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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 ARIZONA COYOTES 1 (21-15-6 48 PTS)

Recap: It was a quick turnaround for Vegas as they returned home for a matchup against Arizona. The Golden Knights shook off their rust from the night before and came out strong. Mark Stone opened the game with his 14th goal of the season giving Vegas the 1-0 lead. After the Coyotes tied the game, Stone took it into his own hands and regained the lead for his team.

Chandler Stephenson scored :12 seconds into the 2nd period giving Vegas a quick 3-1 edge. Paul Stastny added another goal to extend the lead 4-1.

The 3rd period played out well for Vegas, only allowing four shots on net. Vegas held onto their three goal lead and won the game 4-1.

Vegas’ record improves to 21-15-6 and now hold sole possession of first place in the Pacific Division. They’ll next hit the ice on New Year’s Eve day against the Anaheim Ducks. Game time is scheduled for Noon. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: It took a massive effort from the penalty kill, killing off four minutes early, but after they got that out of the way the Golden Knights took over the game. An impressive effort snuffed out a Coyote team that looked up to the task. Vegas got solid contributions up and down the lineup and Fleury returned to his normal self. There would have been some consequences had they dropped this game, but instead they are now in sole possession of 1st place in the Pacific Divison. (Analysis by Ken)


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

  • Steve Carp’s Sunday column on the man of the decade
  • Photo gallery from the game

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Marc-Andre Fleury
** Max Pacioretty
* Mark Stone

 

ANAHEIM DUCKS 4 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 (20-15-6 46 PTS)

Recap: Fresh off the Christmas break, the Golden Knights got back to business in Anaheim for the first game of a back-to-back. The 1st period was a slow, flat period for both teams. Not much action either way, as the players tried to shake off some holiday rust. With only 12 combined shots on net, the 1st period ended in a scoreless tie.

Jonathan Marchessault gave Vegas the first lead of the game on a nasty shot up high passed John Gibson. The game would quickly change as the Golden Knights committed multiple penalties resulting in three Anaheim power play goals. After 40 minutes, Vegas trailed 3-1.

Vegas began the period on the power play, and would pick up a second man-advantage early in the 3rd period. The Golden Knights couldn’t muster up enough quality shots to get one through. Anaheim gave themselves a three goal lead midway through the period, taking a 4-1 lead. Nate Schmidt added two late game goals scoring his third and fourth of the season but it would be too late. The Ducks held on to defeat Vegas 4-3.

Vegas’ record drops to 20-15-6 losing their first of a back-to-back. The Arizona Coyotes and Golden Knights will faceoff tomorrow night in a battle for the Pacific lead. Game time is scheduled for 7 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: A sloppy first period didn’t cost the Golden Knights where it could have, but an extended penalty did. They looked like a team that had three days off and traveled in the day of the game, and they couldn’t look like that. Missed opportunities, poor passing, too many guys not playing up to their ability, and no favors from the officiating. It was a bad mix that ends up costing the Golden Knights a game they really should not have lost. Tough loss that makes the next one a bit more important. (Analysis by Ken)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center

  • An attempt to explain Paul Stastny’s down season

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** William Karlsson
** Jonathan Marchessault
* Nate Schmidt

COLORADO AVALANCHE 7 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 (20-14-6 46 PTS)

Recap: The Golden Knights hosted the Colorado Avalanche for their last game before the Christmas break. Unfortunately, for the Golden Knights the visitors scored the opening goal. Old friend Pierre-Eduard Bellemare put Colorado ahead 1-0 with a quick backhand passed Marc-Andre Fleury. Bellemare’s former linemate Ryan Reaves tied the game for Vegas midway through the period. However, the Avalanche took over the remaining ten minutes adding two more goals. After the opening period Vegas trailed Colorado 3-1.

There wasn’t much scoring in the early parts of the 2nd period but there were some fireworks. Deryk Engelland and Valeri Nichushkin dropped gloves, both earning five minute penalties. Max Pacioretty got Vegas within one with his 16th of the season, but the Avalanche continued to bring their offense. Colorado added two more, including another goal from Bellemare. After 40 minutes, the Golden Knights trailed 5-2.

