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The Golden Knights have won Games 1 and 2 and now head to LA for the next two. First though we jump in the studio to talk about the games this week and look forward to the weekend. Hosted by Ken Boehlke and Jason Pothier.

  • Did the Golden Knights dominate the first two games?
  • Exactly what the Golden Knights did well.
  • Jonathan Quick was unreal
  • David Perron’s injury situation
  • What to expect in the next two games.

And much more…

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Erik Haula’s Game Winning Goal

A look back at Erik Haula’s game winning goal in Game 2 of the first round against the Los Angeles Kings from every angle we were able to capture.

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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:

What In The World Is Going On With David Perron?

What’s wrong with you David? (Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

David Perron last played on March 26th in a home game against the Colorado Avalanche, the day the Golden Knights clinched their playoff berth. He missed the next six regular season games, missed Game 1, and has officially been ruled out for Game 2 of the series tonight.

David’s skating every day and he’s getting close and he’s feeling better. It’s just a matter of him you know being ready to go when he’s ready. We don’t force players into the lineup, we make sure they are ready. -Gerard Gallant

Following the game on March 28th, the first one Perron missed, Gallant was coy about Perron’s absence saying only “he didn’t play tonight.” Leading into the second game he would miss on March 30th, Gallant said he was out for “maintenance.” Then on March 31st, when flat out asked Gallant, “is David Perron hurt?” the response was “Yes, it’s a minor injury.”

Perron returned to the ice for the Golden Knights practice leading up to Game 1 of the series, but he stayed on the ice after practice with the other three players who were expected to be scratched. Yesterday, on the off day, Perron participated in a practice with the same players, a group of all the guys who did not play in Game 1. This morning, Perron was once again a full participant in morning skate but stayed on the ice well after with the other players to be scratched.

Throughout the entire 18 day absence, Perron has not been made available to speak to the media in English, he did conduct a scrum style interview with French-speaking media yesterday.

The injury has never been declared as upper or lower body, we cannot find anything in the Colorado game that points clearly to the injury, and watching him on the ice recently no one would never have any clue that he’s not healthy enough to play.

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Partner Post: VGK Playoff Tickets 3rd Most Expensive In Round One

(Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

With a 1-0 win in over the LA Kings first ever playoff game on Wednesday, the NHL’s expansion-team extraordinaire Vegas Golden Knights continue their miracle season. While technically not the first expansion team to reach the NHL playoffs, they’re the first to do so in the modern NHL expansion era, which began in 1991.
At 7/1 odds to win the oldest trophy in sports, their casino neighbors have also made them one of the favorites to win the Stanley Cup–definitely a first.

As a result, demand for Vegas Golden Knights playoff tickets are the third most expensive in the first round. For tickets to Game 2 register on TicketIQ and use referral code SINBIN to get $20 off your first purchase. You can register here.

Having filled T-Mobile arena at 103% during the regular season, it’s been high demand since October when #VegasBorn was born. Whether or not the Knights are still playing in the June desert heat, the season has been more successful than anyone could have imagined. While Vegas is technically the 5th expansion team to qualify for the playoffs, they’re certainly the best. While neither the Whalers, Nordiques or Oilers made it out of the first round, they were also not truly expansion teams. They’d been competing in the World Hockey Association for years. Additionally, after the NHL- WHA merger, 16 of 21 teams qualified for the playoff, which made it hard to not qualify.

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Las Vegas Statue Of Liberty Dons Vegas Golden Knights Jersey

In preparation of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Lady Liberty has put away her robe in favor of a sweater. Early in the morning crews fashioned one of the most recognizable symbols of Las Vegas (yes, we’re aware there’s another one in real New York) with the jersey of the most popular story in sports.

The Statue of Liberty is officially on the bandwagon. #CupIn1


Drew Doughty Suspended For Game 2

This was the aftermath of the hit. (Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

The NHL has reviewed a Game 1 hit by Drew Doughty, and reported by Sportsnet’s Nick Kyprios, the Kings defenseman has been suspended for one playoff game.

The hit in question was a 3rd period illegal check to the head of William Carrier. Carrier left the bench momentarily but returned before the game was over. He never re-entered the game.

Doughty will serve the suspension in Game 2 of the series. He will be eligible to return to the Kings lineup on Sunday in Los Angeles for Game 3.

As we pointed out earlier today, the NHL’s precedent on this type of hit was a two game suspension, however, there is an unwritten standard the NHL has used for years that two regular season games is equal to one playoff game. Thus, it can be viewed that Doughty earned a two game suspension and will serve it through one playoff game.

