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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 DALLAS STARS 3 (1-0 VGK)

Recap: The Golden Knights didn’t wait long in Dallas to begin their Stanley Cup championship defense. Nic Roy drew a penalty in the opening :30 seconds of the playoffs setting up for Vegas’ first goal. Subsequently, in his first game back since February, captain Mark Stone gave the reigning champions a 1-0 advantage. Jonathan Marchessault gave Vegas a two goal lead at the 8:27 mark of the opening period. Dallas cut the lead in half but newly acquired Tomas Hertl scored the Golden Knights second power play goal of the game. The Stars scored late in the period to keep within one.

Leading 3-2, the Golden Knights quickly came out to start the middle frame. Brayden McNabb ripped a puck from the blueline and regained Vegas’ two goal advantage. Dallas battled towards the end of the period but Logan Thompson was able to fight off the Stars attack.

Midway through the final frame the Stars beat Thompson to cut the Golden Knights lead to 4-3. Vegas did a great job down the stretch of blocking shots and steering Dallas wide. It was a full team effort to seal Game 1.

The Golden Knights take a 1-0 series lead with their 5-4 Game 1 victory over the Stars. Both teams will resume their seven-game series in Dallas on Wednesday night. Puck drop for Game 2 is scheduled for 6:30 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: This was not exactly VGK’s most impressive playoff game. The 1st period was a wild back and forth contest that was highlighted by the Golden Knights’ power play. They got a couple other chances off the rush and buried one. From there, a nice minute to start the 2nd extended the lead to two goals for the third time. There was very little by way of attack the rest of the way. They were solid though defensively, especially in the 3rd period. Not sure that’s the way to beat this team four times in seven games,   (Analysis by Ken)

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ANAHEIM DUCKS 4 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 1 (45-29-8, 98 PTS)

Recap: The Golden Knights closed out the season by hosting the Anaheim Ducks for game #82.  Vegas got off to a quick start taking the first six shot attempts of the game. Jonathan Marchessault fired four of them on net, but the period ended in a scoreless tie.

Anaheim took the first lead of the game early on a second period power play. Jack Eichel evened the score 14 minutes later to carry a 1-1 tie into the second intermission.

The Ducks shocked the Golden Knights in the final frame scoring two goals in the opening :80 seconds. Vegas tried to claw back but couldn’t generate any offense. Anaheim finished off the game with a late empty net goal.

The Golden Knights record drops to 45-29-8 losing to the Ducks 4-1 in their final regular season contest. Vegas will now wait to see which team they will be facing in the first round of the playoffs. Game 1 against the Oilers or Stars is tentatively scheduled for Monday night. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights were in complete control for the early portion of the game, they just couldn’t find the net. Then, a few of rough goals let in by Adin Hill allowed the Ducks to get some confidence. Vegas did not push back too hard and the regular season went out with a whimper. (Analysis by Ken)

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS 1 (45-28-8, 98 PTS)

Recap: The Golden Knights were trying to continue their winning ways with a victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Both teams missed their chances in the opening period resulting in a scoreless tie going into the first intermission.

Late in the second period Vegas defenseman Brayden McNabb recorded his fourth goal of the season. The reigning champions carried a 1-0 lead into the break.

Michael Amadio doubled the Golden Knights lead with a highlight individual play. First Amadio pickpocketed a Blackhawk and followed it up by roofing a puck into in the net. Chicago broke up Vegas’ shutout with a late game goal but the Golden Knights sealed it with an empty netter shortly after.

The Golden Knights record improves to 45-28-8 defeating the Blackhawks 3-1. Vegas will finish off the regular season on Thursday night against the Anaheim Ducks. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: It wasn’t the most exciting game in the history of the NHL but eventually the Golden Knights did enough to get the job done against a miserable team. VGK controlled the game territorially most of the night and converted on a few of their many great chances. (Analysis by Ken)

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 COLORADO AVALANCHE 3 (44-28-8, 96 PTS) – OT

Recap: The Golden Knights got off to a tough start against the Colorado Avalanche. Colorado opened the scoring seven minutes into the game and doubled their lead moments later. After 20 minutes the reigning Stanley Cup champions trailed 2-0.

Vegas’ offense continued to struggle generating offense in the middle frame. Tomas Hertl tipped in what appeared to be the Golden Knight’s first goal but it was called off because of goalie interference. Before the break Colorado scored to take a three goal lead.

Quickly into the final period Ivan Barbashev began Vegas’ comeback attempt. The Golden Knights were awarded a final frame power play which William Karlsson took advantage of it. Karlsson later tied the game 3-3 with his 30th goal of the season. Tomas Hertl deflected a Jack Eichel shot in overtime to come back and win 4-3.

