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CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS 5 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 (9-8-3 21 PTS)

The game got off to quick with an early penalty shot for Chicago. The Blackhawks couldn’t convert and the Golden Knights took over. William Carrier and William Karlsson have Vegas a 2-0 lead 6:30 minutes into the game. Patrick Kane would get Chicago within one and the 1st period would come to a close 2-1 Vegas.

Chicago scored two 2nd period in a span of :45 seconds. Vegas was awarded a penalty shot of their own but Jonathan Marchessault couldn’t slip it past the Blackhawks goaltender.

The Golden Knights began the 3rd period trailing 3-2 and looked to get back into the game early. However, the Blackhawks had other plans and scored their fourth goal 3:57 into the final frame. Vegas would have a few chances but couldn’t covert until it was too late. Chicago coasted to a 5-3 victory.

Vegas’ record drops to 9-8-3 and remain at 21 points for the season. The Golden Knights will next play on Saturday afternoon at 1PM in Los Angeles. They’ll head right back home for a back-to-back on Sunday against the Calgary Flames. (Recap by Jason)


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Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Nic Hague
** William Karlsson
* William Carrier

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS 1 (7-4-0 14 PTS) – SO (2-1)

The Golden Knights on a back-to-back faced an early deficit again. Chicago scored four minutes in and took the lead 1-0. The Golden Knights mustered 9 shots on net but could convert and trailed at the intermission.

Marc-Andre Fleury kept it one score game in the 2nd period making some tremendous saves. The Golden Knights offense couldn’t get on the scoreboard but the game was within reach after 40 minutes.

Vegas began the 3rd period on an extended Power Play but wouldn’t convert until 1:33 left in the game. The Golden Knights forced a 3-on-3 overtime period and shootout. Shea Theodore would eventually win the game in the third round of shootouts.

The Golden Knights record improves to 7-4-0 and will return home and face the Colorado Avalanche on Friday afternoon. Puck drop is scheduled at 3PM for Nevada Day. (Recap by Jason)


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Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** She Theodore
** Mark Stone
* Marc-Andre Fleury

Honorable mention: William Carrier

How The Golden Knights Can Clinch By Sunday

The Golden Knights clinched last year on March 26th. They can actually do it sooner this year.

Having won 10 of the past 11 games the Golden Knights have soared well above the playoff cut line and it’s only a matter of time until it becomes official that Vegas is heading to the postseason.

But, like everything in sports, nothing is a sure thing until it’s actually a sure thing. It can become a sure thing soon though, as soon as Sunday afternoon.

The Golden Knights currently have 89 points with eight games left to play. The first team out of the playoff picture is Arizona with 78 points, also with eight to go.

Thus, the easiest way for the Golden Knights to lock in their place is to eliminate the Coyotes. Using our “Points to Elimination” tool, it takes six points to do so (and only five VGK clinches the tiebreaker).

Arizona plays at New Jersey tomorrow and at the New York Islanders on Sunday. Vegas hosts Detroit tomorrow. If the Golden Knights win in regulation or overtime, and Arizona records only one point in those two games, Vegas will clinch.

If Arizona records two or more points, the Golden Knights still have a chance to clinch.

The attention would then turn to the Minnesota Wild, Colorado Avalanche, and Chicago Blackhawks. With a Vegas win tomorrow, the Golden Knights would need just one more point to eliminate Chicago and three to eliminate Minnesota and Colorado.

The Wild have a back-to-back in Washington and Carolina tonight and tomorrow while Chicago and Colorado have a home-and-home back-to-back against each other Saturday and Sunday.

So, if Vegas wins tomorrow, they would need Minnesota to record one or zero points in their two games, and Chicago and Colorado would have to split (with Colorado’s loss coming in regulation).

VGK win + ARI loss to NJD + ARI loss to NYI

OR

VGK win + MIN loss to WSH + MIN loss to CAR + COL/CHI Split 2 Games

If any piece of both of those scenarios falls short, the next Golden Knights attention will turn to Monday in St. Louis.

It could happen Sunday, it could not, but either way, it’s happening soon. Once that’s locked up, the focus is going to start to shift towards San Jose, who as of this article are five points ahead of Vegas with eight to go. It’s a tall task, but if the Golden Knights can knock off the Sharks again on the 30th, things could get very interesting that final week.

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS 3 (28-16-4 60 PTS) – OT

A horribly sloppy 1st period dug the Golden Knights a two-goal lead that could have been three if not for an offside challenge. Vegas got it going early in the 2nd getting on the board with an Alex Tuch rebound tap-in, but six straight minutes of penalties could not be killed off restoring the Blackhawks two-goal cushion. As the period was winding down, a terrific shot by Ryan Carpenter got the Golden Knights back within one. It appeared Pierre-Edouard Bellemare tied the game but a “kicking motion” took the goal off the board. The game-tying goal did come on a weird angle shot by Paul Stastny. In OT, Shea Theodore skated directly at the goal and a fluky own goal ends up winning it for the Golden Knights.

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Ken’s Three Stars
*** Paul Stastny
** Shea Theodore
* Alex Tuch

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS 3 (16-13-1 33 PTS)

Vegas wasted no time jumping all over the Blackhawks scoring just 1:28 in on a power play goal from Reilly Smith. Then, Deryk Engelland added his first goal of the season on a shot from the high slot. Then, Chicago stormed back and scored a pair to even it. It appeared as if Vegas had retaken the lead, but a goalie interference call went against them. A rough Nick Holden turnover led to the Hawks taking the lead, but the Golden Knights stormed back with two goals in 12 seconds. They even survived another goalie interference. Chicago made a late push and hit a post inside the final minute, but Fleury and the Golden Knights hung on.

