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Golden Knights vs. San Jose Sharks Photo Gallery – November 21st, 2019

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Logan Couture: “We’re Not Going To Out-Skill Them”

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San Jose Sharks captain Logan Couture isn’t being offered free drinks in this town any time soon. Neither will his coach Pete DeBoer, but they’re not bitter. Couture had no issues complimenting the level of skill in Las Vegas.

We’re not going to out-skill them. Their lineup compared to ours has a little bit more skill up front. -Logan Couture

After their 2-1 OT victory against the Golden Knights, Couture explained why the win felt better than most.

For sure. We only dressed eleven… then we were down to ten forwards and six d, and found a way. I thought we kind of defended, just defended the last ten minutes to try and get that to overtime. -Couture

The Sharks captain scored the OT winner, picking up their first points against Vegas this season. Couture knows the Golden Knights lineup better than most NHL players. In eleven regular season games, Couture has 8 points (4 Goals, 4 Assists) with a plus/minus of -10. Also, add in the 13 postseason games and it’s fairly obvious he’s aware of his opponent.

Anytime we play these guys it’s going to be tough. They’re a very good team. At the end of the year they’re going to be near the top of the division. -Couture

He’s on a shortlist of players Golden Knights fans like to heckle most but overall it doesn’t cloud his vision. Same goes for the Sharks coach.

Big character win for us. A lot of things stacked against us with done of the injuries in the lineup. Obviously, with what’s happened the last couple of times we’ve been here.- DeBoer

DeBoer referenced the past poor performances his team has had in Las Vegas.

There’s a lot of fire in this rivalry, but the biggest reason it’s such a great rivalry is that both teams are so good, and when they are chirping at each other, they aren’t afraid to say it.


Recap: Vegas allowed San Jose to get on the board first however, Gerard Gallant used an early challenge. Gallant ended up being right and the goal was called off because goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury was interfered with. The 1st period would end in scoreless tie.

Timo Meier would score quickly to start the 2nd period giving the Sharks a 1-0 lead. Vegas would get a power play opportunity but couldn’t convert. After 40 minutes of action, the Golden Knights trailed the Sharks by one.

Down 1-0 to start the 3rd period, Vegas worked hard to get back in the game. Brayden McNabb would tie the game for Vegas midway through the period.

The game went to OT where it was a wild back and forth period. A few one-on-none breaks materialized and Logan Couture finished off the game winner.

Vegas’ record falls to 11-9-4. The Golden Knights get back on the ice Saturday to welcome in Connor McDavid and at the Edmonton Oilers. Puck drop is scheduled for 7P. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: There’s really not much wrong with the way the Golden Knights played in the game aside from the outcome. It took a bit for the game to really get going, but by the middle of the 1st period Vegas started to take over. They created plenty of chances but couldn’t beat a hot goaltender enough to win the game.

It’s frustrating because it’s yet another game in which Vegas played well enough to win, but didn’t. At least this time they got a point. (Analysis by Ken)

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs San Jose Shark at T-Mobile Arena

  • Logan Couture once again spews positivity on the Golden Knights
  • Photo gallery from the game

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Nate Schmidt
** Marc-Andre Fleury
* Brayden McNabb

Vegas Has History Of Clinching Games In The Opening Minutes Vs SJS

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In their first two games of the 2019-2020 season, the Golden Knights have scored three goals in the opening ten minutes. It was a point of emphasis for the opponent after the opening night matchup against San Jose.

The key in this building is getting through the first ten minutes. And we didn’t do that.-Pete DeBoer, Sharks Head Coach

It’s not just this season, it dates back to the inaugural 2017-18 campaign. Under Gerard Gallant, the Golden Knights have a track record of taking quick control of the game, especially against the Sharks. Just look at how Vegas handles San Jose at T-Mobile Arena. The Golden Knights have a clear advantage in the opening ten minutes.

