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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 1 LOS ANGELES KINGS 0 (4-0 VGK)

The Golden Knights got off to a miserable start spending a majority of the 1st period struggling to break out of their own end. They did have one good chance that was actually blocked by Erik Haula in front of the Kings net. However, neither team scored in the 1st so Vegas survived. The Golden Knights came out a bit better to begin the 2nd and ended up scoring the first goal of the game on a great transition that led to a cross-ice wide open shot for Brayden McNabb. Vegas scratched and clawed it’s way to the finish and swept the first playoff series in franchise history. The Golden Knights are moving on to the Second Round!

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Los Angeles Kings in Game 4 of Round 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center.

  • The story continues.
  • The impact of teams sweeping in the first round on the rest of their playoff runs
  • How did the Golden Knights locker room react to winning in the 1st round?

Three Stars
*** Brayden McNabb
** Jonathan Quick
* Marc-Andre Fleury

 

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 LOS ANGELES KINGS 2 (3-0 VGK)

The game started out with the Kings really trying to bring the physicality, it ended up leading to a penalty on Kyle Clifford, but the Golden Knights squandered the power play having a very rough time entering. That seemed to energize the Kings and for the first period of the nine in the series Vegas looked a bit unsure of themselves. LA scored first on a goal from Alex Iaffalo. The Golden Knights turned the heat up a bit in the 2nd, but couldn’t ever create much than one shot at a time. The game’s flow kind of got away from the Golden Knights through two with a couple penalties and a terrible offensive power play that breathed some life into the Kings. The Golden Knights killed an early penalty, then started getting their offense going and it led to an incredible shift from the 3rd line that tied the game with a Cody Eakin goal. Then, like Vegas often does, they pounced and pounced in a big way. An individual effort goal from James Neal, then another from William Karlsson and Vegas had a 3-1 lead. Anze Kopitar made it interesting, but the Golden Knights hung on. They’re up 3-0 with a chance to sweep on Tuesday night.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Los Angeles Kings in Game 3 of Round 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center.

  • Golden Knights power play starting to struggle. (Maybe)
  • Are the Kings dead? Jason’s heading to the Kings locker room.

Three Stars
*** Alex Iafallo
** James Neal
* Marc-Andre Fleury

 

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 LOS ANGELES KINGS 1 – 2 OT (2-0 VGK)

With a one game lead in the series, the Golden Knights came into the game with a great chance to stake claim to the series. Despite clock errors in the building, the Golden Knights were able to strike first for the second straight game, this time with a goal from Alex Tuch. The game headed to the first intermission with Vegas touting a 14-5 shots on goal lead. It was much of the same in the 2nd but the Golden Knights couldn’t get one past Quick. Brayden McNabb took a penalty deep in the offensive zone which led to the Kings second power play of the game. Paul LaDue took a shot from the point, it took a deflection off Deryk Engelland and found its way into the Vegas net. The Kings came out with a bit more of an offensive purpose in the 3rd, but neither team was able to find the go-ahead goal. So we headed to overtime for the first time in VGK history. The first OT came and went with just a few great scoring chances, both goalies were tremendous. Late in the 2nd OT VGK finds the winner from a great goal from Erik Haula!

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Los Angeles Kings in Game 2 of Round 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at T-Mobile Arena.

  • Photo gallery of Game 2 from Brandon Andreasen
  • Vegas making it incredibly difficult to enter the zone, especially on dump-ins
  • Seemingly inflated hit totals not indicative of the actual game on the ice.
  • Should Tatar be the one who draws out if/when Perron returns?

Three Stars
*** Jonathan Quick
** Nate Schmidt
* Erik Haula

Before OT:

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 1 LOS ANGELES KINGS 0 (1-0 VGK)

The Golden Knights came out firing after an incredible opening ceremony to kick off the playoffs. A Shea Theodore goal about four minutes into the game kept the crowd going and gave the Golden Knights the start they wanted. A penalty ridden rest of the first ended 1-0 Vegas. The 2nd and 3rd, for the most part, were a game of Vegas trying to control play and stay fairly conservative in their own end. They dominated possession and barely allowed much by the way of shots let alone chances for about a 35 minute stretch. In the final four minutes, the Kings poured it on a bit more, but Vegas withstood it without any problem. Massive win for the Golden Knights to take the lead in the series.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Los Angeles Kings in Game 1 of Round 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at T-Mobile Arena.