William Carrier got Vegas back within two early in the 3rd period but Colorado would score and get that goal right back. The Avalanche defeated Vegas 7-3.

Vegas’ record drops to20-14-6 and sit with 46 points, tied with Arizona for the Pacific Division lead. The players will have a few days off for the holidays and get back on the ice Friday. Vegas will face the Ducks in Anaheim, face off is scheduled for 7PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: It was far from the Golden Knights best game of the year but they didn’t play as poorly as the score indicated, especially through the 1st period. A number of poor giveaways led to Colorado chances and they cashed in on all of them. Meanwhile, Vegas created a number of solid chances but Francouz was solid. It hasn’t happened often in Vegas but the Golden Knights lost because their goaltender was outplayed by his counterpart. (Analysis by Ken)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs Colorado Avalanche at T-Mobile Arena.

  • Despite the poor game against Colorado, a positive article about Shea Theodore
  • Photo gallery from the game

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Max Pacioretty
** Ryan Reaves
* William Carrier

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 SAN JOSE SHARKS 1 (20-13-6 46 PTS)

Recap: The Golden Knights would take on their rival San Jose Sharks for the last time this season. Evander Kane would take an early 1st period penalty giving Vegas a quick power play. San Jose would kill off the two minutes but Erik Karlsson would take a delay of game penalty late in the period giving Vegas another man-advantage. The Golden Knights wouldn’t convert on their second PP opportunity and the game was scoreless after the opening 20 minutes.

Vegas would get their third power play opportunity with 8:53 left in the 2nd period, however the Sharks would kill the 5-on-4 again. Paul Statsny finally broke the scoreless tie with his 9th goal of the year giving his team a 1-0 lead after two periods played.

Logan Couture tied the game 1-1 early in the 3rd period slinging the puck over Malcolm Subban. The Golden Knights would regain the lead on a nasty wrist shot by Shea Theodore. Jonathan Marchessault tapped in a third goal for Vegas late in the 3rd period. Reilly Smith drove the puck to the net and snuck a perfect pass to Marchessault for the 3-1 lead. Vegas fought off a 6-on-4 disadvantage with time winding down and secured their 3-1 victory in San Jose.

Vegas’ record improves to 20-13-6 as they head home for their second of a back-to-back. The Golden Knights will host the Colorado Avalanche tomorrow night for their last game before the Christmas break. Puck drops at 7PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights played a solid game in their own end through the first 40 minutes of hockey keeping every chance to the outside. Then, after scoring one they had a few breakdowns and let San Jose back in the game. However, the response from Vegas was excellent coming at the Sharks in waves and scoring twice to seal a third win against the Sharks in 2019-20. (Analysis by Ken)


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

  • Schmidt and McNabb have been sacrificed to allow Theodore to blossom.

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Reilly Smith
** Shea Theodore
* Malcolm Subban

VANCOUVER CANUCKS 5 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 (19-13-6 44 PTS) – OT

Recap: The Canucks got off a quick start, scoring the game’s first goal 2:49 into the game. Pesty Antoine Roussel controlled a rebound and buried it passed Marc-Andre Fleury. Vegas would go down two on a Vancouver power play goal. Jonathan Marchessault cut the lead in half with his 11th goal of the season. Unfortunately, the Canucks scored with :28 seconds to go in the period. After one, Vegas trailed 3-1.

Reilly Smith brought Vegas within one with his 14th goal of the season. Nick Holden tied the game 3-3 on a screened shot from the point. Vegas would fight off a late penalty and hold the tie after 40 minutes in the books.

Vancouver would regain the lead 4-3 midway through the final period. Elias Petterson scored his second goal of the game to give the home team the one goal edge. Mark Stone would tie the contest 4-4 on a beautiful catch and shoot with Max Pacioretty. The game would be settled in overtime. The Golden Knights comeback attempt came up short losing 5-4 in OT.

