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Supplemental Discipline Not Likely, Nor Necessary, For Mark Stone’s Hit

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It was called a dirty play, an unnecessary hit, and not very smart. That is how the St. Louis Blues viewed Mark Stone’s 2nd period open-ice check on Tyler Bozak. Stone was forced into a fight, meanwhile, Bozak didn’t return to the game.

Questionable. We’ll look at him tomorrow.- Craig Berube, Blues coach

Stone was given a two-minute interference penalty for the mid-ice collision and the Blues were awarded their third power play of the night. After the penalty expired, Vegas’ captain dropped gloves with St. Louis defenseman Justin Faulk. It was an uneventful fight but it looked as if both parties were satisfied. St. Louis sent their message, Stone complied.

We got into kind of a battle in the corner and his elbow came up on me. Then we just jostled coming up the ice and I slammed on the brakes to get in his way. I didn’t expect to fight afterwards. He came after me and we fought. -Mark Stone

It seemed the bad blood was left on the ice, until Stone’s check was brought up several times after the game by St. Louis coach Craig Berube and his players. It’s possible the Blues were letting off some steam fresh from watching the replay, and learning their teammate was questionable to play next game. Either way, it was clear none of them liked it.

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Recap: It was reunion night at T-Mobile Arena as the Vegas Golden Knights hosted the St. Louis Blues. Vegas defenseman Alex Pietrangelo faced his former team for the first time and original misfit St. Louis’ David Perron always enjoys playing in his old hometown. 

Alex Tuch quickly gave Vegas the lead 3:17 into the game. It was Tuch’s third goal of the season. Perron got his revenge scoring two straight goals to give St. Louis the 2-1 advantage. The Blues would add another taking a 3-1 lead after the opening twenty minutes.

The scoring continued in the middle frame. Max Pacioretty made it a one-goal contest 1:42 into the period. The Blues regained their two-goal edge late in the period off a Pietrangelo turnover. After two periods, Vegas goaltender Robin Lehner and the Golden Knights trailed 4-2. 

The two teams traded power plays in the third period but neither converted. St. Louis’ 4-2 held for most of the period behind a strong performance by Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington. The Golden Knights were awarded a 5-on-3 midway through the period and Pacioretty took advantage. The veteran’s second goal of the game cut St. Louis’ lead down to 4-3. Pacioretty added his third, tying the game 4-4, picking up a hat trick, and forcing overtime. 

St. Louis handed Vegas their second loss of the season with a 5-4 win in shootout. The Golden Knights record drops to 5-1-1 and they still lead the Blues by two points for first place in the West Division. The two contenders face each other again on Thursday night. Game time is set for 6 PM PT. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: Yet another wild Golden Knights/Blues game. The cards were stacked against the Golden Knights and they did a whale of a job to keep coming at the Blues until they finally cracked and tied it up late. Vegas was the better team at 5-on-5, they were the better team on special teams, they were better in 3-on-3, they just didn’t get a great performance out of their goalie (especially in the 1st) and it cost them a point. (Analysis by Ken)

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Out of an abundance of caution, the Vegas Golden Knights coaching staff will be self-isolating for Tuesday might’s game against the St. Louis Blues due to COVID-19 protocols. Vegas Golden Knights General Manager Kelly McCrimmon will be behind the bench Tuesday along with members of the Silver Knights coaching staff. We will provide additional updates when appropriate. -Vegas Golden Knights

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Before joining the Golden Knights Kelly McCrimmon was the head coach, general manager, and owner of the Brandon Wheat Kings.

Manny Viveiros (head coach), Jamie Heward (assistant), Joel Ward (assistant), Fred Braithwaite (goalie), and Andrew Doty (video) are the current coaches for the Henderson Silver Knights.

As of right now, no Golden Knights players have been announced as expected to miss the game due to COVID-19 protocols. The league requires teams to release the names of any players that are scheduled to miss the game by 5PM local time.

Studying Film Of One Alex Pietrangelo Shift Showing His Ups And Downs So Far In Vegas

Photo from @NHL_PR

Today, all eyes are on Alex Pietrangelo. The former captain of the Stanley Cup winning St. Louis Blues is set to face his former team for the first time since joining the Vegas Golden Knights.

That’s the story of the night, and one I’m sure you’ll be sick of hearing by the time the game is over… if you aren’t already. So, I’m not here to focus on that angle. Instead, I want to take a look at how Pietrangelo has done to this point with the Golden Knights and what we can expect moving forward.

Through six games, there are a lot of positives. He has a goal and two assists, he’s leading the team in ice time by more than two minutes over any other skater, and he boasts a +1 rating on a team that’s rattled off five wins in six games.

However, it’s also perfectly fair to say he’s been a bit underwhelming, most notably in the defensive zone where he has been on the ice for four of the nine even-strength goals the Golden Knights have allowed.

I think anytime you come to a new team, new language, new teammates there’s an adjustment period. I think he’s adjusted faster than most players. I thought last game was arguably his best so far. -Pete DeBoer

The last game in Arizona was indeed the best Pietrangelo has played over the course of an entire game, but like the season as a whole, it still had many troubling moments.