11/24/17: VGK 5 SJ 4
Shea Theodore Goal At 2:33 1st Period
James Neal Goal At 11:16 1st Period

3/31/18: VGK 3 SJ 2
Shea Theodore Goal At 2:21 1st Period

4/26/18: Game 1- VGK 7 SJ 0
Cody Eakin Goal At 4:31 1st Period
Erik Haula Goal At 4:57 1st Period
Jon Marchessault Goal At 6:02 1st Period
Alex Tuch Goal At 11:43 1st Period

11/24/18: VGK 6 SJ 0
William Karlsson Goal At 0:14 1st Period
Colin Miller Goal At 4:40 1st Period
Max Pacioretty Goal At 9:29 1st Period

01/10/19: SJ 3 VGK 2
Tomas Nosek Goal At 1:34 1st Period

04/14/19: Game 3- VGK 6 SJ 3
Mark Stone Goal At 0:14 1st Period
Max Pacioretty Goal At 12:43 1st Period

04/16/19: Game 4- VGK 5 SJ 0
Max Pacioretty Goal At 1:11 1st Period

10/02/19: VGK 4 SJ 1
Mark Stone Goal At 3:46 1st Period
Reilly Smith Goal At 5:21 1st Period

VGK/SJ History Totals:

VGK is 7-1-0 against San Jose when they score in the opening 10 minutes of a game
VGK scored 16 Goals against San Jose in the opening 13 minutes
VGK scored two or more goals in 5 separate games

Is it as simple as having a ‘race out of the gate’ mentality? Or is it the atmosphere at the T-Mobile Arena?

I think it’s a little bit of both. -Marc Andre Fleury

And nobody benefits more from the quick starts than the goalie.

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The Golden Knights traveled to San Jose for the first time since their heartbreaking Game 7 loss in last season’s postseason series.

Vegas started the game off fast yet again as William Carrier scored his first of the season at the 5:01 marker of the 1st period. The Golden Knights had multiple scoring chances but couldn’t convert until 14:09 in the period. Jonathan Marchessault tallied his first goal of the 2019-2020 season, giving his team a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes of play.

The 2nd period was a lot more defensive as the Golden Knights fought off two Sharks power plays and kept them scoreless through 30 minutes. With ten minutes left in the period, Brayden McNabb added his first career shorthanded goal to make it 3-0 Vegas. Tomas Nosek would join the party and score his first of the season. After 40 minutes in the books, the Golden Knights held a commanding 4-0 lead.

Vegas did everything they could to preserve the shutout for Marc-Andre Fleury in the third period. Nosek added his second and the team’s second shorthanded goal of the game to extend the lead 5-0. San Jose would later break the shutout with a power play goal. After a few skirmishes, the game ended 5-1 as the Golden Knights once again dominated the Sharks.

The Golden Knights remain undefeated (2-0) and head back home for a game against the Boston Bruins. Boston (1-0) will travel to Las Vegas for an out of conference battle. Puck drops at 7pm. (Recap by Jason)

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights at San Jose Sharks at SAP Center

  • Max Pacioretty singled out a tiny play that told him everything he needed to know about Cody Glass

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Brayden McNabb
** Marc-Andre Fleury
* Tomas Nosek

Golden Knights vs. San Jose Sharks Opening Night Photo Gallery – October 2nd, 2019

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The regular season began with a bang as the home team Vegas Golden Knights scored two goals in the opening five minutes. Mark Stone added Vegas’ first goal of the season on the power play. Reilly Smith doubled the score with his first making it 2-0 Golden Knights. San Jose would get one back to make a 2-1 game after one period. Vegas defenseman Nate Schmidt left the game and wouldn’t return with an apparent knee injury.

Vegas came out hot again to start the period, when Cody Glass scored his first NHL goal 2:12 into the 2nd period. Glass converted on a beautiful cross crease pass from Max Pacioretty. The two teams traded power plays but neither could convert. After 40 minutes Vegas held the 3-1 edge.

The Golden Knights fought off an early 3rd period Sharks power play and Smith and William Karlsson took advantage. Smith scored his second goal of the game, and first shorthanded goal of the season. The Golden Knights had to kill off a late penalty, but their kill stood up for a fifth time to keep the Sharks at one.

Vegas heads up to San Jose for the Sharks hope opener on Friday night. Faceoff is scheduled for 7:30PM. (Recap by Jason)

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. San Jose Sharks at T-Mobile Arena

  • A closer look at the Cody Glass 2nd line center experiment from many different angles
  • What to do without Schmidt
  • Photo Gallery from Opening Night

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Marc-Andre Fleury
** Cody Glass
* Reilly Smith


The Golden Knights final preseason game was a sneak peek to the highly anticipated season opener a gasoline the San Jose Sharks. It was a quick 1st period with neither team scoring in the first 17 minutes. William Carrier opened up the scoring with a nice deflection past San Jose goaltender Martin Jones for the 1-0 Vegas lead.

The Golden Knights would extend their lead 2-0 on a 2nd period power play goal by Jimmy Schuldt. After matching roughing penalties,  Vegas took advantage of the open ice and Jonathan Marchessault made 3-0. Mark Stone  would add a fourth on a little flick shot past Jones.

