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The 1st period began, VGK sucked, and then the period ended in a boring, scoreless tie.

Vegas’ offense got involved early in the second frame, as defenseman Nate Schmidt was robbed by LA’s goalpost. Both teams traded penalties but neither could convert until the Kings Dustin Brown broke through with a PP goal. After two periods of play, LA held the 1-0 edge.

Seven minutes into the last period LA’s Blake Lizotte snuck one past Vegas goaltender Oscar Dansk for the 2-0 Kings lead. Vegas was sluggish offensively again and took more than nine minutes in to get their first shot of the period. However, it wouldn’t matter as LA would put one in their own net, and then the Vegas veterans took over. Mark Stone tied the game with five minutes remaining, and Jonathan Marchessault stole the game with an overtime breakaway game-winner.

The 3-0 Golden Knights will get back to action on Saturday evening night in San Jose. Vegas will faceoff against their divisional rival for their fourth preseason game. Puck drops at 5PM. (Recap by Jason)

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Los Angeles Kings preseason game at Staples Center.

  • Reilly Smith says there is a benefit to losing in the first round.

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Oscar Dansk
** Mark Stone
* Jonathan Marchessault

Karlsson left the game on this play. He did not return. Gallant said after the game that Karlsson would have continued had it been a regular season game (per David Schoen, LVRJ).


On Sunday night the Golden Knights came out strong and cruised to a 6-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes. In their second preseason game, Vegas traveled to Denver to take on the Colorado Avalanche with a completely different lineup.

Vegas forward Valentin Zykov opened up the scoring on a weird, puck pinball play off of his stick and past the Avalanche goaltender. Vegas and Colorado both went scoreless on their power plays, however it was notable that forwards Alex Tuch and William Carrier play some minutes on the penalty kill.

Early in the 2nd period veteran scoring forward Brandon Pirri made it a 2-0 game on an accurate high slot shot. Tomas Nosek and Nate Schmidt were given assists on Pirri’s first goal of the preseason. The Golden Knights fought off an Avs two-man advantage midway through the period, but failed to score on their two-man advantage. The 2nd period ended with Vegas up two.

Young defensive prospect Nic Hague scored the Golden Knights third goal of the night, and center Nicholas Roy added the team’s fourth :46 seconds later. Pirri would add his second and the Golden Knights second Power Play goal of the contest to stretch the lead 5-0. Goaltender Garrett Sparks gave Vegas a strong performance stopping all 23 shots on goal by Colorado to secure the shutout.

The (2-0) Golden Knights will get back to action on Thursday night in Los Angeles. Vegas’ third exhibition game will begin at 7:30P against the LA Kings. (Recap by Jason)

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

  • Nate Schmidt played on the left in this game, but Gallant said he’ll play on the right in season. If that’s the case, what’s it mean for the rest of the lineup?
  • The difficulty for veterans playing with rookies in preseason games

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Brandon Pirri
** Valentin Zykov
* Garret Sparks



The game got off to a slow start with neither team shooting much in the first five minutes of the game. Arizona struck first on a goal by defenseman Ilya Lyubushkin. A fired up Max Pacioretty got Vegas right back in the game on a breakaway snap shot past Coyotes goaltender Adin Hill. Arizona took the lead again but Pacioretty scored his second of the 1st period for a 2-2 tie after 20 minutes of action.
Pacioretty continued to shine as he found Cody Eakin on a nice feed in front of Arizona’s net. Vegas took the early 2nd period lead 3-2.

The game continued to be the Max Pacioretty show, as he scooped a rebound and slipped it past Hill for a preseason hat trick. Vegas took a 4-2 lead after two periods.

The final period featured a beautiful backhand goal from veteran Reilly Smith. As he normally does, Smith created a turnover which he jumped on and scored on a breakaway. Brayden McNabb added an empty netter and the Golden Knights cruised to their first preseason win the 2019-2020 season 6-2. Veterans Pacioretty, Eakin, Smith and McNabb did all the scoring for VGK. Malcolm Subban stopped 26 saves for the win.

The Golden Knights get back on the ice Tuesday in Denver for their second preseason matchup. Game starts at 6. (Recap by Jason)

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Arizona Coyotes preseason game at T-Mobile Arena.

  • First NHL camp stories from Max Pacioretty, Reilly Smith, Jonathan Marchessault, and Malcolm Subban
  • The difficulty for veterans playing with rookies in preseason games

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Max Pacioretty
** Nick Holden
* Dylan Coghlan



On Easter Sunday the Vegas Golden Knights hosted Game 6 with a chance to advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Both teams started the game conservatively. The Sharks seemed to hold an early on chances on net but Vegas got their chances too. Mark Stone, Tomas Nosek and Max Pacioretty missed three high quality chances leaving the Golden Knights scoreless. San Jose’s Logan Couture got his team on the board off of a neutral zone mistake by Deryk Engelland with :06 seconds remaining in the period. The Sharks held a 1-0 lead after the first twenty minutes.

Down one the Golden Knights continued to struggle getting their offense flowing. Thankfully Marc-Andre Fleury saved every opportunity the Sharks had in the second period. Jonathan Marchessault got Vegas on the board at the 11:21 with his third goal of the series.

