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NEW YORK RANGERS 5 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 0 (15-12-5 35 PTS)

Recap: The Vegas Golden Knights got to skate on their home ice for the first since November 29th in an afternoon matchup against the New York Rangers.

Vegas had many quality scoring chance from the start of the game but couldn’t seem to get one past Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev. New York scored two goals in a span of :14 seconds to take a 2-0 lead after one period of action.

The Rangers continued to shut down Vegas’ offense and score more goals in the 2nd period. Vegas gave up a power play goal, followed up with an even-strengthen goal to make it 4-0 visitors.

The game got chippy in the 3rd period leading to a fight with William Carrier and NY’s Brendan Lemieux. Lemieux landed a questionable hit on Cody Glass which Vegas to exception with. The Rangers would add another taking a commanding 5-0 lead.

Vegas’ record drops to 15-12-5 and break their five-game point streak. The Golden Knights will try and get back on track Tuesday against the Chicago Blackhawks. Game time is scheduled for 7PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights came out firing on all cylinders in this one creating heaps of scoring chances in the 1st period. However, they couldn’t find a way to put one past a goalie that played incredibly well. The offense dissipated as the game went on and New York capitalized on every chance they had. The game was not nearly as bad as the score, but a 4th loss as a -200 favorite is a huge problem. (Analysis by Ken)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs New York Rangers at T-Mobile Arena

  • Golden Knights players chat about the league-wide coaching issues
  • Jonathan Marchessault’s new stick is helping his game, but not in the way you’d expect

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** William Carrier
** Tomas Nosek
* Reilly Smith

 

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 NEW YORK RANGERS 1 (14-11-4 32 PTS)

Recap: The Vegas Golden Knights came in the historic Madison Garden looking to take care of business. NY native Alex Tuch got things going immediately for the Golden Knights, scoring two goals in the first 3:50 of the game.

Reilly Smith continued Vegas’ offensive attack early in the 2nd period with a nasty backhand over Henrik Lundqvist, making it 3-0. Max Pacioretty have Vegas a four goal lead a minute and a half later. After the first 30 minutes of the game, the Golden Knights had two even-strengthened goals, and two power play goals. The Rangers would get on the board but Vegas would hold a firm 4-1 lead after 40 minutes of action.

The Golden Knights defended and secured their three goal lead in the 3rd period. Vegas only shot four times on net but fought off a handful of Ranger power plays. The Golden Knights finished of New York 4-1.

Vegas improves their record to 14-11-4 with their first victory of a three game road trip. The Golden Knights get right back on the ice tomorrow against the New Jersey Devils. Puck drop is scheduled for 4P. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights came out on fire to start this one. Alex Tuch was an absolute monster playing in his natural right-wing position and William Carrier and Cody Glass looked much better on that line as well. The defensive system was far from perfect, but Subban and a bunch of missed chances by the Rangers kept the game at bay. Overall, it was the kind of game the Golden Knights needed for their confidence. They jumped out to an early lead, and despite taking a bunch of penalties were able to coast to the finish. Not sure I would call it dominant, but it was absolutely a good enough effort to beat an average team.  (Analysis by Ken)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights at New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden

  • More on the acquisition of Chandler Stephenson

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Malcolm Subban
** William Carrier
* Alex Tuch

 

Carp: Knights Will Be Tested On Big Apple Road Trip

**Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Famer, Steve Carp’s returns to SinBin.vegas for the 2019-20 season. His weekly column publishes every Sunday during the Golden Knights season and is brought to you by the Jimmerson Law Firm.**

NEW YORK — When the NHL schedule came out last July and the Golden Knights were on the docket for three games in the New York metropolitan area, two things jumped out at me:

One, the Knights were going to have to go to Long Island for the first time when they played the Islanders on Dec. 5 after playing in Brooklyn the first two seasons.

Two, this was a trip I wanted to try and make.

Second things first. I’m here amid the cold, the rain and the snow for the entire week. And yes, the game at Nassau Coliseum Thursday became the toughest of the three, which you couldn’t say was the case back in July.

My initial thought was the Devils game Tuesday in Newark would be the toughest for Vegas. New Jersey had significantly upgraded its roster. It had the No. 1 overall draft pick in Jack Hughes. Hell, the Devs even snagged Nikita Gusev from the Knights and there was a lot of hand-wringing among the SinBinners that Gusev was going to emerge as a superstar in Jersey and replace Filip Forsberg as George McPhee’s biggest gaffe as a hockey executive.

The Rangers? They’re on a youth kick, though veteran center Mika Zibanejad has had some nice games against the Knights. Still, the Knights had won in Madison Square Garden before and they figured to put enough offensive pressure against the Blueshirts’ defense corps and get a couple pucks past Henrik Lundqvist (if he plays), or more likely Alexandar Georgiev. Plus a matchup between the pipes of The King vs. Marc-Andre Fleury, both of who are headed to the Hall of Fame, would be worth the flight to the Big Apple.

As for the Islanders, I thought they would regress after last year’s amazing turnaround, especially losing goalie Robin Lehner, who was nothing short of outstanding. Of the three games, I thought this would be the best chance for the Knights to pick up two points on the trip.

That was my thought process back in July. Obviously, things have unfolded quite a bit differently since to change my mind.

The Devils may be the NHL’s biggest disappointment. The Rangers are inconsistent and despite having a winning record, struggle to finish games.

The Islanders? They figure to be the toughest opponent on the Knights’ three-game roadie which begins Monday at Madison Square Garden with the Rangers and continues Tuesday in Newark against the Devils. And not just because they’re currently the best of the three teams the Knights will face, their building is a bitch to play in.

