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“Heavy” Becoming Vegas’ New Label

Throughout their series, the Blackhawks used the word ‘heavy’ 31 times to describe the Golden Knights in press conferences.

Blackhawks captain Jonathon Toews uses “heavy” to describe two things. Vegas’ size, and their ability to hold the puck once they possess it. It’s no secret, the Golden Knights are big and most of their players are hard to bump off the puck. Which was apparent right from the start of the series.

Mark Stone is 6’4″, 219 pounds but also has the puck super glued on his stick. Alex Tuch is 6’4″ as well, and his skill, speed, and size make it difficult for a defender to strip the puck. Max Pacioretty is 6’2, with the lethal combination of power and a rocket shot. These are examples of being a heavy team, and playing like one.

They play a different game then the Oilers. They’re a very structured, simple team. They play a heavy game. You got to tip your hat sometimes, they play well as a squad. -Calvin de Haan, CHI Defenseman

Blackhawks defenseman Calvin de Haan used the word to describe differences between the Golden Knights and a faster, skill-based team like the Edmonton Oilers. Edmonton has Connor McDavid, but what they didn’t have was the team structure and physicality Vegas has. The Golden Knights get scoring from multiple players, not just two, they defend, and rarely veer from their gameplan.

We know they’re an excellent team. They’re a heavy team, they get on the forcheck and try and hold you down… We gave them some easy ones, easy chances. They score 3-1 and during that stretch we just weren’t very good.-Jeremy Colliton, CHI coach

Chicago coach Jeremy Colliton called the Golden Knights a heavy team after three of the five games. Again, it wasn’t just their size, it was Vegas’ forecheck. When the Golden Knights push the puck with pressure they make teams feel like they’re being weighed down. All twelve forwards have that ability allowing Vegas the fortune to use all four lines.

Then there’s the natural use of the word.

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VGK vs CHI Series Stat Dump

It took the Golden Knights five games to put away the 12-seed Chicago Blackhawks and move on to the second round. Despite the score only favoring Vegas by just four over the five games, the Golden Knights dominated just about every other major statistical category. Here’s a look at the stats from the series.

*Stats are compiled from NHL.com and NaturalStatTrick.com**

Team Stats

Goals
VGK – 15
CHI – 11

Shots
VGK – 187
CHI – 123

Scoring Chances
VGK – 167
CHI – 117

Corsi For %
VGK – 58.1%
CHI – 41.9%

Power Play
VGK – 1/10
CHI – 1/12

Faceoffs
VGK – 49.7%
CHI – 50.3%

Giveaways
VGK – 75
CHI – 69

Takeaways
VGK – 37
CHI – 44

Hits
VGK – 184
CHI – 140

Shots Blocked
VGK – 90
CHI – 100

Expected Goals
VGK – 17.44
CHI – 10.43

Shooting Percentage
VGK – 8.02%
CHI – 8.94%

Save Percentage
VGK – .911
CHI – .920

Individual Stats

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS 3 (VGK WIN 4-1)

Recap: It was another possible clinching game for the Golden Knights who looked to eliminate the Chicago Blackhawks in five games. With their backs against the wall the Blackhawks took the 1-0 lead midway through the first. Chicago extended their lead late but Max Pacioretty got Vegas within one :31 seconds before the period expired. After the opening twenty minutes the Golden Knights trailed 2-1.

Mark Stone tied the game 2-2 in the first minute of the 2nd period. Chicago regained the lead 3-2 with an even-strength goal a few minutes later. The Golden Knights defenseman Alec Martinez tied the game 3-3 with a 2nd period power play goal.

Alex Tuch didn’t hesitate to give Vegas their first lead of the game scoring 1:34 into the final period. He thought he had another but was waived off by the officials. Starting goaltender Robin Lehner stopped 23 of 26 Chicago shots to secure the Golden Knights 4-3 victory.