Each team had man advantages in the third period but couldn’t convert keeping the game even at one a piece after 60 minutes of action. Tied at 1-1, Game 6 would be decided by an double overtime period. Hertl would score a shorthanded goal for the game winning score.

With their win the Sharks force a series deciding Game 7 in San Jose. The series finale is TBD on Tuesday night. (Recap by Jason)

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. San Jose Sharks in Game 6 of Round 1 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs

  • Steve Carp’s Sunday column recapping tonight’s game.

Ken’s Three VGK Stars

*** Brayden McNabb
** Cody Eakin
* Jonathan Marchessault



Game 5 returned to San Jose with the home team facing elimination. Vegas split Games 1 & 2 in Silicon Valley but took both at home to lead the series 3-1. For the second straight postseason the Golden Knights had a chance to clinch a series on the Sharks home ice.

Sharks veteran Joe Thornton returned to the lineup after his one-game suspension for his illegal hit to the head of Tomas Nosek. For most of the series the Golden Knights jumped on San Jose quickly, but in Game 5 the tables were turned. Tomas Hertl scored his third of the series 1:19 into the game giving his team the early 1-0 lead. The Sharks would double their lead 10 minutes later on Logan Couture’s third goal of the series. With :30 seconds left in the period Vegas would get a lucky deflection off of San Jose’s Erik Karlsson’s sticks that slipped past goaltender Martin Jones. The Golden Knights trailed 2-1 after twenty minutes of play.

The tempo slowed down for most of the second period. Each team traded chances but neither could connect. After a miscue behind the Golden Knights net San Jose’s Barclay Goodrow scored to put his team up 3-1. Vegas had some high quality chances late in the period but came up short.

Trailing 3-1 after forty minutes the Golden Knights needed to score and play good team defense to have a chance to win. Fleury did a great job of shutting down San Jose’s offense while his team tried to make a comeback. After a tripping penalty by Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson, Jonathan Marchessault snapped in the Golden Knights second power play goal of the game. Marchessault however would be called for a costly high-sticking penalty and San Jose jumped on the man-advantage. Hertl scored his second of the game giving the Sharks an important two goal lead late in the game. Joe Pavelski would score an empty-net goal putting San Jose up 5-2.

San Jose gets closer with their win and now trail Vegas 3-2 in the best of seven series. The series shifts to Las Vegas for Game 6 on Sunday night. (Recap by Jason)

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. San Jose Sharks in Game 5 of Round 1 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs

  • Marchessault on after-game shenanigans

Ken’s Three VGK Stars

*** Shea Theodore
** William Carrier
* Brayden McNabb


The Vegas Golden Knights had a chance to take a two-game series lead last night in their home building for Game 4. The San Jose Sharks would be without two of their best players, defenseman Marc-Eduard Vlasic was unavailable again due to an unknown injury, and center Joe Thornton who was suspended one game for an illegal hit to the head on Tomas Nosek.

The Golden Knights opened Game 4 like they didn’t the previous two scoring quickly on Sharks goaltender Martin Jones. Max Pacioretty scored his third goal of the season postseason 1:11 into the game. Vegas would go on to defend against the Sharks heavy attack for the entire period but no shots slipped past Marc-Andre Fleury. With under a minute remaining in the period defenseman Shea Theodore weaved in and out of defenders dazzling the crowd with his first goal of the playoffs. Vegas held the 2-0 edge after one period of action.

Vegas tightened up and protected their two goal lead in the second period. More than halfway through the period Pacioretty lit the lamp a second time putting the Golden Knights up 3-0. The home team would skate into the locker room unblemished once again.

Vegas would tack on a fourth goal from a great individual play by Alex Tuch. Tuch gave Vegas a commanding 4-0 lead on his first goal of the postseason.

Evander Kane took a miserable pair of penalties and got himself tossed from the game essentially for the second straight game. San Jose did nothing but take penalties the rest of the night leading to X more VGK goals.

Vegas leads the best of seven series over San Jose (3-1) and have a chance to close out the series on Thursday night. Game 5 in San Jose is scheduled to start at 7 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. San Jose Sharks in Game 4 of Round 1 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs

  • Steve Carp’s Wednesday playoff column on Fleury vs. Jones
  • No matter what the Sharks try, they don’t have an answer for Mark Stone, Max Pacioretty, and Paul Stastny
  • Photo Gallery from Game 4

Ken’s Three VGK Stars

*** Shea Theodore
** Marc-Andre Fleury
* Max Pacioretty


An important Game 3 between the Vegas Golden Knights and the San Jose Sharks would take place in fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada. It was the the first playoff game in front of the Golden Knights fans since the disappointing loss in last year’s Stanley Cup Finals.

The excitement started immediately for Vegas fans when Mark Stone scored his fourth goal of the postseason :16 seconds into the game. It was the Golden Knights fastest postseason goal in team history. Vegas had an early edge and took advantage of multiple mistakes by San Jose. Sharks forward Evander Kane took back-to-back penalties leading to a power play goal for Max Pacioretty. Pacioretty’s second goal of the postseason gave the Golden Knights a 2-0 lead. San Jose would tack one on late in the period to cut the lead in half 2-1.

