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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5 ARIZONA COYOTES 2 (4-0-0 8 PTS)

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Recap: The Golden Knights looked to stay perfect as they took on the Coyotes for a second straight game. Vegas didn’t wait long to get their offense going. Defenseman Shea Theodore and Alex Pietrangelo scored their first goals of the season making it a quick 2-0 Golden Knights lead. Marc-Andre Fleury was superb in the opening period preserving the two-goal edge.

Vegas continued to pressure Arizona in the 2nd period. The two teams swapped power plays but neither could capitalize on special teams. Mark Stone made it a three goal game with his second goal of the season. Max Pacioretty slipped a nice pass to Stone for a 3-0 advantage. Arizona scored their first goal late in the 2nd period to cut Vegas’ lead down to 3-1 after 40 minutes of action.

Up 3-1, the Golden Knights went right back to work offensively. Theodore scored his second of the night off a beautiful tic-tac-toe setup from Jonathan Marchessault and Reilly Smith. Just over a minute later Alex Tuch gave Vegas a 5-1 lead on the power play. The Coyotes would get one back, but couldn’t get any closer.

With their 5-2 victory the Golden Knights remain undefeated and improve their record to (4-0) this season. The two teams will meet up again on Friday night in Arizona. Game is scheduled for 6 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights have been working towards putting together their best game of the season and tonight they delivered it. They were opportunistic early when the game was fairly even and then took over as the game wore on. The power play still looks a bit anemic (tons of credit to ARI’s PK) but aside from that there’s not a ton to be upset with in the Golden Knights 4-0-0 start to the season. Especially considering the challenge of playing the same team in consecutive games. (Analysis by Ken)


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

  • The story behind the local company that makes the masks VGK coaches and players are wearing on the bench this season.

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 ARIZONA COYOTES 2 (3-0-0 6 PTS)

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Recap: It was the first of four between the Vegas Golden Knights and the Arizona Coyotes. The Coyotes set an early, quick pace to the game. Vegas had trouble keeping Arizona out of their zone for most of the period, leading to several chances on Robin Lehner. The Golden Knights were awarded a power play midway through the period but the Coyotes aggressive penalty kill paid off. Arizona took the first lead of the game on a shorthanded goal by Tyler Pitlick. Vegas failed to convert on a 5-on-3 power play and trailed 1-0 after the opening twenty minutes.

Arizona kept pushing in the middle frame outshooting Vegas 16 to 7. The Coyotes would add another special teams goal on the power play to take a 2-0 edge. Max Pacioretty cut Arizona’s lead in half late in the period with his third goal of the season. The Coyotes held a 2-1 lead after two periods in the books.

As they have all season, the Golden Knights woke up in the third period. Reilly Smith and Chandler Stephenson both scored their first goals of the season to give Vegas their first lead of the game. Arizona made a strong push but Reilly Smith sealed the victory for Vegas with an empty-net goal.

With their 4-2 victory, the Golden Knights remain undefeated and improve their record to (3-0) this season. Vegas and Arizona hook up again Wednesday night. Game is scheduled for 7 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights offense was really staggered early by the Coyotes but they battled through it to keep applying the pressure and eventually break the dam. Yet again, the 3rd period has been where Vegas has been at its best and they’re now 3-0-0 because of it. And, they can still play A LOT better, which is a great sign. (Analysis by Ken)


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

  • Like tonight, the Coyotes always seem to keep the all-time series with the Golden Knights.

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 ANAHEIM DUCKS 1 (2-0-0 4 PTS) – OT

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Recap: It was take two for the Golden Knights and Ducks at an empty T-Mobile Arena. Marc-Andre Fleury got his first start in net and stopped all six shots from Anaheim. Both teams had several quality chances but each goaltender were flawless. After the opening twenty minutes the game was locked in a scoreless tied.

Anaheim took the first lead of the game 7:45 into the second period. The Golden Knights defense broke down allowing for an easy 3-on-1 goal for the Ducks. Vegas couldn’t generate much offensively but took 11 shots on Anaheim goalie John Gibson. The home team trailed 1-0 heading into the second intermission.

Fleury kept Vegas in the game with a couple of strong saves in the third period. The Golden Knights were awarded their first power play of the game but didn’t get a shot on net. William Karlsson finally got his team on the board, tying the game 1-1 with 1:22 left in the game. The Swede’s goal forced an overtime period.

