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The Golden Knights came out firing dominating the first 10 minutes or so and scoring the first goal. The game started to slip as the period ended but VGK held on to the one-goal lead. San Jose mustered up only five shots in the 2nd but one found its way past Marc-Andre Fleury. A surprising hero emerged in the 3rd to give the Golden Knights a goal as Jon Merrill recorded his first of the season. However, a pair of quick goals put the Sharks back in front. The Golden Knights had a late power play in which they went 6-on-4 but couldn’t find the equalizer.

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

  • The wild ride that has been the life of Max Lagace as a Golden Knight.

Ken’s Three Stars
*** Jon Merrill
** Tomas Nosek
* Tomas Hertl


The Golden Knights wasted no time to win this game scoring :14 second in and then three more times in the 1st period. William Karlsson recorded the fastest goal in team history. Max Pacioretty got on the board twice and Colin Miller added a goal for the second straight game. Things got a bit chippy in the 2nd as both Evander Kane and Pete DeBoer were ejected from the game. Alex Tuch added the sixth goal of the game in the 3rd. Marc-Andre Fleury recorded his fourth shutout in his last five home games and his league-leading fifth of the season.

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

  • Steve Carp’s emotional column on the importance of Hockey Fights Cancer including his personal bout with cancer.

Three Stars
*** William Carrier
** Max Pacioretty
*  Marc-Andre Fleury

VGK Has Become The Hunted

The Golden Knights have basically become the bully of the Pacific. (Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

Rivalries grow over time. Years and years of brutally beating up on each other, battling for divisional crowns and eliminating one another in the playoffs. Or so I thought…

Stevens had that to say after last week’s preseason game at the T-Mobile Arena. On Sunday, Sharks coach Pete DeBoer wouldn’t go as far as Stevens, but if this sure sounds like rivalry coach-speak to me.

It’s great. It’s great for a couple reasons, one, it felt like an important game because of the environment, the situation the crowd so that’s always good to get you prepared for that. -Pete DeBoer, San Jose coach

Both San Jose and Vegas suited up most core players as if it were a meaningful game. The Sharks were looking forward to their final preseason matchup at Vegas.

We felt like it was our last chance to have a tune up for us, be ready and get ready. Parts of our game we think we’re ready and other parts there still a lot of room for improvement. -Joe Pavelski, Sharks forward

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Took the Golden Knights 10 minutes before they got a single shot on goal but that didn’t stop them from getting on the board first. Nick Holden scored his first (preseason) goal in a Vegas sweater on a great takeaway by Jonathan Marchessault. The shorthanded flood gates opened in the 2nd and 3rd with the Golden Knights scoring three goals while killing penalties; two by Nosek, one by Pacioretty. The preseason means nothing, but this team certainly looks ready for Thursday.

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

  • Final 23 man roster prediction
  • Hear what Erik Karlsson had to say after the game. (He didn’t end up speaking so, scrap this.)

Three Stars
*** Pierre-Edouard Bellemare
** Nick Holden
* Tomas Nosek

The Most Impressive Stat Of The Playoffs Came On The Road In Game 6

Through two rounds of the playoffs, the Golden Knights lead postseason teams in a few crucial statistics. First and for most, Vegas is tied with Tampa for the most postseason wins with eight. Vegas leads the playoffs with 204 blocked shots and 106 takeaways despite playing the fewest number of games of any playoff team. However, the stat of the postseason may have happened last night in the series-clinching Game 6.

Against a desperate Sharks team, Vegas played smart protecting the puck and maintaining possession all game. Amazingly, the Golden Knights gave away the puck only once in Game 6. One giveaway in a road closeout game. One!

Unsurprisingly, they are the first team this season to complete a game with just one giveaway.

Some argue giveaway/takeaway stats are not truly accurate, but even with the margin of error involved in scoring hockey games, one giveaway is incredible. The definition of a giveaway is when a player’s own actions result in a loss of possession to the opposing team. Think back, can you even remember the one?

Overall, the Golden Knights have hit their giveaway average in four of ten postseason contests.

Fewest Giveaways in a single playoff game (1)
Fewest total Giveaways in Playoffs (83)
Fewest Giveaway average per game (8.3)

Won’t lose many games giving away the puck just once in 60 minutes. (Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

Vegas was so responsible with the puck in Game 6 that San Jose had trouble gaining possession for a majority of the night. To be fair, the Golden Knights only created two takeaways in last night’s closeout game, but that was likely a result of Vegas playing conservatively with a lead while their opponent chased.

If the Golden Knights continue to play error-free hockey, the remaining teams should look out. Surprisingly, Vegas turned the puck over 15 times in Game 5’s victory. Proving the Pacific Conference Champions can win a sloppy game or two… or eight.

(In case you were wondering, Deryk Engelland committed the one giveaway in the game. Oh, and while we’re on the topic of giveaways, keep your eyes out for the next Adam Kutner contest. He’s giving away, see what we did there, two tickets to every Western Conference Finals game, and it’s free to enter. More details soon.)


Not exactly the start the Golden Knights were hoping for taking two penalties and avoiding multiple shots off the pipes, however Vegas avoided disaster exiting the period at 0-0. A dominant forecheck led to the Golden Knights first goal from Jonathan Marchessault. Then, a shot from the high slot from Nate Schmidt appeared to hit off the crossbar, the game continued on but was then stopped moments later to take a look at the goal. It was ruled good and Vegas had a 2-0 lead. The Golden Knights played one of their best periods of hockey of the postseason in the 3rd, controlling play and giving the Sharks absolutely no room to breathe. The Golden Knights are going to the Western Conference Finals!!!

