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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 6 ST. LOUIS BLUES 4 (Round-Robin Game 2)

Recap: Vegas trailed early when former Golden Knight David Perron scored on St. Louis’ first shot of the game. Things settled down and Vegas’ offense warmed up outshooting St. Louis 13-4. Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington was outstanding and robbed the Golden Knights multiple times. After 20 minutes St. Louis held a 1-0 edge.

Both offenses got hot in the second period. The Golden Knights stole the lead from the Blues scoring three straight goals. Shea Theodore added the first, and Alex Tuch scored the tying and go-ahead goals. Vegas couldn’t hold the 3-2 lead for long as St. Louis put two pucks passed Marc-Andre Fleury in a span of :21 seconds. After the first two periods, the Golden Knights trailed 4-3.

Zach Whitecloud tied the game 4-4 early, and Mark Stone put Vegas ahead late in final period. It was third lead change of the game giving Vegas the 5-4 advantage. Theodore gave his club a two-goal edge with his second of the game. The Golden Knights would go on to win a wild game 6-4.

Vegas remains undefeated in round-robin games and are tied with Colorado with four points. They’ll have one more game to fight for the #1 seed on Saturday night against the Avalanche. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The game started at a snail’s pace until a turnover in the VGK end led directly to a Perron goal (that Fleury probably should have stopped). Then the Golden Knights got going but couldn’t beat Binnington in the 1st. They did find a way in the 2nd completely owning the game in order to score three straight. But, a few more turnovers and another one Fleury could have stopped and the Golden Knights found themselves behind after two. In the 3rd, the Golden Knights took over and dominated about as much as any team can in a single hockey period. They controlled play from start to finish, scoring seemingly at will and snuffing out all STL offense. An incredibly great period that paved the way to a guaranteed top-two position in the round-robin.  (Analysis by Ken)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs St. Louis Blues at Rogers Place in the NHL Bubble.

  • VGK keep getting better

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Reilly Smith
** Shea Theodore
* Alex Tuch

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5 DALLAS STARS 3 (Round-Robin Game 1)

Recap: Officially the 2020 postseason began for the Golden Knights in Edmonton. Vegas faced the Dallas Stars for their first of three Round Robin games. Coach Peter DeBoer gave Marc-Andre Fleury the day off and started Robin Lehner in his place.

Chandler Stephenson gave his team a quick 1-0 lead :64 seconds into the contest. New linemates William Karlsson and Mark Stone assisted on the goal. Vegas was awarded two power play opportunities in the first period but couldn’t convert on either. Lehner sealed the net tightly and stopped all eight shots from the Stars.

Dallas came out fast and hard to start the second period. The Stars peppered Lehner with shots eventually scoring two goals in :42 seconds to take a 2-1 lead. Four minutes later Dallas extended their lead 3-1 scoring on their first power play. The Golden Knights severely struggled to clear the puck from their zone and allowed the Stars to set up their offense. After two periods Vegas trailed 3-1.

The Golden Knights woke up midway through the third period and scored three goals of their own. Stone scored a power play goal to make it a one goal game, Nate Schmidt tied the it 1:29 later. Three minutes later William Carrier scored with his back to the net and between his legs to give Vegas the 4-3 lead. William Karlsson put the game away with an empty net goal.

Vegas won their first game of the postseason 5-3, and are tied with Colorado in the Western conference Round Robin standings. The Golden Knights will next suit up against the St. Blues on Thursday. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights started the game just how they wanted to. A quick strike transition goal from Stephenson opened the scoring and got Vegas going. They continued to control play with a few power plays thrown in throghout the first period. But, it all went downhill in the 2nd as the Golden Knights gave up goals on back-to-back shifts and couldn’t get out of their own zone the for most of the 20 minutes. In the 3rd, DeBoer’s line shiffling started to take hold as the old Karlsson, Smith, Marchessault line got going, Stone was tremendous working with Stephenson and Cousins, and the one line he left alone came through with the game winner. Wild, wacky, unpredictable game, but VGK is officially on the board in the round-robin. (Analysis by Ken)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs Dallas Stars at Rogers Place in the NHL Bubble.

