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MONTREAL CANADIENS 3 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 (MTL 4-2) – OT

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Recap:  The Golden Knights were facing elimination and needed a road win in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals to extend their season.

Montreal captain Shea Weber opened the scoring with a power play slapshot but Vegas would quickly respond. Reilly Smith scored his first goal of the series :48 seconds later to even the game 1-1. The Golden Knights generated 10 1st period shots scoring on one. After the opening 20 minutes Game 6 was tied 1-1.

Both teams traded power plays in early minutes of the middle frame and both penalty kill units did their jobs again. Midway through the period, Montreal regained their lead on a stretch pass to young sharpshooter Cole Caufield. Vegas was awarded another man-advantage but failed to capitalize again. After 40 minutes the Canadiens held a 2-1 edge.

Alec Martinez came up big again for Vegas scoring the game-tying goal quickly into the third period. Both teams locked down and tightened up down the stretch. Regulation ended 2-2 and the game would head to overtime for third time this series.

Montreal ended the series 1:39 into overtime sending the Golden Knights home for the season.

After losing 3-2 in overtime to the Canadiens, the Golden Knights are eliminated in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals. For the second straight season, Vegas falls one series short of the Stanley Cup Finals. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: Not enough changed quickly enough. And because of it, the game looked fairly similar to the last few, and the Golden Knights just couldn’t find that one extra goal to get them over the hump… a problem they are growing all too familiar with. (Analysis by Ken)

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Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Alex Pietrangelo
** Reilly Smith
* Alec Martinez

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MONTREAL CANADIENS 4 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 1 (MTL 3-2)

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Recap:  Coach Pete DeBoer went back to Marc-Andre Fleury at home for Game 5 after giving Robin Lehner the nod on Sunday. Midway through the first frame the Canadiens threaded the Golden Knights defense with a breakaway pass setting up a loose puck in front of Fleury. Montreal jumped on the rebound and scored the first goal of the game. Vegas was unsuccessful with their six shots on net and trailed 1-0 after the opening period.

The Golden Knights really struggled defensively in the 2nd period. Montreal found an open man twice in Vegas’ zone and scored twice taking a 3-0 advantage. The Golden Knights couldn’t generate offense again and went scoreless through 40 minutes.

Vegas began the 3rd period with desperation and urgency. Max Pacioretty broke through and scored the Golden Knights first goal of Game 5. Montreal continued to frustrate Vegas throughout the period and the offense dried up for the home team. The Canadiens flipped in an empty net goal and won 4-1 in Vegas.

After losing 4-1 to the Canadiens, the Golden Knights face elimination on Thursday night. The series goes back to Montreal in must-win Game 6 for Vegas. Puck drop is scheduled for 5 PM PT. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: Self-inflicted wounds haunted the Golden Knights in a big way in Game 5. They weren’t exactly playing well but they were doing enough to keep the game close. However, mistake after mistake after mistake took the game from close game to an insurmountable deficit. Vegas came back and started playing a lot better in the 3rd, but it was way too little way too late. These last six periods simply haven’t been good enough, and they’ve got six more periods to get it right. (Analysis by Ken)

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Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Brayden McNabb
** Nic Roy
* Alex Pietrangelo

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 MONTREAL CANADIENS 1 (2-2) – OT

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Recap: Robin Lehner looked sharp in net to start Game 4 in Montreal. Only his second appearance this postseason Lehner was peppered with shots but kept the Canadiens scoreless in the 1st period. The Golden Knights had trouble offensively only mustering up four shots in the opening 20 minutes.

The tight play continued but the Golden Knights were able to generate more shots in the 2nd period. Late in the frame Vegas was awarded a power play but struggled again to capitalize. With 65 seconds remaining the Canadiens took the lead and held a 1-0 advantage after 40 minutes of action. 

Lehner followed up his strong play in the 3rd period snuffing out several rushes from the Canadiens. Midway through the period, Brayden McNabb tied the game burying a pass behind the net from William Karlsson. The score held and Game 4 would need overtime to decide a winner.

