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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 SAN JOSE SHARKS 0 (4-2 VGK)

Not exactly the start the Golden Knights were hoping for taking two penalties and avoiding multiple shots off the pipes, however Vegas avoided disaster exiting the period at 0-0. A dominant forecheck led to the Golden Knights first goal from Jonathan Marchessault. Then, a shot from the high slot from Nate Schmidt appeared to hit off the crossbar, the game continued on but was then stopped moments later to take a look at the goal. It was ruled good and Vegas had a 2-0 lead. The Golden Knights played one of their best periods of hockey of the postseason in the 3rd, controlling play and giving the Sharks absolutely no room to breathe. The Golden Knights are going to the Western Conference Finals!!!

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. San Jose Sharks in Game 6 of Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at SAP Center.

  • 4th line’s excellent play in Game 6
  • A look ahead to the possibility of Nashville or Winnipeg
  • An absolute clinic in closing out a game.

Three Stars
*** Nate Schmidt
** Jonathan Marchessault
* Marc-Andre Fleury

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5 SAN JOSE SHARKS 3 (3-2 VGK)

With a bundle of lineup changes coming in there way a major question mark on what to expect from the Golden Knights in the first 20 minutes. It wasn’t perfect, but with just three seconds left in the period James Neal found the back of the net to give the Golden Knights the 1-0 lead. 2nd period magic returned for Vegas as they jumped down the Sharks throats scoring two more and grabbing complete control of the game, and the series. Alex Tuch scored his second of the game in the 3rd to cap one of his best games of the season. The Sharks didn’t go away scoring three straight to make it very interesting, but a late Marchessault empty netter sealed it.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. San Jose Sharks in Game 5 of Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at T-Mobile Arena.

  • Gallant pulls all the right strings, especially in getting the 3rd line going again.
  • Photo gallery from SinBin.vegas photographer Brandon Andreasen
  • VGK now 3-0 in odd number games in the series, plus home teams winning Game 5 leads to overwhelming success.

Three Stars
*** Erik Haula
** David Perron
* Alex Tuch

 

SAN JOSE SHARKS 4 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 0 (2-2)

San Jose struck first on a shot that should have never been allowed. Marcus Sorensen skated from the goal-line to the slot with Alex Tuch on his back. While Tuch was following him, Eric Fehr slashed at him and interfered. The play should have been called a penalty, instead, it ended up in the back of Vegas’ net. Then, late in the period a bit of a mix up allowed Joonas Donskoi to walk one into the high slot and rip it past Fleury. 2-0 at the end of the 1st. The Sharks scored another one on a wrap-around chance early in the 2nd to take a three-goal lead. Vegas got three power plays between the middle of the 2nd to the middle of the 3rd, but couldn’t convert on any of them as Martin Jones played his best game of the series. The Golden Knights never really got going and now head home needing to win a three-game series with two games at T-Mobile Arena.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. San Jose Sharks in Game 4 of Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at SAP Center.

  • The pick play the Sharks run was an absolute momentum killer. Plus, VGK having a hard time getting breaks from the zebras in this series.
  • Where did the forecheck go on the road?

Three Stars
*** Marcus Sorensen
** Tomas Hertl
* Martin Jones

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 SAN JOSE SHARKS 3 (2-1 VGK) – OT

Vegas got off to quite the slow start being hemmed in their own end for much of the first 15 minutes of the game. However, an unforced delay of game penalty put the Golden Knights on the power play and flipped the momentum a bit. They did not score but headed to the break feeling a bit better that they could have. The Sharks struck first for their fifth non-5-on-5 goal of the series to take the 1-0 lead, but it did not last. The Golden Knights utilized a pair of power-play goals and an even-strength one to take a 3-1 lead into the 2nd intermission. The Sharks scratched and clawed their way back into the game and tied it inside the final minutes. Moments after a James Neal post, William Karlsson wins the game for the Golden Knights.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. San Jose Sharks in Game 3 of Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at SAP Center.

