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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 SAN JOSE SHARKS 2 (6-2-0 12 PTS)

Recap: The Golden Knights traveled to San Jose for a divisional battle with the Sharks. On a historic night, Phil Kessel scored the 400th goal of his career in a game which he broke the Ironman night. Kessel’s goal gave Vegas a 1-0 advantage in his 990th consecutive game. 

The Sharks offense woke up in the 2nd period. San Jose took the lead 2-1, scoring early and adding a second goal with under a minute to go in the middle frame. 

Shea Theodore evened the score 0:55 seconds into the final period. William Karlsson broke the tie and moments later Mark Stone extended Vegas’ lead. 

The Golden Knights record improves to (6-2-0) defeating the Sharks 4-2 in San Jose. Vegas will return for two games against the Ducks and Jets. The home stand will begin on Friday night. Puck drop on Nevada Day from The Fortress is scheduled for an early 3:00 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: It was a bit of a slog offensively for the first 40 minutes and a breakdown basically handed the lead to the Sharks late in the 2nd. But another dominant 3rd period by the Golden Knights rescued the two points and gave VGK their first perfect back-to-back of the year. (Recap by Ken)

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS 1 (5-2-0 10 PTS)

Recap: The Golden Knights welcomed the Toronto Maple Leafs for an early out-of-conference battle. Nic Roy gave Vegas the lead on their first power play opportunity 3:51 into the game. Late in the period, the Golden Knights defensemen helped goalie Logan Thompson clear out several late Toronto attacks. Vegas held a slim 1-0 lead after the opening 20 minutes.

Toronto’s William Nylander evened the score midway through the 2nd period. The Golden Knights were awarded a second PP chance but couldn’t take advantage. After two periods the game was locked in a 1-1 tie. 

Vegas came out strong for the third straight period wasting no time in the offensive zone. Chandler Stephenson gave Vegas the lead 0:42 into the final 20 minutes. It was Stephenson’s 3rd goal of 2022-23. Michael Amadio stretched the Golden Knights lead eight minutes later. 

The Golden Knights record improves to (5-2-0) after their 3-1 victory over the Maple Leafs. Vegas will play the second of a back-to-back tomorrow night against the San Jose Sharks. Puck drop from SAP Center is scheduled for 7:30 PP. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights came out very strong against the Maple Leafs and caused them all sorts of troubles right off the bat. Another goal in the first 5 minutes helped them settle in defensively too. As the game went along they continued to frustrate the Leafs with their defensive structure and consistency in breakouts. The only thing I’d nitpick on would be the inability to finish dangerous chances. Otherwise, that’s one hell of a game from the Golden Knights. (Recap by Ken)

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COLORADO AVALANCHE 3 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 (4-2-0 8 PTS)

Recap: The Golden Knights hosted the Colorado Avalanche for their second measuring stick game of the season. Colorado took control of the 1st period outshooting Vegas 11-5 and taking the early lead on a power play opportunity. However, the Golden Knights drew a penalty of their own and tied the game 1-1 before the opening 20 minutes expired.

Colorado took advantage of another PP opportunity breaking the tie 6:23 into the middle frame. Vegas had several chances of their own but couldn’t find the back of the net. After 40 minutes the Avalanche held a tight 2-1 advantage.

Vegas began the 3rd period on the power play, but they couldn’t even the score. Colorado took a two-goal lead but midway through the frame on a nifty goal by Val Nischushkin. Chandler Stephenson scored to make it a 3-2 contest. Vegas fought to the final second but couldn’t find the equalizer. 

The Golden Knights record drops to 4-2-0 losing their first matchup 3-2 against the Avalanche this season. Vegas will try and bounce back on Monday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Puck drop from T-Mobile Arena is scheduled for 7 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: Colorado lived in the Vegas end for a good portion of the 1st period which led to very little offense for the Golden Knights. However, the escaped it with just a power play goal a side. It improved a bit in the 2nd and then much more in the 3rd as Vegas pushed back hard and made a game of it. Outscored on the power play and an awesome individual play on the other end were the difference. (Recap by Ken)

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5 WINNIPEG JETS 2 (4-1-0 8 PTS)

Recap: The Golden Knights hosted the Winnipeg Jets for their second home match of the 2022-23 season. It didn’t take long for the home team to take full control of the game. Jack Eichel scored quickly followed by goals from William Karlsson and Chandler Stephenson. Late in the 1st period, Eichel tapped in his second goal of the game to give Vegas a 4-0 advantage.