With their 2-1 overtime victory the Golden Knights improve their record to (2-0-0) and pick up four points in their first two games. Vegas next hits the ice Monday night against the Arizona Coyotes. Game is scheduled for 7 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights really didn’t seem to have it in this game, but in the dying embers of the game, with the goalie out of the net, a perfect tic-tac-toe play finished by William Karlsson tied the game. In OT, Mark Stone did what Mark Stone does. Thievery off the draw then a beautiful 2-on-1 pass and the rest is history. How in the world did Vegas win that game? Who cares? They did. Oh, and Fleury is awesome still. (Analysis by Ken)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs Anaheim Ducks at T-Mobile Arena

  • Further examining the effects of the 5 defensemen roster.

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5 ANAHEIM DUCKS 2 (1-0-0 2 PTS)

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Recap: It took forever but the 2021 Golden Knights season finally got underway against the Anaheim Ducks. Free agent star Alex Pietrangelo suited up for the first time, and newly signed Robin Lehner got the start in net.

The game got off to an incredibly fast start. Jonathan Marchessault scored his first goal just 1:07 into the season. A minute later Tomas Nosek added his first on a nifty between his legs assist from Ryan Reaves. With only 2:13 into their first game, the Golden Knights took an early 2-0 lead. Anaheim responded quickly after and cut Vegas’ lead in half. The Ducks kept pushing and tied the game 2-2 around the midway point of the period.

Both teams settled down in the middle frame. Shots on net were low with both goaltenders shutting down every scoring chance. After 40 minutes the contest was tied at two goals apiece.

The franchise’s first captain gave his team the 3-2 lead :49 seconds into the final period. Mark Stone scored his first of the season, assisted by Chandler Stephenson and new teammate Alex Pietrangelo. Feeling left out, Max Pacioretty joined the party and tallied his first of the season ten minutes later. Vegas took a 4-2 lead, regaining their two goal edge. Alex Tuch tapped in his first of the season with a late empty net goal.

With their 5-2 victory, Vegas wins the season opener for the third time in four seasons. Both teams will face off again on Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena. Game is scheduled for 7 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: It was a sloppy first two periods that certainly would have led to some concern had it continued into the 3rd. But, it didn’t at all as the Golden Knights came out and played exactly like they needed to in the final frame and took over the game. They need to clean up their breakouts moving forwards, but they did tonight what good teams do, win when you don’t play your best. (Analysis by Ken)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs Anaheim Ducks at T-Mobile Arena

  • How much did 13/5 matter and what was the effect on ice-time.
  • Diving into the VGK PP units. (One has no center?!?)

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Jonathan Marchessault
** Shea Theodore
* Mark Stone

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DALLAS STARS 3 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 (DAL WINS 4-1) – OT

Recap: For the first time in seven games the Golden Knights scored a 1st period goal. Chandler Stephenson gave his team the lead with a nifty move to the net. Robin Lehner stood strong stopping all nine of Dallas’ shots on net.

The middle frame was flooded with penalties. Altogether there were four power play opportunities for both teams and neither could produce a goal. Vegas was 0/3 on their chances taking four shots on Stars goalie Anton Khudobin. On the other side of the ice, Lehner was flawless through 40 minutes preserving a 1-0 Vegas lead.

Fifteen seconds into the final period Reilly Smith shot a wicked wrister passed Khudobin to extend Vegas’ lead 2-0. It was Smith’s first goal since August 23rd, breaking his ten-game scoring drought. Dallas would get on the board midway through the period making it a tight 2-1 game. The Stars forced overtime tying the game 2-2 on a later power play goal.

Unfortunately, Vegas took an early delay of game penalty and Dallas took advantage ending the series in overtime.

With their 3-2 OT loss, the Golden Knights were eliminated 4-1 in their best-of-seven series with the Stars. Vegas will pack up and head back home from the Edmonton bubble. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights relied on the same style of possession offense and once again it produced absolutely nothing for the eighth consecutive game. They scored twice on transition chances and that was all they had to show for the game. Then, when they got the lead, they collapsed in their own end throwing the style of game that kept Dallas’s offense at bay out the window. In OT, a tough penalty cost them the game and the series. Not a good look at all and now things have to change moving forward. (Analysis by Ken)


Upcoming stories from Game 5 of the Vegas Golden Knights vs Dallas Stars in the Western Conference Final at Rogers Place in the NHL Bubble.

  • Hopefully the delusion ends and they learn from the shortcoming

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Reilly Smith
** Chandler Stephenson
* Alex Tuch

DALLAS STARS 2 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 1 (DAL 3-1)

Recap: The 1st period of Game 4 was a mirror image of the entire series. For the third straight game neither team could come up with a goal in the opening 20 minutes.

