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Kings Humbled By Golden Knights 1st Period Domination

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Last night most Golden Knights fans were prepared for an entertaining, nail-biting battle with the LA Kings. The problem was, only one team showed up in time. Sure, the math wasn’t in their favor but coming into Thursday’s clash but the Kings had a chance to make things uncomfortable for the Pacific Division’s leader. However, the Golden Knights came out firing and sunk the Kings in the opening 11 minutes.

We got a break with the disallowed goal. That helped us. We talked a little more in depth about LA’s system and a little deeper dive than maybe some other teams we played. Our forecheck was outstanding. Guys were real dedicated to that game plan tonight. I always say against teams that are very good defensively, play a certain way and if you get a lead, it may take them out of their structure a little bit. A lot of playoff hockey mentality. -Bruce Cassidy

Before the game was 22 minutes old, the Golden Knights were up a handful of goals. The Kings looked disengaged, out-of-sorts, and tired. After the opening goal was called back, Vegas pounced on the reversal and took charge of the game and the division.

Not only did the Golden Knights crush any chance the Kings had at moving up the standings, but they left the visitors questioning their effort and focus.

The other day I gave credit to the team as whole. I said it was a team win, tonight was a team loss. There were very few players that were engaged early. You can’t play like that at this time of the year. We haven’t had one of those periods in a long, long time. It’s a little humbling when it does happen. That won’t be good enough for the rest of the season and the playoffs. We know that. All of their damage was done in the first seven minutes so you shouldn’t be worn out at that point. You just weren’t ready to play. – Todd McLellan, Kings coach

Just about the only statistic the Kings were in control of was hits. While LA threw their bodies around, Vegas possessed the puck and heavily pressured the offensive zone. Outside of a couple of special teams tallies, the Kings were completely overwhelmed by the Golden Knights attack. According to Cassidy, his team executed their plan to clog and control the inside of the King’s net.

Power play got us a good goal early on. Stephenson’s line had lots of jump and got rewarded. Phil took one to the net. All of the little things. Inside hockey. We talked about it; you’ve got to get inside. At least two goals on top of the crease. A lot of good things. -Cassidy

The bottom line is the Golden Knights proved last night that they are the most well-rounded team in the division. The Kings have talent, have strong veteran leadership but aren’t as balanced, disciplined, or threatening. It wasn’t a statement win, it was a statement, period.

Next thing you know we’re down four. It’s hard to come back from that. We can’t give up four goals after that. We’re going to have to work at it and look at it to. Make sure that doesn’t happen again. -Anze Kopitar, Kings captain

Sure, it’s possible last night’s game was a playoff preview but for that to happen the Golden Knights would have to stub their toe in the final three games. If Vegas takes care of their own business, clinches the Pacific Division, and finishes off their first-round opponent, LA could be waiting for a rematch. After last night’s results, it would be difficult finding anyone that felt confident enough to pick the Kings. That includes fans from LA.




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  1. Brian Scro

    All any team needs to do is start their backup goalie and we’re done for.

  2. Kings Fan Who Got Tortured Last Night

    Great article!! As a Kings fan, this article is so accurate. You left out some adjectives though, Kings looked terrible, amateurish, unmotivated, sickly, daunted, oh, and sucked!! The Kings have probably started looking at vacation plans starting April 28th. All these bad years of rebuilding and now limping into the playoffs. Vegas has rebuilt and are set for the next decade.

  3. Kings Fan Who Got Tortured Last Night

    Great article!! As a Kings fan, this article is so accurate. You left out some adjectives though, Kings looked terrible, amateurish, unmotivated, sickly, & daunted. The Kings have probably started looking at vacation plans starting April 28th. All these bad years of rebuilding and now limping into the playoffs. Vegas has rebuilt and are set for the next decade.

  4. Emmanuel

    Imagine the difference Stone & Theodore would have made in all those 1 Goal losses…..

  5. vegas fan in

    humbled they were destroyed

  6. Jailbird

    There’s not a single thing that can be critiqued about that game. We play like that in the playoffs we will go far. And without Stone, Theo, Carrier, LT ! Dallas will play hard Saturday as they are still trying foe top spot in Central. The Kraken clinched last night so nothing for them to gain when we play them.

