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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 WASHINGTON CAPITALS 2 (31-22-8 70 PTS)

Recap: It was another Kid’s Day at the T-Mobile Arena The Golden Knights got off to a great start against the Washington Capitals. Nick Holden scored his 5th goal of the season 3:43 into the game. Vegas jumped on Washington early and capitalized on their mistakes. Reilly Smith doubled the Golden Knights lead with his 23rd of the season late in the opening frame. After 20 minutes the home team held a 2-0 edge.

Max Pacioretty gave his team a three goal lead 14:06 into the 2nd period. Vegas held Washington to only 6 shots in the period, and 0 shots on the power play. After the first two periods, the Golden Knights were up 3-0.

The Capitals got back into the game in the 3rd period getting two power play goals from TJ Oshie. However, the Golden Knights were able to fight off the Caps attack and close out the game 3-2.

Vegas improves their record to 31-22-8 raising their point total to 70 points. The Golden Knights take on a tough Tampa team on Thursday night. Puck drop is scheduled for 7p. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Caps sleepwalked through the first 40 minutes allowing the Golden Knights to dictate the game. Vegas took advantage of it though jumping out to a three-goal lead. Washington woke up in the 3rd scoring twice but the VGK response defensively was excellent. It wasn’t the prettiest game in the world, but it’s a third straight win and a good one. (Analysis by Ken)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs Washington Capitals at T-Mobile Arena

  • Photo gallery from the game

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Brayden McNabb
** Nate Schmidt
* Reilly Smith

 

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 1 NEW YORK ISLANDERS 0 (30-22-8 68 PTS)

Recap: The Golden Knights were looking for their first back-to-back wins at home since January 4th. The game began with a heavy weight battle seconds after the puck was dropped. Ryan Reaves and Ross Johnston matched up and threw a bevy of punches. Both were sent to the penalty box for five minutes. Ten minutes later, Nick Holden and Anders Lee squared off earning five minute majors of their own. After 20 minutes the game was a scoreless tie.

The 2nd period was less physical, but again strong defensively for both teams. Reilly Smith opened up the scoring with :34 seconds left in the period. It gave Vegas a 1-0 lead with one period remaining.

Vegas continued to offensively attack New York in the 3rd period. The Golden Knights did a great job limiting the Islanders to 3 shots on net in the first 15 minutes of the 20 minutes. Marc-Andre Fleury secured the 1-0 shutout by saving all 19 shots by New York.

Vegas’ record improves to 30-22-8 and raise their point total to 68 points. The team will hit the ice next on Monday afternoon against the Washington Capitals. Puck drop is scheduled for 3P. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: This one is all about the Golden Knights defensive effort. They stymied the Isles time and time again in the neutral and defensive zones and it allowed the offense to get to work and finally beat a great goaltending performance from Varlamov. It was the cleanest defensive game the Golden Knights have put in under DeBoer and Marc-Andre Fleury rewarded them by posting just the second home shutout of the season. (Analysis by Ken)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs New York Islanders at T-Mobile Arena

  • Carp’s Sunday column on the 1980 Miracle team celebrating their 40th anniversary at T-Mobile Arena

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Shea Theodore
** William Karlsson
* Marc-Andre Fleury

 

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 6 ST LOUIS BLUES 5 (29-22-8 66 PTS) – OT

Recap: It was a wild 1st period for the Golden Knights and Blues. St. Louis scored :25 seconds into the game to take a quick 1-0 lead. Vegas tied it up 1:34 later on a power play goal from Max Pacioretty. He would add another to take five his team the one goal lead, but the Blues tied and eventually took a 3-2 lead into the first intermission.

Zach Sanford scored his third of the game to extend St. Louis’ lead 4-2 five minutes into the 2nd period. Mark Stone got Vegas within one late in the period. After 40 minutes the Golden Knights trailed 4-3.

Nate Schmidt tied the game for Vegas with their third power play goal of the game. However, Sanford scored his 4th of the game giving St. Louis a 5-4 lead. Vegas didn’t go away and Alex Tuch tipped in the tying goal with under five minutes left in the game. After 60 minutes in regulation, the contest needed an overtime period to decide a winner.

