One of the hallmarks of the Golden Knights’ run to the Stanley Cup was resiliency. From bouncing back from losses to correcting mistakes to keeping games within touching distance nothing was able to throw the team off the road of achieving their goal.
That continued this year to start the season as the first 12 games of the season were a clinic in keeping games close and grinding out victories. No opponent could string together goals which kept every game close and eventually Vegas’ talent won out.
Recently though, the same cannot be said about the Golden Knights. There’s no better example of it than the previous game in Boston. Vegas arguably were the better team for 40 minutes in a game on the road against an excellent opponent, but a dismal 20 minutes that saw the score snowball was too much to overcome.
We’ve got to get out of a bad stretch quicker. We give up a goal, we’ve got to get back to work. Can the coach call a timeout every time that happens? Yes, but is your team going to grow if you do that? I don’t know. So there’s a little bit of that that’s incumbent on the players. If something bad happens, park it, and let’s go. -Bruce Cassidy
It wasn’t just in Boston either. The Golden Knights have given up consecutive goals 14 times in the last eight games. It’s no surprise the record over that stretch for Vegas is a concerning 2-5-1.