  7. Jose

    Good afternoon TS, I hope you are having a wonderful day. It was just announced today that tgwy have loaned goaltender Adin Hill to the Henderson Silver Knights on a conditioning loan. So it looks like he’s healthy now, but he’s going to Henderson to get some game time in.

  8. Jose

    Lack of. Spell check is killing me.

    Good afternoon TS, I hope you are having a wonderful day. It was just announced today that they have loaned goaltender Adin Hill to the Henderson Silver Knights on a conditioning loan. So it looks like he’s healthy now, but he’s going to Henderson to get some game time in.

  9. Ice Warrior

    I was at the game. VGK played with ferocity and the Kings looked in disarray. We sat next to some Kings fans and I was ready to buy them a beer by period 3 – but not quite. Considering beers are $14/each and there were four fans, I had to refrain. Sorry, budget constraints.

    • vegas fan in

      how sad 14 bucks for a beer

    • TS

      Ice Warrior, $14 FOR ONE BEER? THAT is an OUTRAGE!! Is that the way of keeping people sober enough so they can drive home after the game?

  10. THE hockey GOD

    Jason just jinxed the Knights

    like he has been known to do in the past, i find no value in this dribble.

  11. Blitz

    Not a fan of the reviewable offsides rule on goals. Seems dumb as hell that play can go on for like 2-3 solid minutes, in zone, and finally they score and it gets reviewed and called back. I don’t mind the review if it was, say, a break away goal or some continuous quick play to the goal that they need to review, but after that it needs to not be reviewable. Maybe if more than 5 seconds after zone entry then the offsides replay is not allowed. Something like that.

    And my comment above isn’t towards anything specific last night, just in general its a stupid ass rule.

    • THE hockey GOD

      ii agreee 100000% Blitz

      i posted yesterday about that silly rule

  12. I thought last night on Smith goal how stupid they had been playing for some time in o zone before the score, apparently if no score the offside would never have been called at all. It was nice to see the goal as it was a great one timer but what a waste of PP time.
    Write it off as good practice I guess which of course the Vegas PP certainly can use for sure. Their less than effective PP could very well be the difference on how far they go in the playoff and if it doesn’t improve will prove to be the demise.

    • Pistol Pete

      Don’t they back the clock up to the to the time the offsides occurred? That way no time is lost, in this case of a PP.

  13. Considerably, the article is really the finest on this worthwhile topic.

  14. Henderson's Finest

    Hill pulled after 2 periods in Henderson tonight. Might have been planned though. He gave up 3 on 24 shots (may be off a few) but looked good after a shaky start. My guess is he gets a few more games before going up.

  15. Pistol Pete

    C’mon Dorofeyev-Eichel-Marchessault let’s see some scoring vs. Dallas today! You have three games to build chemistry with Pav heading into the playoffs. It’s going to be a big story if a rookie comes in the last 15 games of the regular season and is impactful in the playoffs. Dorofeyev is set to become an RFA after this season. If he does well in the playoffs Vegas may have to match an offer sheet in order to extend the kid.

  16. Jailbird

    Todays game vs Dallas could very well clinch west titles for us. Again, if we play hard that’s what we are after. Go get them boys!

    • TS

      FYI: TODAY’S GAME VS STARS, 12:30 PM, on ABC
      PAYBACK TIME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. THE hockey GOD

    The crucifixion and death of Jesus occurred in 1st-century Judea, most likely in 30 AD or 33 AD. It is described in the four canonical gospels, referred to in the New Testament epistles, attested to by other ancient sources, and considered an established historical event.[1]

    In the canonical gospels, Jesus is arrested and tried by the Sanhedrin, and then by Pontius Pilate, who sentences him to flagellation and then hands him over to soldiers for crucifixion.[5][6][7]

