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BOSTON BRUINS 3 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 (25-20-7 57 PTS)

Recap: The Golden Knights couldn’t have gotten off to a better start in Boston. Mark Stone gave his team a 1-0 lead 1:24 into the game. The Bruins would tie the game ten minutes later, ending the 1st period locked up 1-1.

Penalties plagued the Golden Knights in the early periods, allowing 5 power plays in the first 40 minutes. However, Vegas would work through the penalty kill, and regain the lead with a Power Play goal by Nic Hague. The 21-year-old gave his team the 2-1 edge on his first career NHL goal.

The Bruins came out hot to start the 3rd period and tied the game early on. Boston would take the lead 3-2 in the middle of the period. Vegas would get a few chances late in the period but wouldn’t convert the tying goal. The Bruins handed Vegas a 3-2 loss.

Vegas’ record drops to 25-20-7 and sit in the first Wild Card spot in the Western Conference. The team will take a ten-day break and next hit the ice on January 31st in Carolina. Game time is scheduled for 430P. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: A little help from a soft goal got the Golden Knights off on the right foot, but penalty trouble derailed any extended success in the first two periods. All in all the Golden Knights didn’t play a terrible game, but it certainly wasn’t good enough to beat one of the league’s best teams on the road.  (Analysis by Ken)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs Boston Bruins at TD Garden

  • Bye week stories including, number origin stories, preview of the Player’s Locker, and my personal favorite, fishing tips from William Carrier.

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Nate Schmidt
** Nic Hague
* Mark Stone

BOSTON BRUINS 4 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 (2-1-0 4 PTS)

After playing the San Jose Sharks back-to-back to begin the regular season the Golden Knights we’re back home to face the Boston Bruins. The game got off to another quick start for the Golden Knights when Mark Stone scored a Power Play goal 6:36 into the contest. Reilly Smith added his third goal of the season to make it 2-0 Golden Knights. Boston cooled down Vegas and took control of the game midway through the period. The Bruins would score two and tie the game 2-2 after one period.

The Bruins continued their offensive success immediately into the 2nd period. Brad Marchand scored his second goal of the game :33 seconds into the 2nd period. Torey Krug shot one last Vegas goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury a few minutes later to give the Bruins a 4-2 lead.

The Golden Knights kept battling in the 3rd period but couldn’t get anything past Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask. Max Pacioretty got one on the board for Vegas but it wasn’t enough. The Bruins fended off Vegas for the final 10 minutes and skated away with the 4-2 road victory.

Vegas (2-1-0) loses their first game of the 2019-2020 regular season 4-2 to the now 3-0-0 Bruins. The Golden Knights get back to action on Thursday night as they travel to Arizona to take on the Coyotes. Puck drops at 7PM. (Recap by Jason)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs Boston Bruins at T-Mobile Arena

  • William Karlsson doesn’t take faceoffs at all anymore, and it’s affecting the VGK penalty kill.
  • Golden Knights limiting Engelland’s minutes

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Mark Stone
** Reilly Smith
* Max Pacioretty
(Honorable Mention: Nick Holden)

Results Against Boston Bruins Haven’t Been Pretty

Thank goodness Brandon is coming to the game tonight because this is the best Bruins picture we’ve got in the archives. (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

Through two years of games the Golden Knights have seen every team in the NHL at least four times. The Boston Bruins, tonight’s opponent, are one of the top five team’s the Golden Knights have struggled most against. They’ve tallied a 1-2-1 record, lost three straight with the only win coming almost exactly two years ago (10/15/17).

I dug into the stats a bit to try and figure out why, and there really isn’t one formula. There are a few common variables though that have popped up in the losses.

Protecting The House

This is fairly common in most NHL games, but it seems to be exaggerated for Golden Knights games against the Bruins. When the Bruins get shot attempts in tight on the goalie, Vegas struggles. Just look at the shot charts of the first four games, and try to pick out which one the Golden Knights won.

vs. Boston – 10/15/17

at Boston – 11/2/17

at Boston – 11/11/18

vs Boston – 2/20/19

Vegas won the first of these four, lost the middle two, and lost in shootout in the fourth.