Winnipeg got on the board in the middle frame, but Vegas goaltender Aiden Hill stopped any further damage. After 40 minutes the Golden Knights held a 4-1 edge.

In the final period the Jets were able to sneak one in but couldn’t get any closer as the Golden Knights locked it down the final 10 minutes and tallied an empty netter in the final seconds.

The Golden Knights record improves to 4-1 on the young season defeating the Jets 5-2. Vegas will next hit the ice Saturday night against the Colorado Avalanche. Puck drop is scheduled for 7P PT from T-Mobile Arena. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights came out looking for blood early and the Jets played right into their hands. VGK outskated them, outworked them, and dominated stick battles on their way to a 4-0 lead. From there they basically coasted to the finish line.  (Recap by Ken)

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CALGARY FLAMES 3 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 (3-1-0 6 PTS)

Recap: The Golden Knights looked to stay undefeated as they traveled to Alberta for a battle with the Calgary Flames. William Carrier gave the road team a quick 1-0 lead scoring his first goal of the season. Later in the period, Brett Howden doubled VGK’s lead 2-0.

The middle frame was plagued with Golden Knights penalties. The Flames were awarded six power plays in the period and evened the score 2-2 with two PP goals. 

Calgary broke the tie late in the 3rd period for their first lead of the game. Vegas had a few chances on net but couldn’t score the equalizer.

The Golden Knights drop their first game of the season losing 3-2 in Calgary. Vegas play their next three at home beginning with the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night. Puck drop is set for 7 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights got a great goaltending performance, they were gifted a goal by a Markstrom whiffed glove save, and they had multi-goal lead. They were not able to make any of that stand up because they simply were outplayed for the majority of the game. It was the first real test of the season, and they did not pass. But, there were some positives in that game including a great goal by Brett Howden working to get a stick on a shot from the point. (Recap by Ken)

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5 SEATTLE KRAKEN 2 (3-0-0 6 PTS)

Recap: The Golden Knights traveled to Seattle to take on a divisional game against the Kraken. On Vegas’ opening shift Keegan Kolesar opened the scoring with his first goal of the season off a feed from William Carrier. Jonathan Marchessault doubled the lead scoring VGK’s first power play goal of the game.

Six and a half minutes into the middle frame, Reilly Smith tucked in the Golden Knights second PP goal. Later in the period, Marchessault added his second of the night and Shea Theodore closed the period with his first of 2022-23.

The 3rd period happened because the league mandates it. Seattle scored a few times.

The Golden Knights remain undefeated with their 5-0 victory in Seattle. Vegas will have a couple of days off before they take on the Flames in Calgary on Tuesday night. Puck drop is scheduled for 6 PM.  (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: A complete and utter fanny whacking in every way. The Golden Knights hopped all over a few early Kraken mistakes, then started playing from ahead and just allowed the rest of the game to come to them. They were good in the defensive zone and Adin Hill was good behind them and the rest was just waiting for the myriad of odd-man rushes the Kraken always hand out. (Recap by Ken)

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 1 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS 0 (2-0-0 4 PTS)

Recap: The Golden Knights hosted the Chicago Blackhawks for their 2022-23 season home opener. Both teams had chances in the 1st period but neither could find the back of the net. After 20 minutes the game was locked in a scoreless tie.

Midway through the second frame Golden Knights left wing Paul Cotter gave the home team a 1-0 advantage. It was Cotter’s first of the season and his third career NHL goal. After two periods of play Vegas held on to a slim 1-0 lead.

The game continued to tighten up in the final period which created a couple of power play opportunities for the Golden Knights. Vegas couldn’t convert on either and were forced to protect a one goal lead for the entirety of the frame. Cotter’s goal in the 2nd period was all Vegas needed to defeat Chicago 1-0.