    Jesus was stripped of his clothing and offered vinegar mixed with myrrh or gall (likely posca),[8] to drink. He was then hung between two convicted thieves and, according to the Gospel of Mark, died by the 9th hour of the day (at around 3:00 p.m.). During this time, the soldiers affixed a sign to the top of the cross stating “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews” which, according to the Gospel of John (John 19:20), was written in three languages (Hebrew, Latin, and Greek). They then divided his garments among themselves and cast lots for his seamless robe, according to the Gospel of John. The Gospel of John also states that, after Jesus’ death, one soldier (named in extra-Biblical tradition as Longinus) pierced his side with a spear to be certain that he had died, then blood and water gushed from the wound. The Bible describes seven statements that Jesus made while he was on the cross, as well as several supernatural events that occurred. Among the eyewitnesses named in the gospels are Mary Magdalene, Mary, mother of Jesus, Mary of Clopas, and Salome, often identified as the wife of Zebedee.

    Collectively referred to as the Passion, Jesus’ suffering and redemptive death by crucifixion are the central aspects of Christian theology concerning the doctrines of salvation and atonement. In Islam Jesus’ importance as a religious figure is acknowledged.

    The earliest detailed accounts of the death of Jesus are contained in the four canonical gospels.[9] There are other, more implicit references in the New Testament epistles. In the synoptic gospels, Jesus predicts his death in three separate places.[10] All four Gospels conclude with an extended narrative of Jesus’ arrest, initial trial at the Sanhedrin and final trial at Pilate’s court, where Jesus is flogged, condemned to death, is led to the place of crucifixion initially carrying his cross before Roman soldiers induce Simon of Cyrene to carry it, and then Jesus is crucified, entombed, and resurrected from the dead. In each Gospel these five events in the life of Jesus are treated with more intense detail than any other portion of that Gospel’s narrative. Scholars note that the reader receives an almost hour-by-hour account of what is happening.[11]: p.91 

    After arriving at Golgotha, Jesus was offered wine mixed with myrrh or gall to drink. Both the Gospel of Mark and the Gospel of Matthew record that he refused this. He was then crucified and hung between two convicted thieves. According to some translations of the original Greek, the thieves may have been bandits or Jewish rebels.[12] According to the Gospel of Mark, he endured the torment of crucifixion from the third hour (between approximately 9 a.m. and noon),[13] until his death at the ninth hour, corresponding to about 3 p.m.[14] The soldiers affixed a sign above his head stating “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews” which, according to the Gospel of John, was in three languages (Hebrew, Latin, and Greek), and then divided his garments and cast lots for his seamless robe. According to the Gospel of John, the Roman soldiers did not break Jesus’ legs, as they did to the two crucified thieves (breaking the legs hastened the onset of death), as Jesus was dead already. Each gospel has its own account of Jesus’ last words, seven statements altogether.[15] In the Synoptic Gospels, various supernatural events accompany the crucifixion, including darkness, an earthquake, and (in Matthew) the resurrection of saints. Following Jesus’ death, his body was removed from the cross by Joseph of Arimathea and buried in a rock-hewn tomb, with Nicodemus assisting.

    According to all four gospels, Jesus was brought to the “Place of a Skull”[16] and crucified with two thieves,[17] with the charge of claiming to be “King of the Jews”,[18] and the soldiers divided his clothes[19] before he bowed his head and died.[20] Following his death, Joseph of Arimathea requested the body from Pilate,[21] which Joseph then placed in a new garden tomb.[22]

    The three Synoptic gospels also describe Simon of Cyrene bearing the cross,[23] a crowd of people mocking Jesus[24] along with the thieves/robbers/rebels,[25] darkness from the 6th to the 9th hour,[26] and the temple veil being torn from top to bottom.[27] The Synoptic Gospels also mention several witnesses, including a centurion,[28] and several women who watched from a distance,[29] two of whom were present during the burial.[30]

    The Gospel of Luke is the only gospel to omit the detail of the sour wine mix that was offered to Jesus on a reed,[31] while only Mark and John describe Joseph actually taking the body down off the cross.[32]

