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Misery Loves Company: VGK Not Only Team To Experience Four Straight 3-0 Deficits

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The Golden Knights found themselves in a three-goal hole late in the 1st period against the Blues. It felt like the sky was falling until Vegas stormed back to win the game 5-4 in overtime.

Three nights later, once again, Vegas saw 3-0 on the scoreboard, this time against Pittsburgh. Back-to-back games falling behind by three felt improbable, yet once again they stormed back only to come up a bit short.

A couple nights later, it happened again! 3-0 turned to 4-0 against the LA Kings and it’s officially reached epidemic levels.

Then, Saturday. 1-0 in the 1st. 2-0 in the 2nd, and what do you know in the 3rd, 3-0 again for the fourth straight game.

All we could do was shout things that Jackie Chiles would say. “That’s deplorable, unfathomable, improbable!”

Here at SinBin.vegas, our first thought was, this has to be historic. 3-0, four games in a row, there’s no way anyone else has done this in a decade. Wrong!

In fact, a team currently residing in 1st place in the Pacific Division did it just two months ago.

The Calgary Flames fell behind 3-0 against the Coyotes, Golden Knights, Avalanche, and Blue in four straight games from November 16th to the 21st.

Falling behind 3-0 in a game isn’t nearly as rare as it would seem. Every single team in the NHL has done it at least once, and 24 of the 31 teams have done it at least three times this season.

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 6 CALGARY FLAMES 0 (10-9-3 23 PTS)

The Golden Knights were determined to break their five-game losing skid against the Calgary Flames on a Sunday afternoon in Las Vegas. William Karlsson got the memo and opened up the scoring with his seventh goal of the season. Vegas battled and kept Calgary off the board and skated into the 1st intermission 1-0.

Both teams traded penalties to begin the 2nd period but the Golden Knights would take advantage of messy play. Paul Stastny made a great move and snapped a shot passed Calgary’s goaltender. After 40 minutes Vegas held on to their 2-0 lead.

Max Pacioretty, Cody Eakin, Mark Stone, and William Karlsson all added third period goals to take a commanding 6-0 lead. Marc-Andre Fleury was once again brilliant and stopped all 34 shots on net to record the season’s first home shutout.

Vegas’ record improves to 10-9-3 and break their five-game losing streak. The Golden Knights next take the ice on Tuesday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 PM. (Recap by Jason)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs Calgary Flames at T-Mobile Arena

  • Carp’s Sunday column about today’s game.

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Max Pacioretty
** William Karlsson
* Marc-Andre Fleury

 

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 6 CALGARY FLAMES 2 (3-2-0 6 PTS)

The Golden Knights hosted the Calgary Flames in a Pacific divisional battle. Both teams were in search of their third victory of the season.
Vegas jumped on the board first 3:24 into the game on Tomas Nosek’s third goal of the season. Both teams would trade power plays but neither would convert. The 1st period ended 1-0 good guys.
In the 2nd Calgary scored two quick goals to take the 2-1 lead. After settling down, Mark Stone tied the game with his third goal of the season. William Carrier and Paul Stastny added two more in the period to give Vegas the 4-2 lead after 40 minutes of action.

Golden Knights forward Ryan Reaves put his team up by three scoring his first goal of the season. All three fourth-line forwards scored for Vegas in their commanding 6-2 victory.
Vegas improves their record to 3-2-0 with a victory over Calgary. The Golden Knights will have a quick turnaround as they travel to LA to face the Kings tomorrow night. Puck drops at 7 PM. (Recap by Jason)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs Calgary Flames at T-Mobile Arena

  • Steve Carp’s Sunday article on VGK players rising to the occasion to overcome injuries.

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Ryan Reaves
** Tomas Nosek
* William Carrier

San Jose Or Calgary; Who Do You Want First?

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If the Golden Knights were to achieve the pipe dream of getting into 2nd place, they probably needed to win in Calgary last night. However, even had that happened, the chances of Vegas going on to not only pass the Flames, but also the Sharks, is about as likely as the Golden Knights giving out a detailed injury report.

So, it’s become fairly clear that Vegas’ opponent in the first round will be the Pacific Division runner-up, either Calgary or San Jose.

The Golden Knights have completed their regular season slate against the Flames going 2-2-0 winning the home ones and dropping the away games. Of course, it should be noted that both games Vegas played in Calgary were on the back-end up back-to-backs and Marc-Andre Fleury did not start either.

As for the Sharks, Vegas is 1-1-0 with two road games to play. The Golden Knights dominated San Jose in the first meeting 6-0 before blowing a two-goal lead to lose the second matchup. The next two are on March 18th and 30th.

The question is, which team would Vegas rather play first. Naturally, it shouldn’t matter as the Golden Knights are likely to have to beat both of them to make it back to the Western Conference Final, but still, it’s an interesting debate as the Sharks and Flames go back and forth with the division lead.