Nic Roy won the game in overtime for the Golden Knights. Max Pacioretty flicked the puck on net and Roy picked up the rebound and beat Montreal goaltender Carey Price. 

The Golden Knights tied up the seven-game series 2-2 as it shifts to Las Vegas. A pivotal Game 5 is on Tuesday night at T-Mobile Arena. Puck drop is scheduled for 6:00 PM PT. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: It took the Golden Knights 40 excruciating minutes to really get going, but the dam finally broke just in time from an unlikely finisher in McNabb. In OT, the Golden Knights continued the much better style of play they got to in the 3rd and the first high-danger chance of the game finds its way past Price to win it and even the series. VGK can and must play a lot better to win this series, but 2-2 is so much better than down 3-1. (Analysis by Ken)

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Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Nic Roy
** Brayden McNabb
* Robin Lehner

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MONTREAL CANADIENS 3 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 (MTL 2-1) – OT

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Recap: The Golden Knights came out attacking the Canadiens in Game 3. Vegas unloaded 17 shots on Montreal’s goaltender Carey Price but couldn’t hit the back of the net. The game was scoreless after the opening 20 minutes. 

Nic Roy gave Vegas the first lead of Game 3 with his third goal of the postseason 3:16 in the middle period. The Canadiens responded immediately scoring the tying goal 38 seconds later. The period would stay locked in a 1-1 tie. 

The Golden Knights regained their lead early in the final frame off a wrist shot by Alex Pietrangelo. The defenseman scored his fourth of the postseason and third of the series. With time winding down in the game Marc-Andre Fleury had a miscue trying to retrieve the puck and the Canadiens took advantage and tied the game 2-2. Montreal ended the game in overtime completing a late comeback victory. 

After losing 3-2 in overtime the Golden Knights now trail the seven game series 2-1. The series continues on Sunday evening in Montreal. Game 4 is scheduled for Friday evening at 5:00 PM PT. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights had the game won. It really is as simple as that. Their d-zone coverage was brilliant all night. They had the neutral zone locked up for 99% of the game. They thwarted the Habs forecheck at every pass. But it comes down to the worst goal allowed by any goalie in the four-year history of the franchise. Sure, Vegas had a chance to win it after that, but they couldn’t pull it off and that error looms incredibly large heading into Game 4. (Analysis by Ken)

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Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Alex Tuch
** Nic Roy
* Alex Pietrangelo

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MONTREAL CANADIENS 3 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 (1-1)

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Recap: Montreal came out firing and took an early lead in Game 2. The Canadiens would add another in the period to take a 2-0 edge into the first intermission. 

Trailing by two the Golden Knights had much more energy and shot the puck early in the 2nd period. The Canadiens took a 3-0 lead but Alex Pietrangelo would respond 61 seconds later. Down 3-1, Vegas showed signs of life with twenty minutes remaining.

Pietrangelo scored again to close the gap to 3-2 in the final period. The Golden Knights made several late pushes but couldn’t capitalize. 

After losing 3-2 to the Canadiens the seven-game series is even after two games. The series shifts to Montreal for the next two games. Game 3 is scheduled for Friday evening at 5 PM PT. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights allowed the Canadiens to skate around them in the 1st period once again in Game 2. This time the Habs made them pay capitalizing on multiple chances and giving them a lead. We saw a different Montreal team protecting a lead. VGK created a few dangerous chances but just weren’t opportunistic enough to get that third one past Price. Now, VGK have to head on the road where they need to get to their game a little earlier. Plus, they could really use some offensive contributions from forwards. (Analysis by Ken)

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Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Mark Stone
** Keegan Kolesar
* Alex Pietrangelo

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 MONTREAL CANADIENS 1 (VGK 1-0)

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Recap:  For the first time in team history the Golden Knights hosted a Semi-Final Game 1. The local team took on original six franchise Montreal Canadiens for the right to play in the Stanley Cup Finals. Shea Theodore was held without a goal for the first two series but his timing couldn’t have come at a better time. Vegas’ top defenseman opened the scoring with his first goal of the playoffs 9:51 into the series. Marc-Andre Fleury was strong in net holding his team’s 1-0 lead.