    There are several details that are only mentioned in a single gospel account. For instance, only the Gospel of Matthew mentions an earthquake, resurrected saints who went to the city and that Roman soldiers were assigned to guard the tomb,[33] while Mark is the only one to state the time of the crucifixion (the third hour, or 9 a.m. – although it was probably as late as noon)[34] and the centurion’s report of Jesus’ death.[35] The Gospel of Luke’s unique contributions to the narrative include Jesus’ words to the women who were mourning, one criminal’s rebuke of the other, the reaction of the multitudes who left “beating their breasts”, and the women preparing spices and ointments before resting on the Sabbath.[36] John is also the only one to refer to the request that the legs be broken and the soldier’s subsequent piercing of Jesus’ side (as fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy), as well as that Nicodemus assisted Joseph with burial.[37]

    In Mark, Jesus is crucified along with two rebels, and the sun goes dark or is obscured for three hours.[42] Jesus calls out to God, then gives a shout and dies.[42] The curtain of the Temple is torn in two.[42] Matthew follows Mark, but mentions an earthquake and the resurrection of saints.[43] Luke also follows Mark, although he describes the rebels as common criminals, one of whom defends Jesus, who in turn promises that he (Jesus) and the criminal will be together in paradise.[44] Luke portrays Jesus as impassive in the face of his crucifixion.[45] John includes several of the same elements as those found in Mark, though they are treated differently.[46]

    An early non-Christian reference to the crucifixion of Jesus is likely to be Mara Bar-Serapion’s letter to his son, written some time after AD 73 but before the 3rd century AD.[50][51][52] The letter includes no Christian themes and the author is presumed to be neither Jewish nor Christian.[50][51][53] The letter refers to the retributions that followed the unjust treatment of three wise men: Socrates, Pythagoras, and “the wise king” of the Jews.[50][52] Some scholars see little doubt that the reference to the execution of the “king of the Jews” is about the crucifixion of Jesus, while others place less value in the letter, given the ambiguity in the reference.[53][54]

    In the Antiquities of the Jews (written about 93 AD) Jewish historian Josephus stated (Ant 18.3) that Jesus was crucified by Pilate, writing that:[55]

    Now there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, … He drew over to him both many of the Jews and many of the Gentiles … And when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men amongst us, had condemned him to the cross …

    Most modern scholars agree that while this Josephus passage (called the Testimonium Flavianum) includes some later interpolations, it originally consisted of an authentic nucleus with a reference to the execution of Jesus by Pilate.[6][7] James Dunn states that there is “broad consensus” among scholars regarding the nature of an authentic reference to the crucifixion of Jesus in the Testimonium.[56]

    Early in the second century another reference to the crucifixion of Jesus was made by Tacitus, generally considered one of the greatest Roman historians.[57][58] Writing in The Annals (c. 116 AD), Tacitus described the persecution of Christians by Nero and stated (Annals 15.44) that Pilate ordered the execution of Jesus:[55][59]

    Nero fastened the guilt and inflicted the most exquisite tortures on a class hated for their abominations, called Christians by the populace. Christus, from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilatus.

    Scholars generally consider the Tacitus reference to the execution of Jesus by Pilate to be genuine, and of historical value as an independent Roman source.[57][60][61][62][63][64] Eddy and Boyd state that it is now “firmly established” that Tacitus provides a non-Christian confirmation of the crucifixion of Jesus.[65]

    Another possible reference to the crucifixion (“hanging”, cf. Luke 23:39; Galatians 3:13) is found in the Babylonian Talmud:

    On the eve of the Passover Yeshu was hanged. For forty days before the execution took place, a herald went forth and cried, “He is going forth to be stoned because he has practised sorcery and enticed Israel to apostasy. Anyone who can say anything in his favour, let him come forward and plead on his behalf.” But since nothing was brought forward in his favour he was hanged on the eve of the Passover.
    — Sanhedrin 43a, Babylonian Talmud (Soncino Edition)

    Although the question of the equivalence of the identities of Yeshu and Jesus has at times been debated, many historians agree that the above 2nd-century passage is likely to be about Jesus, Peter Schäfer stating that there can be no doubt that this narrative of the execution in the Talmud refers to Jesus of Nazareth.[66]

