in the 3rd to get back within one, but yet another mistake by Shea Theodore hands the Capitals the goal right back late.

Washington now leads the series 2-1 and the Golden Knights have their backs as close to the wall as they’ve ever had for Monday’s Game 4.

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Three Stars
*** Brayden Holtby
** Jay Beagle
* Evgeny Kuznetsov


The Golden Knights came out looking like the much faster team. They sustained a majority of the pressure for the first eight minutes if the game. That led to the first goal of the game, an incredible one from James Neal. Neal batted a puck out of the air around a defenseman and then took a perfect shot off the post and in. Washington climbed back in getting the game under control and eventually scoring 4-on-4.

A penalty-ridden 2nd period saw the Capitals score two goals to take a 3-1 lead. Vegas came up with a huge penalty kill and eventually went on a power play of their own. Shea Theodore’s wrist shot found its way through a ton of traffic and into the net to restore the Golden Knights life in the game. 3-2 heading into the 2nd intermission.

The Golden Knights drew a penalty early in the 3rd and then backed it up with another one which put them on a 5-on-3. They were unable to create much for the 1:09 of the two man advantage and then Braden Holtby made all the saves to kill it off. Vegas could not generate much of anything until very late. With two minutes left Alex Tuch had a wide open net, got the shot off clean, but what may be the save of the year by Holtby kept it out. The series is now tied and heads to Washington for Game 3 on Saturday.

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Three Stars
*** James Neal
** Lars Eller
* Braden Holtby


The game took a while to really get going but when it finally did, did it ever. A power-play goal by Colin Miller put the Golden Knights ahead but it did not last long. Two Washington goals forced the first lead change in a Golden Knights game since Game 3 of the second round. That lead didn’t last either though as William Karlsson tucked a goal in off a rebound behind the goal. The teams headed to the locker rooms tied at two after one wild period.

The 2nd period was much of the same in terms of open play. The Golden Knights got a favorable line matchup with their first line against the Capitals fourth. It led to a Reilly Smith goal and another Vegas lead. A defensive breakdown five minutes later saw the score tied by John Carlsson.

The madness continued into the 3rd as four goals were scored starting with one Marc-Andre Fleury kicked into his own goal to give Washington the lead. Ryan Reaves scored less than two minutes later to tie it back up and then the Tomas Nosek show began. A goal on the back door on a beautiful pass from Shea Theodore. Then a sprawling effort in the D-zone with the goalie pulled followed by chasing the puck down the ice and putting it in the empty net for Nosek. Best game of his Golden Knights career came in Game 1 of the StanleyCup Final. The Golden Knights lead the series 1-0.

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Three Stars
*** Deryk Engelland
** Shea Theodore
* Tomas Nosek

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