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Blues vs. Golden Knights Has Been A Wild Ride

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The Golden Knights and Blues have locked up three times this season. All three games have been on the crazy side, with two going to overtime and the team leading at the end of the 1st period losing all three.

In five games at T-Mobile Arena, the Blues and Golden Knights have gone to overtime in four of them, with Vegas winning all four. In fact, Vegas has never defeated the Blues in regulation in nine tries.

Jonathan Marchessault became the first player in Golden Knights franchise history to score a game-winning OT goal twice against the same team.

In the three games this year, there have been six lead changes and eight game-tying goals scored. In the Sharks/Golden Knights playoff series last season, there was a total of one lead change in the entire series. In the Jets/Golden Knights Western Conference Final series in 2018 the lead never changed in five games.

In all three games, St. Louis has scored three straight goals in the game, yet Vegas has been able to overcome it two of the three times. Also, the Blues scored first in all three games. The Golden Knights record when they concede first is 9-16-6, yet they are 2-1-0 vs STL. When Vegas trails after one period, they are 6-14-2, but also 2-1-0 against STL.

There have been 26 goals scored between the two teams in the three games for an average of 8.7 goals per game. The average in all Golden Knights games this season is just barely above six.

Plus, here’s some other crazy stuff about just last night’s game.

  • Highest scoring VGK game of the season (11 goals) (tied franchise record)
  • First game in VGK history with 2 lead changes in 1st period
  • Second-time VGK has scored 4 power play goals in a game (vs TBL on 12/19/17)
  • First time a team has allowed 4 goals to the same player and won since 2016 (Ottawa beat Toronto, Auston Matthews 4 goals)

Plus, the series has had the David Perron vs Ryan Reaves drama, Oscar Dansk’s first career NHL win, William Karlsson’s first goal as a Golden Knight, and both Perron and Stastny have scored for both teams against both teams.

There are two ways in which this could be a potential playoff matchup, either as a 1st round division winner vs wild card or as a Western Conference Final. It’s not quite San Jose/Vegas or Edmonton/Calgary, but from a strictly hockey standpoint, everyone should be rooting to see these teams matchup up come April or May.

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 6 ST LOUIS BLUES 5 (29-22-8 66 PTS) – OT

Recap: It was a wild 1st period for the Golden Knights and Blues. St. Louis scored :25 seconds into the game to take a quick 1-0 lead. Vegas tied it up 1:34 later on a power play goal from Max Pacioretty. He would add another to take five his team the one goal lead, but the Blues tied and eventually took a 3-2 lead into the first intermission.

Zach Sanford scored his third of the game to extend St. Louis’ lead 4-2 five minutes into the 2nd period. Mark Stone got Vegas within one late in the period. After 40 minutes the Golden Knights trailed 4-3.

Nate Schmidt tied the game for Vegas with their third power play goal of the game. However, Sanford scored his 4th of the game giving St. Louis a 5-4 lead. Vegas didn’t go away and Alex Tuch tipped in the tying goal with under five minutes left in the game. After 60 minutes in regulation, the contest needed an overtime period to decide a winner.

Vegas managed to win the game in overtime on a PP goal by Jonathan Marchessault. Vegas’ record improves to 29-22-8 and now stand with 66 points on the season. The Golden Knights get back to work on Saturday night against the NY Islanders. Puck drop is scheduled for 7p. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: A wild game at T-Mobile Arena ended with the Golden Knights getting the much needed two points in the standings despite not playing great. Defensively there were plenty of issues, but they rode a hot power play to get back in the game and eventually win it in overtime. The line of Karlsson, Stone, and Pacioretty were just as good as expected and the newest 3rd line was solid but losing Tuch could prove costly. (Analysis by Ken)


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Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Mark Stone
** Max Pacioretty
* Jonathan Marchessault

Ryan Reaves Responds To David Perron’s “Whining”

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Former Golden Knight David Perron didn’t hold back on Saturday after the Blues loss in overtime. Perron made some scathing remarks about Vegas’ physicality, suggesting they stepped over the line.

You don’t like to see some of that extra stuff they do. One to our captain, I thought that was bullshit to be honest with you. That’s how I see it… Now we know what to expect. We’ve played them enough already. I see a lot of games of them. I really appreciate a lot of the stuff they do. I like their coaches, the organization, everything. But I didn’t like that (stuff on Alex Pietrangelo). -David Perron, Blues forward

Perron was clearly upset with some of the after whistle scrums, which in his eyes, were created by Vegas. One in particular involving Ryan Reaves and St. Louis captain Alex Pietrangelo.

