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VANCOUVER CANUCKS 5 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 (SERIES 1-1)

Recap: The Vancouver Canucks needed a quick start to Game 2 and they got it. Vancouver took their first lead of the series scoring on starter Robin Lehner 1:29 into the game. Vancouver doubled their lead ten minutes later to take a 2-0 lead into the first intermission. 

Alex Tuch scored his sixth postseason goal in the 2nd period to get Vegas within one. Vancouver would respond going up 3-1 with 1:25 left in the middle frame. Vancouver goaltender Jacob Markstrom was strong in net stopping 21 of 22 second period shots by the Golden Knights. 

Vancouver stretched their lead to 4-1 on the first shift of the 3rd period. It took the Canucks :18 seconds to set up their fourth goal of the game. Vegas added a second goal late on a 6-in-5 situation to make it 4-2 Vancouver. However, the Canucks would get it back on a last-minute empty-net goal. Markstrom continued his outstanding performance stifling the Golden Knights potent offense and securing a 5-2 Canucks victory.

Vegas is now tied 1-1 in their best-of-seven game series with Vancouver. The second round matchup continues on Thursday night. Game 3 will air on NBC Sports Network scheduled for 6:45 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights got out-desperationed (that’s a term, trust me) from the time the puck was dropped. They allowed Vancouver to get into the style of game they wanted to and the Golden Knights could not turn it around. Vegas stepped it up in the 2nd period, but couldn’t find the finishing touch enough and the frame was capped off by a breakdown off a draw. Overall, just not good enough, but Vegas knows if they play their style, the Canucks can’t stay with them. It’s a five-game series now. Vegas remains a massive favorite.  (Analysis by Ken)


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

  • A look at how Vancouver did it and how VGK can easily stop it as the series progresses

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Nic Roy
** Nick Cousins
* Alex Tuch

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5 VANCOUVER CANUCKS 0 (VGK 1-0)

Recap: Jonathan Marchessault scored the first goal of the series 11:37 into the opening period. Starting goaltender Robin Lehner stopped all eight of Vancouver’s 1st period shots to hold the 1-0 Vegas edge.

The Golden Knights offense took over the game in the 2nd period. Reilly Smith doubled Vegas’ lead with an early period power play goal. Mark Stone added another midway through the period, and Alex Tuch snapped one late giving the Golden Knights a dominant 4-0 lead.

Vegas continued to pressure Vancouver well into the 3rd period. The Golden Knights pushed the puck and went to work in the Canucks offensive zone. Max Pacioretty gave Vegas a commanding 5-0 lead with his second goal of the postseason. Lehner was flawless in net stopping all 26 shots on net to secure his first career postseason shutout.

With their 5-0 win Vegas now leads the best-of-seven game series 1-0. The second round matchup against Vancouver continues on Tuesday night. Game 2 is scheduled to air on NBC Sports Network at 645 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: It couldn’t have been a much better Game 1 for the Golden Knights. They dominated the game from start to finish. Vegas scored at will and they kept Vancouver from doing just about anything. All the while they were almost picking on the Canucks. It truly was men against boys. (Analysis by Ken)


Upcoming stories from Game 1 of the Vegas Golden Knights vs Vancouver Canucks in Round 2 series of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place in the NHL Bubble.

  • Reminiscent of Game 1, Round 2, 2018

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Reilly Smith
** Mark Stone
* Alex Tuch

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS 3 (VGK WIN 4-1)

Recap: It was another possible clinching game for the Golden Knights who looked to eliminate the Chicago Blackhawks in five games. With their backs against the wall the Blackhawks took the 1-0 lead midway through the first. Chicago extended their lead late but Max Pacioretty got Vegas within one :31 seconds before the period expired. After the opening twenty minutes the Golden Knights trailed 2-1.

Mark Stone tied the game 2-2 in the first minute of the 2nd period. Chicago regained the lead 3-2 with an even-strength goal a few minutes later. The Golden Knights defenseman Alec Martinez tied the game 3-3 with a 2nd period power play goal.

Alex Tuch didn’t hesitate to give Vegas their first lead of the game scoring 1:34 into the final period. He thought he had another but was waived off by the officials. Starting goaltender Robin Lehner stopped 23 of 26 Chicago shots to secure the Golden Knights 4-3 victory.

Vegas becomes the first team to clinch their series by eliminating Chicago in five games. The Golden Knights will get some rest as they wait for their next opponent. Dates for the second round are to be determined. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights offense was there from the start creating plenty of chances but a number of turnovers in the defensive end allowed the Hawks to take an early lead. Vegas kept grinding away creating a bevy of dangerous chances on Crawford and eventually they started going in. Then, when they got the lead in the 3rd, they went into lock down mode and snuffed out Chicago. Plenty of time until the next series as the Golden Knights appear to be pretty healthy and getting healthier. (Analysis by Ken)


Upcoming stories from Game 5 of the Vegas Golden Knights vs Chicago Blackhawks in Round 1 series of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place in the NHL Bubble.

