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Third Period’s Ours

We’ll stop playing like garbage in the 3rd period if you guys stop chanting “Third Period’s Ours.” (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

One sign of a good team in any sport is an ability to correct a consistent problem. Early in the season, the Golden Knights could not figure out how to close out games.

In the first 13 games of the season, the Golden Knights outscored their opponent in the final period just three times while being outscored in seven. If you throw out the first two games, which Vegas won the 3rd in both, that makes for an 11 game stretch in which they had the upper hand in the 3rd just one time.

Over the course of the last six games, they’ve won the final frame in three and tied two others. Throwing out the disaster in Edmonton, the Golden Knights are outscoring their opponents by a score of 6-1 and they’ve yet to surrender a lead in the 3rd since the first and second games of the long road trip.

I think the guys are getting used to it, they’re more confident. -Gerard Gallant

The reason for the struggles has almost always been blamed on the same thing by the coach and players, aggressiveness. They’ve pointed directly at the fact that previously when the team had a lead, they would change their style of play and attempt to hold on to the game. In fact, following the OT win against St. Louis, Luca Sbisa even used the words afraid and scared.

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3rd Period Woes Continue For Golden Knights

Can’t we just call it a night after 2? (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

During the 8-1 start to the season, all of the talk was on how great the Golden Knights were playing, especially during the 2nd period. After the game against Colorado, the Golden Knights had a +13 goal differential in the 2nd period of their first nine games. It led the league by six goals in that specific period and it was the highest differential for any team in any period.

Then, they went to New York, lost to the Islanders and Rangers, and the strong 2nd periods are forgotten while the focus shifted to the disaster that is the 3rd.

 1st2nd3rd
at Dallas0-12
at Arizona-101
Arizona31-1
Detroit-12-4
Boston020
Buffalo02-2
St. Louis-12-1
Chicago110
Colorado043
at NY Islanders1-1-2
at NY Rangers11-4
TOTAL+3+13-8

The obvious question is why is this happening, and rather than channel our inner Turk, we’re going to try and figure it out.

What makes you guys so good in the second period? -SinBin.vegas
No idea. Seriously. -Gerard Gallant

The first piece to the 3rd period nightmare puzzle is a little thing called circumstance.

  • 10/10 vs. Arizona – Golden Knights lead by 4 heading into the 3rd (-1)
  • 10/13 vs. Detroit – Marc-Andre Fleury remains in game after getting concussed midway through the 2nd (-4)
  • 10/13 vs. Boston – Bruins score with :30 left on clock in 6v5 situation (0)
  • 10/17 vs. Buffalo – Golden Knights lead by 3, give up goals on 6v4, 5v3, and 6v5 situations (-2)
  • 10/21 vs. St. Louis – Malcolm Subban injured with 10:00 left in game. Oscar Dansk makes first career NHL appearance (-1)
  • 10/30 at NY Islanders – Oscar Dansk injured late in 2nd, Maxime Lagace makes first career appearance in tie game on the road (-2)
  • 10/31 at NY Rangers – David Perron takes 4-minute penalty, Rangers score one during the PP, add another empty-netter late (-4)

A lot has gone down late in 2nd periods and into 3rd periods for the Golden Knights, namely injuries and leads. If you remove the concussion game, and this last one at Madison Square Garden, Vegas is at an even differential in the 3rd. However, circumstance doesn’t tell the whole story. Check out the shots/Corsi numbers.

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