Everybody saw what happened. I didn’t even start it. I just stopped in front of the net Petro (Alex Pietrangelo) tried to move me. He’s not going to move me. -Ryan Reaves

By now, most of us understand and appreciate Reaves’ role. If a player wants to get face-to-face, no matter who it is, #75 isn’t backing down. Pietrangelo happens to be an important player for St. Louis which is why Perron took umbrage. To Reaves, an opponent is just another opponent.

Hats off to Petro (Pietrangelo) for standing in there. You look at that situation, Petro stands up and tries to get to get me from out in front of the net.-Reaves

Pietrangelo got nicked up during his scrum with Reaves. On Monday, he sounded off.

I was just trying to take care of business. He was standing in front of our goalie. But I’ll tell you: It’s the first time I’ve ever been scratched in the eye before… I’m OK with getting into a scrum, but I’m not too fond of being scratched. Maybe that’s his new way, I don’t know. -Alex Pietrangelo, Blues defenseman

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5 ST. LOUIS BLUES 4 (24-15-6 54 PTS) – OT

Recap: The Blues did all the scoring in the 1st period. St. Louis had 11 shots on net and three of them got by Marc-Andre Fleury. Old friend David Perron assisted two of the Blues goals. After one period the Golden Knights trailed 3-0.

Vegas would chip away and finally get on the scoreboard late in the 2nd period. Paul Stastny got Vegas within one, scoring against his old team. After 40 minutes played the Golden Knights were down 3-2.

Nicolas Roy would get the all important tying goal 3 minutes into the final period. Reilly Smith gave Vegas their first lead of the game, climbing all the way back from a three goal deficit. Perron would tie the game 4-4 and force an overtime period. Chandler Stephenson would score in OT and clinch the game for Vegas

Vegas’ record to 24-15-6 and remain in first place in the Pacific Division. The Golden Knights will next hit the ice on Tuesday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The game will begin at 7P. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: A miserable 1st period put the Golden Knights in a hole they’ve never climbed out of in franchise history. The 2nd period wasn’t going much better but a few key saves from Fleury kept the Golden Knights at least within striking distance. Then, the switch was flipped and every puck battle started going Vegas’ way. They won the ones in front of the crease to create goals, they won the ones in the neutral zone to help entries, and they were much better exiting the zone. They simply turned the game on its head scoring four straight and storming all the way back to take the lead. St. Louis’ power play goal would tie it and Vegas couldn’t get the job done late with a power play, but found a way with a player they’ve never used before in 3-on-3. (Analysis by Ken)


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Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Nic Holden
** William Carrier
* Ryan Reaves

ST. LOUIS BLUES 4 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 (16-13-5 37 PTS)

Recap: The game in St. Louis got off to a fast start for both teams. The Blues opened the scoring five minutes in, but Max Pacioretty would tie the game :25 seconds later. William Carrier buried a puck later in the period to give his team a 2-1 lead. Marc-Andre Fleury made a few outstanding stops holding the one goal edge after the 1st period.

St. Louis would tie the game 2-2 early in the 2nd period. The Blues added two more in a span of :39 seconds giving them a 4-2 lead through two periods.

The Blues made things difficult for the Golden Knights offense in the 3rd period. Vegas would have several quality chances but the Blues defended well enough to shut them out for the second straight period. St. Louis fought off a Golden Knights empty net to secure their win 4-2.

Vegas’ record drops to 16-13-5 with their loss in St. Louis but they’ll have a chance to get back on track tomorrow in Dallas. Game time is scheduled for 5PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights played a terrific 1st period leading by one after 20 minutes, but it all came crumbling down in the 2nd. Just about everything they were good at in the 1st they were terrible at in the 2nd. They created a bunch of scoring chances in the 3rd, but it was too little too late. Overall, the Golden Knights just weren’t good enough on the road to beat the defending champions. (Analysis by Ken)


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Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Tomas Nosek
** William Carrier
* Shea Theodore

ST. LOUIS BLUES 3 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 1 (42-28-6 90 PTS)

The game began with physical and aggressive play from both teams. Each club had great chances taken away by the goal posts. The game remained scoreless for most of the 1st period but with 1:19 left in the period goaltender Malcolm Subban made a costly mistake in front of his net. Blues forward Ivan Barbashev jumped on the loose puck and slipped one by Subban. After the opening twenty minutes Vegas trailed 1-0 in St. Louis.