The game began to heat up in the 2nd period. Vegas took the first lead on a power play goal from Alec Martinez. Dallas tied the game and eventually took the lead 2-1 with a power play goal of their own with under a minute to go in the middle period.

Dallas suffocated the Vegas in the final period. The Golden Knights drew multiple penalties earning a 5-on-3 power play. They had several chances but couldn’t convert and tie the game.

With their 2–1 loss, the Golden Knights trail the Stars 3-1 in their best-of-seven series. Game 5 of the Western Conference finals is set for Monday night. Puck drop is scheduled for 5:00 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights refused to change the way they played and the Stars once again capitalized on the style. Vegas controlled a good portion of the game in the offensive zone but yet again couldn’t must up enough truly dangerous scoring chances at even-strength. The one goal they scored was on the power play and when they needed the PP to bail them out again with a 70 second 5-on-3, they couldn’t. Something must change in the style of play or there is no way the Golden Knights will defeat the Stars three times in a row and make the Stanley Cup Final. (Analysis by Ken)


Upcoming stories from Game 4 of the Vegas Golden Knights vs Dallas Stars in the Western Conference Final at Rogers Place in the NHL Bubble.

  • We might be as lost as the Golden Knights. But we’ll figure out something.

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Shea Theodore
** Alec Martinez
* Alex Tuch

DALLAS STARS 3 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 (DAL 2-1) – OT

Recap: The Golden Knights began Game 3 of the Western Conference finals looking to take a 2-1 series lead over the Dallas Stars.

The opening period was tight with Robin Lehner and Anton Kuhdobin both comimg up with big saves to keep it a scoreless tie heading into the first intermission.

Lehner continued to play strong frustrating Dallas into the first two periods. However, the Stars would finally get one by the Vegas goaltender with :17 seconds left in the period.

Vegas’ offense broke out of their slump when Shea Theodore scored his 7th goal of the postseason tying the game 1-1. Dallas regained the lead 2-1 a few minutes later but Vegas wore down the Stars and eventually Alex Tuch tied the game with his 9th goal of the playoffs.

Dallas didn’t take long to win the game 3-2 in overtime. The Stars found an opening :31 into OT scoring their third on Lehner.

With their 3-2 OT loss, the Golden Knights trail the Stars 2-1 in their best-of-seven series. Game 4 of the Western Conference finals between Vegas and Dallas is set for Saturday night. Puck drop is scheduled for 5:00 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights took too long to get to their game and then couldn’t stick with it long enough through the first two periods. Because of it, they found themselves in a hole. The 3rd period was exactly what Vegas wants the games to look like, but it was happening while behind for the most part. There’s a growing concern that Dallas’ style has been able to keep Vegas away from theirs. In the end, a problem that has plagued them through three games cropped back up and it was an open neutral zone that led to the game-winning OT goal. Tough loss and VGK need a massive response on Saturday.  (Analysis by Ken)


Upcoming stories from Game 3 of the Vegas Golden Knights vs Dallas Stars in the Western Conference Final at Rogers Place in the NHL Bubble.

  • High event vs low event play; VGK seems to benefit from the former against Dallas
  • Neutral zone openness has hurt VGK and completely burned them in OT

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Reilly Smith
** William Karlsson
* Shea Theodore

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 DALLAS STARS 0 (SERIES 1-1)

Recap: The Golden Knights needed a strong effort to even up the series with the Dallas Stars. Vegas jumped out to a quick start in Game 2, drawing an early penalty setting the tone of the game. The Golden Knights wouldn’t score in the 1st period but momentum and Robin Lehner’s pads carried them into the first intermission in a scoreless tie.

Vegas’ offense finally got going in the 2nd period. Paul Statsny scored the Golden Knights first goal of the series 4:53 in, William Karlsson added a power play goal four minutes later, and Tomas Nosek stretched the lead to 3-0. It was Vegas’ first power play goal since Game 7 of the second round.

Up three to start the 3rd period, the Golden Knights played more conservative protecting their lead. Lehner was outstanding again as he stopped all 24 of the Stars shots on net. It was his fourth shutout of the postseason.