  • Line change brilliance or round-robin experimentation? Either way, VGK have 2 points.

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** William Carrier
** Nate Schmidt
* Mark Stone

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 ARIZONA COYOTES 1 (Pre-Playoffs Exhibition Game)

Recap: It was the Golden Knights first game action since March, but you wouldn’t know it by watching the first period. Vegas played vintage Golden Knights hockey scoring two goals on special teams. Reilly Smith scored both goals, one shorthanded and the other on the power play. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped all five shots from Arizona holding a 2-0 Vegas lead.

The score didn’t change after two periods of play. Fleury was sharp again, and the Golden Knights penalty kill unit did a strong job of shutting down the Coyotes PP.

Leading 2-0, the Golden Knights continued to control the game. Midway though the third period, Arizona finally snuck one by Fleury on the power play. Alex Tuch put Vegas ahead by two late in the game and Nick Cousins sealed the deal with seconds remaining. Fleury saved 22 of 23 shots and skated off with a 4-1 victory.

The Golden Knights play their first official playoff game on Monday against the Dallas Stars. It will be the first of three Round Robin games Vegas will play. Game time is scheduled for 3 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights looked like the much sharper team in the meaningless game against Arizona. It was excellent to see Reilly Smith puck up his great season where he left off. The Golden Knights weren’t great at 5-on-5, but they did enough getting the late goal from Tuch. All in all, not too bad for the only exhibition game. (Analysis by Ken)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs Arizona Coyotes at Rogers Place in the NHL Bubble.

  • Get ready for A LOT of Shea Theodore ice-time

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Marc-Andre Fleury
** Alex Tuch
* Reilly Smith

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 EDMONTON OILERS 2 (39-24-8 86 PTS) – OT

Recap: Without superstar Connor McDavid, Edmonton still managed to score the first goal of the game midway in opening period. Nic Roy tied the contest with 3:02 left in the 1st period.

It was a scoreless second period in Edmonton. Both teams got great goaltending and tight defense to keep things locked up 1-1.

Edmonton broke the tie 6:46 into the 3rd period. Jonathan Marchessault’s 22nd of the season evened the game 2-2 making it a tight finish. After 60 minutes, the game needed an overtime period to decide a victor. Shea Theodore finished the game in OT with his 13th of the season to beat the Oilers 3-2.

Vegas improves to 39-24-8 and maintain sole possession of first place. The team will get a couple of days off to prepare for their game in Minnesota on Thursday night. Game time is scheduled for 5PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: It seemed to be headed in the direction of another game where the Golden Knights control play but a few mistake cost them the game. But, a hero stepped up late and his name was Jonathan Marchessault. First, he put one past Koskinen and then in OT his and Karlsson’s forechecking ate up Draisaitl and Bear and set up Theodore for the winner. A heck of a pair of wins back-to-back and the Golden Knights are now in the driver’s seat to win their second division title in three years. (Analysis by Ken)


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

  • Babies on the mind. Nosek, Carrier, and Pothier

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Shea Theodore
** William Karlsson
* Jonathan Marchessault

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5 CALGARY FLAMES 3 (38-24-8 84 PTS)

Recap: The Golden Knights needed a strong start to their game in Calgary, and they got one. Vegas scored two first period goals giving themselves a 2-0 lead after the opening 20 minutes. Depth players Tomas Nosek and Nick Holden pitched in offensively to help their team take a two goal lead.

William Karlsson set up Max Pacioretty to extend the lead to 3-0 early in the 2nd period. It was Pacioretty’s 32nd goal of the season and his 8th on the power play. Calgary went on to score two straight goals to get within one. After two periods, the Golden Knights held a 3-2 edge.

Calgary tied the game 3-3 late in the 3rd period. However, Vegas came right back and scored two goals in the closing minutes. The Golden Knights outlasted the Flames 5-3.

