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MINNESOTA WILD 3 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 (42-30-6 90 PTS)

The Golden Knights hosted the Minnesota Wild still in search of clinching a playoff berth. Vegas would get a bit of great news in that star forward Max Pacioretty was back in the lineup after being injured earlier in the month.

Minnesota came out strong scoring 2:12 into the contest on a weird angled shot that squeaked by Malcolm Subban. Vegas wouldn’t be able to create much offensively mustering only a few quality shots on net. With under a minute defenseman Deryk Engelland took a costly tripping penalty leading to a power play goal for Minnesota. After twenty minutes the Golden Knights trailed the Wild 2-0.

The 2nd period Vegas continued having problems generating offense. Midway through the period Minnesota’s goaltender Devan Dubnyk made one of the saves of the year on Mark Stone’s wraparound attempt. A few minutes later the Wild added a second power play goal taking a three goal lead. Vegas would get some life as Paul Stastny scored his 12th of the season right before the end of the period. After forty minutes of action Vegas trailed Minnesota 3-1.

Stastny would score his 13th later to make it a one goal game with twelve minutes to play. Subban would be pulled for an extra attacker but Minnesota shut down every opportunity from Vegas. It was a crazy finish, however the home team came up empty losing 3-2.

The Golden Knights record drops to (42-30-6) but with Arizona’s loss Vegas clinched a playoff berth. They remain in the Pacific Division’s third place position, with four games left to play. The team will get back on the ice tomorrow night as Vegas will travel to San Jose. Opening faceoff is scheduled for 6 PM. (Recap by Jason)


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

  • Martin Jones’ VGK nightmares

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Ken
** Didn’t Watch
* The Game

COLORADO AVALANCHE 4 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 (42-29-6 90 PTS)

The Golden Knights needed one point to clinch a playoff berth, but the Colorado Avalanche wouldn’t make it easy. Vegas coming off a two-game skid traveled to Denver in search of a win.

The Avalanche were flying on the ice creating heavy pressure on the Golden Knights defense. Matt Calvert scooped up a centering pass and wristed past Malcolm Subban for the 1-0 Avs lead. Three minutes later Vegas center Paul Stastny took a costly high-sticking penalty in the Colorado zone. Avalanche superstar Nathan MacKinnon doubled up the score 2-0 on the ensuing power play for his 38th goal of the season.

Down two, the Golden Knights would have some work to do if they were to get back in the game. Both teams traded chances for half the period when Paul Stastny got Vegas on the board with a beautiful wraparound goal. Four minutes later Reilly Smith scored his 19th goal of the season getting Vegas within one. Two and half minutes later Colorado made a two-goal game again leading 4-2 after two periods of action.

Vegas would begin the final period on the power play down 4-2. The Golden Knights would be turned away on their man advantage and had trouble generating offense for most of the period. Colorado tightened up their defense with under five minutes but Alex Tuch punched a high rebound into the net for Vegas’ third goal of the night. Subban was pulled with 1:10 to go in the game giving Vegas the 6-on-5 advantage. After some really close chances the Avalanche evaded an overtime period beating Vegas 4-3.

The Golden Knights record drops to (42-29-6) and remain in the Pacific Division’s third place position, with five games left to play. Vegas still needs one point to clinch a playoff berth. The team will get back on the ice Friday night in Vegas against the Minnesota Wild. Opening faceoff is scheduled for 7PM.(Recap by Jason)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center

  • Fleury is getting his rest, but how much is too much for playoff performances

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Alex Tuch
** Paul Stastny
* Mark Stone

ST. LOUIS BLUES 3 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 1 (42-28-6 90 PTS)

The game began with physical and aggressive play from both teams. Each club had great chances taken away by the goal posts. The game remained scoreless for most of the 1st period but with 1:19 left in the period goaltender Malcolm Subban made a costly mistake in front of his net. Blues forward Ivan Barbashev jumped on the loose puck and slipped one by Subban. After the opening twenty minutes Vegas trailed 1-0 in St. Louis.