In the 1st period, Pietrangelo took a 93-second shift after a TV timeout. It was a single shift that illustrates both where he’s struggled and where he’s shined while also showing exactly why the early issues are nothing for Golden Knights fans to worry about.

Let’s go through it in its entirety.

We pick it up at the face-off, where Pietrangelo does what very few defensemen in the NHL can do. Watch.

The draw is essentially a stalemate as it squirts out towards the center of the ice. Pietrangelo’s first step towards the puck when he recognizes it’s free is lightning quick. He explodes towards the puck, picks it up with his long reach, and then drags it away from two diving Coyotes. Then, Pietrangelo brings the puck straight up the center of the ice leading a 3-on-2 break. This is $8.8 million stuff.

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“Tighter-Checking” Last Game Of Series To Be Expected

Max Pacioretty called it a week ago.

I think you’ll probably see that often that it’s going to be a tighter checking game in the second game of the series. -Pacioretty

Talking about adjustments after the second game of the season he said the format reminded him of a college schedule. As a former college hockey standout himself, he’s used to that style of schedule and made a prediction that couldn’t have come more true in the final game of the four-game series against the Coyotes.

The format allows you to kind of make adjustments after a game and while it’s fresh in your mind go out there and try to play a team you were just studying and breaking down. -Pacioretty

I’m not sure he expected a goalless game for the first 59 minutes yesterday, but tight-checking is about as perfect a description of that game as you can find, especially from the Golden Knights.

(Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

Vegas gave up just 16 shots against the Coyotes Sunday afternoon in a game that featured just 18 high-danger chances, the season-low in a VGK game (previous low was 19, in the second game against the Ducks).

Vegas did a wonderful job keeping the Coyotes to the outside in the offensive zone, forcing them to play a style they aren’t necessarily comfortable with, especially without Oliver Ekman-Larsson in the lineup.

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Recap: It was the finale of a four-game series for the Golden Knights and Coyotes. Marc-Andre Fleury got his third start in net looking to remain perfect on the season.

There wasn’t much action in the first period. VGK served up 10 shots but couldn’t get one passed Arizona goaltender Darcy Kuemper. Fleury stopped all four 1st period shots by the Coyotes.

The 2nd period was tight just like the opening 20 minutes. Both teams had power play opportunities but couldn’t convert. Fleury and Kuemper continued their strong play and held a scoreless tie through 40 minutes.

Like the first two periods, the goalies were unstoppable in the final 20 minutes. By their performances, both made it clear one goal would be the difference. William Karlsson gave Vegas a massive 1-0 lead with :42 seconds left in the game.

The Golden Knights win three of four against the Coyotes and improve their record to 5-1-0. Vegas heads back home for two games against the St. Louis Blues. The game is schedule for Tuesday night at 6 PM PT. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: A little bit of a snoozer actually, but the game started to pick up as it goes. Earlier this year Max Pacioretty mentioned tighter checking games as the two, three, and four games series go on and we saw it today. The Karlsson, Marchessault, and Smith line was excellent throughout and they made the big play to grab VGK two more points (even though it very well may have been icing). (Analysis by Ken)

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Carp: Keep Cody Glass In The Lineup

**Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Famer, Steve Carp’s returns to for the 2021 season. His weekly column publishes every Sunday during the Golden Knights season and is brought to you by the Jimmerson Law Firm.**

You didn’t think they were going 56-0, did you?

The Golden Knights have their warts, just like the other 30 NHL teams. Sometimes they are camouflaged, sometimes they’re on full display.

Such was the case Friday in Glendale where the Knights continue to get caught in odd-man rushes, fail to account for themselves in their own end, and remain dismal when having a man advantage. So it shouldn’t have come as a surprise they lost to the Arizona Coyotes, 5-2.

I’ve not been a fan of playing five defensemen and I’d like to think management will do something to address the team’s salary cap situation sooner than later instead of waiting until someone has to go on LTIR. However, I’m glad Cody Glass is in the lineup. It’s time, once and for all, to see if he can be an impact player at the NHL level.

Glass scored Friday and in nearly 15 minutes of ice time, he posted a productive stat line, not the least of which was going 8-2 on faceoffs. He said afterward he has worked hard on improving at the dot and working in the corners. Both were on display in the loss.

We see glimpses of this in Glass’ game. He can produce given the right opportunity and matched with productive wingers. Alex Tuch certainly fits that bill. Many think Tuch is a top-six forward and while he’s currently a third-liner, that doesn’t mean he can’t remain productive. Tuch has been getting to the front of the net with more regularity and if he and Glass along with Nicolas Roy can bolster their puck possession time, the Keegan Kolesar experiment may be nothing but a distant memory.

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The Roster Juggle Rolls On

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The Golden Knights are so close to the cap that the first five games this season are the only in their 240 regular season game history in which they’ve gone without a single healthy scratch.

On top of the limited roster, each night they’ve had to decide which of three options they hate the least. Waive Keegan Kolesar and likely lose his rights to another team, bench Cody Glass, or dress a lineup with just five defensemen.