The Golden Knights record improves to 44-28-8 defeating the Avalanche in OT. Vegas will suit for their second to last regular season game of 2023-24 on Tuesday night against the Chicago Blackhawks. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights were nowhere to be found for the first 40 minutes of this game. But, after a backhanded wraparound goal got them on the board, they started cooking. William Karlsson was the regulation hero burying two and then Tomas Hertl tipped in the game-winner in OT. What a comeback and the Golden Knights are still alive to grab the 3rd seed in the Pacific. (Analysis by Ken)

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 7 MINNESOTA WILD 2 (43-28-8, 94 PTS)

Recap: It didn’t take long before the Golden Knights took control of the game. After taking an early penalty, Vegas’ penalty kill created a turnover and broke out to the Wild’s zone. Jack Eichel found Nic Roy for an easy tap in opening goal. Pavel Dorofeyev recorded his 13th goal of the season on then and Eichel tripled VGK’s lead with a power play goal. After 20 minutes the Golden Knights held a commanding 3-0 lead.

Minnesota picked up their first goal of the game at the 7:42 mark of the 2nd period. The Golden Knights were awarded a penalty which Jonathan Marchessault recorded his 42nd goal of the season. VGK went into the second intermission up 4-1.

Tomas Hertl picked up his first goal as a Golden Knight 2:27 into the final frame. The Wild picked up their second score five minutes later but William Karlsson regained Vegas’ four goal lead a couple of shifts later. VGK would add another late to cap off a 7-2 win and clinch a playoff berth.

The Golden Knights record improves 43-28-8 crushing the Wild 7-2 at T-Mobile Arena. Vegas will face the Colorado Avalanche for a matinee matchup on Sunday. Puck drop against the Avalanche is scheduled for 12:30 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: Coming in needing a win to clinch a playoff berth, VGK came out with a killer attitude and buried a bunch of their earlier chances. Eichel and Roy finished a break, Dorofeyev sniped one shortside, and Eichel buried one on the power play. Once they got the big lead, they could basically just coast to the finish line and officially punch their ticket to the postseason. (Analysis by Ken)

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EDMONTON OILERS 5 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 1 (42-28-8, 92 PTS)

Recap: The Golden Knights traveled to Edmonton for a late-season Pacific Division battle against the Oilers. Vegas goaltender Adin Hill started in net for the first time since late March and was tested early. Midway through the period the Oilers took the opening lead and carried it into the first intermission.

Edmonton’s offense continued to produce in the second frame. The Oilers scored two goals in a short span, taking a 3-0 advantage into the break.

The Oilers took a 4-0 lead 6:50 into the final frame but Vegas got it back :60 seconds later. Keegan Kolesar snapped the Oilers shutout with his seventh goal of the season on the penalty kill. Edmonton added another to finish off Vegas 5-1.

The Golden Knights record drops to 42-28-8 falling to the Oilers 5-1 in Edmonton. Next up, Vegas will host the Minnesota Wild on Friday night. Puck drop against the Wild is scheduled for 7 PM.  (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights lacked just about every necessary element it takes to beat the Edmonton Oilers, even without McDavid. They did not have much of a forecheck, they did not control the puck in the offensive zone, and they relied on transition when the Oilers were committed to taking it away. The biggest concern for VGK that comes from this game is the fact that they aren’t dominating the Oilers at 5-on-5 anymore. (Analysis by Ken)

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VANCOUVER CANUCKS 4 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 (42-27-8, 92 PTS)

Recap: The Golden Knights didn’t take long to jump on the scoreboard first in the opening period. Jack Eichel notched his 28th and 29th goal of the season in the first eight minutes of the frame. Later in the period, the Golden Knights took two costly penalties. Vancouver took advantage and tied the game 2-2 before the break. 

The track meet between both teams continued in the middle frame. Noah Hanifin snapped the 2-2 tie on the power play midway through the period. Vancouver came right back scoring two goals to take a 4-3 lead into the second intermission. 

The third period was tight with both teams limiting chances. Vegas pulled their goalie with under two minutes remaining but couldn’t find the game-tying goal. 

The Golden Knights record drops to 42-27-8 falling to the Canucks 4-3 in Vancouver. Vegas will next face the Edmonton Oilers in a possible playoff preview on Wednesday night. Puck drop in Edmonton is scheduled for 5:30 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: VGK got off to a quick start thanks to a struggling goaltender in the opposing net. They scored on each of their first two shots but it went south from there. A couple penalties put the Canucks right back in it, then VGK’s offense kind of shut off aside from one more power play goal. They looked stagnant in the O-Zone and didn’t have enough forecheck to get through a stingy Vancouver D. Two blown leads against a potential upcoming playoff opponent. (Analysis by Ken)

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