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More VGK Bobbleheads!

If you weren’t one of the lucky 18,000 who got Chance the Bobblehead (or if you sold yours on eBay because they are more valuable than tickets to tonight’s game), your bobblehead collection can still have a Golden Knights representative.

The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, yes that’s a real thing, released a limited-edition bobblehead of Marc-Andre Fleury. This is the first bobblehead ever produced of a Golden Knights player in the team’s uniform and it’s available now.

But wait, there’s more!

Jonathan Marchessault and William Karlsson bobbleheads will be available soon, followed by Deryk Engelland, Erik Haula, Nate Schmidt, James Neal, and Reilly Smith. Plus another Chance bobblehead will be available, this time in the grey jersey.

The Fleury one is on sale now, the rest are expected sometime this Summer.

Also, we should have one to give away soon, so keep your eyes peeled for the next edition of #HockeySquares.

“I’m Not Too Scared Of Anybody”

Even when he’s bragging he’s humble. (Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

Last night wasn’t the perfect game for the Golden Knights, rarely are they, but it was a game in which Vegas played its preferred style and pace and ended up running away with a 7-3 win.

Confidence is powerful in the game of hockey. Individually, it’s why a player like William Karlsson can go from 15 goals in 162 games to 31 in 60, or Ryan Carpenter can be waived in December and then go on a streak of six goals in nine games. As a team, it’s even more impactful as it breeds a belief that no matter the score or situation someone will step up and lead the team to victory.

We have confidence in this room that if we focus on ourselves and play 60 minutes, we can beat any team in this league. -Luca Sbisa

But sometimes ability doesn’t match the confidence in a locker room, and it turns a confident bunch into a frustrated one. It often happens when a team plays what they believe is a good game and do not come out on top. It takes away that feeling of invincibility great teams have.

If we play well, we will win.

That should be the belief in every locker room of every team, and it probably was at some point in the season, but as the year rolls along and that mantra doesn’t hold up, it chips away at a team’s confidence.

Then there’s the Golden Knights, who are probably the most confident team in the NHL. Why, because they’ve never experienced disbelief. When they play well, no matter who they play against, they’ve won. Not most of the time, every time. It hasn’t mattered where the games are played, who’s in the goal, or the talent on the other bench, if the Golden Knights play the way they are capable of, they will win the game, every time.

I don’t want to brag or anything but I’m really confident in our team. I like the way we’re playing right now. So yeah, I’m not too scared of anybody. -Marc-Andre Fleury

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NHL Players Beginning To Recognize Seriousness Of Head Injuries

The worst part of the season. (Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

As the Golden Knights prepare for tonight’s game against the Penguins, I wanted to bring attention to an excellent article written by Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Mackey spoke with former Penguin and current New Jersey Devil Ben Lovejoy about his decision to donate his brain to Boston University’s Concussion Legacy Foundation.

This brain donation is my way of giving back to the sport of hockey. To help research, to help awareness, to push for a cure for CTE and concussions and make this game a smarter, better place. -Ben Lovejoy

It’s a step in the right decision for an athlete to recognize the threat of brain injuries. Hockey is a contact sport with brutal hits and dangerous collisions. Vegas watched first-hand after Marc-Andre Fleury missed two months of action with post-concussion symptoms. Lovejoy witnessed former Pittsburgh teammates Sidney Crosby, Kris Letang, and Fleury all suffer major concussions.

A ton of people have made impressions on me, but yes, those guys were definitely a part of it. -Lovejoy

Each player spent significant time off the ice with concussion symptoms. CTE is typically not a topic players like to talk about, but Lovejoy refuses to ignore it.

Upon the 33-year-old defenseman’s death, Lovejoy’s brain will go to the Concussion Legacy Foundation’s brain bank at Boston University. Lovejoy became interested in the idea over the summer, when he read an article about NFL players donating their brains for concussion research and wondered why no hockey players were doing it. -Jason Mackey

The NHL is lucky to have a leader like Lovejoy in their league. Unlike the NFL and other leagues, he doesn’t ignore the truth of the potential dangers playing contact sports. The 2016 Stanley Cup champion made his decision public in early December, doing his part to help the safety of future players.

This game has been awesome to me, it’s given me everything. It’s gotten me into schools that I probably shouldn’t have qualified for. It’s given me an amazing living for 11 years now. It’s changed my life. I’m so lucky that I’ve been a part of it. -Lovejoy

Donating to the brain bank, Lovejoy is hoping researchers will find a cure for head-contact related injuries. Tip of the cap to the 33-year-old defenseman. Hopefully, CTE will be cured well before his donation.

Reliving Fleury’s Skills Competition Dominance Through GIFs

Leave it up to Flower to steal the show. (Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

Marc-Andre Fleury participated in the GEICO NHL Save Streak on Saturday night at the NHL All Star Skills competition. Flower ended up winning the challenge defeating Pekka Rinne, but it was his antics along the way that were the real story.