Vegas managed to win the game in overtime on a PP goal by Jonathan Marchessault. Vegas’ record improves to 29-22-8 and now stand with 66 points on the season. The Golden Knights get back to work on Saturday night against the NY Islanders. Puck drop is scheduled for 7p. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: A wild game at T-Mobile Arena ended with the Golden Knights getting the much needed two points in the standings despite not playing great. Defensively there were plenty of issues, but they rode a hot power play to get back in the game and eventually win it in overtime. The line of Karlsson, Stone, and Pacioretty were just as good as expected and the newest 3rd line was solid but losing Tuch could prove costly. (Analysis by Ken)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs St. Louis Blues at T-Mobile Arena

  • The first 10 games of DeBoer

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Mark Stone
** Max Pacioretty
* Jonathan Marchessault

MINNESOTA WILD 4 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 0 (28-22-8 64 PTS)

Recap: The first period was a bit of the mess for the Golden Knights up in Minnesota. Vegas was awarded a power play :30 seconds into the game but couldn’t take the early lead. The Wild jumped all over their man-advantages, scoring twice to take a 2-0 first period lead. The Golden Knights had three total power plays but could only muster up two shots.

Minnesota doubled their lead to 4-0 in the middle frame. One of the Wild’s second period goals was on the power play, scoring three so far in the game. Vegas again had trouble getting going on offense, and continued to struggle on special teams.

Down 4-0, coach Pete DeBoer replaced Marc-Andre Fleury with backup Malcolm Subban to start the final period. Neither team had much offense in the 3rd, combining for only nine shots on net. The Wild closed out the period and finished off Vegas 4-0.

Vegas’ record drops to 28-22-8 and sit on 64 points. The team heads home and will face the reigning Stanley Cup champions St. Louis Blues on Thursday night. Puck drops at 7p. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The special teams were especially bad tonight. Despite having heaps of chances on the PP the Golden Knights did nothing and they couldn’t kill a penalty to save their lives. From there, they became undisciplined and it devolved into a nightmare. An absolute trainwreck from start to finish. (Analysis by Ken)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center

  • A new message about the goalie rotation

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Reilly Smith
** Brayden McNabb
* William Karlsson

CAROLINA HURRICANES 6 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5 (28-21-8 64 PTS) – SO (2-0)

Recap: It was Pete DeBoer’s first game in Vegas as the Golden Knights head coach. His team came out strong for him in the first. Max Pacioretty scored his 24th of the season, and Jon Merrill added his second for 2-0 edge. Carolina would get one on the board late in the period on a fluky goal passed Marc-Andre Fleury making it 2-1 Vegas.

Shea Theodore gave Vegas a two goal lead :59 seconds in to the 2nd period. The Golden Knights would hold a 3-1 lead for the rest of the 2nd period.

Sebastian Aho scored quickly to start the 3rd period getting his team within one. Chandler Stephenson gave his team a two goal lead again with a shorthanded tally. Carolina’s Erik Haula scored a power play goal two minutes later making it 4-3 Vegas. The Hurricanes wouldn’t go away and tied it up 4-4 halfway through the final period. Carolina would take the 5-4 lead six minutes later. However, Cody Eakin tied the game at six late in the period.

A wild OT period had the Hurricanes hitting multiple posts but the Golden Knights survived. In shootout, Vegas went 0 for 2 while Carolina went 2 for 3.

Vegas’ record drops to 28-21-8 sitting on 64 points on the season. Next up for the Golden Knights is the Minnesota Wild. The team will travel to play the Wild on Tuesday night. Game starts at 5P. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: It was a game that had a bit of everything. Vegas jumped out to a solid 2-0 lead playing well but a weird goal cost them one near the end of the period. The 2nd was somewhat back and forth but the Golden Knights did well to extend the lead and keep the Canes at bay. That would not be the case in the 3rd as a rash of penalties helped Carolina take the game over and actually take a late lead. Eakin tied it due to some poor goaltending (which was a problem on both ends tonight) and then overtime and shootout weren’t pretty for VGK. (Analysis by Ken)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs Carolina Hurricanes at T-Mobile Arena

  • Steve Carp’s Sunday column on Nate Schmidt’s resurgence
  • Photo gallery from the game

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Nic Roy
** Chandler Stephenson
* Shea Theodore

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 7 FLORIDA PANTHERS 2 (28-21-7 63 PTS)

Recap: The Golden Knights were looking to finish off the road trip in Florida earning nine of a possible 16 points. Vegas did just that with a quick goal by Mark Stone 2:15 into the game. The Panthers would tie it up late in the 1st, and took a 1-1 tie into the intermission.

