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BOSTON BRUINS 5 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 (33-20-7, 73 PTS)

Recap: The Golden Knights fought off the Boston Bruins for the better part of the opening period, but the scoring picked up with five minutes remaining. The Bruins scored three quick goals in a three-minute span to take a 3-0 lead into the first intermission.

The tables completely turned in the middle frame and the Golden Knights came firing back. Paul Cotter opened the scoring for Vegas and minutes later Alex Pietrangelo recorded his 600th career point, getting his team within one. The Bruins regained their two-goal advantage at the 16:32 mark of the period but Michael Amadio recorded his 11th goal of 2023-24 a minute later. After two periods of action, the home team held a 4-3 edge.

Early in the final frame, the Golden Knights tied the game 4-4 after Chandler Stephenson answered with a shorthanded breakaway. Boston was awarded a late-game power play and with under five minutes remaining the home team regained their lead.

The Golden Knights record drops to 33-20-7 falling to the Bruins 5-4 in Boston. Vegas will continue their five-game road trip on Saturday evening in Buffalo. Puck drop against the Sabres is scheduled for 4 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: A disaster in the 1st period put the Golden Knights in a hole that was ultimately too deep. They could not keep the Bruins away from the slot in the 1st and it meant three goals. Then, Vegas flipped the script in the 2nd and they were the ones throwing the kitchen sink at Boston. A shorty in the 3rd nearly rescued it but going down that much to a good team is a bad recipe. (Analysis by Ken)

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Golden Knight Leading Candidate For Most Important Position In World Hockey

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Everyone in Vegas remains focused on defending the Stanley Cup and cementing the Golden Knights as an NHL dynasty. For much of the rest of the world, at least some attention has begun to shift toward the upcoming best-on-best tournaments that have been missing from hockey for nearly a decade.

The NHL announced plans to host a four-nation face-off in 2025 in advance of NHL players attending the Olympics in 2026. Assuming these tournaments actually happen (we’ve been promised this many times and it often falls through), the Golden Knights are expected to be heavily represented.

Jack Eichel, Alex Pietrangelo, Shea Theodore, Mark Stone, and William Karlsson are all locks assuming health and Ivan Barbashev, Jonathan Marchessault, and others could make the squads as well.

The biggest surprise though might be the fact that a Golden Knight is in the running, and maybe even the favorite, to secure the most important position on the most widely talked-about team. That’s right, Adin Hill is among the leading candidates to be the starting goalie for Team Canada.

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 6 TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS 2 (33-19-7, 73 PTS)

Recap: The Golden Knights took on the Maple Leafs in an attempt to avenge their 7-3 defeat to Toronto last week in Las Vegas. Adin Hill had to be sharp early in the game, stopping several quality chances from Toronto. Vegas added some pressure at the end of the period and held the Maple Leafs scoreless in the opening 20 minutes.

Vegas’ offense heated up in the middle frame, beginning at the 9:11 mark of the period. First Ivan Barbashev opened the scoring with his 14th goal of the season. Mason Morelli doubled Vegas advantage three minutes later. Toronto cut the lead to 2-1 but William Karlsson recorded his 20th goal of 2023-24 late in the period. The Golden Knights held a 3-1 edge going into the second intermission.

The reigning champions locked down defensively in the final period, limiting the high-powered Maple Leafs. Midway through the frame, Jonathan Marchessault added his 31st of the season to make it a 4-1 Vegas advantage. The Golden Knights leading goal scorer would add to his career-high in goals later in the frame with the empty net goal.

The Golden Knights record improves to 33-19-7 defeating the Maple Leafs 6-2 in Toronto. Vegas will continue their road trip on Thursday in Boston. Puck drop against Bruins is scheduled for 4 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights played their best defensive game in quite some time. They limited the amount of time the Leafs spent in the O-Zone but also challenged absolutely everything Toronto did through the middle of the ice. Tons of blocks, plenty of broken-up passes, and excellent positioning frustrated Toronto and VGK’s offense eventually got it going. If VGK want to continue winning games with Stone and Eichel out, that’s the formula. (Analysis by Ken)

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SinBin.vegas Podcast #307: Anti-U2

Missing a few of their best players, the Golden Knights have been struggling to get consistent results and it’s beginning to get concerning. Hosted by Ken Boehlke and Jason Pothier.

