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MONTREAL CANADIENS 5 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 (8-5-1 17 PTS) – OT

It was Halloween night and The Golden Knights would get more than just treats as two key players made it back from injury. Nate Schmidt returned to anchor the defense and Alex Tuch hit the ice ready to shoot.

After trailing 1-0 the Golden Knights came back to control the game. William karlsson ties the game with a goal in his third straight game. A fresh Tuch gave his team the lead on a laser past Montreal’s goaltender. Schmidt picked up his first assist on Tuch’s first goal.

The Canadiens scored the only 2nd period goal of the game. Vegas had multiple quality scoring chances but was stoned by strong goaltending by Keith Kincaid. After 40 minutes it was tied 2-2.

Vegas broke out in the 3rd period on goals by Cody Glass and Mark Stone. Max Pacioretty picked up his 500th career point with an assist on Stone’s 8th goal of the season. Former Vegas forward Tomas Tatar got Montreal within one, and moments later Montreal ties the game 4-4.

Golden Knights fell apart completely in overtime blowing multiple coverages and allowing a quick goal.

Vegas’ falls to 8-5-1 with their loss to Montreal. The Golden Knights will get back to action on Saturday night. Vegas welcomes in the Winnipeg Jets for their only visit to Las Vegas. Puck drop is scheduled for 7P.
(Recap by Jason)


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  • Jack Dugan says once he “dominates” at the level he’s at, he’ll be ready to move on. 14 points in 6 game sounds like that.

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Max Pacioretty
** Cody Glass
* Alex Tuch

Jonathan Marchessault and Gerard Gallant talk about the defeat to the Canadiens…

Canadiens Tweet Indicates Golden Knights Offered 3rd Round Pick To Move Up In 1st Round

(Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

Before the Golden Knights selected Peyton Krebs at #17 in the 2019 NHL Draft, they had to sit and wait. They watched names like Jack Hughes, Kaapo Kakko, and Kirby Dach be selected by other NHL teams as the clock ticked closer and closer to the Golden Knights turn.

However, thanks to a little behind the scenes video tweeted out by the Montreal Canadiens, we now know that the Golden Knights weren’t just sitting on their hands waiting. The video shows Canadiens GM, Marc Bergevin, picking up the phone while Montreal was on the clock.

Hello. Yeah. What are you offering? Hold on. (sets phone down to speak to staff) 3rd round pick to move two spots. (Staff member shakes head and says “No.”) No, we’re picking. -Marc Bergevin

Here’s the video so you can see it yourself.

On the other side of the phone was almost certainly George McPhee (or Kelly McCrimmon or someone else on the Golden Knights staff). We can only speculate this because the Golden Knights were the team that held the pick “two spots” from the Canadiens.

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Could Montreal Show Interest in Colin Miller?

(Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

TSN’s Darren Dreger reported this week the Montreal Canadiens are looking to bolster their blueline. The Golden Knights are expected to make some moves this offseason and 26-year-old defenseman Colin Miller could be one of the players involved. We’ve speculated Miller could be moved in an attempt to make space for Golden Knights defensive prospects (Nic Hague, Jimmy Schuldt, Zach Whitecloud) and continue to build up organizational depth.

The sense that I’m getting is that (Bergevin’s) in the market for a good young defenseman. I don’t know who that might be, but if that’s what he’s looking for than he’s going to have to give up a good player or players. -Darren Dreger, TSN Montreal

Other defensemen rumored to be available are Islanders’ Nick Leddy, Toronto’s Nikita Zaitsev, and Calgary’s TJ Brodie. All three cost $4.5-$5.5M against the salary cap, and two shoot left-handed. Miller is more affordable (3.875M) and carries a right-handed stick.

Are there players, or is there a player that maybe didn’t have as good of a season as the team or the player expected last year of has struggled the last couple of seasons? Maybe that individual needs a change of scenery. -Dreger

One thing Montreal will take into consideration is Miller’s disappointing 2018-19 season. Accuracy was a major problem for Miller shooting a career low (2.3%), only edging out Deryk Engelland (1.9%) for the worst percentage for Golden Knights players with a minimum of 100 shots. The Canadiens front office could see that as a good problem. Montreal defenseman Shea Weber has one of history’s most lethal shots, and this could add some vital assistance.

There’s a lot of talk. There’s a lot of chatter out there. I’m going to be curious see how much of it is connected to the RFA, the restricted free agent pool. I look at the Vegas Golden Knights… they don’t have William Karlsson signed yet and they’ve got a lot of money. They’re at the cap and they’ve got players that they’ve got to attend too. I think more than ever, there are so many contracts that potentially are trying to be moved. I had a high profile player agent tell me the other he thinks there are at least 35 contracts in the league that are in play. -Dreger

Another note to mention is Montreal GM Marc Bergevin tends to make a splash early. Over the past few years Bergevin has traded for Shea Weber, Jonathan Drouin, and Max Domi in mid to late June. Miller’s not quite a big fish but he could fill a large need for the Canadiens.

To what degree and what is the willingness from Montreal’s standpoint to put up a good player, or players, or prospects, or draft picks to acquire this piece. -Dreger

The Golden Knights front office are clearly comfortable working with Bergevin after both parties came away satisfied after the Max Pacioretty trade late last summer. Who knows maybe both teams will work on future deals together. Possibly starting this Saturday.