  • When the Golden Knights wanted to, they were able to flip a switch and shut down a powerful offense.

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Alec Martinez
** Chandler Stephenson
* Alex Tuch

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS 3 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 1 (3-1 VGK)

Recap: On back-to-back days the Golden Knights and Chicago Blackhawks faced off for Game 4 and chance for Vegas to sweep the series. The 1st period didn’t go as planned for the Golden Knights. Chicago got on the board quickly to take a 1-0 lead four minutes into the game. The Blackhawks extended their lead 13:40 into the period, but :18 seconds later Shea Theodore cut the lead to 2-1. After the opening period the Golden Knights trailed for the first time in the best-of-seven series.

Vegas struggled to get their power play going in the 2nd period going 0/2. Thankfully, Chicago’s offense went cold as well. Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford made some key saves to keep the Golden Knights from tying the game. Chicago held their 2-1 advantage after two periods in the books.

Vegas poured on the pressure in the final period but couldn’t beat Crawford for a second straight period. The Blackhawks fought off a late Golden Knights push and added an empty net goal to stay alive winning 3-1.

Vegas loses their first game of the postseason and now lead the best-of-seven series 3-1. The Golden Knights will attempt to clinch again on Tuesday. Locally, the game will air on AT&T Sports Network. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights did absolutely everything they could for 60 minutes to score on Corey Crawford and they could only sneak one by him. Only in hockey can a team’s best offensive game come in the game where they score the fewest goals, but that’s exactly what happened. Play that game 100 times and the Golden Knights win 99 of them, tonight was the one. (Analysis by Ken)


Upcoming stories from Game 4 of the Vegas Golden Knights vs Chicago Blackhawks in Round 1 series of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place in the NHL Bubble.

  • Maybe not sweeping wasn’t that bad

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Nic Roy
** Nick Cousins
* Alex Tuch

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS 1 (3-0 VGK)

Recap: Vegas got off to quick start in Game 3 against the Chicago Blackhawks. William Karlsson did what he does best and gave Vegas the early 1-0 lead with his second career postseason shorthanded goal. Mark Stone fed a nice pass to the middle of the ice for Karlsson to scoop and score. Marc-Andre Fleury got the call in net and had a flawless 1st period.

Fleury was strong again in the second as he shut out a buzzing Chicago team. It took awhile but Vegas doubled their lead on Patrick Brown’s first career playoff goal. After two periods the Golden Knights held a 2-0 edge.

Chicago got on the scoresheet six minutes into the 3rd period but Vegas held them to only one goal. Fleury had a strong performance stopping 26 of 27 shots.

The Golden Knights win 2-1 and go up three games to none. Vegas can clinch the best-of-seven series tomorrow afternoon and be the first team to advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Game 4 is slated to begin at 330P PT. Locally, the game will air on AT&T Sports Network. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis:  The Golden Knights looked far from the #1 seed in the West through the first 50 minutes of action in this game. They got a classic William Karlsson shorthanded goal and then a hard-working goal by Patrick Brown with a lot of help from Alex Tuch. But overall, this is not at all the type of game the Golden Knights wanted to put in… until the last 10 minutes. In the final 10, they were terrific. Blocking shots, challenging entries, supressing just about all of Chicago’s offense. That was what Vegas looks like when they are at their best. They were lucky to have had such an incredible effort from Marc-Andre Fleury to stay ahead for the majority of the game. (Analysis by Ken)


Upcoming stories from Game 3 of the Vegas Golden Knights vs Chicago Blackhawks in Round 1 series of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place in the NHL Bubble.

  • It’s all about the neutral zone.

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** William Karlsson
** Zach Whitecloud
* Marc-Andre Fleury

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS 3 (2-0 VGK) – OT

Recap: The Golden Knights began the 1st period right off where they left from Game one’s 4-1 victory. Paul Stastny scored the opening goal 10:44 into the contest, and Tomas Nosek followed up with a goal of his own. Starting goaltender Robin Lehner stopped all seven Blackhawks shots holding the 2-0 Golden Knights edge.

Chicago started to get going early in the 2nd period. The Blackhawks scored their first of the game 3:17 in to cut Vegas’ lead in half. Later in the period Chicago tied the game 2-2 with a power play goal. The Golden Knights leader Mark Stone broke the tie with his third goal of the postseason. However, the Blackhawks got a late period goal tying the game 3-3 after two periods of action.