  • One team may be named the Sharks, but when the other smells blood in the water, they’re the ones who feed.
  • VGK becoming road warriors in the playoffs. Two of the three games they conceded first and they’ve still won all three. (Also, Ken is now 8-0-0 when in attendance away from T-Mobile Arena)
  • Penalties were supposed to be the story, but the other way.

Three Stars
*** Tomas Hertl
** William Karlsson
* Marc-Andre Fleury

Yes, Nate thought what you thought as Fleury made the save.

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SAN JOSE SHARKS 4 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 (1-1) – 2 OT

The Golden Knights had a bit of an up and down first before finally breaking through late in the 1st. Directly out of the gate in the 2nd William Karlsson scored his second goal of the game to give the Golden Knights a 2-0 lead. However, a slew of penalties led to a ton of 5-on-4 and 4-on-4 play in the 2nd. San Jose took complete advantage of it and scored three straight. The Golden Knights killed a big penalty to start the 3rd which eventually led to a massive game tying goal by Nate Schmidt. Vegas had a chance late with a power play but the game headed to OT. Jonathan Marchessault appeared to win the game in the 1st OT, but the goal was called back due to goalie interference. In the 2nd OT, the Sharks drew two penalties and scored on the latter. The series is now tied and heads to San Jose on Monday.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. San Jose Sharks in Game 2 of Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at T-Mobile Arena.

  • Did the Sharks execute their game or did the Golden Knights give one up by losing their composure?
  • Stay at 5-on-5 and Vegas will win the series. It’s really that simple.
  • A closer look at the goalie interference. Sorry, but they may have just gotten it right.

Three Stars
*** Brent Burns
** William Karlsson
* Logan Couture

After the game Ken did a Periscope to get out all his thoughts about the game. (Link below) We are going to do a lengthier podcast on Monday while we drive to San Jose for Games 3 and 4. That’ll be posted before the game Monday.

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 7 SAN JOSE SHARKS 0 (1-0 VGK)

The Golden Knights had been off for nine days, San Jose hadn’t played in eight. One team handled the layoff well, the other didn’t. Vegas scored not once, not twice, not three times, but four times in the 1st period and completely took control of Game 1. Vegas scored again early in the 2nd. Most people spent a majority of the rest of the night staring at the clock. Well, except for Colin Miller and James Neal who scored goals six and seven, and Evander Kane who cross-checked Pierre-Edouard Bellemare in the face well after the whistle. When all was said and done the Golden Knights equaled their total goal output from the first round in less than 50 minutes of this one. Oh, and Marc-Andre Fleury recorded his 3rd shutout of the postseason. Afterall though, the only score that matters now is 1-0.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. San Jose Sharks in Game 1 of Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at T-Mobile Arena.

  • Vegas flu? Layoff? Being the inferior team? What happened to the Sharks in the first nine minutes. We’ll ask the Sharks.
  • A deeper dive into exactly what went right for the Golden Knights in Game 1 and if it can continue moving forward.
  • The Sharks may be without one of their best players in Game 2 due to suspension. Sound familiar? It should happen.

Three Stars
*** Reilly Smith
** Alex Tuch
* Marc-Andre Fleury

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 1 LOS ANGELES KINGS 0 (4-0 VGK)

The Golden Knights got off to a miserable start spending a majority of the 1st period struggling to break out of their own end. They did have one good chance that was actually blocked by Erik Haula in front of the Kings net. However, neither team scored in the 1st so Vegas survived. The Golden Knights came out a bit better to begin the 2nd and ended up scoring the first goal of the game on a great transition that led to a cross-ice wide open shot for Brayden McNabb. Vegas scratched and clawed it’s way to the finish and swept the first playoff series in franchise history. The Golden Knights are moving on to the Second Round!

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Los Angeles Kings in Game 4 of Round 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center.

  • The story continues.
  • The impact of teams sweeping in the first round on the rest of their playoff runs
  • How did the Golden Knights locker room react to winning in the 1st round?