The 2nd period was like the first with both goaltenders making key saves to keep their teams in the game. William Karlsson tied the game on a power play with his 23rd goal of the season. The Golden Knights couldn’t hold on to the tie for long as the Blues scored a second late period goal. Ryan O’Reilly shot one past Subban for the 2-1 St. Louis lead.

Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington continued to make big stops in the third robbing the Golden Knights of a second goal. St. Louis would add another goal 6:27 into the period giving the Blues a 3-1 edge. Late in the period Vegas made a strong push but again they hit another post which would’ve made it a one goal game. Vegas would pull Subban with a little over a minute left in the game but the Golden Knights offense got shut out. St. Louis won 3-1.

The Golden Knights record drops to 42-28-6 and remain in the Pacific Division’s third place position, with six games left to play. The team will get back on the ice Wednesday night as Vegas will finish their brief road trip in Colorado. Opening faceoff is scheduled for 7PM. (Recap by Jason)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. St. Louis Blues at Enterprise Center.

  • The perfect 4th line

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** William Carrier
** Deryk Engelland
* William Karlsson

DETROIT RED WINGS 3 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 (42-27-6 90 PTS)

It took Vegas seven minutes before they took a shot on net last night against Detroit. By that point the Red Wings had six shots on net and one past goaltender Malcolm Subban.

Three minutes into the game Detroit took the early 1-0 lead. The Golden Knights warmed up towards the back end of the period totaling nine shots against Detroit’s goaltender Jimmy Howard. The game remained a one goal game after the opening twenty minutes.

The 2nd period was not much better than the first. The Golden Knights dull play continued for much of the period as their offense was again struggling to create chances. Vegas would finally get on the board at the 14:43 mark in the 2nd period on Cody Eakin’s 20th goal of the season. Eakin buried home a juicy rebound left in the crease by Detroit’s Howard. The game was tied 1-1 after forty minutes.

Subban was strong between the pipes in the 3rd period, stuffing every opportunity from Detroit. With 10 minutes left to play the Golden Knights were forced to go on the penalty kill in a 1-1 game. Star killer Reilly Smith disrupted an errant pass leading to a breakaway. Smith gave Vegas the 2-1 lead on his 4th shorthanded goal of the season. Detroit added a PP goal a minute later to even the score once again. The game would need an overtime period to decide a winner. The Red Wings would only need :19 seconds to win as Anthony Mantha scored the game winner on Subban.

The Golden Knights improve their record to (43-27-6) and remain in the Pacific Division’s third place position, with seven games left to play. The team will get back on the ice Monday in St Louis. Opening faceoff is scheduled for 5PM. (Recap by Jason)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Detroit Red Wings at T-Mobile Arena.

  • *What are the Golden Knights best at? (This story is canceled. My recorder broke and I lost about 4 interviews I was going to use for it. Oh well, we’ll talk about it on the next podcast.)
  • Carp’s Sunday column on the importance of rest prior to the playoffs

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Malcolm Subban
** Ryan Carpenter, I guess
* Cody Eakin

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5 WINNIPEG JETS 0 (42-27-5 89 PTS)

The game couldn’t have started any faster for the Jets and the Golden Knights. On the first shift of the game Mark Stone laid a hit on Winnipeg’s Blake Wheeler which the Jets captain didn’t appreciate. The 6’5 Wheeler and the 6’4 Stone slugged it out in a good old fashioned heavyweight bout. Both players were given five-minute major penalties for fighting.

After tempers settled down William Karlsson and Reilly Smith took over. Karlsson scored his 21st goal of the season 1:24 into the game, and Smith added his 16th seven minutes later. The 1st period was a big success for Vegas but unfortunately, Max Pacioretty left the game late in the period with an apparent injury.