Vegas’ record drops to 19-13-6 with their OT loss against Vancouver. However, the team picked up a point and is now tied with Arizona for first place in the Pacific Division. The team travels to San Jose for another divisional matchup on Sunday night. Game time is scheduled for 7PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: Far from Vegas’ best game, the Golden Knights battled through it controlling play for most of the game despite chasing it. Fleury was not at his best and Markstrom was unbelievable. Considering the goalie discrepancy, getting a point is a win. Vegas now improves to 8-1-2 since going to VGKD 2.0. (Analysis by Ken)


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

  • VGK is very good on 4-on-4.

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

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 MINNESOTA WILD 2 (19-13-5 43 PTS)

Recap: Vegas hosted the Minnesota Wild a team with past success at the T-Mobile arena. In three previous games in Las Vegas, the Wild were 3-0.

The opening period was a back and fourth contest but turned quickly in favor for the Wild with about four minutes remaining. Vegas was called for three late penalties resulting in a power play goal for Minnesota. After 20 minutes, the Golden Knights trailed 1-0.

Chandler Stephenson would continue to impress his new teammates tying up the game with his 6th goal of the season, and his 3rd as a Golden Knight. Shea Theodore would give Vegas the lead on a nice rush with :10 seconds left in the 2nd period.

Tomas Nosek added to Vegas’ lead with his 5th goal of the season stretching his team’s lead to 3-1. Minnesota would get one with their goalie pulled but couldn’t find the equalizer in the dying seconds.

Vegas’ record improves to 19-13-5 with 43 points. The team will take a quick divisional road trip to play Vancouver and San Jose. They’ll face off against the Canucks on Thursday night. Game time is scheduled for 7PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: Vegas did well to overcome some 1st period adversity. A pair of horrendous penalty calls set the Golden Knights back as they headed to the 1st intermission down a goal. However, they put together back-to-back solid periods and earned a much needed win against a team they’ve struggled mightily against. (Analysis by Ken)


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

  • If Nashville was the turning point, what/who deserves the most credit?

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Deryk Engelland
** Tomas Nosek
* Mark Stone

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 6 VANCOUVER CANUCKS 3 (18-13-5 41 PTS)

Recap: The Golden Knights welcomed in divisional foe Vancouver Canucks to a Sunday afternoon matchup. The game got off to a quick start for both teams. Nick Holden wristed his third goal of the season giving Vegas the early 1-0 lead. Elias Pettersson tied the game on a nice second effort goal passed Marc-Andre Fleury. Vegas was awarded two power plays in the 1st period and Valentin Zykov capitalized on one of them to give the Golden Knights a 2-1 lead.

Jonathan Marchessault gave Vegas a two goal lead early in the 2nd period on a beautiful tick-tack-toe play with his linemates. Mark Stone would join the party tallying his 12th goal of the season giving Vegas a 4-1 lead.

Vancouver would get on the board and trim the lead in half early in the 3rd period. Max Pacioretty scored Vegas’ fifth of the night continuing his hot streak. He would add another later. With his goals, Pacioretty has scored 8 points in his last four games. The Golden Knights would go on to beat Vancouver 6-3.

Vegas’ record improves to 18-13-5 as they slide into second place in the Pacific Division. The Golden Knights will next host the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night. Game time is set for 7PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights put together a great effort from start to finish in this one. They moved through the neutral with ease in the 1st and controlled the puck in the 2nd. Defensively wasn’t perfect at the start of the 3rd, but they righted the ship and held on to the win easily. Completely outclassed a Pacific Division opponent. (Analysis by Ken)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs Vancouver Canucks at T-Mobile Arena.

  • Pacific Division dominance continues

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Mark Stone
** Max Pacioretty
* Valentin Zykov

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 DALLAS STARS 2 (17-13-5 39 PTS) – OT

Recap: The Golden Knights took on the Dallas Stars for the second game of a back to back. Malcolm Subban got the nod in net for Gerard Gallant’s club.

The Stars scored the only goal late in the 1st period. Vegas struggled to get much going offensively, only mustering up 7 shots in the opening frame. Dallas spent much of the period in Vegas’ zone but were only able to get one past Subban.

William Karlsson tied the game early in the 2nd period on his 10th goal of the season. Newcomer Chandler Stephenson gave Vegas the lead with his second goal in a Golden Knights uniform.

