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ST. LOUIS BLUES 5 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 (5-1-1 11 PTS) – SO (2-1)

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Recap: It was reunion night at T-Mobile Arena as the Vegas Golden Knights hosted the St. Louis Blues. Vegas defenseman Alex Pietrangelo faced his former team for the first time and original misfit St. Louis’ David Perron always enjoys playing in his old hometown. 

Alex Tuch quickly gave Vegas the lead 3:17 into the game. It was Tuch’s third goal of the season. Perron got his revenge scoring two straight goals to give St. Louis the 2-1 advantage. The Blues would add another taking a 3-1 lead after the opening twenty minutes.

The scoring continued in the middle frame. Max Pacioretty made it a one-goal contest 1:42 into the period. The Blues regained their two-goal edge late in the period off a Pietrangelo turnover. After two periods, Vegas goaltender Robin Lehner and the Golden Knights trailed 4-2. 

The two teams traded power plays in the third period but neither converted. St. Louis’ 4-2 held for most of the period behind a strong performance by Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington. The Golden Knights were awarded a 5-on-3 midway through the period and Pacioretty took advantage. The veteran’s second goal of the game cut St. Louis’ lead down to 4-3. Pacioretty added his third, tying the game 4-4, picking up a hat trick, and forcing overtime. 

St. Louis handed Vegas their second loss of the season with a 5-4 win in shootout. The Golden Knights record drops to 5-1-1 and they still lead the Blues by two points for first place in the West Division. The two contenders face each other again on Thursday night. Game time is set for 6 PM PT. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: Yet another wild Golden Knights/Blues game. The cards were stacked against the Golden Knights and they did a whale of a job to keep coming at the Blues until they finally cracked and tied it up late. Vegas was the better team at 5-on-5, they were the better team on special teams, they were better in 3-on-3, they just didn’t get a great performance out of their goalie (especially in the 1st) and it cost them a point. (Analysis by Ken)


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

  • A Reilly Smith appreciation post for that unreal 3-on-3 shift.

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 1 ARIZONA COYOTES 0 (5-1-0 10 PTS)

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Recap: It was the finale of a four-game series for the Golden Knights and Coyotes. Marc-Andre Fleury got his third start in net looking to remain perfect on the season.

There wasn’t much action in the first period. VGK served up 10 shots but couldn’t get one passed Arizona goaltender Darcy Kuemper. Fleury stopped all four 1st period shots by the Coyotes.

The 2nd period was tight just like the opening 20 minutes. Both teams had power play opportunities but couldn’t convert. Fleury and Kuemper continued their strong play and held a scoreless tie through 40 minutes.

Like the first two periods, the goalies were unstoppable in the final 20 minutes. By their performances, both made it clear one goal would be the difference. William Karlsson gave Vegas a massive 1-0 lead with :42 seconds left in the game.

The Golden Knights win three of four against the Coyotes and improve their record to 5-1-0. Vegas heads back home for two games against the St. Louis Blues. The game is schedule for Tuesday night at 6 PM PT. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: A little bit of a snoozer actually, but the game started to pick up as it goes. Earlier this year Max Pacioretty mentioned tighter checking games as the two, three, and four games series go on and we saw it today. The Karlsson, Marchessault, and Smith line was excellent throughout and they made the big play to grab VGK two more points (even though it very well may have been icing). (Analysis by Ken)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights at Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena

  • Tighter checking as the series wear on

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ARIZONA COYOTES 5 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 (4-1-0 8 PTS)

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Recap: The Golden Knights hopped on a flight for their first time this season for a third straight matchup with the Arizona Coyotes. Robin Lehner made his third start of the season boasting a 2.00 Goals Allowed Average. 

The Coyotes struck first scoring quickly 3:22 in the opening period. Arizona held a 1-0 lead over Vegas for the first time in two games. The Golden Knights committed three penalties and the Coyotes capitalized on one power play. It was a one-goal game after 20 minutes played.

The scoring picked up in the 2nd period. Shea Theodore tied the game 1-1 with his third goal of the season. Arizona would score two unanswered goals, taking a 3-1 lead into the 2nd intermission.

The Coyotes would stretch their lead 4-1 early in the final period. Cody Glass took advantage of a Golden Knights power play scoring his first goal of the season cutting the Coyotes lead 4-2. Arizona would ice the game late with an empty-net goal securing a 5-2 win over Vegas.

The Coyotes hand the Golden Knights their first loss dropping their record to 4-1-0 and in a tie with the Minnesota Wild for first place in the West division. The finale of this four-game series against the Coyotes ends on Sunday afternoon. The game in Arizona is scheduled for 1 PM PT. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: Vegas just never really got going in this one. The 1st period was fairly evenly matched but a trio of VGK penalties helped aide the Coyotes to their first lead of the series. Then, even though Vegas tied it in the 2nd, they never were able to apply consistent pressure and turned the puck over far too often to keep themselves in the game. Was always going to be a tough spot beating a team a third straight time, they just have to make sure they don’t let it linger and turn into a streak going the wrong way. (Analysis by Ken)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights at Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena

  • 5 defenseman rotation leading to inconsistency on the back end

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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)


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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)


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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)


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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.

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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)


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

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