    Robert Van Voorst states that the Sanhedrin 43a reference to Jesus can be confirmed not only from the reference itself, but from the context that surrounds it.[67] Sanhedrin 43a relates that Yeshu had been condemned to death by the royal government of Judea – this lineage was stripped of all legal authority upon Herod the Great’s ascension to the throne in 37 BCE, meaning the execution had to have taken place close to 40 years before Jesus was even born.[68][69] According to another account, he was executed on request of the Pharisees leaders.[51]

  18. THE hockey GOD

    Words of Jesus spoken from the cross
    Main article: Sayings of Jesus on the cross
    Crucifixion, seen from the Cross, by James Tissot, c. 1890, Brooklyn Museum

    The Gospels describe various last words that Jesus said while on the cross,[147] as follows:
    Mark / Matthew

    E′li, E′li, la′ma sa‧bach‧tha′ni? [Mt. 27:46] [Mk. 15:34] (Aramaic for “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?”). Aramaic linguist Steve Caruso said Jesus most likely spoke Galilean Aramaic,[148] which would render the pronunciation of these words: əlahí əlahí ləmáh šəvaqtáni.[149]

    The only words of Jesus on the cross mentioned in the Mark and Matthew accounts, this is a quotation of Psalm 22. Since other verses of the same Psalm are cited in the crucifixion accounts, some commentators consider it a literary and theological creation. Geza Vermes noted the verse is cited in Aramaic rather than the usual Hebrew, and that by the time of Jesus, this phrase had become a proverbial saying in common usage.[150] Compared to the accounts in the other Gospels, which he describes as ‘theologically correct and reassuring’, he considers this phrase ‘unexpected, disquieting and in consequence more probable’.[151] He describes it as bearing ‘all the appearances of a genuine cry’.[152] Raymond Brown likewise comments that he finds ‘no persuasive argument against attributing to the Jesus of Mark/Matt the literal sentiment of feeling forsaken expressed in the Psalm quote’.[153]

    “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”[Lk. 23:34] [Some early manuscripts do not have this]
    “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”[Lk. 23:43]
    “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.”[Lk. 23:46]

    The Gospel of Luke does not include the aforementioned exclamation of Jesus mentioned in Matthew and Mark.[154]

    “Woman, here is your son.”[Jn. 19:25–27]
    “I am thirsty.”[Jn. 19:28]
    “It is finished.”[Jn. 19:30]

    The words of Jesus on the cross, especially his last words, have been the subject of a wide range of Christian teachings and sermons, and a number of authors have written books specifically devoted to the last sayings of Christ.[155][156][157][158][159][160]
    Reported extraordinary occurrences

    The synoptics report various miraculous events during the crucifixion.[161][162] Mark mentions a period of darkness in the daytime during Jesus’ crucifixion, and the Temple veil being torn in two when Jesus dies.[42] Luke follows Mark;[44] as does Matthew, additionally mentioning an earthquake and the resurrection of dead saints.[43] No mention of any of these appears in John.[163]


    In the synoptic narrative, while Jesus is hanging on the cross, the sky over Judea (or the whole world) is “darkened for three hours,” from the sixth to the ninth hour (noon to mid-afternoon). There is no reference to darkness in the Gospel of John account, in which the crucifixion does not take place until after noon.[164]

    Some ancient Christian writers considered the possibility that pagan commentators may have mentioned this event and mistook it for a solar eclipse, pointing out that an eclipse could not occur during the Passover, which takes place during the full moon when the moon is opposite the sun rather than in front of it. Christian traveler and historian Sextus Julius Africanus and Christian theologian Origen refer to Greek historian Phlegon, who lived in the 2nd century AD, as having written “with regard to the eclipse in the time of Tiberius Caesar, in whose reign Jesus appears to have been crucified, and the great earthquakes which then took place”.[165]