Vegas began the 3rd period with a four goal lead which the Sharks would cut into early. San Jose trailed Vegas 4-1 after Danil Yurtaykin scored with a nifty backhand. However, Reilly Smith would regain the four goal lead on Vegas’ third power play goal. The Golden Knights would go on to win a wild exhibition game 5-1.

The Golden Knights conclude the preseason with a record of 5-2. The 2019-2020 regular season begins Wednesday night in Las Vegas against the Sharks. (Recap by Jason)

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. San Jose Sharks preseason game at T-Mobile Arena.

  • Carp’s first article of the season remembering VGK’s response to 1 October
  • A San Jose Sharks star has high praise for Cody Glass

Ken’s Three VGK Stars

*** Valentin Zykov
** Valentin Zykov
* Valentin Zykov

Evander Kane’s reactions to the game



It was their first time back to the SAP Center in San Jose since Game 7 of the playoffs, but it’s a new season and it was a meaningless exhibition game.

Midway through the 1st period, Valentin Zykov picked up a rebound in front of the net and backhanded past Sharks goaltender Martin Jones. San Jose doubled Vegas in shots in the period but the Sharks trailed 1-0 after the opening twenty minutes.

The 2nd period featured a little more offense with each team getting on the scoreboard. Center Cody Glass fed Max Pacioretty for his fourth goal of the preseason for the 2-0 Vegas lead. Glass received a pass from Reilly Smith behind the net and found the open Pacioretty. San Jose would get one back :17 seconds later. Antti Suomela scored on some tick tack toe passing by Marc-Eduard Vlasic and Kevin Labanc. The Golden Knights held the 2-1 edge after two periods of play.

Alex Tuch gave the Golden Knights a two goal lead :58 seconds into the 3rd period. Vegas got an early Power Play and Tuch played catch and snap with Pacioretty into the offensive zone to make it 3-1. Vegas staved off an empty net attack but Marc-Andre Fleury skated off with his first victory of the preseason.

The 4-0 Golden Knights get back to action on Wednesday night at the T-Mobile Arena. Vegas will face Pierre-Eduard Bellemare and his new team the Colorado Avalanche. Puck drops at 7P.(Recap by Jason)

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. San Jose Sharks preseason game at SAP Center.

  • Odds and betting trends from every VGK game from William Hill

Ken’s Three VGK Stars

*** Dylan Coghlan
** Cody Glass
* Max Pacioretty


Nate Schmidt Is Pumped For The Opening Games Against San Jose

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The last seven times the Golden Knights have played hockey it has been against th San Jose Sharks. Prior to those seven, the last two really meaningful games in the regular season were a pair of games also against the Sharks. To open the 2019-20 season, the Golden Knights will open with not one, but two games against who else, the San Jose Sharks.

Nothing like dumping gasoline onto a fire to start the year. What a blossoming rivalry we have we these guys. -Nate Schmidt on NHL Network

Schmidt joined NHL Tonight on the NHL Network to chat about his summer, the upcoming season, and his less than stellar Da Beauty League appearance. (The whole video is embedded at the bottom) But his comments on the Sharks were the highlight of the show. You can clearly tell, the Golden Knights and Sharks still don’t like each other. With each one ending the other’s season the past two years, both teams are going to be out for blood early.

Those things don’t just boil over they don’t just go by the wayside. Guys don’t have a short memory when it comes to playing in big rivalry games. -Schmidt

Whether it’s Ryan Reaves vs. Evander Kane, Gerard Gallant calling Pete DeBoer “a clown,” Cody Eakin’s return to the ice after #NotAMajor, or even potential retaliation for Joe Thornton for the hit on Tomas Nosek that saw him suspended, there’s no shortage of storylines headed into October 2nd and 4th.

I was reading something from Logan Couture the other week on just how fast our rivalry has gone from 0 to 100 these last two years and he couldn’t be more right. -Schmidt

The biggest question of the night though is really how the T-Mobile Arena crowd will respond to the moment that ended their season a year ago. Will there be hostility toward the refs (who aren’t even the ones who made the call)? Will the anger be directed towards the Sharks, and which ones? And finally, what if the Golden Knights fall down early, does the building lose its up-beat positive party-like atmosphere and turn into something resembling the Black Hole?

I can only imagine Vegas-style (on Opening Night), you’re not going to be able to hear the guy sitting next to you on the bench. -Schmidt

There’s only one way to find out and it sure sounds like everybody involved is ready to find out… in 37 days.

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