Vegas began the 2nd period with extended power play time which they took advantage of. Moments after the man advantage expired Theodore found Alec Martinez to double the Golden Knights lead 2-0. Montreal would get on the board with a power play goal but Vegas answered back :53 seconds later. After 40 minutes of action, the Golden Knights held a 3-1 advantage.

Vegas continued to heavily pressure Montreal in the final 20 minutes. The Canadiens couldn’t sustain any offensive zone time throughout the entire game and it held that way. Defenseman Nick Holden gave Vegas a three-goal lead with his second goal of the postseason. Fleury finished off his dominant performance in the third period only giving up one goal in 29 shots on net.

With their 4-1 victory, the Golden Knights take Game 1 and a series lead. Vegas and Montreal take the ice again on Wednesday night at T-Mobile Arena. Game 2 is scheduled for 6:00 PM PT. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: It took 20 minutes for the Golden Knights to settle in, but once they did they turned up the heat on the Canadiens just like was to be expected. They lived in the MTL offensive zone and thwarted any offense before the Habs could even get through the neutral zone. 1 down, 3 to go, just like period two and on. (Analysis by Ken)

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Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Marc-Andre Fleury
** Alex Tuch
* Shea Theodore

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 6 COLORADO AVALANCHE 3 (VGK 4-2)

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Recap:  Game 6 got off to a quick start for both teams. Colorado scored the first goal :23 seconds into the opening period but Vegas swiftly responded. Defenseman Nick Holden fooled Avalanche goaltender Philipp Grubauer with a screened point shot :52 seconds later. Later in the period William Karlsson connected with Alec Martinez for a one-timer to take the lead. After the 1st period the Golden Knights held a 2-1 advantage.

Vegas committed an early penalty to give Colorado their first power play of the game and jumped on the opportunity. The Avalanche tied the game 3:47 in to the middle frame. The Golden Knights picked it up later in the period when Keegan Kolesar deflected a puck and regained the lead for Vegas. Colorado evened the score a couple of minutes later but Alex Pietrangelo picked up a loose rebound and scored :13 seconds before the period expired. After 40 minutes the Golden Knights led 4-3.

Marc-Andre Fleury continued to frustrate Colorado stopping all 11 shots in the final frame. William Carrier added an insurance goal 11:46 into the period and Max Pacioretty sealed the deal with an empty-netter.

With their statement 6-3 victory, the Golden Knights won four straight to clinch their Second Round series against the Avalanche. Next up Vegas will face the Montreal Canadiens in the Stanley Cup semi-finals. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: In an absolute wild game with back and forth action the Golden Knights kept digging into their bag of tricks to find goal after goal after goal and the Colorado just couldn’t outrun the “avalanche” Vegas was throwing at them. The Golden Knights have proven, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that they were the best team in the West Division and one of the best teams in the NHL. Now, a date with Montreal where they’ll go from underdog to heavy favorite. (Analysis by Ken)

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

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 COLORADO AVALANCHE 2 (VGK 3-2) – OT

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Recap: Game 5 was intense right from the opening puck drop. For most of the period Vegas matched Colorado’s chances and held strong defensively. As time was winding down the Avalanche got some luck with a last second shot that slipped by Marc-Andre Fleury. Colorado took a 1-0 lead 0.8 seconds before the first intermission.

The tempo picked up in the 2nd period but neither could gain momentum. Late in the period the Avalanche broke the tie and held a 2-0 edge after 40 minutes of Game 5.