As you can tell, when the Golden Knights keep the Bruins away from the front of the net, they have success. When they don’t, the Bruins feast on goals in tight. Five of the Bruins seven even-strength goals have come directly in front of the net and they’ve only scored one from outside of “the house” (and it was close).

In the only game Vegas won, the Bruins did not register a single high-danger chance at 5-on-5 the entire game. That’s 42:50 of clean hockey in front of the goalie (which was Malcolm Subban in that game).

Power Play

The Golden Knights have yet to score a single power play goal against the Bruins. Vegas is a miserable 0 for 13 against Boston with the man advantage. They’ve created plenty of chances, registering 23 shots on goal in the 13 power plays and racking up 22 scoring chances, but only six have come in a high-danger spot on the ice. Plus, in three of the four games, they came up with one or zero high-danger PP chances.

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BOSTON BRUINS 4 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 1 (7-10-1 15 PTS)

Boston jumped out to an early lead and then did everything they could to help the Golden Knights back in it. Not one, not two, but three power play chances and Vegas was not able to cash in on any of them. Matters got worse as the Bruins opened the lead to 3-0 before Gerard Gallant shuffled his top two lines and sparked a goal by Cody Eakin from Alex Tuch. A late 5-on-3, Boston’s third of the game, provided the dagger and Vegas heads home from yet another disastrous road trip. Just two points and push their road record to 3-8-0.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights at Boston Bruins at TD Garden.

  • Change has worked, so keep changing. Static isn’t working.

Three Stars
*** Anders Bjork
** Brad Marchand
* Jaroslav Halak

Best Against The Best

They are also 1-1 against these guys, the back-to-back champs, but they didn’t come close to the cut-off with their .571 points percentage. (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

The Golden Knights have been masterful against the entire NHL this season, but equally as successful against the league’s elite. In fact, they’ve actually been better against the good teams than they have against the not-so-good teams.

For the purpose of making this article look as impressive as possible, we made the cut-off for a good team a .600 points percentage. Nine teams other than Vegas (.704) qualify, all are currently sitting in a playoff position.

Tampa Bay (.713)
Boston (.712)
Nashville (.689)
Winnipeg (.664)
Washington (.639)
Dallas (.625)
St. Louis (.623)
Toronto (.616)
Los Angeles (.602)

Let’s start at the top, like the very top. The Golden Knights have earned six out of eight points against Boston and Tampa Bay.

VGK vs. Teams with .700+ Points %
.750 Point Percentage
3-1-0 Record
4 Games
6 Points
2-0 vs. Tampa Bay
1-1 vs. Boston

When you add in other league contenders the Golden Knights point percentage drops a bit, but it still would qualify them as the best team in the NHL. Marc-Andre Fleury and James Neal are still haunting Tampa, Washington, Dallas, Nashville and Winnipeg.

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BOSTON BRUINS 2 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 1 (8-4-0 16 PTS)

Somewhat of a stagnant offensive output by the Golden Knights saw them go down by a goal twice in the game. The first time took an unbelievable individual effort by Nate Schmidt to equalize. The second time, Vegas couldn’t find that moment, and quite frankly, didn’t have too many chances to make it happen.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights at Boston Bruins at TD Garden.

Three Stars

*** Torrey Krug
** Tuukka Rask
* Sean Kuraly

Replay: In The Bin – Vegas Golden Knights at Boston Bruins (Guest: Tyler Bischoff)

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Starting at 3:45, In The Bin returns for the Golden Knights vs. Boston Bruins. Live commentary before, during and after the game.

You can listen here or you can download the Mixlr app.

Tonight’s guest is Tyler Bischoff, host of Coaches Corner every weekday from 6-7 on KDWN here in Las Vegas.

Miss it? Here’s the replay. In The Bin returns on Saturday morning for the 11 AM game against the Senators

Golden Knights/Bruins Storyline Round Up

Hey Subbs, want to go dominate these bums that let us go? (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

Miller and Subban Get Even

After the 3–1 victory over Boston, the first guy to congratulate and hug Malcolm Subban was defenseman Colin Miller. Former teammates in Boston and Providence, beating their previous organization must’ve been a great feeling for both.

