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Recap: The Golden Knights continued their four-game road trip with a matchup in South Florida against the high-powered Panthers. Vegas took the opening lead after Zach Whitecloud scored his 6th goal of the season. Late in the period the Panthers disrupted a Golden Knights power play and tied the game with a shorthanded goal. 

Early in the middle frame the Panthers took the lead on a difficult bounce that skipped by Golden Knights goaltender Robin Lehner. Vegas had two 2nd period power play opportunities but couldn’t capitalize on either. After 40 minutes the Golden Knights trailed 2-1.

Vegas captain Mark Stone missed an open net for a chance to even the score midway through the final period. It ended up being the difference as the Golden Knights couldn’t match the score and Panthers added two empty-net goals in the final minute. 

The Golden Knights record drops to 25-16-2 falling 4-1 to the Panthers. Vegas will wrap up their road trip this Saturday in Tampa. Puck drop against the Lightning is set for 4 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: At even-strength, the Golden Knights hung in there against one of the best teams in the NHL. It was the power play that really killed the Golden Knights as not only were they unable to score on multiple key opportunities, but they allowed a shorthanded goal which was a backbreaker. (Recap by Ken)

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VGK: Point Rescuers

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When The Creator decided to name his team the Golden Knights, he did it with the idea that they would follow a very specific mantra. “We will never give up and never give in. The Knight always advances and never retreats.”

It’s clearly a cliche and for my money incredibly hokey, but to this point in the 2021-22 season, it’s about as good a way to describe the Vegas Golden Knights as possible.

Tuesday night’s game was yet another example in a long string of games this season where the Golden Knights have seemingly rescued a point in the standings they had no business of picking up.

Maybe you don’t deserve a point, but you hang around, our goalie was good, and we were opportunistic. -Pete DeBoer

It was the 6th time this season in which Vegas has entered the 3rd period trailing and walked away with at least an overtime loss.

We could have folded the tent and just accepted defeat, but it was a good comeback by us. -Mark Stone

That’s just never what the Golden Knights do. Sure, they’ve lost 10 times when trailing to begin the 3rd, but look at some of the comebacks they’ve put together this season.

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Goalie Interference – Episode 16

In today’s episode, we’re diving into the first two games of the tricky Southwest road trip including a look at improved goaltending, VGK’s offensive system against better teams, and their never-say-die attitude. As always, the show airs live at 7 PM every Wednesday (or Thursday when VGK play on Wednesday).

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McPhee Stresses Defense With Former NHL Defenseman He Drafted

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Late in overtime Golden Knights’ defenseman Alex Pietrangelo made an unfortunate turnover costing them an extra point in Carolina. The miscue stung but in reality, earning one point in a game that seemingly looked over was a nice parting gift. Unfortunately, players don’t see it that way. Especially, the players that make game-ending gaffes.

If it weren’t for Pietrangelo’s work in regulation it’s possible Vegas never even forces overtime. And for that, coaches, teammates, and some fans tend to cut heavily used defensemen some slack. Last night was a good example of that. It was Pietrangelo’s team-leading 29th shift of the game when his soft pass was scooped up by Andrei Svechnikov.

If you’ve got a good defense then you can be in every game. –George McPhee on Alz Caps podcast

McPhee joined one of his former draft picks, 12-year NHL veteran Karl Alzner on his podcast to talk some puck and the importance of reliable defensemen.

**The whole interview can be found here. It’s an excellent listen for any VGK fan.**

It’s clear the Golden Knights organization values top-tier defensemen. Acquiring Shea Theodore around the expansion draft, making an in-season trade for Alec Martinez, and inking Alex Pietrangelo to a loaded seven-year commitment should be enough evidence.

You’ve seen it with the Caps and you can see it with our team and other teams that have a lot of injuries this year. You can lose some forwards and hang in there. You start losing defenseman and you’re in trouble. –McPhee on Alz Caps podcast

For reference, McPhee’s first two picks in Washington were defenseman. Overall, while managing the Capitals McPhee selected 38 defensemen and nine of them in the first round. Including, choosing Alzner fifth overall in 2007. Clearly, it’s a position McPhee heavily values.

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Recap: The Golden Knights faced a difficult back-to-back taking on the highly talented Carolina Hurricanes. The 1st period was uneventful with each team having chances but neither team converted any into goals. The game was scoreless after the opening 20 minutes.

