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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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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

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