Mat Barzal, the Isles’ all-star center, said while the team has had success both in Brooklyn and at the Coliseum, he admits the vibe is a little different at the place Islander fans call “Fort Neverlose.”

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 NEW YORK RANGERS 2 (27-15-4 58 PTS)

It took quite a while for whatever was happening on the ice to look like a hockey game, but when it did it was clear which team was better. Vegas scored first with a Cody Eakin goal on a slick no-look chip in by Alex Tuch, then Brandon Pirri does what he always does scoring his seventh in eight games. Jonathan Marchessault got on the board with the Golden Knights third goal, his first in seven games. New York finally struck back in the 3rd breaking up the shutout, but the game was in hand all the way for the Golden Knights’ seventh straight.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs New York Rangers at T-Mobile Arena.

  • Nate Schmidt, Ryan Reaves, and Marc-Andre Fleury in quite possibly the funniest interview ever.

Ken’s Three Stars
*** Max Pacioretty
** Brandon Pirri
* Jon Merrill

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 NEW YORK RANGERS 3 (19-14-2 40 PTS) – OT

The Golden Knights controlled the puck for all but about 10 seconds of the first three minutes of the game, yet somehow New York scored and drew a penalty during that time. Vegas stormed back though with a pair of goals of their own starting with a shot from Colin Miller that bounced off the glass and back into the crease and Reilly Smith put it home. The Rangers tied it again in the 2nd, but William Carrier created a turnover and then scored a return feed on an odd-man rush. A quick strike saw the score tied for a third time and eventually, it stayed that way into OT. An odd-man rush with Paul Stastny and Alex Tuch broke out and Stastny fed Tuch for the game-winner.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights at New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden

  • Oscar Lindberg: Lineup wrecker (because he’s been good)

Three Stars
*** William Carrier
** Henrik Lundqvist
* Alex Tuch

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 (29-10-2 60 PTS) NEW YORK RANGERS 1

In front of one of the loudest and most juiced up crowds of the year (highest attendance of the year) the Rangers struck first in the 1st period. Vegas was able to answer with one of their own from James Neal. The 2nd went scoreless. The Golden Knights grabbed the lead with a beautiful Reilly Smith cross-ice pass to William Karlsson, who never misses an open net. Fleury was tremendous down the stretch of the 3rd and the Golden Knights were able to win their 29th game and record their 60th point in the first half of the season.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. New York Rangers at T-Mobile Arena.

  • A deeper dive into the insanity (or not) of William Karlsson’s shooting percentage.
  • Expansion Draft Report Card – Midterm, Year 1 (Postponed until after the deadline. There were not as many changes as expected by this point to publish another one. The next report card will come in early March. )

Three Stars
*** James Neal
** Marc-Andre Fleury
* William Karlsson

NEW YORK RANGERS 6 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 (8-3-0 16 PTS)

The Golden Knights took a 2-1 lead and extended it to 4-2 heading into the 2nd intermission. But then everything crumbled as a pair of penalties by David Perron sparked a four-goal barrage by the Rangers. Vegas drops its second in a row to start the six-game road trip.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights at New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

Three Stars

***Reilly Smith
** Pavel Buchnevich
* Mika Zibanejad

Replay: In The Bin – Vegas Golden Knights at New York Rangers (Guest: Jesse Granger)

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Starting at 3:45 we will be live watching the game providing commentary in a way only SinBin.vegas can for a Golden Knights game.

You can listen here or you can download the Mixlr app.

**Thanks to Jesse Granger from the Las Vegas Sun for being the guinea pig on tonight’s “In The Bin” maiden voyage.**

Miss it? Here’s the replay. We’ll be back at it Thursday night for the game in Boston.  Same place, same time, new guest.

No 2018 Winter Classic At West Point, But That Won’t Stop Vegas From Visiting

During the entire Winter Classic today I couldn’t get my mind off the thought of someday watching the Vegas Golden Knights play in the NHL’s regular season gem. A while back we explored the idea of the Golden Knights being the away team at a game at West Point against the New York Rangers.

Well, it’s time to let that dream die… at least for 2018. The Creator confirmed the organization did indeed explore the possibility of playing a game at the home of the United States Army, but its not suitable for an NHL game at the moment.

The West Point rink doesn’t have NHL standard glass. The glass isn’t flexible. No (other) plans on the Winter Classic. -The Creator

However, his plans to bring his new team to the school he holds so near and dear to his heart are not going down because of some rigid glass.

We are going to have a day trip to West Point during an East Coast swing so the players can experience the institution.

So, no Winter Classic at West Point, no preseason game there, and no other discussions about Vegas playing in the 2018 Winter Classic anywhere else at this point. But that trip to West Point is going to be amazing for everyone involved.

Fingers crossed there’s an extra spot on the Foley VGK jet for a certain media member/blogger/me to experience it and share it with you as well.

Las Vegas In Winter Classic 2018 At West Point? Yes Please

**There is an update to this story.**

There have been multiple reports of the 2018 Winter Classic game being played at West Point with the New York Rangers as one of the participants.

The Rangers however must be the away team as their agreement with Madison Square Garden forbids them to give up a home game. Enter Las Vegas. There’s an obvious connection with The Creator to his alma mater, but the idea makes sense beyond that.

The NHL wants to do all it can to highlight Las Vegas in its first season, and aside from opening night, which will almost certainly be a Vegas home game, the Winter Classic is the premier slot. There is this problem though…

We would love to be involved in an outdoor game, but we wouldn’t give up a home date to do it. –The Creator to the LVRJ

My question, why not? At this very moment season ticket holders are beginning the process of selecting their seats for the inaugural season at T-Mobile Arena. The plan is for the team to play four preseason games and 41 regular season games in the building. But if there’s ever been a team in a position to give up a home game without the ire of their fan base it’s this one.

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