Three Stars
*** Brayden McNabb
** Jonathan Quick
* Marc-Andre Fleury

 

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 LOS ANGELES KINGS 2 (3-0 VGK)

The game started out with the Kings really trying to bring the physicality, it ended up leading to a penalty on Kyle Clifford, but the Golden Knights squandered the power play having a very rough time entering. That seemed to energize the Kings and for the first period of the nine in the series Vegas looked a bit unsure of themselves. LA scored first on a goal from Alex Iaffalo. The Golden Knights turned the heat up a bit in the 2nd, but couldn’t ever create much than one shot at a time. The game’s flow kind of got away from the Golden Knights through two with a couple penalties and a terrible offensive power play that breathed some life into the Kings. The Golden Knights killed an early penalty, then started getting their offense going and it led to an incredible shift from the 3rd line that tied the game with a Cody Eakin goal. Then, like Vegas often does, they pounced and pounced in a big way. An individual effort goal from James Neal, then another from William Karlsson and Vegas had a 3-1 lead. Anze Kopitar made it interesting, but the Golden Knights hung on. They’re up 3-0 with a chance to sweep on Tuesday night.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Los Angeles Kings in Game 3 of Round 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center.

  • Golden Knights power play starting to struggle. (Maybe)
  • Are the Kings dead? Jason’s heading to the Kings locker room.

Three Stars
*** Alex Iafallo
** James Neal
* Marc-Andre Fleury

 

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 LOS ANGELES KINGS 1 – 2 OT (2-0 VGK)

With a one game lead in the series, the Golden Knights came into the game with a great chance to stake claim to the series. Despite clock errors in the building, the Golden Knights were able to strike first for the second straight game, this time with a goal from Alex Tuch. The game headed to the first intermission with Vegas touting a 14-5 shots on goal lead. It was much of the same in the 2nd but the Golden Knights couldn’t get one past Quick. Brayden McNabb took a penalty deep in the offensive zone which led to the Kings second power play of the game. Paul LaDue took a shot from the point, it took a deflection off Deryk Engelland and found its way into the Vegas net. The Kings came out with a bit more of an offensive purpose in the 3rd, but neither team was able to find the go-ahead goal. So we headed to overtime for the first time in VGK history. The first OT came and went with just a few great scoring chances, both goalies were tremendous. Late in the 2nd OT VGK finds the winner from a great goal from Erik Haula!

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Los Angeles Kings in Game 2 of Round 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at T-Mobile Arena.

  • Photo gallery of Game 2 from Brandon Andreasen
  • Vegas making it incredibly difficult to enter the zone, especially on dump-ins
  • Seemingly inflated hit totals not indicative of the actual game on the ice.
  • Should Tatar be the one who draws out if/when Perron returns?

Three Stars
*** Jonathan Quick
** Nate Schmidt
* Erik Haula

Before OT:

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 1 LOS ANGELES KINGS 0 (1-0 VGK)

The Golden Knights came out firing after an incredible opening ceremony to kick off the playoffs. A Shea Theodore goal about four minutes into the game kept the crowd going and gave the Golden Knights the start they wanted. A penalty ridden rest of the first ended 1-0 Vegas. The 2nd and 3rd, for the most part, were a game of Vegas trying to control play and stay fairly conservative in their own end. They dominated possession and barely allowed much by the way of shots let alone chances for about a 35 minute stretch. In the final four minutes, the Kings poured it on a bit more, but Vegas withstood it without any problem. Massive win for the Golden Knights to take the lead in the series.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Los Angeles Kings in Game 1 of Round 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at T-Mobile Arena.

  • Photo gallery of Game 1 from Brandon Andreasen
  • A deeper look into how the Kings are choosing to matchup with the Golden Knights
  • Should Drew Doughty be suspended for the headshot to Carrier?
  • Probably more

Three Stars
*** Jonathan Quick
** James Neal
* Marc-Andre Fleury

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