Stone would add his second early go ahead goal 1:41 into the 2nd period. Up 2-1 for most of the period, Florida tied the game 2-2 close to the midway point of the game. However, Vegas regained the lead :26 seconds later with Max Pacioretty’s 22nd goal of the season. After 40 minutes, the Golden Knights led the Panthers 3-2.

The Golden Knights took over the game quickly in the final 20 minutes. Nate Schmidt added Vegas’ 4th goal of the game :17 seconds into the 3rd period. Shea Theodore and Jonathan Marchessault later added goals to take a commanding 6-2 lead. Pacioretty would add his second to finish off the Panthers 7-2.

Vegas’ record improves to 28-21-7 and head home after a long eight-game road trip. The team will hit the ice on Saturday night against the Carolina Hurricanes. Game time is scheduled for 7 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights used early goals to take control of this game. However, they allowed the Panthers to claw back into the game after the 1st and 2nd goals. From the moment the game was tied at two though, Vegas took over and completely dominated the Panthers. An absolutely perfect 3rd period started with a goal from Nate Schmidt and snowballed on the Panthers as it appeared they gave up midway through. Excellent road win and a great night with the whole division taking L’s. (Analysis by Ken)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs Florida Panthers at BB&T Center

  • Survived, now time to thrive

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Everyone else was good too
** Mark Stone
* Mark Stone

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING 4 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 (27-21-7 61 PTS)

Recap: The Golden Knights came out hot against Tampa attempting six shots to the Lightning’s one. However, the home team would get on the scoreboard first, midway through the opening period. William Carrier would tie up the game with his sixth goal of the season. Tampa would take the lead again 2-1 heading into the 1st intermission.

The Golden Knights were awarded three power plays in the 2nd period but couldn’t convert and tie the game. Defensively, Vegas limited Tampa to 5 shots and kept them scoreless in the middle frame.

Paul Stastny would tie the game 2-2 early in the final period with his 16th of the season. Unfortunately, Steven Stamkos would give his team the lead 3-2. Tampa would later tack on an empty netter beating Vegas 4-2.

Vegas’ record drops to 27-21-7, sitting on 61 points on the season. The Golden Knights have one more game on the road trip before coming home this Saturday. The team will take on the Florida Panthers on Thursday night. Puck drop is scheduled for 4p. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights played a terrific game, especially at 5-on-5. They took just one penalty and it resulted in just a minute of power play time for the Lightning, another major plus. However, the Lightning were incredibly opportunistic cashing in on just about every dangerous chance they had while the Golden Knights couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn with a puck for most of the night. It’s yet another example of a game where the Golden Knights play great but don’t win, just this time with a new head coach. (Analysis by Ken)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena

  • 4th line starts

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Mark Stone
** Nate Schmidt
* Brayden McNabb

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 NASHVILLE PREDATORS 0 (27-20-7 61 PTS)

Recap: The 1st period in Nashville was a special teams battle. Each team was awarded multiple power plays but neither could get past the others penalty kill. It was a scoreless tie after the opening 20 minutes.

Chandler Stephenson opened up the scoring with his 10th goal of the season five minutes into the 2nd period. Vegas was awarded two more power plays but couldn’t convert, and the Golden Knights took a 1-0 lead into the second intermission.

Nicolas Roy doubled Vegas’ lead 2-0 with his third goal of the season. The Golden Knights fought off their fifth penalty late in the game, holding on to their two goal lead. Reilly Smith tacked on an empty netter to secure the victory 3-0, and a shutout for Marc-Andre Fleury.

