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Golden Knights vs. Anaheim Ducks Photo Gallery – November 15, 2018

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5 ANAHEIM DUCKS 0 (8-10-1 17 PTS)

The Golden Knights and Ducks skated to a sloppy start, but a big penalty kill play by Tomas Nosek completely unlocked the game for Vegas. It led to a Ducks penalty which Alex Tuch scored on. Then, in the 2nd, the Golden Knights tacked on three more. Vegas took advantage of every opportunity that was given to them and dominated another home game. Fleury held the Ducks out recording his second consecutive shutout at T-Mobile Arena.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Anaheim Ducks at T-Mobile Arena.

  • VGK now 2-0-1 vs. Pacific Division. With the stretch of division games coming up, the poor start could become a thing of the past quickly.
  • Photo gallery from Brandon Andreasen

Three Stars
*** Alex Tuch
** Marc-Andre Fleury
* Cody Eakin

Return Of The Golden Knights Forecheck Has Meant A Return To Winning

The entire night it looked like VGK had an extra man on the ice. At times they did, but most of the time it was because of their tenacious forechecking. (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

Midway through Saturday’s game against the Anaheim Ducks, I tweeted this.

The Golden Knights were up 2-0 and were all over the Ducks in all three zones, but what prompted the tweet was a specific shift by Cody Eakin, Tomas Nosek, Ryan Carpenter, Brayden McNabb, and Colin Miller that belongs in an instructional video on forechecking.

There were plenty of others similar to this shift, but this one is spectacular. Eakin actually loses the draw, but Carpenter jumps into the play and saves it. The puck is then sent in deep and that’s when the dominance begins. The Ducks have possession of the puck four different times and never come close to getting out of their zone. The puck is put into the crease on three different occasions, all high danger scoring chances, and the only reason the Ducks end up escaping is because Eakin unfortunately steps on the puck on a great pass from Miller that could have been another great scoring chance.

They’re a good skating hockey team. If we don’t execute with the puck in our zone, they’ll be on us all night. -Ryan Getzlaf, Ducks forward

That is what led the Golden Knights all the way to the Stanley Cup Final, and it’s what’s been missing over the course of the first five or six games of the year.

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 ANAHEIM DUCKS 1 (4-4-0 8 PTS)

The Golden Knights took it to the Ducks early dominating the 1st period, but it took all the way into the waning seconds before they got one behind John Gibson; a power play goal on a tip from William Karlsson. Ryan Reaves got on the board for his first goal of the season extending the lead after two periods to 2-0. Anaheim got on the board early in the 3rd. The Ducks kept it very interesting due to the unreal goaltending of Gibson, but the late empty netter sealed it for the Golden Knights. Big win to start off the homestand 2-0-0.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Anaheim Ducks at T-Mobile Arena.

  • Jersey concepts for a Golden Knights 3rd jersey (that’s probably not coming any time soon)

Three Stars
*** William Carrier
** William Karlsson
* Ryan Reaves

Who Will The Golden Knights Play In The First Round?

Whose flag will he have to avoid in the first round? (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

Tomorrow marks the final day in the NHL schedule for the Western Conference. The Golden Knights will play a meaningless game in Calgary to wrap up their 82nd game before they look towards the rest of the results to see who will be coming to T-Mobile Arena on April 11th.

There are three games that impact the Golden Knights potential first round opponent.

San Jose vs. Minnesota
Anaheim at Arizona
Los Angeles vs. Dallas

The team in the box is who the Golden Knights would face pending each of the 18 possible outcomes.

Of the 18 outcomes, 11 have the Golden Knights facing the Kings, six have them taking on the Ducks, and one would see the Sharks head to Vegas.

VGK vs. Los Angeles: 2-1-1
VGK vs. Anaheim: 3-1-0
VGK vs. San Jose: 3-0-1

ANAHEIM DUCKS 2 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 0 (39-16-4 82 PTS)

The Ducks only put four shots on goal in the 1st period, but one of them was deflected past Fleury giving the road team a one goal lead. It appeared as if the Ducks had gone ahead by two, but a successful offside challenge by Gallant brought it back. Vegas mustered up 20 shots in the final period after getting just 13 on net in the first two, but couldn’t get one past either John Gibson or Ryan Miller.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Anaheim Ducks at T-Mobile Arena.

  • Let’s talk about 3rd star of the game, Tomas Hyka.

Three Stars
*** Tomas Hyka
** Tomas Silfverberg
* Rickard Rakell

Golden Knights Do Not Play Multiple Poor Periods In The Same Game

Tonight, in the first period, the Golden Knights stunk. Their feet were slow, they looked unsure in their own end, and they simply could not break out of their own zone consistently enough to create anything on the other end. Flat out, they were bad. However, much like the rest of the season, it stopped there.

Tonight, even the bad period was rescued by who else, the guy playing against his old team. (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

Try this exercise. Think of a time when the Golden Knights played a poor period. The 1st against Carolina, the 2nd’s against Anaheim and Dallas at T-Mobile, or my personal favorite (that’s a weird thing to say) the 1st against Colorado on Nevada Day.

