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Stone Hopes To Jumpstart VGK After Monday’s Offensive Explosion

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The last time Golden Knights fans saw Mark Stone explode offensively was the series-clinching Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals. The captain tied a bow on Vegas’ first-ever championship with three goals and two assists in a 9-3 blowout. Monday’s game was not nearly as important but Stone broke out again, solving Vegas’ scoring woes for one night.

I was just fortunate enough to be in shooting spots tonight. I’d be a fool to pass up the ones that I got. Those just come some days and other days they don’t, but we just need to keep finding ways to play those 60-minute games as a good team. -Mark Stone

Stone completed the three goal challenge for the 3rd time in a Golden Knights uniform, two coming in the postseason.

Mark Stone Hat Trick Highlights

  • 04/14/19 – 1st Round Game 3 vs SJ: 3 Goals, 2 Assists, 4 Shots on Goal, 18:24 Time On Ice, VGK wins 6-3
  • 06/13/23 – SCF Game 5 vs FLA: 3 Goals, 1 Shorthanded Goal, 3 Shots on Goal, 16:54 Time On Ice, VGK wins 9-3
  • 01/15/24 – Game 44 vs NAS: 3 Goals, 5 Shots On Net, 18:48 Time On Ice, VGK wins 4-1

Going into Monday’s matinee, the reigning Stanley Cup champions were averaging an insufficient 2.5 goals per game in the last 14 games. Without the laundry list of injured Golden Knights, healthy players must step up and score enough to win. It was no surprise that VGK’s leader was the one to break out for three of Vegas’ four goals. Hopefully, his performance solved the Golden Knights’ lack of offense going forward.

We have to be a better version of ourselves for longer if we expect to get points. We’ve even talked about that. We might even be doing that and still not get points because teams will just be playing better. We’ve witnessed some of that lately. -Bruce Cassidy

Several times this season after a slow night offensively, Stone aided his team to success by scoring in the next game. In early November, Vegas began the month with a paltry three goals in nine periods. In Vegas’ next match, the captain scored a game-winner late in the final frame. He also added two power play assists, giving the Golden Knights offense a much-needed shot in the arm.

The fourth year captain did the same later in November. After the Golden Knights failed to score twice or more in four straight games, Stone recorded points in seven of the next eight games. No surprise, the Stanley Cup champions went 6-0-2 in the span. Starting tomorrow night, Vegas is hoping to get back on a run like that. Having Stone in the lineup will help enormously, especially without Jack Eichel’s offensive abilities for the foreseeable future.

Not only has Stone been able to jumpstart Vegas’ offense over the season, he’s been scoring in big moments and against quality teams. The 31-year-old has registered 15 goals in 2023-24, nine have come against current playoff teams. It’s almost as if he forgot to turn off Cup finals mode over the offseason. Maybe, it’s more like repeat mode.

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9 Comments

  1. JB

    Shades of 2022 going on now. 6 games before break. Five vs good teams, 4 on the road. We desperately need to find a way to get at least 6 points out of these. Our best player gone for who knows how long. Theo? Will? Karly? Hilly? Others? Vancouver and Edmonton look like playoff bound. Third in division probably between us and Kings. We will be way over matched until after the break, when hopefully we get out players back. Our backups have to play their asses off for us to survive!

    • Pistol Pete

      This is Dorofeyev’s chance to keep stepping up and win himself a permanent top six spot in a 100% healthy roster.

  2. Richie-Rich

    I still think this teams a bit more offensive punch. Can Dorofeyev and Brisson be the long term solution? How about Cormier, I was very impressed how he looked like Shea 2.0 out there.

    No one really talked about Rondjberg much. I expect we are going to see more of him on the PK with Eichel out.

    • Pistol Pete

      Dorofeyev is by far the closest among the new guys to becoming an impact player and defensively responsible as well. Between last year’s 18 games and this year’s 24 he has 12 G/9 A (+9): 21 pts in 42 games. Half a point a game puts him way above Carrier, Howden, Kolesar and Cotter and more than Amadio, Barbashev and Roy. Even Stephenson is just a bit above half a point.

      • Pistol Pete

        No wonder Cassidy plays him where he does. High hockey IQ, strong on the puck, shoots and goes to the net.

      • Tim

        Pete, let me ask you this we’ll probably make a trade so who do you think the other team will want? I’m betting Dorofeyev will be in play. So we take two steps forward and one step back. Meaning we’ll get a decent player and like the Suzuki trade Dorofeyev may end up being a real good payer. Personally we’ve got our first draft pick and the Ottawa first round pick and I’d rather trade those picks and keep Dorofeyev, Cotter, Korczak, and Comier and hope they develop and you say what?

        • Pistol Pete

          Tim I will agree Dorofeyev is the strongest trade piece. If he keeps going at a half a point a game pace hopefully even higher, I predict McCrimmon will keep in as a badly needed young top six winger. It’s beginning to look like he’s better than Howden was with Stephenson and Stone. Consider the pass in game five Howden made for Stone’s second goal. Dorofeyev could have that exact same play.

  3. Tim

    Edmonton is on fire 11 straight after a rough start. Vancouver I still think is playing above there weight class but give them credit there rolling along. L.A. again an improved team but not in our class when were healthy. Fact is all three teams aren’t as good as us when were healthy the problem is when will we be healthy?

  4. ThG

    same ole posters copying other people posts and more spin / twist on same thing (must be demopedocrats)

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