Vegas’ record improves to 27-20-7 and now have 61 points on the season. The team will travel to Florida, for games against the Lightning and the Panthers. Their next game is Tuesday in Tampa, scheduled for 4PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: This was one of the most complete games the Golden Knights have put in all year. They controlled the game from the outset only facing trouble because they couldn’t stay out of the box. The penalty kill came through big again and eventually the dam broke and the goals started to go in. They held the Predators to just 19 shots and even that felt high. Overall and awesome game and a big-time pair of wins in a back-to-back.  (Analysis by Ken)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena

  • Carp’s Sunday column

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Brayden McNabb
** Nate Schmidt
* Chandler Stephenson

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 CAROLINA HURRICANES 3 (26-20-7 59 PTS)

Recap: New coach Pete DeBoer couldn’t have asked for a better start from his team coming off the break. With William Karlsson still out of the lineup, Paul Stastny stepped up and immediately made a difference. With some nifty passing, Statsny scored his 15th of the season giving the Golden Knights an early 1-0 lead. The top line would double up the lead when Jonathan Marchessault made it 2-0 halfway through the period.

Carolina would get their first goal of the game midway through the 2nd period. However, Vegas did a good job killing off a big power play, and Malcolm Subban shut down the Hurricanes offense. After 40 minutes in the books, the Golden Knights held a 2-1 edge.

Both teams would swap goals in the 3rd with the Golden Knights hanging on to a one goal lead. Carolina was awarded a penalty late in the period and took advantage. They tied the game 3-3 until Vegas got their own late game power play. Alex Tuch put the game away with a PP goal. Shea Theodore and Mark Stone made some brilliant passes to find the open Tuch. Vegas won 4-3 in an entertaining, back and forth contest.

Vegas’ record improves to 26-20-7 and jump Arizona for the first wild card spot. They get right back to business tomorrow in Nashville to take on the Predators. Faceoff is scheduled for 5PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: A strong 1st period that could have been even stronger if not for a pair of pipe hits had the Golden Knights protecting a lead for the first time in a while. They did need some strong goaltending early out of Malcolm Subban. The 2nd period was a bit closer but the Golden Knights still got a few odd-man rushes chances that they were unable to convert. A great play from Nate Schmidt starting by leading a rush and ending with a gorgeous finish gave Vegas a two goal lead, but they would squander it quickly. The new power play coach came through in his first game with a perfect set play that led to the tap-in game-winner from Alex Tuch.  (Analysis by Ken)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena

  • Ryan Reaves on navigating refs

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Malcolm Subban
** Paul Stastny
* Reilly Smith

BOSTON BRUINS 3 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 (25-20-7 57 PTS)

Recap: The Golden Knights couldn’t have gotten off to a better start in Boston. Mark Stone gave his team a 1-0 lead 1:24 into the game. The Bruins would tie the game ten minutes later, ending the 1st period locked up 1-1.

Penalties plagued the Golden Knights in the early periods, allowing 5 power plays in the first 40 minutes. However, Vegas would work through the penalty kill, and regain the lead with a Power Play goal by Nic Hague. The 21-year-old gave his team the 2-1 edge on his first career NHL goal.

The Bruins came out hot to start the 3rd period and tied the game early on. Boston would take the lead 3-2 in the middle of the period. Vegas would get a few chances late in the period but wouldn’t convert the tying goal. The Bruins handed Vegas a 3-2 loss.

Vegas’ record drops to 25-20-7 and sit in the first Wild Card spot in the Western Conference. The team will take a ten-day break and next hit the ice on January 31st in Carolina. Game time is scheduled for 430P. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: A little help from a soft goal got the Golden Knights off on the right foot, but penalty trouble derailed any extended success in the first two periods. All in all the Golden Knights didn’t play a terrible game, but it certainly wasn’t good enough to beat one of the league’s best teams on the road.  (Analysis by Ken)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs Boston Bruins at TD Garden

  • Bye week stories including, number origin stories, preview of the Player’s Locker, and my personal favorite, fishing tips from William Carrier.

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Nate Schmidt
** Nic Hague
* Mark Stone

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