After being scored on by the second shooter, Fleury was assisted by the crossbar for save number two of his 14 save streak. He says thank you.

A few shots later, Fleury goes classic Fleury laying out with a pad stack and robbing Brayden Point.

Against another home town hero Nikita Kucherov, Flower watched the post once again save the shot that beat him.

Again, Flower thanks his buddy, the post.

The seventh shot hit the final post, and yet again Fleury recognizes the assistance.

Save 14 gave Fleury the lead, and he let them know with a nice little kiss.

In the end, The House Always Wins…

Here’s the performance in it’s entirety.

How Do You Stop Connor McDavid? Reloaded

Doing this to him probably wouldn’t hurt. (Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

We gave Nate Schmidt the chance to answer this question before the Golden Knights first opportunity to play against the league’s best player. His answer was succinct, educated, and actually seemed do-able. Then the Golden Knights lost 8-2 and McDavid went off for two goals and an assist in the butt kicking. Schmidt’s answer has changed a bit since.

It’s a healthy medium. Sorry for the cliche. – Nate Schmidt

Most athletes and coaches say they play one game at a time and always move on to the next game. Classic sports cliches. Well, that’s not always the case. Vegas defenseman Nate Schmidt clearly remembers getting lit up in Edmonton.

We didn’t do a very good job of it. I didn’t do a very good job. That top line is productive, and we didn’t do enough to stop them. -Schmidt

Schmidt spent plenty of time sharing the ice with McDavid. He led the team with 29 shifts, shorthanded minutes (3:55), and total ice time (23:39) against the Oilers. Schmidt ended the night -2 after being on the ice for four of Edmonton’s eight tallies. He hit for the cycle while on the ice; two power-play goals, one shorthanded goal and one even-strength goal. Well, actually I guess McDavid and the Oilers hit for the cycle.

He had his way with us, and that’s what makes this game that much more exciting for us. Especially, after what happened the last time we played them. -Schmidt

What can Vegas do to contain McDavid this time around?

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Marc-Andre Fleury, James Neal Named Pacific Division All Stars

It’s nice being a superstar. Flower = All Star (Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

The NHL has released the full rosters for the 2018 NHL All Star Game and the Western Conference leading Vegas Golden Knights have two players on the Pacific Division team.

Forwards James Neal and goalie Marc-Andre Fleury have been selected to the game. It is both Neal and Fleury’s 3rd appearance.

Neal has scored 18 goals and has 11 assists for a total of 29 points. He was instrumental in getting the Golden Knights off on the right foot scoring game winning goals in each of the team’s first three games.

Fleury has been selected despite playing in just 12 games. Nonetheless he does sport a 9-2-1 record, a 1.73 goals against average, and a .945 save percentage.

All Star snubs and Luca Sbisa (Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

Somehow neither Jonathan Marchessault nor William Karlsson have been selected despite leading the team in goals and points on the season. Both have been named alternates.

Also, Gerard Gallant will coach of the Pacific Division by virtue of the Golden Knights having the best record.

The 2018 All Star Game will take place at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida on January 28th.

I didn’t expect this because I haven’t played too many games this year. I’m excited because it’s always a nice honor to be a part of. I just feel like there’s so many great players around the league and they only pick a few. It’s an honor to be a part of those guys. It’s part of the excitement of the All-Star game. I’m fortunate. This wouldn’t be happening without the help of all of my teammates. They’ve helped me look good throughout the season. I thank them for that. There could have been a lot of guys from this team that got to go, don’t you think? We’ve got so many guys stepping up throughout the season. Marchy has 40 points right now. That’s awesome. William Karlsson has scored so many important goals for our team. Subban has been playing great in net, too. I wish the other guys could do this too and be a part of it. Too bad there’s only a few of us going. We get to go because of all of the work that they’ve done this season. -Marc-Andre Fleury

It’s very exciting to be named to the All-Star team. I’m looking forward to representing our team in Tampa and share the All-Star experience with Marc-Andre and Coach Gallant. Having three representatives from the Golden Knights is a great honor, there are a bunch of guys on our team who are having All-Star caliber seasons. Thanks to my teammates and coaches for their great play this season and Golden Knights fans for their unbelievable support. -James Neal

“They Are Just Absolutely A Dog And A Bone On That Puck”

The House Always Wins. (Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

If one game could sum up the Golden Knights season, last night was it. Considered the ultimate redemption game for Vegas, they beat the two-time defending Stanley Cup champs, and did it with a goal from a guy who has been a healthy scratch in each of the last five games and 12 of the past 13. Not only did the team win for their star goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury but they continue to handle the NHL’s best. After the 2–1 Golden Knights win, Fleury’s old mates commented on an emotional night.

When you see him in there it’s a little different, but once you get into play, you’re playing. Yeah, it’s the first time we played against each other, it’s to be expected to feel different. -Sidney Crosby, Penguins Captain

Maybe that’s a reason why #87 didn’t have one shot on goal. Alright, that’s a stretch but it was a difficult night for the two-time Conn Smythe winner.

