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Power Play Taking Strides, Despite Results Since Game 1

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Much of the discourse following Game 4 was about officiating. Both captains spent a portion of their postgame media availability talking about calls that were or were not made, and eventually Alex Pietrangelo and Darnell Nurse each found themselves suspended for Game 5.

Early in the game, there’s no question it felt like the Golden Knights were on the wrong side of the ledger in regards to the refereeing. A soft slashing call on Theodore gave the Oilers their first power play, a retaliation penalty was called on Shea a bit later, and moments before Edmonton’s third goal Mark Stone appeared to get cross-checked into the post which went uncalled.

But, before all of it happened the Golden Knights were on the power play just 30 seconds into the game and then as the calls started to even out in the 2nd, the VGK PP had a chance to dramatically alter the game.

Timely goals, we’ve talked about that a lot, and we didn’t get them, that would be the disappointing thing. -Bruce Cassidy

However, this wasn’t like many of the previous games with power play struggles this season or postseasons of yesteryear.

I thought our sustained pressure was pretty good. We shot, we recovered, we shot, we recovered, so that’s the right mindset. -Jonathan Marchessault

Our power play generated some good looks, I’ve got to give some credit to Skinner and them blocking some shots. -Cassidy

In four power plays, the Golden Knights attempted 16 shots, 10 made it on goal, and they generated 0.82 expected goals. Compare that to the historic Oilers power play who mustered up nine shot attempts, seven shots on goal and 0.86 expected goals in about the same amount of time.

The last play which has been where we’ve struggled on the power play all year, we weren’t able to do it again today. But I thought we were in the zone a lot, we won draws to stay in the zone, our entries were fairly clean, we just didn’t finish and we needed to tonight. -Cassidy

Jonathan Marchessault was responsible for half of the Golden Knights’ power play shots, taking five in just over five minutes of man-advantage ice time. He puts a lot of the onus on himself for why the final product wasn’t there to help turn the game back in Vegas’ favor.

Part of it is on me, I’ve got to be able to cash in on those opportunities. I want to be in those situations and I’ve got to rise up to the occasion. If I’m a little more precise with my shot, not only might it go in but it also might create a secondary chance in front of the net which is important for our power play. -Marchessault

One thing that hasn’t happened to him though is a loss of confidence. While Marchessault joked about his inability to find the net amidst a myriad of chances, he said it comes down to execution and will, and he believes in himself and his team to get it done in Game 5.

It’s just a matter of time it’s going to click in. But, we don’t have two weeks for it to happen, when I say a matter of time I literally mean it needs to happen on the first or second power play of the game tonight. -Marchessault

After the referees lost control of the game down the stretch in Game 4, there’s a fairly reasonable chance tonight’s game will be called tight early on to reset the tone. That should mean early power play opportunities for the Golden Knights.

They’re 0 for their last 11 but trending in the right direction. Just as it shouldn’t be a surprise if the Golden Knights bounce back at 5-on-5 tonight, power play success in Game 5 shouldn’t shock anyone either.


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  1. All very debatable for sure.. sustained pressure is what is needed and required.. win a damn face off on the power play and set up in the zone rather than several unsuccessful entry attempts… might try that same face off idea on the penalty kill too!!… I like Roy on the second line to give him more opportunity at actually playing offensively.. I think blueger will help on the forechecking quite a bit tonight!!

    • Larry – in all due respect the knights on the PP hold the puck too long rather than snapping it around keeping everything moving. Skating in circles with the puck does nothing but eat up the clock. Crash the net and keep firing the puck. The goalie can’t stop what he doesn’t see so movement is a better solution than setting up which unfortunately is very predictable where Vegas is concerned.

      • TS

        Hdbiker, si yrue. ..our PP is predictable, repetitive , as you said clock- killing with no result. CRASH THE NET is the answer. Right to the goal.
        Hope the refs pay attention and protect the players tonight!

  2. I agree wholeheartedly… virtually nothing can go wrong by putting a puck towards the goal!

  3. How about watching film of a team that is say somewhere around 50 to 60% successful on the PP, you know your opponent!! Its like watching a how to and a how not too do it video!

    • Only problem with your suggestion Edmonton has the players that perform in that manner Vegas doesn’t come close and I am a huge Knights fan.

  4. Jailbird

    “The knights will score two PP goals and give up no PP goals” ……. Title of new Stephan King novel. :)

  5. THE hockey GOD

    the PK is more important that the PP, it
    doesn’t matter how bad your PP is. If you can play them
    even on 5 on 5, and can’t kill a penalty. Then it’s all over.

    I think killing off the majority of five minute major proves that point beyond
    a shadow of doubt.

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