Through five games, they are in an excellent position with a 4-1-0 record, but one has to wonder how long will this charade continue, especially if it continues to look like it’s catching up with them as it did last night.

Clearly, benching Cody Glass is not in the best interest for either the Golden Knights or Glass. He needs to develop into the team’s 2nd best center or at least a high-end 3C before the trade deadline, otherwise, he’ll need to be replaced. Playing sparingly won’t help his development nor will it give the team enough data to draw the necessary conclusions this season.

Leaving Glass in the lineup leads to taking Nic Hague out and forcing the defense to play a man down. Game 5 of the season was the third time the Golden Knights have used the 13/5 lineup. Unsurprisingly, these are the three games in which the Golden Knights have struggled most defensively, especially in the 2nd period when it’s more challenging for defensemen to change.

Vegas has allowed five 2nd period goals when they have five defensemen and just two when they have six. Aside from goals, they’ve had more trouble breaking out, they’ve turned the puck over more often, there have been more odd-man rushes against, and just as a whole they haven’t been nearly as good.

It’s actually impacted their offense as well. In the two games with six defensemen, Vegas has seen three goals and five assists from blue liners, while the defensemen have chipped in just one goal and five assists over the three games with five on D.

It’s definitely different. You are rotating through partners and you can’t exactly get into the rhythm with one guy. -Shea Theodore

Theodore went on to say they can’t really use it as an excuse, but the eye test and the stats bore out that they are indeed better across the board with six defensemen rather than five, albeit in a tiny sample.

But really, there’s no way the Golden Knights can solve this issue with the current roster construction which should have all eyes focused on the front office. How long are they going to let this continue? What will it take to force a change?

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Recap: The Golden Knights hopped on a flight for their first time this season for a third straight matchup with the Arizona Coyotes. Robin Lehner made his third start of the season boasting a 2.00 Goals Allowed Average. 

The Coyotes struck first scoring quickly 3:22 in the opening period. Arizona held a 1-0 lead over Vegas for the first time in two games. The Golden Knights committed three penalties and the Coyotes capitalized on one power play. It was a one-goal game after 20 minutes played.

The scoring picked up in the 2nd period. Shea Theodore tied the game 1-1 with his third goal of the season. Arizona would score two unanswered goals, taking a 3-1 lead into the 2nd intermission.

The Coyotes would stretch their lead 4-1 early in the final period. Cody Glass took advantage of a Golden Knights power play scoring his first goal of the season cutting the Coyotes lead 4-2. Arizona would ice the game late with an empty-net goal securing a 5-2 win over Vegas.

The Coyotes hand the Golden Knights their first loss dropping their record to 4-1-0 and in a tie with the Minnesota Wild for first place in the West division. The finale of this four-game series against the Coyotes ends on Sunday afternoon. The game in Arizona is scheduled for 1 PM PT. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: Vegas just never really got going in this one. The 1st period was fairly evenly matched but a trio of VGK penalties helped aide the Coyotes to their first lead of the series. Then, even though Vegas tied it in the 2nd, they never were able to apply consistent pressure and turned the puck over far too often to keep themselves in the game. Was always going to be a tough spot beating a team a third straight time, they just have to make sure they don’t let it linger and turn into a streak going the wrong way. (Analysis by Ken)

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Local Company Behind The Face Coverings Worn By VGK Players And Coaches (And Where You Can Get Them)

Photo Credit: AT&T Sportsnet broadcast of 1/18/21 game

Usually when the cameras cut to the Golden Knights bench during games we see plenty of familiar faces. This year, many of those faces are hiding behind masks, but they aren’t ordinary masks.

Each of the coaches, the backup goalie, and many others on the Vegas bench have been wearing black masks adorned with the Golden Knights logo on one side and a trio of stripes matching the team’s jersey on the other.

Unlike the team’s jerseys who are made by Adidas, the equipment made by companies like CCM, Bauer, and Warrior, or fan gear mostly produced by Fanatics, the face coverings seen on the Golden Knights bench are produced by a local company with a physical store right here in Vegas.

That company is Boomer Naturals and their signature product is a three-layer, adjustable, silver-infused face covering. They printed a few with Golden Knights logos as a gift to some members of the organization. They were hand-delivered to City National Arena and they impressed the team so much they called to say they needed more.

We were so excited to get the news. We’re a Vegas-based company with a staff full of Golden Knights fans. I’m very proud of our graphics team who did an incredible job working with the designs. -Amberly Quaintance, Boomer Naturals Director of Marketing and Business Development

So far, the Golden Knights have been seen wearing black masks but there are new gold ones they’ll also be wearing soon.

I really wanted to see Fleury wearing one of the masks. I actually missed it on TV the first time and then my phone started blowing up with screenshots after they showed him. -Quaintance

The masks are only available for purchase locally. You can get them now at Boomer Naturals, located at 8670 W Cheyenne. They are also available at Modern Rivals at 545 W Sunset in Henderson and Findlay Chevrolet at 6800 S Torrey Pines.

The team will be wearing the black and gold styles, but they also come in white with the alternate logo.

Don’t forget! We’re undefeated since they started wearing them! -Quaintance

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