Vegas becomes the first team to clinch their series by eliminating Chicago in five games. The Golden Knights will get some rest as they wait for their next opponent. Dates for the second round are to be determined. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights offense was there from the start creating plenty of chances but a number of turnovers in the defensive end allowed the Hawks to take an early lead. Vegas kept grinding away creating a bevy of dangerous chances on Crawford and eventually they started going in. Then, when they got the lead in the 3rd, they went into lock down mode and snuffed out Chicago. Plenty of time until the next series as the Golden Knights appear to be pretty healthy and getting healthier. (Analysis by Ken)


Upcoming stories from Game 5 of the Vegas Golden Knights vs Chicago Blackhawks in Round 1 series of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place in the NHL Bubble.

  • When the Golden Knights wanted to, they were able to flip a switch and shut down a powerful offense.

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Alec Martinez
** Chandler Stephenson
* Alex Tuch

Sweeps Are Nice, But Plenty Of Teams Have Won The Cup Without Them

The Golden Knights looked like they were on their way to a quick, easy series against the Chicago Blackhawks. Even without playing their best, Vegas was finding ways to win and clearly displaying they are the better team. Last night, they couldn’t get the job done, missing out on the series sweep and all the benefits that come with it.

It’s widely believed that in the NHL playoffs, the fewer games you have to play, the better your chances of winning the Cup. But, all of the previous four Stanley Cup winners failed to sweep a series in the playoffs, and 11 of the previous 20 winners couldn’t win a series in four as well.

Cup Winners Without a Postseason Sweep

2002 Detroit Red Wings
2003 NJ Devils
2006 Carolina Hurricanes
2007 Anaheim Ducks
2013 Chicago Blackhawks
2014 LA Kings
2016 Pittsburgh Penguins
2017 Pittsburgh Penguins
2018 Washington Capitals
2019 St. Louis Blues

Obviously, extra rest allows an ailing team like Vegas to get healthier. Max Pacioretty, Paul Stastny, Tomas Nosek have all missed time in Vegas’ first round series, so time off would be beneficial. A short series also gives the coaching staff more time to prepare for the next opponent. And while there’s no arguing against these added benefits, teams have proven in the past they are far from prerequisites on the quest to win 16 playoff games.

In 2018-19 the Golden Knights began their first postseason by sweeping the LA Kings. After winning in four straight, Vegas had to wait nine days until their next series. Then, after shutting down the Sharks in six, the Golden Knights sat for six days before facing Winnipeg in the Western Conference finals. After beating the Jets in five, the Golden Knights waited an additional eight days before the Stanley Cup finals began. In total, Vegas had a total of 23 days off in between series, and we know how that worked out for them.

Even without the sweep, Vegas can set themselves up for significant time off. Clinching a series in five or even six games can grants a club some extra healing time, practices, and rest. A little adversity in a series can quietly help a team’s focus as well. That’s what I suspect will happen after last night’s Game 4 loss.

Expect the Golden Knights to be at their best in Game 5, because series sweeps are overrated anyway.

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS 3 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 1 (3-1 VGK)

Recap: On back-to-back days the Golden Knights and Chicago Blackhawks faced off for Game 4 and chance for Vegas to sweep the series. The 1st period didn’t go as planned for the Golden Knights. Chicago got on the board quickly to take a 1-0 lead four minutes into the game. The Blackhawks extended their lead 13:40 into the period, but :18 seconds later Shea Theodore cut the lead to 2-1. After the opening period the Golden Knights trailed for the first time in the best-of-seven series.

Vegas struggled to get their power play going in the 2nd period going 0/2. Thankfully, Chicago’s offense went cold as well. Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford made some key saves to keep the Golden Knights from tying the game. Chicago held their 2-1 advantage after two periods in the books.

Vegas poured on the pressure in the final period but couldn’t beat Crawford for a second straight period. The Blackhawks fought off a late Golden Knights push and added an empty net goal to stay alive winning 3-1.

Vegas loses their first game of the postseason and now lead the best-of-seven series 3-1. The Golden Knights will attempt to clinch again on Tuesday. Locally, the game will air on AT&T Sports Network. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights did absolutely everything they could for 60 minutes to score on Corey Crawford and they could only sneak one by him. Only in hockey can a team’s best offensive game come in the game where they score the fewest goals, but that’s exactly what happened. Play that game 100 times and the Golden Knights win 99 of them, tonight was the one. (Analysis by Ken)


Upcoming stories from Game 4 of the Vegas Golden Knights vs Chicago Blackhawks in Round 1 series of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place in the NHL Bubble.

