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Islanders’ Barry Trotz On VGK: “They’re Legit”

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It was the perfect road trip for the Golden Knights last week along the Eastern Seaboard. Winning in Boston, New Jersey, and two in New York sent a loud message across the league. Vegas’ four-game sweep had some hiccups but collecting eight points was all that mattered. Three of their opponents were openly impressed by how the Golden Knights found ways to win.

They’re a legit, deep, big, fast, well-coached hockey team. A good sign for us. We measured up against a pretty good hockey team. -Barry Trotz, NYI coach

The Cup-winning coach knows Vegas well, and has had some success against them. We’re all aware of Trotz and the Capitals eliminating the Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Finals but the results have been different in the regular season.

Outside of the postseason the current New York Islanders coach is 2-5-1 against Vegas. However, most games were tight and Trotz’ players were always prepared.

We played composed, we played with some urgency when we were down a goal to come back like this against a team like Vegas that keeps pressing. I thought we did a really good job tonight to come back and get the lead. It’s unfortunate to give up a goal at the end like this and lose that point. -Jean-Gabriel Pageau, NYI forward

The Islanders forced the Golden Knights into a hard-fought 60 minutes. Vegas’ skill and speed stood out to the Islanders, and specifically some of their quicker players.

You watch [Stephenson] play now, there’s no governor and he realizes it. He’s got himself to the next level. And he’s a good player. -Trotz

Vegas was sharp for several periods in New York and were hampered in others, but it never cost them in the end. Against the Rangers, the Golden Knights were completely in control of the game after the opening 20 minutes, but the remaining 40 were challenging.

I came in after the 2nd and I just said, ‘You know what? If we match that period again, boys, there’s no contest. We’re going to win this game.’ -Gerard Gallant, NYR coach

Of course, Gallant had a response for Vegas but his team couldn’t close the door at home.

You don’t need everything from one or two guys. You need a little bit more from everyone, and I felt like we did that [against the Golden Knights]. -Mika Zibanejad, NYR center

The Islanders and Rangers equaled the Golden Knights’ intensity but in the end, only walked away with one point each. Whereas, the Bruins and Devils weren’t as lucky.

Across the Hudson, the Golden Knights controlled the game for 50 out of the 60 minutes played. Initially, it looked like an easy multiple-goal victory but New Jersey threatened towards the end. Luckily for Vegas, the clock expired before it got any dicier.

We were definitely making a push in the 3rd period. We’ve lost more than we would have liked lately, but there are stretches of the games where we’re playing well, and I think we got to capitalize a little more, or bear down a little bit more defensively. -Jimmy Vesey, NJD forward

During postgame interviews, the only team that sounded disappointed after losing to the Golden Knights was the Devils. Even Vegas coach Pete DeBoer wasn’t thrilled with his team’s 5-3 victory but he gladly left New Jersey with two points. As he was when leaving the other three arenas.

No matter how the game was decided opponents harmoniously agreed the Golden Knights are a serious threat to win the Stanley Cup. Also, some teams used their matchup with Vegas as a measuring stick type game. That’s a compliment in itself.

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38 Comments

  1. Daryl

    I always find it funny when reporters ask coaches on what they think about their opponents. When was the last time a coach said the other team wasn’t very good? Look at college football, you have Saban with Bama talk about how good some 1AA team is then blow them out by 60pts. To ask a coach these types of questions is literally one of the dumbest set of questions a reporter can ask

    • Blitz

      Really all coach and player speak is brainless noise. Softball questions then stupid canned answers, for the most part. Once in a while you get a good nugget, but it is rare. Even worse is the lawyer speak when it comes to things like injuries. Patches was a “game time decision” for like a month and a half. Just an absolute lie. Why not say “we don’t talk about injuries”. Chip Kelly when at Oregon used to say that. It still sucks, but at least it is honest. I am sure what they really want to say is “you are just stupid fans, stop feeling entitled”.

    • Ulf

      Exactly, and you could argue the headline on this one is clickbait for our fanbase!

      I guess it worked on my end

      • Ulf

        And the other thing is if you simply look at the VGK key players’ stat history (with the exception of Pietrangelo and Martinez), they are clearly NOT a threat to win it all unless something changes. Maybe that something is Eichel! But he comes in at someone else’s expense

  2. THE hockey GOD

    Merry Christmas, everybody !

  3. knights fan in minny

    MERRY christmas vegas hockey fans 40 degrees here in minny thats a treat ready for the season to start back up

    • Alex

      Happy fairytale day, you superstitious moron

      • THE hockey GOD

        it’s a Federal Holiday, you frecking illegal alien from planet stupidia.

        • Alex

          Virgin birth, and walking on water? HAHAHAHAHAHA

          you religious nuts are just as dumb as the everyday VGK fan

          • knights fan in minny

            you walk on broken malt liquor bottles in the vacant lot where you hang with your low life thugs

      • knights fan in minny

        speak english moron have fun at the soup kitchen for xmas you low life

        • TS

          And you keep chanting and rubbing a rabbits foot and believing all that garbage written in a fictional book that is responsible for massive human misery over the centuries…

          Dumbest fan base in sports

          • knights fan in minny

            your race of robbers and stealers and thugs make human misery because your to dumb and lazy to be productive you low life loser

          • The Real TS

            Is it “to” or “too?” Im learning!

  4. knights fan in minny

    is it your stupid loser

  5. Tim

    I see we have a new asshole among us Alex the latest flake to post. Your not alone Alex we’ve had many losers on this site. You get your dick hard in the basement and no rubber dolly handy so you take out your frustration on our hockey site.

    • He, pauly and TS and the REAL TS( he stole my name) are one and the same. He insults me constantly as the fake TS, And he attacks everyone he can. He is such a dick, he won’t even use his own name. Lowest form of human

      • Alex

        You put your real name and enough identity information for anyone to google and find our how miserable your life is but those guys are dicks?

        Dumbest fan base in sports…

    • knights fan in minny

      well said tim

    • Alex

      Dumbest fan base in sports history

      • knights fan in minny

        alex dumbest person on the planet lets go thugging nog boy

        • Daryl

          He needs to be careful this Christmas…. More and more people are getting doorbell cameras which will make it harder on him to steal packages

          • Alex

            It’s cameras that are finally putting the Chauvins and Potters away, you racist nazi

            You are being defunded and replaced!

          • knights fan in minny

            he is so dumb he would smile for the doorbell camera

      • knights fan in minny

        alex dumbest nig nog in human history

  6. knights fan in minny

    nig nogs never stop being stupid right alex that was sure funny when the head blm lady took the money and ran and bought houses in white neighborhoods she duped you stupid people what do you have to say about her thug boy

    • Ulf

      The poster “Alex” may have started this with a poorly-timed volley on the case for Xmas, but…

      @knightsfaninminny this is crossing the line, once again.
      More racist commentary? Really?

      Your constant racist comments when online dust-ups get to this stage should get you banned from this site. Be better than that.

      • Daryl

        Some people deserve it…….

        • The Real TS

          Just like I deserve booting myself from here because I am so dumb I posted identifying information about myself on here…

      • Daryl

        I’ll call a spade a spade…. You want to act and talk like he does, you are going to get called out on it. The younger generation has become some of the biggest bitches I have ever seen. The US has the weapons but pretty soon, we won’t have the MEN

      • knights fan in minny

        just defending you ulf

  7. knights fan in minny

    alex you dumb ass defund the police is dead get out of the strip club and watch the news blm dead defund the police dead white people rule

  8. sb

    Yikes! When will this ever return to being a hockey site? This site is turning into a garbage dump of hatred. Let’s get back to hockey.

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