MONTREAL CANADIENS 4 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 (20-15-3 43 PTS) – OT

Two unlikely heroes emerged as Brandon Pirri scored twice in his second game of the season for the Golden Knights. But it was the more unlikely hero on the other side that emerged as the story of the day. Phillip Danault, who had two goals on the season coming in, scored a hat trick including the game-tying goal inside of the final two minutes of the game. In overtime, the Golden Knights couldn’t get any extended possession and eventually conceded the game-winner.

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Three Stars
*** Brayden McNabb
** Philip Danualt
* Brandon Pirri

MONTREAL CANADIENS 5 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 (7-9-1 15 PTS)

The Golden Knights put in a dominant 1st period jumping out to a two-goal lead. The first goal came from Brad Hunt on the power play and then Jonathan Marchessault deflected one in with his skate for the second. However, a nightmare five minutes led to three straight Canadien goals. Vegas did respond with a goal of their own from Alex Tuch set up by some great forechecking from Cody Eakin. Vegas took yet another lead in the 3rd but blew it once again. Tomas Tatar scored the game-winner.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights at Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre.

  • Steve Carp’s column the impact Nate Schmidt must have when he returns.

Three Stars
*** William Karlsson
** Jesperi Kotkaniemi
* Andrew Shaw

Canadiens Players Fawn Over “Sick” Atmosphere At T-Mobile Arena

Not sure there’s a bigger difference between two NHL cities, arenas, and fan bases than Montreal and Vegas. (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

Imagine that place in the playoffs. It would be crazy. -Max Pacioretty, Montreal Captain

The Montreal Canadiens made their first ever visit to T-Mobile Arena, and received the full Las Vegas experience, including the butt-kicking. The in-arena entertainment was alive, Vegas fans created a wild atmosphere, and Montreal was clobbered by the Golden Knights. Sounds like a normal trip for most visiting teams.

It almost sounds like Pacioretty would consider trading in his red sweater for a suit of gold armor.

Everyone around the league that I’ve talked to that has already played here said the same thing and I just said, ‘oh yeah that’s great,’ but when you experience it for yourself, that was a treat to play and I wish we played them more than once a year. They do such a good job with the entertainment in this building. It was really a lot of fun except for the result. -Pacioretty

Yeah that’s one of the better atmospheres I’ve ever been involved in. It’s obviously a pretty sick place to play. -Jordie Benn, Montreal Defenseman

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Golden Knights vs. Montreal Canadiens Photo Gallery – February 17th, 2018

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 6 (39-15-4 82 PTS) MONTREAL CANADIENS 3

An absolute wild 1st period which involved five goals, a pulled goalie, a two penalties saw the Golden Knights ahead 3-2. The 2nd period was dominated by Vegas as they extended the lead to 5-2 with goals from Ryan Carpenter and Reilly Smith. Nate Schmidt cashed in to give the Golden Knights a four goal lead, they would eventually come out on top by the final score of 6-3.

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Three Stars
*** Nate Schmidt
** Ryan Carpenter
* Reilly Smith

MONTREAL CANADIENS 3 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 (9-5-1 19 PTS)

A miserable start put the Golden Knights in an early hole. They were able to manage just two shots on goal in the first period. However, one of them was the goal of the year so far by Pierre-Edouard Bellemare. Erik Haula gets one late, but it’s just not quite enough for Vegas to tie it up. Three points on a six game trip is very “e-word” like.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights at Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre.

Three Stars

*** David Perron
** Jordie Benn
* Brendan Gallagher

Al Montoya’s Deal In Montreal Was Expansion Inspired

We’ve been talking about the expansion draft since 2015 and how we know teams aren’t going to make it easy for the Golden Knights. The current 30 other teams will make trades, juggle prospects, or even expose good players; all with the expansion draft in mind. However, some moves get ignored because they seem small and insignificant, when in reality, teams are quietly preparing for June’s expansion draft. Al Montoya‘s two-year extension in Montreal is a perfect example.

In 2007 Montoya was the sixth overall selection. New York took the goaltender after Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, Andrew Ladd and Blake Wheeler were off the board. Sidebar, the Rangers had a terrible period of first round selections. Here’s a sample from 1999-2004; Pavel Brendl #4, Manny Malhotra #7, Jamie Lundmark#9, Dan Blackburn #10, Hugh Jessiman #12. I guess all is forgiven when you hit a home run like Henrik Lundqvist in the seventh round (2000). Some scouts will always argue against drafting first round goaltenders, which brings us back to Carey Price‘s backup. Montoya may have been scouted as a top pick, but now he’s an average NHL backup. He’s obviously doing something right if Montreal is willing to pay him for two more years. Or is the backup just a chess piece?

Montreal signed Montoya for two-years at $2.1 million. Not a bad payday for a guy who averages 25 games a season. Since Price has an NMC, the signing means we know Montoya will be available for Vegas. Making it a risk for Montreal… or so it would seem. George McPhee will obviously scout and consider Montoya, but there are likely to be a few better options to take from Montreal. Alexei Emelin, Tomas Plekanec, and Andrei Markov, to name a few. These are older players, with expensive contracts, who bring experience and leadership. Making them more attractive to Vegas than Montoya.

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