With their 3-0 win, the Golden Knights tied up the Western Conference finals. Game 3 between Vegas and Dallas is set for Thursday night. Puck drop is scheduled for 5PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights offense finally broke through in the 2nd period with a few tap in goals and a power play goal from William Karlsson. The biggest key to the game for Vegas though was how they handled the Dallas forecheck in that decisive 2nd period. They finally started breaking out of the zone with confidence and speed and it helped lead to a few rushes, multiple goals, and a number of drawn penalties. Play like that again and this series is Vegas’ to lose. (Analysis by Ken)


Upcoming stories from Game 2 of the Vegas Golden Knights vs Dallas Stars in the Western Conference Final at Rogers Place in the NHL Bubble.

  • A look at all the odd-man rushes against. What happened?

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Nic Roy
** Robin Lehner
* Paul Stastny

DALLAS STARS 1 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 0 (DAL 1-0)

Recap: It was the second Western Conference final in three years for Vegas as they faced the Dallas Stars, a team who hadn’t been since 2008. In a surprising decision, coach Pete DeBoer gave Marc-Andre Fleury the start in Game 1.

Dallas came out hard, attacking Vegas’ zone right from the opening faceoff. The Stars quickly scored 2:36 into the series taking a 1-0 advantage into the first intermission.

The Golden Knights couldn’t generate much in the middle frame. Vegas took only four shots on net and was 0/2 on the power play in the 2nd period. Both goaltenders were strong stopping all shots faced.

Vegas failed to convert again on the power play going 0/4 on the game. The Golden Knights made a strong late push but the Stars were able to stave off and win the game 1-0.

With their 1-0 loss the Golden Knights trail the best-of-seven series 1-0 to the Stars. Vegas will hit the ice for Game 2 on Tuesday night. Game 2 will air on NBC Sports Network scheduled for 5:00 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights’ power outage continued into the Western Conference Final as they’ve now scored just two goals against a goalie in the past four games. Dallas brought the type of game the Golden Knights have not seen since the round-robin and it certainly appeared as though they were caught at least a bit off guard. As the game went on they settled in defensively but never could get anything sustainable going in the offensive zone. Back at it for Game 2 on Tuesday where all eyes will be focused directly on whether or not Vegas can score. (Analysis by Ken)


Upcoming stories from Game 1 of the Vegas Golden Knights vs Dallas Stars in the Western Conference Final at Rogers Place in the NHL Bubble.

  • Dallas’ forecheck early set the tone

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Alex Tuch
** Jonathan Marchessault
* Nick Cousins

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 VANCOUVER CANUCKS 0 (VGK WIN 4-3)

Recap: The Golden Knights were playing in a do or die Game 7 for the second straight season. The top seed came out shooting but Vancouver goalie Thatcher Demko continued his hot streak from Games 5 & 6. Vegas fired 11 on Demko, while Robin Lehner only needed to stop two. Game 7 was scoreless after the opening period.

The goaltenders took over the game in the 2nd period making some season-saving stops. Lehner made a brilliant save on a two-on-one preserving the scoreless tie. Late in the period Ryan Reaves was given a five-minute major and a game-misconduct for an illegal hit to the head of Vancouver’s Tyler Motte. The Golden Knights killed half of the major penalty in the 2nd period to hold the 0-0 tie.

Vegas began the final period on the penalty kill, continuing from Reaves’ major penalty. The Golden Knights stepped up and stopped the Canucks extended power play. Later in the period Vegas was awarded a power play and it wouldn’t take long for Shea Theodore to give his team the first lead of Game 7. Alex Tuch and Paul Statsny scored an empty-net goals late in the contest. Lehner was outstanding shutting out the Canucks to claim the seven-game series.

With their 3-0 win the Golden Knights clinch the series and advance to the Western Conference final. Vegas will face the Dallas Stars on Sunday night. Game 1 will air on NBC and is scheduled for 5PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: Take a breath Vegas. Everything the Golden Knights feared could happen was happening through the first 40 minutes of the game. They couldn’t find a way to beat Demko. They allowed almost no offense against but everyone once in a while a dangerous chance popped up (what a save by Lehner). They even took ANOTHER penalty causing them to have to kill five minutes. In the end, who else but Shea Theodore to find a way to beat Thatcher Demko and the Golden Knights finally prove what we should have known all along, they are the better team. On to the Conference Finals… again! (Analysis by Ken)


Upcoming stories from Game 7 of the Vegas Golden Knights vs Vancouver Canucks in Round 2 series of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place in the NHL Bubble.

  • It’s all about PK entries
  • Hopefully the blueprint isn’t out on how to stifle the VGK offense

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Zach Whitecloud
** Nic Roy
* Shea Theodore

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