Regardless of who it is against, we’re just trying to get the win. It’s our former team but we’re not out to get anyone. We’re just trying to focus and play our game. I think he (Miller) was more happy that I got my first win. – Malcolm Subban

Watch the end of the game, it’s clear Subban and Miller were pumped to win. You could tell from the start, the defenseman was amped, and up for the challenge. Miller unloaded 8 shot attempts, and 3 shots on net. He played 18:25 of TOI, on 26 shifts.

“Fourth” Line Effort

They may not get the same attention, but the Golden Knights fourth line deserves just as much as the first line. I should stop calling Pierre-Eduard Bellemare, William Carrier, and Tomas Nosek the fourth line. Gerard Gallant told us at his postgame press conference that he doesn’t count his lines. He would say he’s continuously been impressed by the line that plays the least.

They worked their asses off and competed hard and played hard. That’s what they do every night. I really like them. They’re a solid line. They aren’t going to score a lot of goals, but they do the right thing most times. -Gerard Gallant

Doing the right thing includes, winning face offs, blocking shots, penalty killing, breaking up plays, and getting pucks on net. That’s exactly what this line is doing. Bellemare won a total of 7 draws (64%) and in the defensive zone, Belly went 3 for 5 (60%) on faceoffs. Carrier played physical and added body checks, blocked shots and takeaways. Plus, he got pucks on net creating pressure on Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask.

Tossed out centers

On Sunday, five different Golden Knights (Eakin, Perron, Lindberg, Karlsson, Bellemare) were thrown out of the faceoff circle by an official. In one sequence, the refs tossed Cody Eakin and David Perron on the same draw leading to a two-minute delay of game penalty. Eakin and Perron’s linemate James Neal was obviously frustrated and pleaded to the ref. Ultimately, Perron went on to serve the two-minute minor. Center William Karlsson also had faceoff frustrations after being thrown out and having another official overrule the other.

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 (4-1-0 8 PTS) BOSTON BRUINS 1

Newcomers dominate as Vadim Shipachyov and Alex Tuch score their first career goals in their first games as Golden Knights. Plus, Malcolm Subban comes within 30 seconds of a shutout in his first start for Vegas.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Boston Bruins at T-Mobile Arena.

Three Stars

*** Vadim Shipachyov
** Malcolm Subban
* Alex Tuch

Adam McQuaid Says He Doesn’t Want To Be Drafted By George McPhee

We knew it was coming eventually, but now that it’s here, it hurts just as badly as we thought it might. Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid openly admitted he is not looking forward to June’s expansion draft, and it’s taking everything in me to not want to hate him for it.

It’s totally out of my control, but hopefully, it’s not the case. Adam McQuaid

McQuaid spoke with WEEI in Boston’s Big Bad Blog about the possibility of being selected by the Vegas Golden Knights in the Expansion Draft. Ty Anderson of WEEI asked the eight-year veteran a few questions and you could tell June 21st wasn’t circled on McQuaid’s calendar.

The reality of the situation is they’re picking somebody from every team, so, I hope that’s not the case for me. I’ve won back here and I’ve always said how much I love it back here and I can’t imagine playing for another team. -McQuaid

I reached out to Big Bad Blog’s Ty Anderson and asked him about Darth Quaider’s comments. Here’s part of our conversation we had via text.

It’s somewhat assumed that the Bruins will lose one of Kevan Miller, Colin Miller, or McQuaid to the draft because they don’t really have many impact forwards unprotected, so I just asked him about the possibility of that happening. -Ty Anderson, WEEI Boston

As Anderson mentions in his article, McQuaid’s contract is very manageable at 2years, $2.75M and has the ability to guide a young team. George McPhee constantly talks about players character and strong veteran leadership. McQuaid fits that bill to a tee. The Golden Knights would be thankful to bring in a 30 year-old, right-handed, Cup winning defenseman for under $3M a season. In a way, McQuaid is kind of the perfect fit for Las Vegas. So I pestered Anderson more about McQuaid’s apprehension to play for the Golden Knights.

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