The 3rd period leaned the Golden Knights direction but they couldn’t solve Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford. Vegas shot 16 times in the period but couldn’t get one through. The Blackhawks shot only six times going scoreless as well. After 60 minutes the game would need an extra period to decide a winner.

Not surprisingly, Reilly Smith ended the game in overtime off a beautiful pass from Paul Stastny. The Golden Knights win Game 2 4-3 and need two more victories to advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Vegas and Chicago continue their best-of-seven game series on Saturday evening afternoon at 5P PT. Locally the game will air on NBC Sports Network.

(Recap by Jason)

Analysis:  It wasn’t a pretty 1st period for the Golden Knights but they did well to fight through it. A few excellent shifts by the 2nd line led to a few great chances and eventually a Stastny goal. Vegas’ 2nd period struggles continued as they couldn’t really every get going the entire period. They conceded three times, two of which were shots Fleury likely stops. Like every game in the bubble the Golden Knights were terrific in the 3rd. However, they couldn’t finish one. In OT, Vegas continued putting on the pressure and an incredible 3rd line shift led to a Stastny to Smith feed for the winner. Big time win when VGK didn’t have their best. (Analysis by Ken)


Upcoming stories from Game 2 of the Vegas Golden Knights vs Chicago Blackhawks in Round 1 series of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place in the NHL Bubble.

  • How did we get to the point in which Marc-Andre Fleury is the clear #2?

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Mark Stone
** Paul Stastny
* Reilly Smith

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS 1 (1-0 VGK)

Recap: The Golden Knights and Blackhawks spent most of the 1st period feeling each other out. Neither team could sustain any offensive pressure and combined for only 14 total shots. Starting goaltender Robin Lehner wasn’t challenged much stopping all five Chicago shots.

Shea Theodore opened the scoring with a beautiful wrist shot passed Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford to make it 1-0 Vegas. Minutes later William Carrier stuffed the puck into Chicago’s net for a two-goal Golden Knights lead. The Blackhawks got closer with a shorthanded goal to make it 2-1 midway through the period. After swapping penalties the game remained a one goal game.

Reilly Smith extended the lead with two goals in the first ten minutes of the 3rd period. Smith scored his first and second goals of the postseason giving his team the 4-1 edge. Chicago couldn’t manage much offense down the stretch and Lehner sealed off the net to secure the 4-1 victory.

The Golden Knights win Game 1 and need three more victories to advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Vegas and Chicago continue their best-of-seven game series on Thursday afternoon at 2:30 PM . Locally the game will air on AT&T Sports Network. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis:  The 1st period acted as somewhat of a feeling out process but as it went on Vegas came on defensively holding Chicago to just five shots. The game opened up offensively as it went on for VGK with multiple goals in both the 2nd and 3rd. They started to find more open ice in the slot, got more shots through, and continued to dominate on puck retrieval. The Golden Knights are a lot better than the Blackhawks, they just need to play like they can night in and night out in this series. Successful first try. Do it again Thursday. (Analysis by Ken)


Upcoming stories from Game 1 of the Vegas Golden Knights vs Chicago Blackhawks in Round 1 series of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place in the NHL Bubble.

  • The offense opened up in the 2nd period. Why?
  • That’s why the Golden Knights wanted Alec Martinez

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Alec Martinez
** Robin Lehner
* Reilly Smith

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 COLORADO AVALANCHE 3 (Round-Robin Game 3) – OT

Recap: It was a battle for the #1 seed in the West between the Golden Knights and Avalanche. Both goaltenders kept the game scoreless in the 1st period, but the scoring would come in the second.

Jonathan Marchessault gave Vegas the early 2nd period lead with his first goal of the postseason. The Golden Knights took advantage of the power play and nabbed the 1-0 lead. Colorado tied the game five minutes later on a power play score of their own. Later in the period, Vegas’ fourth line crashed the net and put their team ahead with a dirty postseason type goal. Nic Roy was awarded with his first career playoff goal to make it a 2-1 VGK lead. The lead wouldn’t last for long as the Avalanche tied the game again at 2-2.

Marchessault added another in a 3rd period penalty shot regaining the lead 3-2.  The Golden Knights did a great job of neutralizing the Avalanche’s high-powered offense for most of the period. However, Colorado pulled their goalie and tied the game with a minute remaining. The 3-3 tie would need an extra five minutes to decide.

In the winding minutes of a five minute overtime, Alex Tuch aimed a pinpoint shot to win the game 4-3 for Vegas. With their win the Golden Knights lock up the #1 seed in the West going undefeated in Round Robin play. Next up for Vegas will be a matchup against the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

(Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The 1st period was a defensive battle in which both team struggled to generate much offense. Things came unhinged a bit in the 2nd as a number of penalties led to the game opening up. Vegas controlled a good portion of the 3rd but a scramble goal forced it into OT. That’s where Tuch took over. What a freaking shot. (Analysis by Ken)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs Colorado Avalanche at Rogers Place in the NHL Bubble.