Here’s a quick rundown of the two teams and how they stack up against the Golden Knights.

 CalgarySan JoseVegas
Record42-20-741-19-838-27-5
Points919081
Points Percentage.659.662.579
Home Record21-7-523-5-521-10-4
Away Record21-13-218-14-317-17-1
Goals For/Game3.493.622.99
Goals Against/Game2.833.042.77
PP%21.9%25.4%17.5%
PK%79.5%81.0%81.6%
Shots/Game32.336.334.4
Shots Against/Game28.828.429.1
5v5 Goals/Game2.122.382.07
Hits/Game15.218.527.9
Giveaways/Game13.810.19.6
Takeaways/Game9.79.010.7
Corsi For % (5v5)53.254.754.2
PDO1.0101.001.992
Scoring Chances For/Game (5v5)22.223.424.7
Scoring Chances Against/Game (5v5)20.019.920.1

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CALGARY FLAMES 6 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 (38-27-5 81 PTS)

It was another horrid start in Calgary for the Golden Knights allowing a pair inside the first eight minutes of the 1st. Vegas struck back with a goal from Brandon Pirri but Calgary extended the lead back to two at the first intermission. Vegas came out flying the 2nd though scoring two quick ones. An unsuccessful power play slowed the momentum and a late period goal, with a little help from a goalie interference call that wasn’t, gave the Flames their lead back again.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights at Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome.

  • Who would you rather play in the 1st round? Calgary or San Jose.

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Deryk Engelland
** Reilly Smith
* Mark Stone

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 CALGARY FLAMES 1 (37-26-5 79 PTS)

A pair of 1st period penalties on the Flames helped the Golden Knights get on the board. Shea Theodore ripped one home with Mark Stone registering his second point in Vegas. Then, Calgary appeared to tie it up but a goalie interference call wiped the goal off the board. A late penalty sent the Golden Knights back on the PP heading into the 2nd. Vegas failed on that one and eventually conceded the lead as well. They would start the 3rd with 100+ seconds of power play time as well and would do nothing with it. A zinger from Deryk Engelland untied it to give Vegas the lead midway through the 3rd. The Flames had a few chances late with the goalie pulled but Marc-Andre Fleury kept them all out.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs Calgary Flames at T-Mobile Arena.

  • The path to the Western Conference Final goes through the Pacific Division, luckily that’s where VGK plays best.

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Deryk Engelland
** Shea Theodore
* Marc-Andre Fleury

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 CALGARY FLAMES (11-12-1 23 PTS)

Four nights ago it was 5-0 after one and 7-0 after two in favor of Calgary. Tied through one, and Vegas took the lead in the 2nd with an Alex Tuch tip in. A 3rd period power play goal from Colin Miller extended the lead to 2-0 and some terrific defense throughout kept the Flames off the board. Fleury’s fourth shutout of the year to give him the league lead.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs Calgary Flames at T-Mobile Arena

  • Daniel Carr: 3rd line stabilizer… at least for one night.

Three Stars
*** Colin Miller
** Alex Tuch
* Marc-Andre Fleury

CALGARY FLAMES 7 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 (9-12-1 19 PTS)

The Golden Knights never arrived in Calgary.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights at Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome

  • Pothier’s 1st quarter report card

Three Stars
*** Sean Monahan
** Matthew Tkachuk
* Johnny Gaudreau

CALGARY FLAMES 7 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 1 (51-24-7 109 PTS)

In the final game of the season apparantly no one told the Golden Knights the game began at 7:00 rather than 7:30. The Flames scored three within the first eight minutes of the game and it got worse as the game went on. Vegas headed to the locker room for the final intermission of the regular season down 6-1. In the 3rd the Flames added another as Marc-Andre Fleury was pulled for Malcolm Subban.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights at Calgary Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

  • Let’s talk about the 4 games with the Kings.
  • The 12th forward in the playoffs.

Three Stars
*** Matt Stajan
** Johnny Gaudreau
* Mark Jankowski

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 (46-21-5 97 PTS) CALGARY FLAMES 0

After a mini-team meeting and a very angry locker room following the four game home losing streak, the Golden Knights were expected to come out guns blazing on the Sunday afternoon game. That didn’t happen as they were outshot 20-6 in the 1st and couldn’t seem to generate much offense. Then, the 2nd happened, and the old Golden Knight returned to the tune of four goals in less than 10 minutes including a natural (three in a row) hat trick by William Karlsson. The final period was about one thing, donuts, and Marc-Andre Fleury delivered the shutout necessary to earn everyone Krispy Kremes.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Calgary Flames at T-Mobile Arena.

  • We found a historic statistic for the Golden Knights, but we need to talk to David Perron before we share it.
  • The standings cushion giveth and the cushion taketh away.

Three Stars
*** Colin Miller
** William Karlsson
* Marc-Andre Fleury

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