Doughty delivers a high forceful hit that makes Carrier’s head the main point of contact on a hit where such head contact was avoidable. This is an illegal check to the head. -NHL Department of Player Saftey

It is important to note that while Doughty’s first point of contact is with Carrier’s arm, the illegal check to the head rule does not take into account what the first point of contact is. Rather the rule states: A hit resulting in contact with an opponent’s head where the head was the main point of contact and such contact to the head was avoidable is not permitted. -NHL Department of Player Saftey

Matching D-Pairings With Top Offensive Lines Worked In Game 1 For VGK

Schmidt vs. Kopitar. Engelland vs. Carter. Round 1 went to Vegas. (Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

If you ask All Star head coach Gerard Gallant if he likes to match lines he usually responds with some sort of quip about how he’s not smart enough to make it happen. Instead, he prefers to roll four lines and attempt to let his guys play their game and force the opponent to match them.

However, on the other side of the ice, it’s a different story. For much of the year Nate Schmidt and his partner (Brayden McNabb or Luca Sbisa) have drawn the best offensive line of the opposing team. Last night was no different as Schmidt/McNabb were on the ice for a majority of their time against the Kopitar, Brown, Iafallo line. The difference for the Golden Knights is that they didn’t just limit the defensive matching to one line, they did it with the Jeff Carter line as well. Deryk Engelland and Shea Theodore were matched up heavily on the Kings second line and did well shutting them down.

Schmidt and McNabb played nearly 13 total minutes against Kopitar and managed a positive Corsi For of 57.69 and only allowed four even strength goal scoring chances in that time. Engelland and Theodore did just as well in the 12 minutes they saw against Carter with a slightly above 50% Corsi For and only two scoring chances against.

You hope you are going to get those matchups as much as possible. It doesn’t happen every time and I’m not a guy who is going to yell at our guys to change right away when you get a non-matchup line. You just do the best you can as coaches. -Gerard Gallant

This matching also has an offensive benefit for the Golden Knights. Colin Miller and Jon Merrill both posted 60+% Corsi For and spent a majority of their ice time in the offensive zone, where Gallant wants them.

All in all, the Golden Knights did well in getting the right players on the ice against the right Kings, and it worked like a charm in Game 1.

Doughty Will Have Suspension Hearing Today; Should Be Suspended Two Games

See you in Game 4 Drew. (Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

At 1:30 PM today Drew Doughty will have a hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Saftey to determine the punishment he shall receive for his hit on William Carrier in Game 1.

With 10:01 remaining in the game, William Carrier carried the puck in the offensive zone and LA’s Drew Doughty went head hunting.

Doughty is an outstanding defenseman, but his emotions run high. After battling with Carrier for two periods, the Norris trophy recipient saw a chance to take revenge. The star defenseman led all skaters with 28 minutes on Wednesday, but a one second hit should keep him out of the Kings lineup for the next two games, despite not even being sent to the box in the game.

The NHL has set a precedent this season on hits like this over the course of the year. including suspending multiple players that were not penalized in the game.

Anaheim’s Andrew Cogliano was suspended two games for a similar hit on LA’s Adrian Kempe. Keep in mind, Cogliano’s suspension ended his ironman streak.

Nashville’s Filip Forsberg was suspended three games this season for a severe interference penalty on Jimy Vesey. The league ruled the hit was late, made significant head contact and was deemed punishable.

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Forechecking, Backchecking, And Actual Checking, That’s How The Golden Knights Won Game 1

The Kings must have felt like there were Golden Knights everywhere, and if they weren’t hitting the heck out of them, they were taking the puck and going the other way. (Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

Like the atmosphere at T-Mobile Arena, the Golden Knights came out rocking. Just 3:23 into the game Shea Theodore scored the first goal, what went on to be the game-winner. That’s because, after that goal, the Golden Knights abandoned some of their normal principles and opted to play a possession-based defense style game, and a gem of one.

Less than a minute after the goal, Brayden McNabb was tagged with a hooking penalty that took away a lot of the Golden Knights momentum. They killed the penalty, but went on to look like a different, but equally good, team. Rather than their standard transition style of offense the Golden Knights relied much more on their forecheck, they were hellacious in their backcheck, and for the first time ever, they recorded over 50 hits and won a hockey game.

I think we were good both ways. It was good to see a lot of speed and physicality, it was a fun game to be in. We just didn’t give them much time and options the entire game. -Jonathan Marchessault

It wasn’t a normal game for Vegas. In total, there were just 35 scoring chances at even strength between the two teams. Golden Knights games averaged 45.2 per game in the regular season. The Golden Knights maintained possession and had a specific purpose with the puck; do not make mistakes that lead to easy breakouts and offense the other way. That’s the big reason for the low scoring chance totals and why even down a goal in a playoff game, the Kings were only able to muster up three scoring chances the entire 3rd period.

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