  • Maybe not sweeping wasn’t that bad

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Nic Roy
** Nick Cousins
* Alex Tuch

Room For Improvement, But There’s Nothing Wrong With 3-0

The Golden Knights are up 3-0 in their first round series with a chance to earn their 4th series win in franchise history later today. They’ve outscored the Blackhawks 10 to 5, have scored first in every game, and haven’t trailed in the series.

All in all, life is good for the Golden Knights, but like any team with aspirations of winning the Cup, despite winning games they know they can be better.

You can ask our group, we lit into em pretty good after last game about some of our play through the neutral zone and some of our puck decisions. -DeBoer

That was after Game 2, he had similar messages following Games 1 and 3.

Yeah there’s areas we need to improve on. I didn’t like us through the neutral zone. I thought we didn’t have good support and we didn’t play fast enough and we turned pucks over. So that’s something we can clean up. I thought as the game it got better. -DeBoer after Game 1

I didn’t mind our start out thought we had a pretty good first 10 minutes but then we took some penalties. It’s the first game we really got in some penalty trouble I think we took three and really lost any momentum we might have started to build. -DeBoer after Game 3

We didn’t handle the rush real well, they gapped us out in some situations. It hasn’t been a problem finding ways to improve our game and our guys want that. -DeBoer after Game 2

Aside from the penalty issues that cropped up in Game 3, the concern has mostly been with their play through the neutral zone. In this series, Chicago’s best chance to create dangerous chances is off the rush. When they gain possession of the puck, they come through the neutral zone with speed and create chances quickly. Vegas has fed into that at times by turning the puck over, having poor gaps against the Chicago rush, and not supporting the puck as they transition from defense to offense.

The Hawks have scored multiple goals that way but have also been kept out on many Grade A chances by both Robin Lehner and Marc-Andre Fleury. DeBoer has been harping on these issues not only to help the Golden Knights continue to beat Chicago, but they’ll need to clean up those areas no matter which of the much better teams they may face in the next round.

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS 1 (3-0 VGK)

Recap: Vegas got off to quick start in Game 3 against the Chicago Blackhawks. William Karlsson did what he does best and gave Vegas the early 1-0 lead with his second career postseason shorthanded goal. Mark Stone fed a nice pass to the middle of the ice for Karlsson to scoop and score. Marc-Andre Fleury got the call in net and had a flawless 1st period.

Fleury was strong again in the second as he shut out a buzzing Chicago team. It took awhile but Vegas doubled their lead on Patrick Brown’s first career playoff goal. After two periods the Golden Knights held a 2-0 edge.

Chicago got on the scoresheet six minutes into the 3rd period but Vegas held them to only one goal. Fleury had a strong performance stopping 26 of 27 shots.

The Golden Knights win 2-1 and go up three games to none. Vegas can clinch the best-of-seven series tomorrow afternoon and be the first team to advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Game 4 is slated to begin at 330P PT. Locally, the game will air on AT&T Sports Network. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis:  The Golden Knights looked far from the #1 seed in the West through the first 50 minutes of action in this game. They got a classic William Karlsson shorthanded goal and then a hard-working goal by Patrick Brown with a lot of help from Alex Tuch. But overall, this is not at all the type of game the Golden Knights wanted to put in… until the last 10 minutes. In the final 10, they were terrific. Blocking shots, challenging entries, supressing just about all of Chicago’s offense. That was what Vegas looks like when they are at their best. They were lucky to have had such an incredible effort from Marc-Andre Fleury to stay ahead for the majority of the game. (Analysis by Ken)


Upcoming stories from Game 3 of the Vegas Golden Knights vs Chicago Blackhawks in Round 1 series of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place in the NHL Bubble.

  • It’s all about the neutral zone.

