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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 EDMONTON OILERS 1 (43-30-7 93 PTS)

The Golden Knights hosted the Edmonton Oilers for their second to last home game of the regular season.

Cody Eakin broke the scoreless tie late in the 1st period giving Vegas the 1-0 lead on his 22nd goal of the season. Malcolm Subban starting in net again for Marc-Andre Fleury stopped all eight chances from Edmonton.

It didn’t take Vegas long to double up their lead in the 2nd period as Jonathan Marchessault scored :51 seconds in. Marchessault registered his 25th goal, and third straight season scoring 25 or more. Oilers superstar Connor McDavid did the inevitable and scored his 41st goal cutting the Golden Knights lead 2-1. In eight career games against Vegas he has 13 points.

It was stalemate for most of the 3rd period with both goalies making key saves to hold the 2-1 lead. The Golden Knights would fight off a 6-on-5 by the Oilers leading to a late penalty by Tomas Nosek. Down two men, Vegas added another as Pierre-Eduard Bellemare jumped on a loose puck created by William Karlsson. Vegas broke their losing streak 3-1.

The Golden Knights record drops to (42-30-7) with two games left to play. The team will get back on the ice Thursday night for Vegas’ last home game of the 2018-19 season. Opening faceoff against the Arizona Coyotes is scheduled for 7 PM. (Recap by Jason)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Edmonton Oilers at T-Mobile Arena

  • Stop using Tuch on the left wing
  • Depth is a potential problem for VGK

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Cody Eakin
** Ryan Reaves
* Jonathan Marchessault

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 6 EDMONTON OILERS 3 (40-27-5 85 PTS)

The color green was on full display at the T-Mobile Arena for a St. Patrick’s Day matchup against Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers.

Vegas came out fast, launching the first six shots of the game. The Golden Knights continued pursuit paid off 5:40 into the first period on Mark Stone’s 31st goal, and second as a Golden Knight. Later in the period, Edmonton would tie things up on a PP goal by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

Cody Eakin would regain the lead for Vegas back scoring his 18th goal of the season on a beautiful top shelf wrist shot. After twenty minutes of play the Golden Knights led the Oilers 2-1.

Edmonton didn’t take long to even the game 2-2 on Leon Draisatitl’s 43rd of the season. Luckily, the game wouldn’t be tied for long. Jonathan Marchessault tallied his 21st goal giving Vegas the 3-2 lead.

Marchessault would celebrate again :40 seconds into the final frame giving Vegas the two-goal lead. With #81’s second goal, the first line had a total of six points. Edmonton would chip away getting a third goal past Malcolm Subban early in the period. However, Vegas wasn’t done on offense as Brayden McNabb registered his 4th goal of the season. The Golden Knights captured their second two-goal edge of the night leading 5-3. Then Alex Tuch took one away from a defenseman and tallied Vegas’ sixth of the night.

Vegas improves their record to 40-27-5 and remain in the Pacific Division’s third place position, with 10 games left to play. The team gets back on the ice tonight as they’ll play a back-to-back in San Jose. Opening faceoff starts at 730PM. (Recap by Jason)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Edmonton Oilers at T-Mobile Arena.

  • Steve Carp’s “Sunday” column on Alex Tuch’s playoff impact. (Delayed for reasons beyond our control)
  • How Gerard Gallant values his timeout.

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** William Karlsson
** Reilly Smith
* Jonathan Marchessault
(Honorable *) Mikko Koskinen

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 6 EDMONTON OILERS 3 (9-11-1 19 PTS)

A funky bounce off a blocked shot found its way into the back of the Golden Knights net to give Edmonton a 1-0 lead. Vegas was able to get one back on a tip-in by William Karlsson, but couldn’t keep the score tied for long. The 1st period ended 2-1 Edmonton, but the Golden Knights 2nd period woes disappeared for a night as they scored three goals in the middle frame. Vegas did not let up eventually tallying five unanswered goals which sealed the game.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights at Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place.

  • Illustrating the difference Schmidt had while on the ice with videos and pictures

Three Stars
*** Connor McDavid
** Colin Miller
* Jonathan Marchessault

EDMONTON OILERS 4 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 (51-23-7 109 PTS)

Playing without three of their top six and Nate Schmidt the Golden Knights looked a bit disjointed in their second visit to Rogers Place. They managed to take a 2-1 lead into the 3rd, but it all went downhill from there. With Nashville’s win earlier the game had little to no meaning to Vegas, and they played like it. Not their best game, but who really cares.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights at Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place.

  • How many goals does it take to win the Stanley Cup?

Three Stars
*** Cam Talbot
** Ty Rattie
* Connor McDavid

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 (38-15-4 80 PTS) EDMONTON OILERS 1

Both teams came out of the gates a bit bumpy, but it didn’t take too long for the Golden Knights to turn it on. Ryan Carpenter tallied his fourth goal in six games to give Vegas a one goal lead after one. Then a pair of goals from Jonathan Marchessault and William Karlsson put the Golden Knights up by three. An early power play goal by Erik Haula, his 14th of 3rd period goal of the year, pretty much salted away the game. Edmonton got one to bust up the shutout, but it was never really a game. For the first time in three tries, the Golden Knights defeated the Oilers.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Edmonton Oilers at T-Mobile Arena.

  • What did they do differently on McDavid this time around?

Three Stars
*** Marc-Andre Fleury
** Ryan Carpenter
* William Karlsson

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Quality Time With Oilers Forward Pat Maroon

The only other major fan base to experience success in Vegas. (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

It’s been a tough ask to beat the Golden Knights once for teams in the NHL, never mind twice. Edmonton is the only team in the NHL that’s picked up four points in two games against the Golden Knights. Beyond the obvious (the McDavid is good), what’s behind the Oilers successful strategy?