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  • Comparing this year to 2023-24
  • Trade deadline ideas/target
  • Will Martinez turn it around?
  • U2 is now an enemy of the Golden Knights
  • iPoo

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Return of 19-71-81 Yields Positive Dividends In First Appearance

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Sometimes the answer to the test is in clear sight.

Nothing has been more successful in the history of the Golden Knights than the line of William Karlsson, Jonathan Marchessault, and Reilly Smith. While many have been clamoring for the return of Smith at the trade deadline, the man wearing his old number stepped into the spot on Saturday night and performed as well as he ever has in a VGK sweater.

Brendan Brisson recorded three shots on goal, drew a penalty, and was on the ice for one of Vegas’ two 5-on-5 goals in his first chance playing alongside Karlsson and Marchessault.

The line was consistently threatening, and Brisson fit seamlessly with two of Vegas’ biggest stars. They were on the ice for 12:01 and generated 10 scoring chances. In addition, they finished the game with more attempts, shots, expected goals, high-danger chances, and goals than their opponents.

He’s a smart player. He’s pretty dangerous once he gets the chance to be. I think he complimented us pretty good today. -William Karlsson

As a team at 5-on-5, the Golden Knights generated 2.29 expected goals against the Senators in Ottawa. The trio of Karlsson, Marchessault, and Brisson were directly responsible for 0.72 of them and they were on the ice for just short of 1.0. Thus, the familiar 19-71-81 line generated nearly half of Vegas’ expected goals while playing just 20% of available ice time.

Brisson has bounced around the Vegas lineup during his time in the NHL this year. He’s played in nine games and has been on eight different lines with eight separate linemates.

The last time Vegas played Toronto, Bruce Cassidy opted to play Brisson with Chandler Stephenson and Michael Amadio in an offensive-leaning third line while Karlsson and Marchessault were separated. This time, he’s almost certain to go back to 19-71-81 and hope the old magic continues anew.

OTTAWA SENATORS 4 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 (32-19-7, 71 PTS) – SO (1-0)

Recap: The Golden Knights kicked off their five-game road trip with a Hockey Night in Canada matchup against the Ottawa Senators. Jonathan Marchessault opened the scoring with his 30th goal of 2023-24. Goaltender Logan Thompson was sharp in net stopping all eight of the Senators’ shots to preserve Vegas’ one-goal edge.

Chandler Stephenson doubled the Golden Knights’ lead with an early 2nd period power play goal. It was Stephenson’s 11th goal of the season. The Senators began to heat up midway through the middle frame. Ottawa rattled off two goals before the break to even the score 2-2.

The Senators took their first lead of the game at the 5:48 mark of the final period. With under two minutes remaining Stephenson added his second goal of the game to force overtime. Ottawa would go on to win in a shootout 4-3.

The Golden Knights record drops to 32-19-7 losing to the Senators 4-3 in overtime. Vegas will take a short flight to Toronto for a rematch with the Maple Leafs on Tuesday. Puck drop is scheduled for 4 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: Ottawa came in to play a simple game and the Golden Knights dealt with it very well for the first 30 minutes. But, a few failed exits gave the Sens life. The first empty-net goal of the year rescued a point but a poor OT and a scoreless shootout cost them the extra one. (Analysis by Ken)

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Despite Dire Injury Situation, Golden Knights Are Still In Excellent Playoff Position

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The Golden Knights have now lost four consecutive home games and four of the last five games overall. They’ve also posted a record of just 3-4-0 since the All Star break and truthfully haven’t played all that well in any of the seven games.

Mark Stone has been diagnosed with a lacerated spleen which will likely see him out for the remainder of the regular season, Jack Eichel has missed each of the last 15 games and is expected to miss at least a few more, and William Carrier, Pavel Dorofeyev, and Brett Howden are all out of the lineup for the foreseeable future. And on top of all of it, the Golden Knights are about to embark on their longest road trip of the season.

Trust me, I understand how anyone can read all of that and feel like the season is quickly slipping away. But, when you examine what the Golden Knights have left on the schedule and where they currently sit in relation to the rest of the Western Conference, it’s really not that bleak.

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