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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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** Deryk Engelland
* 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

ST. LOUIS BLUES 2 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 1 (27-10-2 56 PTS)

St. Louis controlled play for the first 30 minutes of the game taking a one goal lead in the 1st and outshooting Vegas 22-11 midway through the game. But in typical Golden Knights fashion they refused to roll over and got an equalizer from Erik Haula in the 2nd. Bit of a fluky goal gave the Blues the lead in the 3rd. Vegas had their chances but just couldn’t get one to go.

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Three Stars
*** Marc-Andre Fleury
** Alexander Steen
* Carter Hutton

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 (6-1-0 12 PTS) ST. LOUIS BLUES 2 – OT

Malcolm Subban was putting in his best effort and then got hurt midway through the 3rd period. Vegas had a 2-1 lead when Oscar Dansk came into the game, but couldn’t hold it. Game ended tied 2-2. A wild 3-on-3 overtime ends with a Reilly Smith breakaway and a pass over to Karlsson who BURIES IT! Golden Knights win again!

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Three Stars

*** Alex Pietrangelo
** Malcolm Subban
* William Karlsson

Blues GM Doug Armstrong Making Excuses About Vegas?

Like everything players, coaches, and GMs say before a game it can be taken many different ways. The same is true with what St. Louis Blues GM Doug Armstrong said on TSN’s Hockey Central Friday afternoon, but we are going to choose to take them a very specific way because it might be good for the Golden Knights.

The Blues got here Friday morning at 1 AM (42 hours before the game) and it sure seems like Armstrong is concerned about the team spending a night off in Sin City.

There’s a lot to distract you here in Vegas as I’m looking out the window now. I think the first couple of years it’s certainly going to happen. That’s going to test quite honestly the maturity of our team right now.

We do talk about it, we are not naive in the sense that we are going to spend the night here Saturday night, the bus is going to leave much later than it normally does. What we are trying to do is lob the ball and say it’s Vegas and it’s a great opportunity for you guys to have some fun and blow off some steam and become a team, but that’s for after game. -Doug Armstrong, St. Louis Blues GM

To be fair, you can easily read those quotes as a challenge to his team, but the fact that the discussion about distractions came up, and there’s already a bit of planning for the after-game celebration have to be good signs for the Golden Knights.

It’s not like you are going to beat Vegas all the time, they are a good team and they’ve got good players. This is way different than (Columbus) had to deal with. But if we’re sluggish and not ready to play than it tells us about our team.  But you have to address it, I think you’re a little bit naive if you don’t let everyone know that Vegas is a good town and we expect you guys to act like pros and then when the game is over and we’ve performed then we are going to treat them like men also. -Armstrong

Again, we are probably reading too much into this and since we are about to publish this article I’m sure it won’t be true at all, but it sure seems like a pre-game excuse for a team that’s played lights out hockey the first two weeks of the season, and set to play their final game of a long road trip.

Would George McPhee ever say something like this about the Golden Knights going on the road to New York? Would Gerard Gallant say it about the first trip to Canada? I highly doubt it.

Sometimes you draw too much attention to it too. -Armstrong

We’ll find out in a few hours, but if the Blues come out flat (like the Coyotes, Bruins, and Sabres all did), we might already have the reason.

Chicago Wolves, Golden Knights And The AHL FAQ

Rather than try to write an article that answers all the questions about the Golden Knights, Chicago Wolves, and their affiliation, I figured we should take out a step. Let’s just ask the questions, and then I’ll answer them. It’s the AHL FAQ, who knows maybe it’ll become a thing.

What is the AHL?

The American Hockey League is the premier minor league for the NHL.

Throughout the season, AHL players will be promoted (“recalled”) to the partner NHL club for a number of reasons. If an NHL player is injured, the team may recall a player from the AHL to temporarily take his place. They can then be sent back down to the minors (“assigned”) for a variety of reasons as well, including when an injured NHL player returns to full health. Every NHL team has its own affiliate in the AHL, from where more than 88 percent of active NHL players are graduates. -Golden Knights Press Release

Who are the Chicago Wolves?  

An AHL team that was previously part of the now folded International Hockey League (IHL). The Wolves were founded in 1994 and joined the AHL in 2001. They’ve won multiple Calder Cups (the AHL’s championship), but it’s the minor leagues, so who really cares.

What is the agreement between the Wolves and Golden Knights?

The Wolves will become the official primary AHL affiliate for the Golden Knights. The Golden Knights will be able to send players to the Chicago Wolves at any point during the NHL/AHL season and will also be able to recall them to the NHL at any point.

Who controls hockey decisions?

Under the current deal the Golden Knights will manage all aspects involving hockey     operations, such as personnel decisions, ice-time, and the hiring and firing of coaches.

Is this how the AHL usually works?

Normally, yes, but in the history of the Chicago Wolves, no. Their owner, Don Levin has always preferred to have control over hockey operations to ensure his organization had the best chance to win. Historically, that’s caused friction with the affiliating NHL club because their focus is usually on development rather than winning. Levin says his trust in George McPhee is why he was willing to relinquish all hockey decision making to the Golden Knights.

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Chicago Wolves Announced As Golden Knights AHL Affiliate

Brace yourself SinBinners, what we’ve been reporting since January is now official and it’s time for the local and national media types to report it like it’s breaking news. The Golden Knights will have the Chicago Wolves as their AHL affiliate for the 2017-18 season.

American Hockey League affiliates play a significant role in the success of all NHL clubs and are we are proud to have the Chicago Wolves as our first in team history. I would like to thank Don Levin, Wendell Young and the rest of the Wolves organization for their commitment to the game and helping young hockey players grow to reach their full potential as professionals. Chicago is without question one of the strongest, most passionate hockey communities in North America. This is a relationship that we truly believe will be mutually beneficial. -George McPhee in Press Release

McPhee has said he expects between six and eight players under Golden Knights control to be playing at the AHL level at any given point. Chicago’s central location in the country and two airports allow the team to quickly and easily get players from the AHL to the NHL, the primary concern for the Golden Knights next season.

In a conference call with season ticket holders in March McPhee detailed the type of relationship Vegas will have with the Wolves.

The deal that we are going to do is going to be an exclusive deal, we are the primary affiliate, and we are going to go into a market that has a good hockey history and the team has done well. We will supply our players, we may get some players from another club but the way that the deal would be structured is the affiliation is between us and the minor league club and we will decide what players come from the other clubs, if any. We have full authority in all hockey matters and we will have final say on what decisions that are made. -McPhee

There are no details on the exact length of the contract, other than being described as “multi-year,” but rest assured, Vegas is in the market to move their affiliate closer to home as soon as possible. 

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