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** William Karlsson
** Zach Whitecloud
* Marc-Andre Fleury

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS 3 (2-0 VGK) – OT

Recap: The Golden Knights began the 1st period right off where they left from Game one’s 4-1 victory. Paul Stastny scored the opening goal 10:44 into the contest, and Tomas Nosek followed up with a goal of his own. Starting goaltender Robin Lehner stopped all seven Blackhawks shots holding the 2-0 Golden Knights edge.

Chicago started to get going early in the 2nd period. The Blackhawks scored their first of the game 3:17 in to cut Vegas’ lead in half. Later in the period Chicago tied the game 2-2 with a power play goal. The Golden Knights leader Mark Stone broke the tie with his third goal of the postseason. However, the Blackhawks got a late period goal tying the game 3-3 after two periods of action.

The 3rd period leaned the Golden Knights direction but they couldn’t solve Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford. Vegas shot 16 times in the period but couldn’t get one through. The Blackhawks shot only six times going scoreless as well. After 60 minutes the game would need an extra period to decide a winner.

Not surprisingly, Reilly Smith ended the game in overtime off a beautiful pass from Paul Stastny. The Golden Knights win Game 2 4-3 and need two more victories to advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Vegas and Chicago continue their best-of-seven game series on Saturday evening afternoon at 5P PT. Locally the game will air on NBC Sports Network.

(Recap by Jason)

Analysis:  It wasn’t a pretty 1st period for the Golden Knights but they did well to fight through it. A few excellent shifts by the 2nd line led to a few great chances and eventually a Stastny goal. Vegas’ 2nd period struggles continued as they couldn’t really every get going the entire period. They conceded three times, two of which were shots Fleury likely stops. Like every game in the bubble the Golden Knights were terrific in the 3rd. However, they couldn’t finish one. In OT, Vegas continued putting on the pressure and an incredible 3rd line shift led to a Stastny to Smith feed for the winner. Big time win when VGK didn’t have their best. (Analysis by Ken)


Upcoming stories from Game 2 of the Vegas Golden Knights vs Chicago Blackhawks in Round 1 series of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place in the NHL Bubble.

  • How did we get to the point in which Marc-Andre Fleury is the clear #2?

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Mark Stone
** Paul Stastny
* Reilly Smith

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS 1 (1-0 VGK)

Recap: The Golden Knights and Blackhawks spent most of the 1st period feeling each other out. Neither team could sustain any offensive pressure and combined for only 14 total shots. Starting goaltender Robin Lehner wasn’t challenged much stopping all five Chicago shots.

Shea Theodore opened the scoring with a beautiful wrist shot passed Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford to make it 1-0 Vegas. Minutes later William Carrier stuffed the puck into Chicago’s net for a two-goal Golden Knights lead. The Blackhawks got closer with a shorthanded goal to make it 2-1 midway through the period. After swapping penalties the game remained a one goal game.

Reilly Smith extended the lead with two goals in the first ten minutes of the 3rd period. Smith scored his first and second goals of the postseason giving his team the 4-1 edge. Chicago couldn’t manage much offense down the stretch and Lehner sealed off the net to secure the 4-1 victory.

The Golden Knights win Game 1 and need three more victories to advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Vegas and Chicago continue their best-of-seven game series on Thursday afternoon at 2:30 PM . Locally the game will air on AT&T Sports Network. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis:  The 1st period acted as somewhat of a feeling out process but as it went on Vegas came on defensively holding Chicago to just five shots. The game opened up offensively as it went on for VGK with multiple goals in both the 2nd and 3rd. They started to find more open ice in the slot, got more shots through, and continued to dominate on puck retrieval. The Golden Knights are a lot better than the Blackhawks, they just need to play like they can night in and night out in this series. Successful first try. Do it again Thursday. (Analysis by Ken)


Upcoming stories from Game 1 of the Vegas Golden Knights vs Chicago Blackhawks in Round 1 series of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place in the NHL Bubble.

  • The offense opened up in the 2nd period. Why?
  • That’s why the Golden Knights wanted Alec Martinez

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Alec Martinez
** Robin Lehner
* Reilly Smith

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