Vegas’ record improves to 38-24-8 and sit alone in first place. Their road trip continues tomorrow in Edmonton for an important Pacific Division game. Puck drops at 6PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: For the first time in a while it was the 1st period that ended up being the Golden Knights savior. They controlled play and capitalized on two great chances in the 1st, then rolled it into an awesome start to the 2nd to amass the three goal lead. A few costly mistakes helped Calgary get back in the game, but overall a solid game from start to finish for the Golden Knights and a well-earned division win on the road. (Analysis by Ken)


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

  • A dive into usage under DeBoer

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** William Karlsson
** Shea Theodore
* Nate Schmidt

WINNIPEG JETS 4 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 0 (37-24-8 82 PTS)

Recap: It was a tough start for the Golden Knights in Winnipeg. The Jets scored two early goals and one late in the first period to take a commanding 3-0 1st period lead.

Vegas battled for most of the 2nd period but couldn’t get anything going offensively. Winnipeg extended their lead 4-0 with a late power play goal. The Golden Knights rifled 11 shots on net but Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck continued to shutdown Vegas.

Neither team had much going for them offensively and the game stood 4-0. Hellebyuck was strong for a third straight period stopping all 30 of Vegas’ shots to preserve a shutout for Winnipeg.

Vegas’ record drops to 37-24-8 but the Golden Knights remain in 1st place in the Pacific Division with 82 points. The five-game road trip continues for the Golden Knights as they head to Calgary for a matchup with the Flames. The game is scheduled for 4PM on Sunday night. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: Yet again the Golden Knights found themselves in a hole because of the mismatch DeBoer creates by starting his 4th line. The game spiraled out of control a bit on the Golden Knights as they allowed three in the 1st and just couldn’t get one by Hellebuyck.  (Analysis by Ken)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place

  • Goalie duos in the playoffs; how have the teams done it the last 10 years?

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Alec Martinez
** Nic Roy
* Chandler Stephenson

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 NEW JERSEY DEVILS 0 (37-23-8 82 PTS)

Recap: The Golden Knights hosted the New Jersey for a midweek, non-conference matchup. The game got off to a slow start but Vegas began to get going on a late period power play. They wouldn’t convert but the Golden Knights had control heading into the first intermission. After the opening 20 minutes the game was scoreless.

Max Pacioretty gave Vegas the 1-0 lead :45 seconds into the 2nd period. Robin Lehner continued to stop every shot on net by the Devils. New Jersey had two power play opportunities but Vegas’ new goaltender kept the visiting team scoreless through two.

Leading 1-0, the Golden Knights gave themselves some cushioning :37 into the 3rd period. William Karlsson played catch and shoot with Nic Roy giving Vegas a 2-0 edge. Ryan Reaves added his 8th goal of the season eight minutes later to give the Golden Knights a three goal advantage. Vegas finished off the Devils 3-0 earning his first shutout as a Golden Knights.

Vegas’ record improves to 37-23-8 and remain in first place with 82 points. The team goes on a five game road trip starting off in Winnipeg on Friday night. Game time is scheduled for 5P. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The 1st period was one of fairly little action but a few high-danger chances that were thwarted by excellent periods by the goalies. Then, Pacioretty’s laser opened the scoring and the Golden Knights were off and running. They controlled the rest of the game and kept the Devils chances to a minimum. (Analysis by Ken)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs New Jersey Devils at T-Mobile Arena

  • DeBoer and goalies in the playoffs

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Nic Roy
** Chandler Stephenson
* Robin Lehner

LOS ANGELES KINGS 4 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 1 (36-23-8 80 PTS)

Recap: The Golden Knights hosted the LA Kings in pursuit of a franchise best nine-game win streak. The game didn’t begin as planned for Vegas as Anze Kopitar netted two goals in the 1st period. The Golden Knights struggled to get going on offense and trailed 2-0 after the opening 20 minutes.

The Kings stretched their lead to 3-0 midway through the 2nd period. The Golden Knights were awarded a power play and quickly took advantage. Shea Theodore wristed a shot into LA’s net getting within two. The Kings got their three goal lead back late in the period scoring a power play goal of their own. The visiting team held a 4-1 edge after 40 minutes.

Trailing by three goals the Golden Knights attempted to make a comeback on multiple 3rd period power plays. However, LA continued to frustrate Vegas and killed off the penalties. The Kings closed out the game 4-1 and ended the Golden Knights eight-game win streak.

