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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 6 ANAHEIM DUCKS 5 (34-22-8 76 PTS) – OT

Recap: The Golden Knights were on a back-to-back trying to extend their five game winning streak Vegas against the Anaheim Ducks. Vegas got on the board first on newly recalled Patrick Brown’s 1st goal as a Golden Knight. The Ducks tied the game on a redirection :02 left in the opening period to make it a 1-1.

The 2nd period featured multiple quality chances for both teams but neither could convert. Malcolm Subban and Anaheim’s John Gibson stood on their heads making some magnificent saves. The Ducks would eventually get one passed Subban to take a 2-1 edge. Mark Stone and Alec Martinez connected for a beautiful one-timer to tie the game 2-2. William Karlsson’s 11th of the year gave Vegas a 3-2 lead heading into the second intermission.

Anaheim tied the game at three :21 seconds into the final period. The Golden Knights regained the lead 4-3 on Karlsson’s second of the game. The center would add a third goal registering his third career hat trick. The Ducks got desperate and heavily attacked the Golden Knights scoring two goals to tie the game 5-5. The game needed an overtime to decide a winner. Shea Theodore snapped a game winner late in overtime, beating the Ducks 6-5.

Vegas’ record improves to 34-22-8 and remain in first place in the Pacific Division. The Golden Knights get a couple of days off and hit the ice next on Wednesday night for a divisional battle against the Edmonton Oilers. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights did well to gut it out through a crazy game in a tough back-to-back and three in four situation on the road. Despite allowing five goals, Malcolm Subban was terrific making a number good saves to keep the game close. Mark Stone played one of his best games as a Golden Knight setting up goals on four different occasions including two of William Karlsson’s three. A nice win in a bad spot keeps the streak alive. (Analysis by Ken)


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

  • Deadline special

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Shea Theodore
** William Karlsson
* Mark Stone

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5 ANAHEIM DUCKS 2 (22-15-6 50 PTS)

Recap: It was New Years Eve on the Strip so the Vegas Golden Knights hosted the Anaheim Ducks for an afternoon faceoff. The Ducks got on the board first, but their lead wouldn’t last long. Mark Stone tied the game 1-1 with his third goal in his last two games. Alex Tuch jammed one through with :20 seconds left in the 1st period to give his team the 2-1 lead.

Reilly Smith scores the only 2nd period goal, taking advantage of another Ducks mistake. Smith registered his 15th goal of the season, stretching Vegas’ lead to 3-1.

Jonathan Marchessault extended the lead to 4-1 with his first penalty shot of the season. The Ducks would get one back to get within two but Vegas would come away with a 5-2 victory.

Vegas’ record improves to 22-15-6 winning their last game of 2019. They’ll next take the ice on Thursday night against the Philadelphia Flyers. Game is scheduled for 7 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: A dominant 1st period looked like it was headed for a frustrating deficit but a couple fortunate plays helped get Vegas the lead they deserved. From there they controlled the game completely and were never really in any danger of losing it. An easy win that continues to remind us of how good this team can be when they are playing well. (Analysis by Ken)


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

  • 1st place on New Year’s Day, what does it mean in terms of winning the division, the playoffs, and the Cup?

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Reilly Smith
** Mark Stone
* Jonathan Marchessault

 

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

Golden Knights History Before And After Breaks Suggest Success

The Golden Knights have a mini-break this week with their next game being on Thursday night against the Montreal Canadiens. Last year, they had seven separate occasions of three or more days off. Vegas went 7-6-1 on games directly before and after those breaks. In 2017-18, the Golden Knights had five occasions and were 7-2-1.

2017-18: Before and After Break Record
7-2-1 Overall
4-1-0 Games Before Break
3-1-1 Games After Break

2018-19: Before and After Break Record
7-6-1 Overall
2-4-1 Games Before Break
5-1-1 Games After Break

Some look at the extra rest as a good thing, others will argue the timing could possibly disrupt any momentum from Vegas’ dominant performance last night against Anaheim. Either way, the Golden Knights will use the lay off to their advantage.

Yeah I think so. We’ll practice Monday and take Tuesday off. So we’ll have a good hard practice on Monday, hopefully they’ll smile in the practice and make it fun. If not, I’ll be grumpy. -Gerard Gallant

Veteran Max Pacioretty can appreciate the extra rest but also puts the responsibility on individual players. He stresses each member of the team is a professional and should spend their time wisely.

Approach it as a player. Do the right things, make sure your body is ready to play the next game. Everybody responds differently to different types of preparation. At this point in our career, most guys know how to handle a couple of days here between games. It’s important to make the right decisions. -Pacioretty

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5 ANAHEIM DUCKS 2 (8-5-0 16 PTS)

The Ducks got on the board first scoring 4 minutes into the 1st period. The Golden Knights quickly woke up and Mark Stone tied it up :34 seconds later. Ryan Reaves would add a second goal for Vegas, and Nicolas Roy tallied his first career NHL goal to give his team a 3-1 lead.

Vegas controlled the 2nd period shutting down every chance by Anaheim. William Karlsson gave Vegas a 4-1 lead on the power play with his 3rd goal of the season.

Paul Stastny would give the Golden Knights a commanding 5-1 lead early in the 3rd period on another VGK power play. Max Pacioretty fed Stastny with a beautiful pass to give the home team a four goal lead. The Ducks would get one back making the game 5-2 but the game wouldn’t get any closer.

Vegas’ improves their record to (8-5) with their victory over Anaheim. The team will take a short break and get back to action on Halloween Night. Vegas faces the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night. Puck drop is scheduled for 7PM. (Recap by Jason)


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

  • Steve Carp’s Sunday column after the game. He’s talking about effort and its return against Anaheim.

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** William Carrier
** Nicolas Roy
* Mark Stone

 

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 ANAHEIM DUCKS 0 (35-26-5 75 PTS)

A choppy start with a bundle of whistles led to the game settling in before a pair of power play chances each way. Vegas did well to kill of Anaheim’s and then took advantage of their own creating an easy one for William Karlsson. A slick stretch pass from Jonathan Marchessault to Alex Tuch doubled Vegas’ lead in the 2nd. They would lock it down in the 3rd to seal a fairly easy road victory.

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

  • Nikita Gusev’s team is down 0-2 in the KHL playoffs. Could he come as soon as mid-March? (This story is coming, I promise)

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Alex Tuch
** Marc-Andre Fleury
* William Karlsson

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 ANAHEIM DUCKS 2 (25-15-4 54 PTS)

The Golden Knights absolutely dominated play in the first period. They scored a single goal in the period on an incredibly long delayed penalty goal. Then, in the 2nd both teams broke out offensively as four goals were scored. Both teams scored a pair inside of a minute, Vegas’ came from Tomas Nosek and Max Pacioretty. The Golden Knights squandered a lengthy 5-on-3 and then an extended power play but were able to hold on at the end to seal their fifth straight victory.

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

  • A telling quote about Valentin Zykov
  • SinBin Radio show at 10AM on CBS Spots Radio 1140

Ken’s Three Stars
*** Mac-Andre Fleury
** Max Pacioretty
* Tomas Nosek

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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