Vegas turned it on quick again out of the break scoring :21 seconds into the second period. Paul Stastny and the second line added another postseason goal to give the Golden Knights a 3-1 lead. Stastny would punch in another goal to give Vegas a 4-1 lead after forty minutes.

For the third straight period the Golden Knights jumped out scoring :36 second into the final period. Stone scored his second of the game and fifth of the postseason to give Vegas a commanding 5-1 lead. However, the four goal lead wouldn’t last long. San Jose added two goals within a minute to get within two. The Sharks threat wouldn’t last as Stone would give the Golden Knights a 6-3 on his first career hat trick.

Vegas leads the best of seven series over San Jose (2-1) with Game 4 coming up on Tuesday. Game 4, scheduled for 730p. (Recap by Jason)

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. San Jose Sharks in Game 3 of Round 1 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs

  • Photo Gallery from photographer Brandon Andreasen
  • A look at the difference (if there has been one) in the matchups between home and away at 5-on-5.

Ken’s Three VGK Stars

*** Max Pacioretty
** Paul Stastny
* Mark Stone


Down 1-0 in the series the Golden Knights vowed to come out strong for Game 2 in San Jose.

Vegas couldn’t have started the game any better as Cody Eakin scored :58 seconds in to take the early 1-0 lead. A few minutes later Colin Miller wristed a shot past Sharks goaltender Martin Jones making it a 2-0 Golden Knights. Vegas wasn’t finished scoring adding a third goal in the period by Max Pacioretty. With three minutes left Vegas’ 3-0 lead quickly evaporated. Logan Couture, Tomas Hertl and Joe Thornton all had late period goals to tie the game 3-3. The Golden Knights were stunned after the first twenty minutes.

With the game tied 3-3 the Golden Knights tried to calm the storm. After an overturned goal on San Jose, Vegas forward Mark Stone regained the lead for his time scoring his third goal of the postseason. After a back and fourth period the score remained 4-3 after two periods played.

Shea Theodore took a an early third period slashing penalty putting Vegas on a penalty kill. Reilly Smith would send a beautiful stretch pass to William Karlsson for a breakaway short handed goal. Karlsson’s goal was the second shorthanded goal of the game and put Vegas up 5-3.

**** We will do the rest later. It’s a long way to the locker room***

(Recap by Jason)

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. San Jose Sharks in Game 2 of Round 1 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs

  • “Behind the scenes” of the William Karlsson shorty

Ken’s Three VGK Stars

*** Marc-Andre Fleury
** William Karlsson
* Cody Eakin


For the second straight postseason the Vegas Golden Knights and San Jose Sharks competed in a best of seven series. Unlike last season, Game one began in San Jose.

Both teams came out physical and ready to attack. Cody Eakin and Brayden McNabb landed hard bodychecks on Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson setting the early tone of the game. At the 13:35 mark of the first Pierre-Eduard Bellemare got called for a tripping penalty which lead to a Sharks power play. Joe Pavelski scored the series opening goal deflecting a shot from Brent Burns. After twenty minutes of play San Jose held on to a 1-0 lead.

The second period was plagued with penalties. Jonathan Marchessault and Sharks defenseman Brendan Dillon took matching minors, and Derek Engelland, William Carrier, Joe Pavelski and Timo Meier all spent time in the penalty box. San Jose’s Burns wristed a short past Marc-Andre Fleury doubling up Vegas 2-0. Defenseman Marc-Eduard Vlasic added another taking a commanding 3-0 lead. Vegas would get a goal from Mark Stone on tape to tape pass from Max Pacioretty. The two-goal deficit would evaporate ten minutes later when Evander Kane put the Sharks up 4-1 after two periods of play.

Vegas couldn’t get much going in the third as they continued to take penalties. San Jose took advantage and wore down the Golden Knights. Vegas trimmed the lead in half on Stone’s second goal of the game. The Sharks would a late empty-net goal to finish of Vegas 5-2.

The Sharks took the opener and lead the best of seven series (1-0). Game two in San Jose is scheduled for 730 PM on Friday night. (Recap by Jason)

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. San Jose Sharks in Game 1 of Round 1 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs

  • Entries, exits, and composure. VGK failed in three of the most important aspects of the game and find themselves in an early hole.

Ken’s Three VGK Stars (This was not easy)

*** William Carrier
** Mark Stone
* Shea Theodore


It was the 2018-19 season finale for the Golden Knights and it didn’t go well. The Kings padded their stats on reserve lineup for Vegas. Ilya Kovalchuk, Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter all scored for LA ending their season on a 5-2 victory against Vegas.

Jimmy Schuldt got his first NHL point in his first NHL game assisting Valentin Zykov’s second goal of the season.

The Golden Knights regular season ends with a (43-31-7) record.

(Recap by Jason)

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center.

  • Carp’s Sunday column on the versatility Gallant has to work with for his 4th line
  • A whole heap of stories about the matchup with the Sharks

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** No one else
** Cared
* Jimmy Schuldt

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