Vegas is not immune to a completely garbage period. Heck, they tend to throw up a stinker on most nights, but like a great doctor would do to a virus, the Golden Knights localize it and chop off the infected period to kill the problem at the source. Tonight was yet another example of just that.

After a break, day of travel, you come in and are trying to find your legs and they made us look silly over the first 10 minutes. Big goal by Shea to settle us down and let us hang in there, and then in the 2nd we started to find our game. It’s a communal effort, when things need to be said, guys will say it. –Cody Eakin

Sometimes they have the built-in excuse of the long break, early game, or the first game after a road trip. Other times they don’t, but it doesn’t seem to matter either way.

We do a really good job of coming back in and regrouping. We know what our strengths are and during that break we come in and talk a little bit and we focus up and it’s a great thing about our team. –Shea Theodore

We have good character in the locker room which allows us to realize when we are playing good and when we are playing bad and we need to switch things up. It’s different things every night. We have good communication and we have a lot of different leaders from different places. People speak up in different areas and it’s huge for our team. –Erik Haula

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 (24-9-2 50 PTS) ANAHEIM DUCKS 1

Vegas seemed to have the holiday blues as they struggled early giving up a quick goal and then looking a step behind the entire period. But, a nice little play by Tomas Nosek opened up a lane of Shea Theodore who buried the tying goal. Vegas got its pep back in the 2nd dominating a majority of the period and getting a goal right as Cody Eakin jumped out of the penalty box. The Golden Knights tacked on another one right off the jump of the 3rd and then coasted to the finish line getting an empty netter from Perron late. That’s three straight against the defending Pacific Division champs.

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

  • Overcoming bad periods, who gets the credit? (Can’t guarantee we actually get a legit answer to this, but we are certainly going to ask to see if we can find out)

Three Stars
*** Brayden McNabb
** Rickard Rakell
* William Karlsson

A Different Anaheim Ducks Team On The Schedule Tonight

The Golden Knights are coming out of Christmas break in first place in the Pacific Division and eight points ahead of tonight’s opponent, the Anaheim Ducks. Last time the two teams faced was on December 5th, when Vegas won in a shootout. After the loss, Anaheim players or coaches didn’t seem to be upset. In fact, that’s when Ducks Coach Randy Carlyle joked about the Golden Knights fortunate luck.

At the time, I sensed a satisfied head coach leaving the toughest arena in hockey with one point. Carlyle knew his team wasn’t complete and things could be different the next time they faced the Golden Knights. Since Captain Ryan Getzlaf returned on December 11th, the Ducks have earned nine points in seven games. Also, after trading for Adam Henrique, Anaheim has a point in nine of the twelve games he’s played in. Not to mention, Henrique executed this season’s most amazing goal.

Remember when this guy stoned six shootout attempts against the Ducks. Yeah, that was awesome. (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

When you add a center like Getzlaf back in the mix, the Ducks immediately become a playoff contender. The prototypical center is big, strong, plays all three zones, and has one of a kind ice vision. In limited action, Getzlaf leads the league with 1.08 assists per game. His career average over 13 seasons is 0.68 assists per game. To compare, David Perron leads Vegas with 0.71 assists per game.

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Second Time Through Telling Story Of Golden Knights Sustainability

One third of the season is gone and the first 27 games couldn’t have gone too much better for the Golden Knights. However, over the course of those games, Vegas has only seen five teams multiple times. In the next 27, they play former opponents for a second or third time 17 times.

So you don’t buy that there’s no book on your team? -SinBin.vegas

Not a chance. No. When people talk about our team they know that we are a team that’s quick and we compete. -Gallant

Why can’t they all be like the Coyotes? (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

Arizona Coyotes
Win 2-1 (OT)
Win 5-2
Win 4-2
Win 3-2 (OT)

Anaheim Ducks
Win 4-2
Win 4-3 (SO)

Boston Bruins
Win 3-1
Loss 2-1

Dallas Stars
Win 2-1
Loss 3-0

Winnipeg Jets
Win 5-2
Loss 7-4

Last night’s game was a big one in showing how opposing teams would respond to their second crack at the Golden Knights. It was hard to take much out of the Arizona games because, well, Arizona tends to lose most games no matter how they are played.

However, with Dallas and Winnipeg, the second games were played similarly to the first. With Dallas, Vegas had a tough time getting out in transition, they didn’t get a lot of shot attempts, and the Stars controlled the game. In the first game, the Golden Knights were able to overcome it. In the second game, they were not. Against Winnipeg, Vegas played their style of north-and-south hockey which gave them a jump on the Jets and they were able to ride the hot start to the finish line. The second time against Winnipeg, the 1st period went that way, and there were moments throughout the 2nd and 3rd, but when all was said and done, the Jets came out on top.

Then there’s Boston. The two games were nearly identical with the home team winning each one. They are by no means the style of game Vegas wants to play, but the two games are further proof that the second time through, the games tend to go the same as the first.

The first game in Anaheim was one of the Golden Knights’ best. They were flying around in all three zones, created tons of scoring chances, and were even able to overcome an incredibly hot goalie and a deficit to fight back and get the win they deserved. Last night, it appeared to be going the same way in the 1st, but it came to a screeching halt out of intermission.

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