  • Photo gallery of Game 1 from Brandon Andreasen
  • A deeper look into how the Kings are choosing to matchup with the Golden Knights
  • Should Drew Doughty be suspended for the headshot to Carrier?
  • Probably more

Three Stars
*** Jonathan Quick
** James Neal
* Marc-Andre Fleury

CALGARY FLAMES 7 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 1 (51-24-7 109 PTS)

In the final game of the season apparantly no one told the Golden Knights the game began at 7:00 rather than 7:30. The Flames scored three within the first eight minutes of the game and it got worse as the game went on. Vegas headed to the locker room for the final intermission of the regular season down 6-1. In the 3rd the Flames added another as Marc-Andre Fleury was pulled for Malcolm Subban.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights at Calgary Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

  • Let’s talk about the 4 games with the Kings.
  • The 12th forward in the playoffs.

Three Stars
*** Matt Stajan
** Johnny Gaudreau
* Mark Jankowski

EDMONTON OILERS 4 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 (51-23-7 109 PTS)

Playing without three of their top six and Nate Schmidt the Golden Knights looked a bit disjointed in their second visit to Rogers Place. They managed to take a 2-1 lead into the 3rd, but it all went downhill from there. With Nashville’s win earlier the game had little to no meaning to Vegas, and they played like it. Not their best game, but who really cares.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights at Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place.

  • How many goals does it take to win the Stanley Cup?

Three Stars
*** Cam Talbot
** Ty Rattie
* Connor McDavid

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5 (51-22-7 109 PTS) VANCOUVER CANUCKS 4 – SO (1-0)

In his first Golden Knights game, Brandon Pirri scored on his first and third shots netting a pair in the first two periods. Tomas Tatar added a goal himself as the Golden Knights dominated both the 1st and 2nd periods. After they made it 4-1 early in the 3rd, the Canucks stormed back tying it at four with more than nine minutes to go. Vegas scored in OT, but a goalie interference call brought it back. In shootout, Malcolm Subban was his typical dominant self once again stopping four shots. Shea Theodore hit the game-winner in shootout.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights at Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena.

  • Golden Knights playoff experience, it’s a lot but also kind of not a lot.
  • New Pacific Division Podcast episode

Three Stars
*** Shea Theodore
** William Karlsson
* Nikolay Goldobin

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 (50-22-7 107 PTS) SAN JOSE SHARKS 2

Before the puck dropped on the final home game of the regular season, the Golden Knights retired #58 in honor of the 58 people who lost their lives on 1 October. Like they did the first time the victims were honored at T-Mobile Arena the Golden Knights scored quickly, but unlike October 10th, the game did not spiral for the visitor. Then, in the 3rd, while shorthanded, William Karlsson scored the goal of the Golden Knights season and what may be the goal of the NHL season. When the clock hit 0:00, the Vegas Golden Knights clinched the Pacific Division.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. San Jose Sharks at T-Mobile Arena.

  • We’ll think of something, still have a melted mind over that Karlsson shorty.

Three Stars
***  William Karlsson
**  Shea Theodore
* VGK Fans

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 (49-22-7 105 PTS) ST LOUIS BLUES 3 – OT

A wild 1st period saw multiple Golden Knights penalties, a couple Blues goals, a shorthanded goal for Vegas and an even-strength one from Marchessault. The pace came back down to earth in the 2nd, but the Golden Knights stole a goal with some beautiful passing from Tomas Tatar, Erik Haula, and James Neal. Golden Knights Expansion Draft pick Chris Thorburn scored his first goal of the season to tie it midway through the 3rd. The overtime period lasted all of 22 seconds as Jonathan Marchessault with a sweet curl with the puck to the high slot where he fired one past a screened Jake Allen.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. St. Louis Blues at T-Mobile Arena.

  • Should Cody Eakin move up the ranks and take Reilly Smith’s PK time in the postseason?

Three Stars
*** James Neal
** William Karlsson
* Jonathan Marchessault

ARIZONA COYOTES 3 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 (48-22-7 103 PTS)

It looked like a somewhat uninspired from the Golden Knights but they managed to stay in the game for a majority tying it at one and two. Both times they surrendered the lead. A number of Vegas shots hit the post included a James Neal 3rd period attempt that even fooled the T-Mobile Arena goal horn operator. In the end, the Golden Knights just could not find the equalizer and dropped their first out of five games against the Coyotes.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Arizona Coyotes at T-Mobile Arena.

  • The sappy “holy crap they made the playoffs” post is still coming. Although it’s going to be more like an “I’m not ready to reminisce” article.
  • UFA contract negotiation updates on Neal and Perron.

Three Stars
*** Alex Tuch
** Erik Haula
* Kevin Connauton

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