    Sextus Julius Africanus further refers to the writings of historian Thallus: “This darkness Thallus, in the third book of his History, calls, as appears to me without reason, an eclipse of the sun. For the Hebrews celebrate the passover on the 14th day according to the moon, and the passion of our Saviour falls on the day before the passover; but an eclipse of the sun takes place only when the moon comes under the sun.”[166] Christian apologist Tertullian believed the event was documented in the Roman archives.[167]

    Colin Humphreys and W. G. Waddington of Oxford University considered the possibility that a lunar, rather than solar, eclipse might have taken place.[168][169]
    In an edition of the BBC Radio 4 programme In Our Time entitled Eclipses, Frank Close, Emeritus Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford, stated that certain historical sources say that on the night of the Crucifixion “the moon had risen blood red,” which indicates a lunar eclipse. He went on to confirm that as Passover takes place on the full moon calculating back shows that a lunar eclipse did in fact take place on the night of Passover on Friday, 3 April 33 AD which would have been visible in the area of modern Israel, ancient Judea, just after sunset.[173]

    Temple veil, earthquake and resurrection of dead saints

    The synoptic gospels state that the veil of the temple was torn from top to bottom.

    The Gospel of Matthew mentions an account of earthquakes, rocks splitting, and the opening of the graves of dead saints, and describes how these resurrected saints went into the holy city and appeared to many people.[Mt. 27:51-53]

    In the Mark and Matthew accounts, the centurion in charge comments on the events: “Truly this man was the Son of God!”[Mk. 15:39] or “Truly this was the Son of God!”.[Mt. 27:54] The Gospel of Luke quotes him as saying, “Certainly this man was innocent!”[Lk. 23:47][177]

    The historian Sextus Julius Africanus in the early third century wrote, describing the day of the crucifixion, “A most terrible darkness fell over all the world, the rocks were torn apart by an earthquake, and many places both in Judaea and the rest of the world were thrown down. In the third book of his Histories, Thallos dismisses this darkness as a solar eclipse. …”[178]

    A widespread 6.3 magnitude earthquake has been confirmed to have taken place between 26 and 36 AD. This earthquake was dated by counting varves (annual layers of sediment) between the disruptions in a core of sediment from En Gedi caused by it and by an earlier known quake in 31 BC.[179]

  19. THE hockey GOD

    hockey IS politics, in recent years we have been inundated with the “queer, the queens, the fags, the gays, the trans, the gender bender, benders, the trans, the trans genders, the pedos , the dragster rainbow coalition hijacking Noah’s rainbow” or whatever the “cool” flavor of day “identity politics” label they want to call themselves.

    In the face of all this FUCKING BULL SHIT the normal people are re confirming their status. If you are “offended’ by my straight talk, then you are part of problem, not part of solution, and if you respond as such I will tell you to your face to go fuck yourself.

    It’s called SUPER STRAIGHT. And it means that your conviction to your gender from day you were born, and your respect and love for the opposite sex gender from the day you were born which GOD has given you from day one. Anything less is anti Humanity, Anti GoD and anti AMERICAN.

    sez me, that is my opinion and exercise of my free speech. If you don’t like it,
    than change the constitution.


  20. THE hockey GOD

    The abortion rate would disappear if we valued our sexuality more and only if males had sex with females (super straight from conception) we’ve chose to love for life and are willing to raise children with.


    deal with it losers and haters.

  21. THE hockey GOD

    if anyone who doesn’t believe this shit is happening in our schools then they are either brain dead or in a coma or just plain stupid

    The Texas Senate has passed a pair of bills that seek to prevent children’s exposure to sexualized performances and events like “Drag Queen Story Hour.”

    politics, remember that when you go to your next “rainbow- sodomite” special
    hockey night shirt identity politics pushed by the wokeVERSITY NHL

  22. Jailbird

    Go Knights Go!

  23. Arnold Rothstein

    it’s going to be rough slog for VGK

    they have not done well with this afternoon, early start games at all this year

    “the brain”

  24. Sorvino

    Jack Eichel will not play this afternoon due to injury.

  25. Rashaad

    Teddy Blueger back in???

  26. Jose

    Rashid, I think Teddy Blueger will be in for Jack Eichel.

  27. Jose


    Forward lines for this afternoon‘s game???

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