The Hurricanes picked up the pace in the 2nd period scoring two goals in :57 seconds apart. The Golden Knights had several chances but couldn’t maintain any offensive pressure. Late in the middle frame Nolan Patrick finally gave Vegas life scoring his second of the season. After 40 minutes the Golden Knights trailed 2-1.

Vegas took several penalties in the final frame and Carolina took advantage. Midway through the period, the Canes regained their two goal lead. However, Vegas would respond minutes later. First Brett Howden scored VGK’s second goal with his 5th of the season and Nic Hague tied the game scoring his 4th on a wrist shot from the point. The game needed overtime to decide a winner. After an exciting back and forth opening minutes of OT the Hurricanes scored the game-winner.

The Golden Knights record drops to 25-15-3 falling 4-3 to the Hurricanes in overtime. Vegas will travel to the Sunshine State for two games against the Panthers and Lightning. Puck drop against the Panthers is set for 4:00 on Thursday night. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: Playing against a dangerous opponent the Golden Knights continued their commitment to defending early in the game. As it wore on though, VGK’s play loosened up in the neutral zone and it fed the Hurricanes offense. Vegas hung in despite taking far too many penalties and found a way to push the game to OT. It’s another step in the right direction defensively though which is a great sign. (Recap by Ken)

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The Anatomy Of The First Shutout Of The Season

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It wasn’t just the fact that the Golden Knights recorded their first shutout of the season last night that should have Vegas fans excited about the performance, it’s the way they went about doing it.

Playing against one of the more potent offenses in the NHL, a Capitals team that had not been shutout all season prior to last night’s game, the Golden Knights put in a defensive effort reminiscent to the style of play that led them to last year’s Jennings Trophy.

We talked when we looked at this road trip, the message was very clear, if we weren’t prepared to defend and defend hard we weren’t going to give ourselves a chance to win in any of these four buildings. -Pete DeBoer

The Golden Knights entered the first game of this difficult road trip without Mark Stone, Max Pacioretty, Reilly Smith, Jack Eichel, Alec Martinez, and Zach Whitecloud, so they knew they would have to play a detailed game to keep up with the Caps.

Not only did they keep up, they put in their best defensive game of the 2021-22 season holding a team that averages 3.2 goals a game scoreless. The main principal behind the Golden Knights’ game was simplicity.

They played a simple game with possession which led to a simpler game without it.

The Golden Knights were happy to dump the puck into the Washington zone and get in on the forecheck. They were not afraid to loft the puck out of the defensive zone rather than trying to start a break, and they had a commitment to backchecking that has been missing at times this season.

One of the best stats to indicate this from last night’s game was the giveaway/takeaway battle where the Golden Knights recorded 13 takeaways while giving away the puck just five times. It’s the most takeaways the Golden Knights have recorded in a road game this season and just two more takeaways that they’ve conceded in any game this year.

We got great contributions from just about everybody tonight. -DeBoer

The only real downfall in the game defensively was how often Vegas took penalties. They were called five times included twice within three seconds leading to massive amounts of time of the power play. That’s where the last aspect of the defense came into play, the goaltender.

Robin Lehner was excellent all night, but he was elite on the penalty kill. Lehner was called on multiple times during the nearly two minute 5-on-3 and he even ate an Alex Ovechkin shot that broke his mask.

Lehner ended the game stopping an impressive 3.82 goals above average with 1.44 of that coming in the 16 minutes when the game was played at anything other than even-strength.

All in all, this game was exactly what has been missing from the Golden Knights repertoire this season. Now, it’s time to replicate it.


Recap: The Golden Knights traveled east for a four-game road trip beginning with a matchup in Washington, DC. Each teams had chances, including one power play opportunity a piece but neither could convert.

Michael Amadio scored for Vegas to break the scoreless tie 5:29 into the middle frame.  Amadio’s fourth goal of the season gave the visiting team a 1-0 advantage. The Golden Knights later killed a lengthy 5-on-3 Capital’s power play that helped preserve their one goal lead. 

The Capitals came out shooting in the 3rd period and earned a power play for their efforts. However, Vegas’ penalty kill continued to frustrate Washington’s high end shooters. The Golden Knights then shut down a 6-on-5 opportunity from the Capitals to end the game. 