The Golden Knights would have to start the 2nd period down a man as Pacioretty wouldn’t come back. Vegas would be forced to kill multiple penalties in the second frame but it didn’t impact their offense. Tomas Nosek nabbed his 8th goal of the year on shorthanded shot just under the crossbar. Smith and Karlsson would join the party again and both added 2nd period goals :24 seconds apart. After forty minutes in the books the Golden Knights controlled the game 5-0.

In the third Malcolm Subban continued to turn away every chance the Jets had.

In the third Malcolm Subban continued to turn away every chance the Jets had. Overall the goalie had 20 saves for his third consecutive victory. Subban and his teammates smoked the Jets 5-0 and his first career shutout.

The Golden Knights improve their record to (42-27-5) and remain in the Pacific Division’s 3rd place position, with eight games left to play. The team will get back on the ice Saturday as Vegas will host the Detroit Red Wings. Opening faceoff is scheduled for 7 PM. (Recap by Jason)


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

  • What are the Golden Knights best at? (This story is coming eventually)
  • Hopefully a Max Pacioretty update

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** William Karlsson
** Reilly Smith
* Malcolm Subban

 

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 7 SAN JOSE SHARKS 3 (41-27-5 87 PTS)

It was a wild first period in San Jose. The Sharks needed only :30 seconds to score their first goal, but the barnburner was just beginning. William Karlsson would earn his 20th goal of the season three minutes later to tie the game 1-1.

Mark Stone would give Vegas the lead 2-1 on his third goal as a Golden Knight and his second in back-to-back nights. Stone’s goal was the Golden Knights first PP goal in four games. The lead wouldn’t last long as 39-year-old Joe Thornton tied the game on a high zone shot. However, Vegas would get the last goal of the period on Jonathan Marchessault’s 23rd. After an exciting opening twenty minutes VGK held the 3-2 edge.

It was a penalty filled second period, as both teams had multiple man-advantages. It took a while but Vegas would score their second PP goal of the night doubling up the Sharks 4-2. Paul Stastny nabbed his tenth goal of the season and his fifth points in the last five games. After a chippy two periods, the Golden Knights held a two-goal lead.

You would’ve thought that the Harlem Globetrotters took the ice for Vegas to start the third period. Reilly Smith created a turnover in the Sharks zone and began a combination of beautiful passes setting up for the Golden Knights fifth goal of the game. Smith played back and fourth with Karlsson to create a commanding 5-2 lead. San Jose’s Logan Couture added his second to get the Sharks within two. Marchessault and Cody Eakin would add two more late goals to blow out their Pacific rivals. The game ended in a lopsided 7-3 contest won by the Golden Knights.

Vegas improves their record to (41-27-5) and remain in the Pacific Division’s third place position, with nine games left to play. The team will get back on the ice Thursday as Vegas will host the Winnipeg Jets. Opening faceoff is scheduled for 7PM (Recap by Jason)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. San Jose Sharks at SAP Center.

  • What are the Golden Knights best at?
  • Subban gets better as the games go on.

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** William Karlsson
** Jonathan Marchessault
* Reilly Smith

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 6 EDMONTON OILERS 3 (40-27-5 85 PTS)

The color green was on full display at the T-Mobile Arena for a St. Patrick’s Day matchup against Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers.

Vegas came out fast, launching the first six shots of the game. The Golden Knights continued pursuit paid off 5:40 into the first period on Mark Stone’s 31st goal, and second as a Golden Knight. Later in the period, Edmonton would tie things up on a PP goal by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

Cody Eakin would regain the lead for Vegas back scoring his 18th goal of the season on a beautiful top shelf wrist shot. After twenty minutes of play the Golden Knights led the Oilers 2-1.

Edmonton didn’t take long to even the game 2-2 on Leon Draisatitl’s 43rd of the season. Luckily, the game wouldn’t be tied for long. Jonathan Marchessault tallied his 21st goal giving Vegas the 3-2 lead.