Vegas’ record drops to 36-23-8 but still remain in 1st place with 80 points. The Golden Knights get a day off and prepare for the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night. Game is scheduled for 7p. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The 1st period blues struck again as the Golden Knights allowed a goal on the first shot for the second game in a row. From there the 1st period didn’t get much better and ended 2-0. Then, Vegas turned it on, but Cal Petersen was terrific in the goal. Golden Knights certainly didn’t play well enough to win, but 4-1 is a bit cruel. (Analysis by Ken)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs Los Angeles Kings at T-Mobile Arena

  • DeBoer’s commitment to experimenting with lines before the playoffs.
  • Using the Expansion Draft to find a future goalie

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Max Pacioretty
** William Karlsson
* Nic Roy

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 BUFFALO SABRES 2 (36-22-8 80 PTS)

Recap: The Golden Knights and Buffalo Sabres met up for a Friday night matchup on the Las Vegas Strip. The Sabres struck first 2:16 into the game, taking an early 1-0 lead. Vegas’ Nic Roy tied the game with his 4th goal of the season. New goaltender Robin Lehner saved 8 out of the first 9 shots he faced as a Golden Knight.

Both teams had several scoring chances in the 2nd but both goaltenders were perfect in the period. Each stopping six shots, keeping the game tied 1-1 after 40 minutes played.

The Golden Knights took over the game in the 3rd period. William Karlsson broke the tie with his 14th of the season, and Reilly Smith added his 26th to give Vegas a 3-1 lead. Smith broke his personal best in goals with 16 games remaining. The Golden Knights closed the door on Buffalo down the stretch winning 4-2.

Vegas’ record improves to 36-22-8 remaining in 1st place in the Pacific Division with 80 points. The team will get a day off and hit the ice again on Sunday night against the LA Kings. Puck drop is scheduled for 730p. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The game took a long time to get exciting, but it finally did as the Golden Knights mauled the Sabres in the 3rd. Robin Lehner allowed one on his first and last shots but was perfect in between. It ends up looking like an easy win but it was more of a “nobody wants to win” type game for the first 40. The win streak has stretched to eight with a chance to break the franchise record Sunday. (Analysis by Ken)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs Buffalo Sabres at T-Mobile Arena

  • DeBoer’s commitment to experimenting with lines before the playoffs.
  • The post trade deadline run

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** William Karlsson
** Nic Roy
* Robin Lehner

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 EDMONTON OILERS 0 (35-22-8 78 PTS)

Recap: Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers visited Las Vegas for a midweek matchup against the Golden Knights. After multiple attacks by the Oilers, the Golden Knights fought back and stole the early 1-0 lead. Max Pacioretty scored his 30th of the season giving his team the one-goal edge after the opening 20 minutes.

The 2nd was a back and forth defensive period. Each team was awarded a power play but neither could convert. Both goaltenders made some key saves to keep the game tight. After two periods played the Golden Knights held on to their 1-0 lead.

Newly acquired forward Nick Cousins gave Vegas a 2-0 lead with his first goal as a Golden Knight. Shea Theodore would later add to the lead scoring his 10th of the season. Marc-Andre Fleury continued to shut down the Oilers in the 3rd, preserving his 5th shutout of the season. Vegas tripled up Edmonton 3-0 for the final score.

Vegas’ record improves to 36-22-8 four points clear of Edmonton and in first place in the Pacific. Next, the Golden Knights face off against the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night. Game time is scheduled for 7pm. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: It was an ugly start for the Golden Knights spending a majority of the period in their own end and killing penalties. However, thanks to some Fleury heroics they survived it and ended up exiting the period up a goal. From there, the Golden Knights took over and made it look like the Oilers were on a back to back. Vegas controlled the rest of the game and kept Draisaitl and McDavid at bay. Vegas came in with the schedule in their favor and they held up their end of the bargain for a 7th straight W. (Analysis by Ken)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs Edmonton Oilers at T-Mobile Arena

  • A deeper dive into the statistics of VGK players making their debuts
  • A chat with Stanley Cup champion Grant Fuhr about the VGK goalie situation
  • DeBoer’s commitment to experimenting before the playoffs

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Nick Cousins
** Marc-Andre Fleury
* Marc-Andre Fleury

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