The Golden Knights record improves to 25-15-1 defeating the Capitals 1-0. Vegas will play back-to-back days facing the Carolina Hurricanes tomorrow. Puck drop against the Canes is set for 4 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: For the first time all season the Golden Knights put in a complete 60 minute effort on the defensive end. They completely thwarted everything the Caps wanted to do. Vegas’ attention to details were excellent starting with their in-zone coverage and accentuated by their backchecking. That’s the type of game that’s been missing from the Golden Knights’ arsenal this season, very important to see they can still do it. (Recap by Ken)

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Washington Capitals game at Capital One Arena.

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Jack Eichel Explains Why He Had To “Be Selfish” And Why He’s Fortunate To Have VGK’s Trust

It seems like each day that passes by there’s another piece of positive news on the Jack Eichel front. The most recent is that he has travelled with the team on the road trip starting in Washington D.C. and he’ll continue to assimilate with the Golden Knights’ players and systems as his return nears.

And while Eichel still remains in a no-contact jersey in practice, that piece of good news is seemingly next up and not that far away either.

I get cleared for contact 12-week post-op, so I think that’s beginning of February. –Jack Eichel on Won’t Back Down Podcast w/ Chris Weidman

To be exact, 12 weeks following Eichel’s surgery would be on February 4th, the day before the All Star Game in Las Vegas.

Eichel shared this information on a podcast with former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman. Eichel and Weidman, who each underwent artificial disc replacement surgery, chatted about the process of deciding to get the surgery, the operation itself, recovery, and so much more. It’s an excellent conversation for those wondering more about what Eichel went through and why he made the choices he made, but what jumped out most to me was the simple underlying reason why he was so confident in fighting the Sabres until the end.

It’s a fact that seems so obvious, but like many things, can often get convoluted with complexity of professional sports.

The thing that I didn’t really understand and still don’t is, as if I was going to make a decision that was going to compromise my ability to play hockey. My goal is to be the best hockey player that I can be and perform every night. I’m not going to make a decision or do something that I think is going to deteriorate my career. You really just have to become selfish. At the end of the day that’s what I ended up telling myself. I’ve got to be selfish because no one else is going to look after me better than I’m going to look after myself. –Eichel on Won’t Back Down Podcast w/ Chris Weidman

The Golden Knights took advantage of this and pulled off a blockbuster trade for what appears to be an excellent value on a superstar player that wasn’t going to be able to play for at least three months.

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As the Golden Knights get ready to embark on a challenging road trip, we look into what we’ve learned through 41 games and what needs to happen moving forward to make us feel great about the team’s chances to win the Cup. Hosted by Ken Boehlke and Jason Pothier.

  • VGK’s issues in front of the net
  • DeBoer system’s fit for depth players
  • Why the LTIR route keeps getting less likely
  • Time to be dominant

And much more…

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Vegas Needs Better Shots Not 40 Or More Of Them

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Last night Vegas took a season-high 53 shots on net last night, their 11th game with 40 or more shots. It sounds like a positive achievement but in reality, it’s bitten them in the rear on most occasions. After last night the Golden Knights are 4-6-1 this season when taking 40+ shots on goal in a game. It may seem like a minor detail, but it’s a trend that’s severely hurt them in the past especially when it counted the most.

I thought we put in the right amount of work to deserve two points tonight. This league shows you, you don’t always get what you deserve but I thought we worked hard enough to earn two points tonight.-Pete DeBoer, VGK coach

Vegas’ coach gave the proper response to a fortunate, uneventful win. DeBoer’s team stole two points from a non-conference opponent and it really doesn’t matter to him matter how it happened. Putting aside Shea Theodore’s game winning two-step beauty, the game was largely disappointing and looking beyond the victory, it was another dull performance from Vegas this month.

VGK In 2022: (2-4-2)

01/02 vs. WPG: 5-4 OT Loss
01/04 vs. NSH: 3-2 Loss
01/06 vs. NYR: 5-1 Win
01/08 vs. CHI: 2-1 Loss
01/11 vs. TOR: 4-3 SO Loss
01/17 vs. PIT: 5-3 Loss
01/20 vs. MTL: 4-3 OT Win

Since the New Year, the Golden Knights are 2-3-2 and have allowed 3.29 goals per game. Of course, there have been injuries and COVID interruptions, but realistically the organization could use a light roster as an excuse for almost every game this season.

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