The Golden Knights played with urgency to start the final frame and it quickly paid off. Alex Tuch got Vegas within one 1:03 into the period and it didn’t end there. Jonathan Marchessault scored the game-tying goal three minutes later. The rest of the period both teams traded chances but the game needed overtime to decide an outcome.

The captain Mark Stone quickly ended the game quickly :50 into overtime to take the series lead. 

With their 3-2 overtime victory, the Golden Knights can clinch the series on Thursday night. Game 6 is scheduled for 6:00 PM at T-Mobile Arena. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The response that was expected from the Avalanche came and the Golden Knights appeared to be withstanding it, but a late horrendous goal allowed by Fleury put them in a hole that would soon get much bigger after a tough 2nd. VGK stuck with their simple style though and waited for the Avs to hand them chances. They did twice in the 3rd and then again in OT and Vegas steals the game they had stolen from them in Game 2. (Analysis by Ken)

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Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Mark Stone
** Jonathan Marchessault
* Alex Pietrangelo

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5 COLORADO AVALANCHE 1 (Series 2-2)

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Recap: Game 4 got off to a quick start at T-Mobile Arena. Colorado took the early lead 1:50 into the game but Vegas fought back and evened the game 1-1. Jonathan Marchessault scored his first of the game and third of the postseason.

Max Pacioretty broke the tie 1:11 into the middle period scoring his third goal in five postseason games. Marchessault added a second goal extending Vegas’ lead to 3-1.

Leading 3-1, the Golden Knights continued to control the game in the third period. Six minutes into the final frame Marchessault recorded a postseason hat trick with his third goal of the game. Ryan Reaves and the fourth line got involved offensively late in the game. Reaves found linemate Patrick Brown to stretch the lead to 5-1.

With their commanding 5-1 victory, the Golden Knights even the series 2-2. Vegas can take control with a win in Colorado on Tuesday night. Game 5 is scheduled for 6 PM PT. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: We knew the Avs were going to come with some sort of a push after they were challenged by their coach. They did, but the Golden Knights answered the call and then some. Vegas continued playing the exact same style of play and the Avs kept feeding them with turnovers in the defensive and neutral zones. These two games could not have gone better for the Golden Knights. The series is tied and the Avalanche are the ones that need to find a few game plan. (Analysis by Ken)

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Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** William Karlsson
** Max Pacioretty
* Jonathan Marchessault

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 COLORADO AVALANCHE 2 (COL 2-1)

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Recap: The Golden Knights started Game 3 fast and hard carrying over their string play in Game 2. Vegas completely controlled the period outshooting Colorado 14-3 and earned two power play opportunities. The Golden Knights couldn’t convert either into a goal but they built some momentum heading into the intermission. 

William Karlsson gave Vegas their first lead of the series 4:38 into the 2nd period but it wouldn’t last long. The Avalanche quickly evened the score 1-1 a minute and a half later and drew a late penalty. Vegas killed off the two minutes and preserved the tie after 40 minutes of action. 

Vegas committed another penalty five minutes into the final period and Colorado pounced on the opportunity. The Avalanche scored immediately on the power play to take a 2-1 lead. 10 minutes later Jonathan Marchessault tied the game and Max Pacioretty gave Vegas the 3-2 lead. 

With their 3-2 victory, the Golden Knights get back in the series now trailing 2-1. Vegas will have a chance to tie the seven-game series with a win on Sunday. Game 4 scheduled for 5:30 PM PT. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: Once again, like Game 2, the Golden Knights did what they needed to do for most of the night. They made the game ugly and kept the Avs speed at bay. But, even with a great effort throughout, the scoring looked like it was going to be a problem. Jonathan Marchessault came up with yet another one of his magical monster goals. Then, moments later when the building was rocking, Pacioretty put a stick on a shot from the point and the Golden Knights restored the lead. 6-on-5 is a major mismatch in favor of Vegas, and they proved it in their first chance of the series. (Analysis by Ken)

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Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Alex Tuch & William Karlsson
** Max Pacioretty
* Jonathan Marchessault

 

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