Fairly sloppy 1st period ended without a score. Marc-Andre Fleury sprung into action in the 2nd making highlight save after highlight save including two on breakaways. Fleury continued his heroics in the 3rd keeping the Flyers off the board the entire night. Cody Eakin put in a great effort to keep the puck in the zone and then got rewarded with a perfect pass that he put into the top corner. Big win the Golden Knights really needed.
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Cody Eakin has energized the 3rd line in a big way.
Three Stars *** Brian Elliott ** Marc-Andre Fleury * Cody Eakin
Oh my goodness. Fleury has been out of this world this afternoon.
Not much went right for the Golden Knights in the opener. (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)
No doubt about it, last night’s 5-2 loss to Philadelphia was an ugly start to the season.
They played a good game and we played a bad game, and that’s usually a bad mix. -Pierre-Edouard Bellemare
It’s all on us. The D has the puck and we didn’t give options on the wall, we were far from each other, we didn’t manage the puck well at both blue lines and just bad decisions the whole game. -Jonathan Marchessault
The Golden Knights will toss it away and move on to Minnesota like they normally do. After all, even though it was the first game of the season, it’s still just one game and a lopsided loss is the same as a close loss in the standings.
But the question certainly needs to be asked, how did the Golden Knights look so bad? Was it the Flyers stellar play or mistakes the Golden Knights made, and more importantly, is this something that might continue?
We need to be ready. This was definitely not good enough of an effort. Every night there’s a good hockey team, if we’re not ready we’re going to get spanked like we just did. -Marchessault
From the winning locker room, Philadelphia believed it was a combination of both their strong execution and Vegas’ miscues.
We took advantage of what we got. It was a solid game, we did a good job of creating opportunities. -Wayne Simmonds, Flyers forward
On the Flyers first and second goals, Vegas made costly errors from their defensemen and forwards. Jon Merrill made a timing mistake in the offensive zone which led to an odd-man rush on the first one, and Oscar Lindberg made an egregious backhand dump attempt that Philly picked off and stormed to the net to score the second. Both mistakes led directly to goals.
Of all things, an assist by Marc-Andre Fleury on a goal from Jonathan Marchessault kicked off the scoring in 2018-19. The Golden Knights held the lead for a bit but two goals to close out the period sent the Flyers to the locker room ahead. Vegas forgot to come out of the locker room for the 2nd, playing an absolutely miserable period. Philadelphia scored three more to go up 5-1 and Fleury was replaced by Subban midway through the period. Pierre-Edouard Bellemare put in a nice shorthanded goal, but not much else doing for the Golden Knights in the 3rd.
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It’s one game, but losing it definitely puts a bit of added pressure to perform on the road trip.
Things all went right for Philadelphia or did everything go wrong for Vegas?
Three Stars *** Brian Elliott ** Jonathan Marchessault * Wayne Simmonds
Bad change from Philly leads to Marchessault on the break. First goal of the year and the assist to Fleury!!! 1-0 VGK!!!
For the first time in a while, the Golden Knights were buzzing in the 1st. The high paced period ended with just one goal, from Erik Haula. The 2nd seemed to resort back to more of what we’ve seen recently from Vegas; a much slower period which led to a goal by the Flyers to head to the final intermission tied. The Golden Knights got it going again early in the final period scoring first, but they conceded the game tying goal moments later. Then, an incredible shift by Pierre-Edouard Bellemare set up a goal for Ryan Carpenter to give Vegas their 45th win and Marc-Andre Fleury’s 400th career victory.
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Three Stars for the year. Who has been featured most often this season?
Three Stars *** William Karlsson ** Claude Giroux * Ryan Carpenter
Carpy Deuces again! Bellemare with some unbelievable effort along the boards. Also, Merrill had a great keep in the zone. VGK 3 PHI 2, under 3 to go!
It didn’t take time for the game to get going as the Golden Knights had a shot on goal within the first 10 seconds. Then, they took a penalty 1:00 into the game and Chicago cashed in to go ahead. Each team scored in the 2nd to send the game to the final period 2-1 Chicago. The Golden Knights did not wait long to take the game over though. Three goals in the first five minutes of the 3rd by Brad Hunt, Reilly Smith, and David Perron gave Vegas a lead they would not relinquish.
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When it rains it pours for the Golden Knights. Why are they so good at scoring over and over again on teams?
Three Stars *** David Perron ** Brad Hunt * Reilly Smith
Perron came out of the box with fireworks coming out of his bum. Flying around the ice. He scores the Golden Knights 3rd of the period… which is just 5 minutes old. THIS is what you do to a team that's reeling. 4-2 VGK.
“Coach said they were icing it so much they should open a bakery.” -Probably what Cody Eakin was thinking (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)
What did the Flyers do with the puck when the Golden Knights offensively pressured last night? They iced it.
I don’t think the icings were effecting us. When we were all on the same page and we know what we’re doing, guys are out of position it’s easier to ice it. Get back into position and start from scratch. -Radko Gudas, Flyers Defenseman
In the second period alone, Philadelphia iced the puck six times including three within a :30 second span. The Flyers dumped the puck from their own zone to slow down a heavy attack by the Golden Knights.
There was a lot of icing, a lot more than usual… I thought the second was a bad period for us and the third, they were protecting the lead and they did a great job protecting it. We didn’t get many good chances. -Gerard Gallant
Flyers captain Claude Giroux echoed his teammates comments, that icing the puck allowed some breathing room.
I think first period we came out and it was pretty hard. They were making plays that not a lot of teams make. For us, it was just to regroup and make sure we’re on the same page out there. When we had our chances, we were able to put them in. -Claude Giroux, Flyers Captain
Icing the puck is usually looked at as a bad decision or a mistake. Philadelphia used it to their advantage, and took the opportunity to disrupt the Golden Knights momentum. At times, it looked as if the icing stoppage was frustrating Vegas.
Yeah for sure. When we were playing in our zone and they were all over us, sometimes we were able to take a breather and readjust. It wasn’t our game plan to ice the puck as much as we did but I think we did in times when we had to. It helped us weather the storm. -Gudas
The two Golden Knights we asked, Pierre-Eduoard Bellemare and William Karlsson claimed it didn’t have an effect on the game. All Star head coach Gerard Gallant agreed with his players. The Flyers head coach agreed with his opponents.
The Golden Knights got on the board first with a goal for Brayden McNabb but the Flyers, despite being outshot by 13 through two, scored three unanswered to give them the lead heading into the final frame. Vegas was able to muster up a bunch of shots through the final 20 minutes, but couldn’t ever get one to go. Rough loss on home ice to start the homestand.
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Flyers seemed to take the air out of the game all night. They were outshot, outpossessed heavily, but won the game. A look into the effectiveness of that strategy against the Golden Knights.
Three Stars *** Michal Neuvirth ** Brayden McNabb * Sean Couturier
As if this game should end any other way, the Flyers ice the puck, for about the 45th time, and it goes into the empty net. Just not the Golden Knights night at all.