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. San Jose Sharks in Game 6 of Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at SAP Center.

  • 4th line’s excellent play in Game 6
  • A look ahead to the possibility of Nashville or Winnipeg
  • An absolute clinic in closing out a game.

Three Stars
*** Nate Schmidt
** Jonathan Marchessault
* Marc-Andre Fleury

Golden Knights vs. San Jose Sharks: Game 5 – Photo Gallery – May 4th, 2018

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With a bundle of lineup changes coming in there way a major question mark on what to expect from the Golden Knights in the first 20 minutes. It wasn’t perfect, but with just three seconds left in the period James Neal found the back of the net to give the Golden Knights the 1-0 lead. 2nd period magic returned for Vegas as they jumped down the Sharks throats scoring two more and grabbing complete control of the game, and the series. Alex Tuch scored his second of the game in the 3rd to cap one of his best games of the season. The Sharks didn’t go away scoring three straight to make it very interesting, but a late Marchessault empty netter sealed it.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. San Jose Sharks in Game 5 of Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at T-Mobile Arena.

  • Gallant pulls all the right strings, especially in getting the 3rd line going again.
  • Photo gallery from photographer Brandon Andreasen
  • VGK now 3-0 in odd number games in the series, plus home teams winning Game 5 leads to overwhelming success.

Three Stars
*** Erik Haula
** David Perron
* Alex Tuch


Vegas Losing Battle Of Fourth Lines, Especially In Games 3 And 4

Could use a little more of this in Game 5. (Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

Vegas is a team known for its ability to use all four lines in a game. Prior to the series, we talked about San Jose having the same luxury, and it showed on Wednesday night.

It’s important for us to use everybody and try to save energy. We want to make sure our top guys are fresh. Those are the guys that carry the mail for us. -Eric Fehr, San Jose forward

In Game 4, San Jose’s fourth line of Melker Karlsson, Marcus Sorensen, and Fehr were +3 with 2 points (on an illegal “pick” play). Depth scoring is essential in the postseason, but like Pierre-Edouard Bellemare’s line, San Jose’s fourth isn’t expected to score. Both Coaches expect their depth forwards to clog, pressure, dump, check, eat minutes, and maintain the score.

It was kind of a mix and match. As the game went on we were really just trying to win our matchup with whoever was out there. -Fehr

Fehr logged 12:24 TOI, and created issues for Vegas whenever the center hit the ice. He was four out of five in neutral zone draws, and 70% overall from the faceoff circle. Fehr’s line quieted both third line wingers David Perron and Tomas Tatar. Cody Eakin’s second period shot was the only one on net for the Golden Knights third line the entire night.

We want to do our part when we’re out there chipping in. -Fehr

Fehr sounds like Bellemare after a successful Golden Knights game. Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic couldn’t speak enough about the importance of San Jose’s role players.

It’s our depth that has helped us get this far. The guys that don’t play as much as other guys have stepped up. Played their role and we’re getting contributions from all four lines. Which is what you need in the playoffs. -Marc-Edouard Vlasic, San Jose defenseman

When the Golden Knights get the most out of their fourth line, the game is in VGK’s control. Vegas will deploy the Bellemare-Nosek-Carrier line to win situational matchups throughout the game. When Vegas isn’t getting their normal production from the fourth line it makes Jack Adams finalist Gerard Gallant’s job of balancing lines more difficult. Same goes for the other side.

Well we wouldn’t be here without it. Our guys have recognized the importance of depth and depth scoring for teams that find a way to win. -Pete DeBoer, San Jose head coach

Gallant should expect a bounce back game by his entire team tonight, including Bellamare and the fourth line. Depth can be the difference in this series, and Vegas has the horses to pull it off. It’s just a matter of which team’s fourth line can be more effective, and up in San Jose, it wasn’t the Golden Knights.

Early Non-Call Badly Damaged Vegas’ Chances In Game 4; Tough Breaks Becoming A Bit Of A Trend

The Golden Knights entered Game 4 understanding they were playing against a desperate team, but they also knew they had a chance to all but bury the Sharks with a second consecutive road win. After taking a bit of time to get going early in Game 3, the Golden Knights came out looking like themselves to begin in Game 4.

Then, it all got flushed down the toilet when a line Vegas had bottled up all series, San Jose’s fourth, ran a play, and an illegal one at that, in which the Sharks have become synonymous with. Our buddy Sheng Peng from HockeyBuzz pointed the play out before the series. (Click through for a thorough breakdown of it)

Nate Schmidt said it was a ‘pick.’ Jon Merrill called it ‘subtle interference.’ Gerard Gallant offered, ‘It’s guys skating in front of other guys.’ -Sheng Peng, HockeyBuzz

As Marcus Sorensen skated from the red-line out, Eric Fehr heads back towards the red-line to cross up the defense. Legally, you can skate by, as long as there’s no contact. Here’s the play, you tell me if there’s contact.

It’s not legal doing that, so there’s nothing necessarily we can do. The refs just need to be aware, they were aware in the 2nd period and they called it, but the 1st period they got those two goals because of that and it’s unfortunate. The game moves fast for the refs too and that’s the way it went. -Jonathan Marchessault

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