I think they skate well. Every line plays the same and they keep it pretty simple. They didn’t beat themselves or make mistakes that could hurt them. When they did they didn’t break down and got some saves. Both goalies were good, but it’s just one of those games. Then they found a way to get that last one in the third. -Crosby

The win didn’t seem to upset Crosby nearly as much as it did Mike Sullivan.

It was a hard-fought game. It was another one of those games that could’ve went either way. There were chances on both sides and I thought the goaltending at both ends of the rink was good. It seems like those are the type of games that we’re in night in and night out and we haven’t found ways to win those, and that’s what we have to do. -Mike Sullivan, Penguins Head Coach

As Sullivan mentioned, the goaltending was good on both ends of the rink. For sixty minutes, Fleury was the better goaltender. His new teammates aggressively pressured his former backup Matt Murray.

They are just absolutely a dog and a bone on that puck. They just work so hard, and I think that’s where they know it caught us by surprise on a couple. Especially on the forecheck where like I said, caught by surprise, quick turn over, bang bang to the net. That’s what they are good at we knew that going into it, but they are definitely a hard working team and a fast team. Good in transition. You know, I don’t think they do anything special but they work extremely hard and I think that’s why they have such success. -Matt Murray, Penguins Goaltender

Quick, hard-working, strong on the forecheck, and good in transition. Basically, the Webster’s dictionary definition of an NHL playoff team.

There was also something about a dog and a bone, but we’ll leave that one alone for now.

Hurricanes Came Out Firing At Fleury

Well he had been out for awhile, you know almost for two months. I don’t know if we got to the him as much with bodies in front, but we got some pucks to the net.- Bill Peters, Carolina Head Coach

Stop shooting I’m me, I’m just used to getting back in there. (Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

Overall, the early strategy didn’t affect the outcome but it was clear Carolina tested Marc-Andre Fleury right away. The Hurricanes won the opening faceoff, and took their first shot :20 seconds into the game. Fleury faced five Carolina shots before the Golden Knights took their first. When Brayden McNabb’s errant pass deflected off Marcus Kruger for a goal, the Hurricanes were outshooting Vegas 9 to 4. Kruger’s goal was mere luck, but the early strategy resulted positively for Carolina.

Put aside the first period gift-wrapped goal, and Fleury didn’t mind the early action.

The first shot I slipped, I missed my post… not a pretty first one. A few in the chest, two in the pants, it was nice to feel the puck and make a couple of saves. – Marc-Andre Fleury

On the other side of the ice, Carolina goalie Cam Ward secured his 300th career victory. A proud Ward broke down the Golden Knights two goals he allowed.

Someone flew through my eyes and I didn’t see it. All I could hear is the ping off the crossbar. I’m trying to think of the second goal now, oh the breakaway. A tremendous release by Reilly. He’s kinda gifted with that. -Cam Ward, Carolina Goaltender

The happy-go-lucky ‘tender continued to praise the Golden Knights.

They really push the pace. They put pressure on your D-men with their speed. They’re an exciting team, they feed off the atmosphere at home. It’s no secret that they were 11-2 at home. They have good things going here and I’m not surprised. -Cam Ward, Carolina Goaltender

I guess you could say it was a game of goaltending storylines. Fleury and Ward played well but faced different offensive approaches. Partly because Vegas made things easier on the Canes goalie. Remember, 35 SOG is the magic number? The Golden Knights got just 24 shots on Ward. Not good enough.


The transaction signals that Fleury is scheduled to start the Golden Knights next game, home against Carolina.

How To Split The Starts With Fleury And Subban

After the Expansion Draft most believed the Golden Knights best position was goalie. The combination of Marc-Andre Fleury and Calvin Pickard would be able to keep Vegas in most games, even when they were being badly outplayed.

At least that’s what we thought.

Now a rash of injuries, a roster move, and 28 games into the season, the Golden Knights are back in a similar position of strength between the pipes, but in a much different situation. Since being claimed off waivers from the Boston Bruins, Malcolm Subban has done nothing but impress in the net. He’s 7-2-0 as a starter with a save percentage of .924. Subban is also 2-0 in shootout and has saved all nine attempts he’s faced.

Don’t worry, I’m not advocating for benching Fleury. Trading him though… (Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

Meanwhile, Fleury appears to be within days of his return and it’s long been considered that it’s his goal when he gets back. The question needs to be asked though, should it be?

There’s no question Fleury is the better goalie at this point in his career. He has three Stanley Cups, 375 career wins, 44 shutouts, and was pretty darn good before the injury (3-1, .925 SV%). But he’s also 33-years-old, coming off what we believe to be his third concussion.

There’s also a future to consider. Fleury’s cap hit is $5.75 million per year for the next two before he becomes a free agent. Subban, on the other hand, is 23-years old, flourishing in his first extended opportunity at the NHL level, and still has two years left on his entry-level contract ($650,000 AAV).

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