Marchessault would celebrate again :40 seconds into the final frame giving Vegas the two-goal lead. With #81’s second goal, the first line had a total of six points. Edmonton would chip away getting a third goal past Malcolm Subban early in the period. However, Vegas wasn’t done on offense as Brayden McNabb registered his 4th goal of the season. The Golden Knights captured their second two-goal edge of the night leading 5-3. Then Alex Tuch took one away from a defenseman and tallied Vegas’ sixth of the night.

Vegas improves their record to 40-27-5 and remain in the Pacific Division’s third place position, with 10 games left to play. The team gets back on the ice tonight as they’ll play a back-to-back in San Jose. Opening faceoff starts at 730PM. (Recap by Jason)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Edmonton Oilers at T-Mobile Arena.

  • Steve Carp’s “Sunday” column on Alex Tuch’s playoff impact. (Delayed for reasons beyond our control)
  • How Gerard Gallant values his timeout.

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** William Karlsson
** Reilly Smith
* Jonathan Marchessault
(Honorable *) Mikko Koskinen

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 DALLAS STARS 1 (39-27-5 83 PTS)

The Golden Knights couldn’t have come out any better Friday night after a four day layoff. Vegas forward Max Pacioretty quickly scored 18 seconds into the game for his 22nd goal of the season. Believe or not but Pacioretty’s goal was the second fastest goal in Golden Knights history.

Vegas didn’t hold the 1-0 lead for long as Dallas’ Roope Hintz continued his hot streak and tied the game 1-1. After trading penalties the game tightened up and chances were limited. Vegas defenseman Deryk Engelland almost broke one through but hit the crossbar and out.

The second frame was a defensive battle with each team fighting off crucial penalties. Vegas center William Karlsson created a rare shorthanded penalty shot chance on his strong PK effort. Karlsson wouldn’t convert but helped his team fight off Dallas’ third power play. After forty minutes in the books the game remained a tense 1-1 tie.

Vegas struck first 2:37 into the third when Ryan Reaves buried a rebound for the 2-1 lead. The fourth line gave the Golden Knights a much needed boost offensively as Reaves added his ninth goal of the season, and his first since January 6th.

Up one, the Golden Knights silenced the Stars pressure for most of the period. Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury made two key stops on a late power play for Dallas, but would be forced to face another power play with 2:30 remaining in the game. Impressively enough, the Stars pulled their goalie and still couldn’t score on Fleury.

The game ended 2-1 Vegas, sweeping the season series of the Stars. It was Fleury’s 35th victory of the season taking the league lead.


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights at Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center.

  • A look at how the Golden Knights pull their goalie compared to other NHL teams.

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Ryan Reaves
** Ryan Carpenter
* Marc-Andre Fleury

CALGARY FLAMES 6 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 (38-27-5 81 PTS)

It was another horrid start in Calgary for the Golden Knights allowing a pair inside the first eight minutes of the 1st. Vegas struck back with a goal from Brandon Pirri but Calgary extended the lead back to two at the first intermission. Vegas came out flying the 2nd though scoring two quick ones. An unsuccessful power play slowed the momentum and a late period goal, with a little help from a goalie interference call that wasn’t, gave the Flames their lead back again.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights at Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome.

  • Who would you rather play in the 1st round? Calgary or San Jose.

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Deryk Engelland
** Reilly Smith
* Mark Stone

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 6 VANCOUVER CANUCKS 2 (38-26-5 81 PTS)

This one was over quickly as the Golden Knights scored five goals in the 1st period. Mark Stone got on the board for his first Vegas goal. Alex Tuch scored with his visor, Tomas Nosek on a tip, Paul Stastny through the five-hole, and Eakin banked one off a Canuck. Vancouver scored a couple but the game was never in doubt after the first 20.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights at Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena.

  • Carp is in Vancouver to file his Sunday column

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Colin Miller
** Alex Tuch
* Mark Stone

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