The Golden Knights improve their record to 2-0 and look to stay undefeated when they take the ice on Saturday night in Seattle. Puck drop against the Kraken is scheduled for 7 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: For the first 20 minutes the Golden Knights were a mess in all three zones and needed a heroic effort from their goalie to keep them in the game. He delivered and then some keeping the game scoreless through one. From there, the defense picked it up and Chicago’s offense pretty much dried up completely. Offensively, there was a lot more there than VGK ended up converting, but if the other team doesn’t score, all you need is one, and Paul Cotter delivered it. (Recap by Ken)

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 LOS ANGELES KINGS 3 (1-0-0 2 PTS)

Recap: The Golden Knights 2022-23 season began with a divisional game on the road against the LA Kings. It was the first time since 2017-18 that Vegas opened the season on the road. 

The home team got on the scoreboard first shooting through traffic in front of the Golden Knights net. Reilly Smith had two quality chances late in the period but Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick held the 1-0 lead.

After an expiring power play Vegas took advantage of a tired LA team. Jonathan Marchessault tied the game 1-1, notching his first of the season 1:41 into the middle frame. Both teams had several opportunities throughout the period but Quick and Logan Thompson kept the puck out of their nets. 

Star center Jack Eichel broke the tie picking up a loose rebound and roofing the puck for the 2-1 VGK lead. The Kings evened the score but Alex Pietrangelo took advantage of a 3rd period power play. The defenseman drilled a shot pass from the blue line and William Karlsson deflected it by the sprawling Quick. Karlsson’s goal was the team’s first power play goal under new coach Bruce Cassidy. LA later scored the equalizer but Mark Stone scored the game-winner with under a minute remaining.

The Golden Knights defeat Los Angeles 4-3 to start their season with a (1-0) record. Vegas travels back for their home opener against Chicago on Thursday night. Puck drop against the Blackhawks is scheduled for 7 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights were the better team for a majority of the night. The forechecking was excellent and caused all sorts of problems for the Kings in the d-zone and neutral zone. It took a wild play to get the Golden Knights across the line with two points, but they earned that win. (Recap by Ken)

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5 ARIZONA COYOTES 1 (Preseason Game 7)

Recap: The Golden Knights and Arizona Coyotes met for their preseason finales up in Idaho. It didn’t take long before Chandler Stephenson gave his team the opening lead with his third exhibition goal. 75 seconds later Nic Roy added to VGK’s lead. With five minutes left in the period Jonathan Marchessaault scored to extend Vegas’ lead 3-0. Arizona scored late in the period to get within two.

The 2nd period was uneventful with neither team finding the back of the net.

Vegas turned it on offensively in the final period, receiving goals from Jack Eichel and Alex Pietrangelo. The two veterans gave their team a commanding 5-1 lead as they closed out the preseason.

The Golden Knights finish the preseason 4-2-1 as they prepare for the 2022-23 season opener in LA on Tuesday night. The game is scheduled for 7 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The preseason is over! Real games are next. Thank goodness. Oh, and VGK were actually pretty good in this game.(Recap by Ken)

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 6 LOS ANGELES KINGS 4 (Preseason Game 6) (Shootout VGK 1-0)

Recap: The Golden Knights and LA Kings faced off in Salt Lake City for the return of the Frozen Fury. LA got off to a quick start when newcomer Kevin Fiala backhanded a puck by Logan Thompson 1:52 into the game. Minutes later the Kings doubled their lead sneaking one past the Golden Knights goaltender. Reilly Smith got Vegas within one scoring 16:36 into the opening 20 minutes.

Vegas tied the game 2-2 on a laser from defenseman Brayden McNabb 5:14 into the 2nd period. Chandler Stephenson, Brayden McNabb and Jonathan Marchessault were all credited with 2nd period goals to give the Golden Knights a 4-2 advantage.

The Kings were able to trim the Golden Knights lead but Smith sealed the deal with a 3rd period PP goal. A late empty-netter was added by Alex Pietrangelo. Vegas left Salt Lake City with a 6-4 victory.

The Golden Knights prepare for their final preseason game Saturday against the Arizona Coyotes. The two teams will meet up in Idaho for their preseason finales. Vegas will begin the opening season in LA on Tuesday night. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights slept through the 1st period but they really got it going in the 2nd. A weird play helped flip the score from 3-3 to 4-2 in favor of VGK which ended up being the difference in the game. VGK still have a ways to go before the regular season, which is not a ways away. (Recap by Ken)

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