The 2nd period was like the first with both goaltenders making key saves to keep their teams in the game. William Karlsson tied the game on a power play with his 23rd goal of the season. The Golden Knights couldn’t hold on to the tie for long as the Blues scored a second late period goal. Ryan O’Reilly shot one past Subban for the 2-1 St. Louis lead.

Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington continued to make big stops in the third robbing the Golden Knights of a second goal. St. Louis would add another goal 6:27 into the period giving the Blues a 3-1 edge. Late in the period Vegas made a strong push but again they hit another post which would’ve made it a one goal game. Vegas would pull Subban with a little over a minute left in the game but the Golden Knights offense got shut out. St. Louis won 3-1.

The Golden Knights record drops to 42-28-6 and remain in the Pacific Division’s third place position, with six games left to play. The team will get back on the ice Wednesday night as Vegas will finish their brief road trip in Colorado. Opening faceoff is scheduled for 7PM. (Recap by Jason)


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Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** William Carrier
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* William Karlsson

ST. LOUIS BLUES 4 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 1 (8-11-1 17 PTS)

The Golden Knights used a breakaway from William Carrier to take the lead early in the 1st. But, they turned around and gave it right back within a minute and then completely fell apart. Four straight St. Louis goals sunk the Golden Knights in an all too familiar fashion.

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Three Stars
*** William Carrier
** Jake Allen
* Ryan O’Reilly

ST. LOUIS BLUES 5 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 (5-7-1 11 PTS)

Vegas started out about as poorly as they could, hemmed in their own end for a majority of the first five minutes of the game. They allowed one, but then turned the tide and started playing much better. A Pierre-Edouard Bellemare goal got the Golden Knights on the board and evened the score. The game see-sawed back and forth with St. Louis taking leads of 1-0, 2-1, and 3-2 until taking a 4-2 lead in the 2nd. The Golden Knights scored a gritty power play goal to cut it back to 4-3, but couldn’t ever get any closer.

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Three Stars
*** Robbi Fabri
** Tyler Bozak
* Oskar Sundqvist

Blues’ Jake Allen On Facing Vegas; “If That’s The Scenario Then We Have Our Work Cut Out For Us”

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Minnesota said they’d be “pretty confident playing against these guys.”

Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon said “hopefully we do see them in the first round. I think we match up pretty well against them.”

Last night was the St. Louis Blues turn to answer the question. How do you feel about a potential first round matchup against the Golden Knights?

All the games have been entertaining. They’ve won two, we’ve won one but I think we’ve played well, they’ve played well. It would be an entertaining series. -Alex Pietrangelo, STL Captain

Losing goaltender Jake Allen wasn’t as confident as his captain.

“Yeah, if we do. We’re looking to just get in right now, and we play whoever we play. If that’s the scenario then we have our work cut out for us. -Jake Allen, STL Goaltender

After three games against Vegas, the Blues goalie has seen enough. He’s well aware how dangerous the Golden Knights are.

They’ve been a great team all year and they showed it again tonight. They’re a quick strike team, and very quick transition. You have to limit their chances, because they’re going to capitalize on most of them. -Allen

“Former” Golden Knight, Chris Thorburn (he was drafted in the Expansion Draft and never signed) was with his captain. I got the feeling neither player was concerned facing Vegas in the first round of the playoffs.

I think it would be a lot like we saw tonight. Two good teams slugging it out. I think the defensive part of the game will be keyed on, just because of the offensive power on both sides. It would be a good matchup. It would be fun. -Chris Thorburn, STL Forward

I asked Blues coach Mike Yeo the same question but before I could finish he cut in.

… I don’t want to talk about that right now. I just want to get in the playoffs. Thank you. -Mike Yeo, Blues Head Coach

Jeez. Fair enough coach.

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 (49-22-7 105 PTS) ST LOUIS BLUES 3 – OT

A wild 1st period saw multiple Golden Knights penalties, a couple Blues goals, a shorthanded goal for Vegas and an even-strength one from Marchessault. The pace came back down to earth in the 2nd, but the Golden Knights stole a goal with some beautiful passing from Tomas Tatar, Erik Haula, and James Neal. Golden Knights Expansion Draft pick Chris Thorburn scored his first goal of the season to tie it midway through the 3rd. The overtime period lasted all of 22 seconds as Jonathan Marchessault with a sweet curl with the puck to the high slot where he fired one past a screened Jake Allen.

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Three Stars
*** James Neal
** William Karlsson
* Jonathan Marchessault

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