Subban and his defense shut down Dallas’ offense for most of the 3rd period. Vegas fought off a mid-period penalty to hold the one goal advantage. The Stars would eventually tie the game 2-2 late in the final period forcing an overtime period.

Max Pacioretty won the game 3-2 in overtime with a beautiful backhand deke on Dallas goalie Ben Bishop.

Vegas’ record improves to 17-13-5, splitting their two game road trip. The team will head back home to take on the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday afternoon. Puck drop is scheduled for 5PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: After an absolutely horrific 1st period the Golden Knights turnedit around in a big way in the 2nd. They controlled play and went from struggling to exit their own zone to doing it with ease. Their puck support was significantly better in the final 40 minutes but they were unable to reach the finish line with the lead. They looked much better in overtime for the minute they played creating a few chances, forcing turnovers, and catching Dallas on a bad change to win the game.(Analysis by Ken)


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

  • VGK Forbes worth

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Nick Holden
** Max Pacioretty
* Malcolm Subban

ST. LOUIS BLUES 4 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 (16-13-5 37 PTS)

Recap: The game in St. Louis got off to a fast start for both teams. The Blues opened the scoring five minutes in, but Max Pacioretty would tie the game :25 seconds later. William Carrier buried a puck later in the period to give his team a 2-1 lead. Marc-Andre Fleury made a few outstanding stops holding the one goal edge after the 1st period.

St. Louis would tie the game 2-2 early in the 2nd period. The Blues added two more in a span of :39 seconds giving them a 4-2 lead through two periods.

The Blues made things difficult for the Golden Knights offense in the 3rd period. Vegas would have several quality chances but the Blues defended well enough to shut them out for the second straight period. St. Louis fought off a Golden Knights empty net to secure their win 4-2.

Vegas’ record drops to 16-13-5 with their loss in St. Louis but they’ll have a chance to get back on track tomorrow in Dallas. Game time is scheduled for 5PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights played a terrific 1st period leading by one after 20 minutes, but it all came crumbling down in the 2nd. Just about everything they were good at in the 1st they were terrible at in the 2nd. They created a bunch of scoring chances in the 3rd, but it was too little too late. Overall, the Golden Knights just weren’t good enough on the road to beat the defending champions. (Analysis by Ken)


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

  • Back-to-back study (probably)
  • VGK Forbes worth

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Tomas Nosek
** William Carrier
* Shea Theodore

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS 1 (16-12-5 37 PTS)

Recap: Vegas hosted Chicago for a midweek matchup against the Blackhawks. The Golden Knights got an extra boost with their leader Marc-Andre Fleury back in net.

The first featured 25 total shots on net but both goalies made some outstanding saves. Neither team would score, and the 1st period came to a close tied at 0-0.

Reilly Smith would open the scoring in the 2nd period with his 13th goal of the season on a Golden Knights power play. Deryk Engelland would add his first of the season to give Vegas a 2-0 lead. William Karlsson tapped in a shorthanded goal with under a minute left giving his team a 3-0 advantage.

Mark Stone and Max Pacioretty teamed up early in the 3rd period to make it 4-0 Vegas. Stone drove to the net, put on the breaks and touch passed it to Pacioretty for the easy goal. Ryan Reaves shot a one-timer passed Crawford for a 5-0 Vegas lead. Fleury continued to put on a stellar performance, stopping everything Chicago shot at him. The Golden Knights would win easily 5-1.

Vegas’ record improves to 16-12-5 and now have a total of 37 points on the season. The team will travel to St. Louis for a matchup Thursday night against the reigning Stanley Cup champions. Game time is scheduled for 5P. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights played one of the best games of the season in their home building. It was a bit back and forth in the 1st, but a complete and utter domination took place in the 2nd where Vegas took over the game. Karlsson got on the board, Stone got going, and Fleury was terrific back in goal. As close to a perfect game as you can ask for. (Analysis by Ken)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs Chicago Blackhawks at T-Mobile Arena

  • Jonathan Marchessault’s new stick is helping his game, but not in the way you’d expect
  • Photo gallery from the game.

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Deryk Engelland
** Reilly Smith
* Marc-Andre Fleury

 

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