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  • A breakdown of exactly how that first goalie interference/puck off net review went and what the rules are on all of what happened. (Likely, that article might be boring as hell, so we might not post it. Only time will tell)

Three Stars
*** Deryk Engelland
** Jonathan Marchessault
* Reilly Smith

Golden Knights Have A Lot To Learn From The Worst 5 Goal Win They’ve Ever Had

If Fleury was anything short of incredible, the game in Chicago would have been a disaster. (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

For a majority of this season we heard the same thing from players and coaches, they are playing well, but just not getting the bounces. You’ve also heard from us here at SinBin.vegas that the Golden Knights PDO is bordering on lunacy and they are headed for being one of the unluckiest teams in the history of the sport.

Then, last night’s game in Chicago happened. The hockey gods finally felt as though they had taken enough from Vegas, and they found it time to give it all back, all in a game that will go down as the Golden Knights’ franchise record for most goals scored.

But, what if I were to tell you that the game the Golden Knights played in Chicago may have been their worst of the season. Yep, worse than Opening Night against Philadelphia, worse than the debacles in Boston, Pittsburgh, and Washington, definitely worse than the embarrassing one in Montreal, and dare I say, it may have even been worse than the 7-2 drubbing in Calgary.

How though!?! How is that even possible? They won 8-3. They were up 3-0 and 5, 6, 7, and 8 to 2.

It’s because they were a mess defensively for the first 32 minutes of the game and the Blackhawks just simply didn’t finish their chances. To make matters worse for Chicago, they then turned around and made terrible plays to essentially hand Vegas goals.

We were up 3-0 after 1 but I didn’t think we played real well. Chicago had some great chances, Fleury made some real key saves. Truthfully, it probably should have been 3-3 after the 1st period, but then I thought we played a better game after that. -Gerard Gallant

3-3 is kind. It could have been 8-1 in favor of Chicago. I went through and watched the game again, and I counted 14 legitimate scoring chances and seven that I would consider Grade A chances. (I took notes over the 1st and 2nd period. They’re posted at the end of this article. If you can’t believe it was as ugly as described, check them out, or even worse, watch the game again.)

All five of these chances happened with the score 0-0, 1-0, or 2-0 and the Blackhawks did not score on any of them. In fact, the final one was the play that directly preceded Vegas’ third goal.

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 8 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS 3 (13-12-1 27 PTS)

The Golden Knights got off to a hot start taking a 3-0 lead into the intermission. They kept pouring it on eventually leading 8-2. Cody Eakin and Shea Theodore both put up two goals. All this being said, the Golden Knights did not play nearly as well as the score indicated. They allowed a ton of great chances on their own net that were either saved by Fleury or missed by the Blackhawks.

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Three Stars
*** Alex Tuch
** Cody Eakin
* Shea Theodore

 

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5 (28-10-2 58 PTS) CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS 4

The Golden Knights put on a clinic in puck control for the first 18 minutes or so getting off a total of 21 shots in the 1st and 35 through two. They were able to capitalize for three goals but gave up three themselves, mostly due to turnovers in their own zone. The Blackhawks got one right off the jump in the 3rd, but Vegas was able to get it back from Cody Eakin. Reilly Smith made an incredible poke check to start his own break and he finishes the game winner.

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Three Stars
*** Jonathan Toews
** Vinnie Hinostroza
* Reilly Smith

3 Moments = 1 Win For The Golden Knights vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Hockey games are 60 minutes long, we all know this because coaches, players, and management tell us in every answer no matter the question. However, sometimes there are tiny moments inside of games that stand out amongst the rest of the game, and the winners of those moments, win the game.

Hey everyone, look how good we are! (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

That was the case last night at T-Mobile Arena when the Golden Knights upset one of the NHL’s best, the Chicago Blackhawks.

Moment #1 (17:27 left in the 1st Period – VGK 0 CHI 1): The Blackhawks took a 2-minute tripping penalty 3:01 into the first period. 32 seconds later, a spill at the blue line by Nate Schmidt sent the Blackhawks a break and they scored a shorthanded goal. 3:33 into the game, the best team the Golden Knights have faced all season had just flipped the script on a power play and were in position to take control of the hockey game, much to the delight of about 70% of the crowd. Heck, I even tweeted this…

But the Golden Knights still had nearly 90 seconds on that power play, one that instantly became “Moment #1” of the game. They didn’t necessarily need to score, but they had to rescue the game over the next five minutes to keep the belief (especially of the goalie making his first career start) that they could still win. 21 seconds later, a shot from the point by Colin Miller gets tipped by William Karlsson, and the game was tied. There was a collective deep breath from the entire team. The game was back even, and the inevitable spiral appeared to be put back on delay.

Moment #2 (2:00 left in the 2nd Period – VGK 2 CHI 1): Brayden McNabb had just laid a monster hit on Nick Schmaltz. (Here’s the hit.) Weenie Ryan Hartman got mad and violently slashed McNabb and then grabbed him by the neck because he touched a Blackhawk too hard. That earned Weenie Hartman four minutes in the box, and the Golden Knights had a great opportunity to take a 3-1 lead late in the 2nd.

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 (7-1-0 14 PTS) CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS 2

Golden Knights give up a quick shorthanded goal, but respond with a goal on the same power play, and go on to score the next three. An absolutely dominant performance against the best opponent of the season. This team is truly something else.

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Three Stars

*** Reilly Smith
** Pierre-Edouard Bellemare
* Oscar Dansk

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