I just think we play pretty hard against them. They’re a good hockey team over there. They’re fast, they’re tenacious. We got our breaks. We knew they were a heavy stand team, and we backed them up a little bit. -Pat Maroon, Edmonton forward

Maroon had a productive Saturday night in Vegas. The eight-year veteran had the game’s opening goal, and assisted on Drake Caggiula’s game tying goal.

We got our chance off the rush to tie it up, and Nursey pops one home. I think off the rush we did a really good job, backing them off just a tad and pushing the forward out. -Maroon

Not only did Edmonton pick up a much needed two points, but they beat the Western Conference’s best team after beating the conference’s worst the night before. It gives the Oilers some positive momentum for as they begin their bye week.

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EDMONTON OILERS 3 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 (29-10-3 61 PTS)

In the first game off the week-long bye, the Golden Knights understandably took a little while to get going. A scoreless 1st led to a high paced 2nd in which the Golden Knights scored twice. William Karlsson scores yet again, his 23rd, yet another one-timer from the slot. The Oilers tied it early in the 3rd. The game goes to OT where a three on one break leads to the game-winner for the Oilers.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Edmonton Oilers at T-Mobile Arena.

  • What is it about the Oilers, or is it nothing?

Three Stars
*** Marc-Andre Fleury
** Connor McDavid
* Reilly Smith

Turning Point Of The Season

When was the exact moment the Golden Knights went from an expansion team expected to finish in last place to a dominant force in the Western Conference with legitimate Stanley Cup aspirations?

Coach says the night they got whipped 8-2 by the Edmonton Oilers.

That game showed us a lot about our hockey team. I could be wrong but after that game, I think we won five in a row. The guys really showed a lot of character. Sometimes in a game like that you go the other way, but I think our guys rallied around each other and said ‘we’re better than that.’ That was a turning point in the season for me.

He’s not wrong, they did win the next five games, and since that drubbing, the Golden Knights are 19-4-1, before it they were 10-6-1.

Prior to that game they had allowed 3.18 goals per game, that number is 2.46 since. They averaged 29.47 shots, it’s 34.79 since. I could go on and on, but I think you get the point.

What’s your turning point? Post it in the comments… (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

Coach is right, that game turned the season around statistically, but it had a more profound impact on the mental aspect of the team.

That was the first time all year they had really been blown off the ice. It happened on the road, to a desperate team captained by the best player in the world, with a fourth (and eventually fifth) string goalie in the Golden Knights net. It clearly was an aberration and there was no reason to view it any differently, but according to their coach, the Golden Knights did anyway.

They came out and played a great game two nights later in Vancouver, then followed it up with four more wins against the Pacific Division, and haven’t stopped rolling yet.

I could argue for the pair of games in Nashville and Dallas or the win over the Lightning here in Vegas. The win against Winnipeg after the rough homestand or the back-to-backs in southern California. There are a lot of options of when you could say the Golden Knights season turned, but it’s hard to argue with Turk on this one, so I won’t.

Now let’s just hope the second meeting with the Oilers doesn’t turn it again.

EDMONTON OILERS 8 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 (10-6-1 21 PTS)

Bad 1st period. Bad 2nd period. 3rd period didn’t matter. The Golden Knights came out rather flat and couldn’t get going before they were in 3-0 hole. It got worse and worse as the game went on and it goes down as truly the first time the Golden Knights through up a stinker. It happens, on to Thursday.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place.

Three Stars
*** Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
** Oscar Klefbom
* Connor McDavid

Forget About LA, SJ, And ANA, Vegas May Have To Worry About EDM

I’m going to get crap for this but what the hell, go ahead and pile on. When Las Vegas enters the NHL next season maybe they won’t be chasing the Sharks, Kings, or Ducks in the Pacific division. Possibly the newly formed Knights could be looking up at the high-flying Edmonton Oilers. In six games played, the Oil has 10 points, the second most goals in the NHL, all with a solid +7 goal differential. Yeah, they’re pretty slick.

Obviously, after six games I’m jumping the gun a bit. We have no idea if this team can sustain their early success and break the postseason drought. Edmonton fans haven’t seen a playoff game since the Game 7 Stanley Cup loss against Carolina. So you can only imagine their desire to get back. However, the 2016-17 Oilers are on pace to score over 100 more goals than they did last season. Edmonton hasn’t scored more than 250 goals since that 05-06 Western Conference Championship team. In fact, this year’s team is projected to score the same amount of goals as Edmonton’s last Stanley Cup winning team in 1989-90. Scary, right? The Oilers have been so irrelevant over the past 25 years it’s been sad, but the end is near.

Leading the charge is obviously McJesus. Connor McDavid is lighting it up as we all expected. Edmonton’s Captain is on pace for over 120 points. Silly right? Granted, McDavid won’t play 82 games, will hit a drought, and has had a relatively weak schedule thus far. Either way, his video game like numbers at 1.5 points per game are getting everyone’s attention. Next on the list is right wing Jordan Eberle who’s averaging a point per game, and same for center Leon Draisaitl. Also, making a difference is bruiser free agent signing Milan Lucic with four points early on. Overall, every forward has a point, and only two defenseman remain pointless. Really good point distribution. Compare that to the woeful LA Kings, with 14 goals for and 18 goals against. If it wasn’t for Tanner Pearson‘s four goals, the Kings might not even have the measly two wins they do have. Is this article making any sense yet?

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