  • Shea Theodore for Conn Smythe? (But seriously, an article about his passing)

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Robin Lehner
** Jonathan Marchessault
* Shea Theodore

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 6 ST. LOUIS BLUES 4 (Round-Robin Game 2)

Recap: Vegas trailed early when former Golden Knight David Perron scored on St. Louis’ first shot of the game. Things settled down and Vegas’ offense warmed up outshooting St. Louis 13-4. Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington was outstanding and robbed the Golden Knights multiple times. After 20 minutes St. Louis held a 1-0 edge.

Both offenses got hot in the second period. The Golden Knights stole the lead from the Blues scoring three straight goals. Shea Theodore added the first, and Alex Tuch scored the tying and go-ahead goals. Vegas couldn’t hold the 3-2 lead for long as St. Louis put two pucks passed Marc-Andre Fleury in a span of :21 seconds. After the first two periods, the Golden Knights trailed 4-3.

Zach Whitecloud tied the game 4-4 early, and Mark Stone put Vegas ahead late in final period. It was third lead change of the game giving Vegas the 5-4 advantage. Theodore gave his club a two-goal edge with his second of the game. The Golden Knights would go on to win a wild game 6-4.

Vegas remains undefeated in round-robin games and are tied with Colorado with four points. They’ll have one more game to fight for the #1 seed on Saturday night against the Avalanche. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The game started at a snail’s pace until a turnover in the VGK end led directly to a Perron goal (that Fleury probably should have stopped). Then the Golden Knights got going but couldn’t beat Binnington in the 1st. They did find a way in the 2nd completely owning the game in order to score three straight. But, a few more turnovers and another one Fleury could have stopped and the Golden Knights found themselves behind after two. In the 3rd, the Golden Knights took over and dominated about as much as any team can in a single hockey period. They controlled play from start to finish, scoring seemingly at will and snuffing out all STL offense. An incredibly great period that paved the way to a guaranteed top-two position in the round-robin.  (Analysis by Ken)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs St. Louis Blues at Rogers Place in the NHL Bubble.

  • VGK keep getting better

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Reilly Smith
** Shea Theodore
* Alex Tuch

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5 DALLAS STARS 3 (Round-Robin Game 1)

Recap: Officially the 2020 postseason began for the Golden Knights in Edmonton. Vegas faced the Dallas Stars for their first of three Round Robin games. Coach Peter DeBoer gave Marc-Andre Fleury the day off and started Robin Lehner in his place.

Chandler Stephenson gave his team a quick 1-0 lead :64 seconds into the contest. New linemates William Karlsson and Mark Stone assisted on the goal. Vegas was awarded two power play opportunities in the first period but couldn’t convert on either. Lehner sealed the net tightly and stopped all eight shots from the Stars.

Dallas came out fast and hard to start the second period. The Stars peppered Lehner with shots eventually scoring two goals in :42 seconds to take a 2-1 lead. Four minutes later Dallas extended their lead 3-1 scoring on their first power play. The Golden Knights severely struggled to clear the puck from their zone and allowed the Stars to set up their offense. After two periods Vegas trailed 3-1.

The Golden Knights woke up midway through the third period and scored three goals of their own. Stone scored a power play goal to make it a one goal game, Nate Schmidt tied the it 1:29 later. Three minutes later William Carrier scored with his back to the net and between his legs to give Vegas the 4-3 lead. William Karlsson put the game away with an empty net goal.

Vegas won their first game of the postseason 5-3, and are tied with Colorado in the Western conference Round Robin standings. The Golden Knights will next suit up against the St. Blues on Thursday. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights started the game just how they wanted to. A quick strike transition goal from Stephenson opened the scoring and got Vegas going. They continued to control play with a few power plays thrown in throghout the first period. But, it all went downhill in the 2nd as the Golden Knights gave up goals on back-to-back shifts and couldn’t get out of their own zone the for most of the 20 minutes. In the 3rd, DeBoer’s line shiffling started to take hold as the old Karlsson, Smith, Marchessault line got going, Stone was tremendous working with Stephenson and Cousins, and the one line he left alone came through with the game winner. Wild, wacky, unpredictable game, but VGK is officially on the board in the round-robin. (Analysis by Ken)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs Dallas Stars at Rogers Place in the NHL Bubble.

  • Line change brilliance or round-robin experimentation? Either way, VGK have 2 points.

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** William Carrier
** Nate Schmidt
* Mark Stone

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