It was the 2018-19 season finale for the Golden Knights and it didn’t go well. The Kings padded their stats on reserve lineup for Vegas. Ilya Kovalchuk, Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter all scored for LA ending their season on a 5-2 victory against Vegas.
Jimmy Schuldt got his first NHL point in his first NHL game assisting Valentin Zykov’s second goal of the season.
The Golden Knights regular season ends with a (43-31-7) record.
(Recap by Jason)
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Ken’s Three VGK Stars *** No one else ** Cared * Jimmy Schuldt
The Golden Knights hosted their last regular season game to a full crowd of loyal, playoff thirsty fans. The fans were even more excited watching goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury play his first game since March 1st.
Star winger Mark Stone scored the game’s opening goal on a wicked backhand. Stone’s 33rd goal of the season made it 1-0 Vegas. Less than a minute later the desperate Coyotes evened the score 1-1.
The second frame was tight as both teams locked down defensively. Arizona’s Derek Stepan gave his team the lead on a slick move to slip it past Fleury. The Coyotes would add another goal late in the period to take the 3-1 lead after forty minutes of action.
The third was very choppy with very little action. The score remained 3-1 for most of the period until Arizona added a fourth goal with eight minutes remaining. The Golden Knights lost 4-1, finishing with a home record of (24-12-5) for the season.
The Golden Knights record drops to (43-31-7) with one game remaining. The team finishes off their regular season on Saturday in Los Angeles. Game time is scheduled for 730 PM. (Recap by Jason)
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Ken’s Three VGK Stars *** Marc-Andre Fleury ** Ryan Carpenter * Mark Stone
It's almost like this game means everything for one team and absolutely nothing for the other. VGK look a complete mess in their own zone because the Coyotes are "scratchin and clawin."
The Golden Knights clinched last year on March 26th. They can actually do it sooner this year.
Having won 10 of the past 11 games the Golden Knights have soared well above the playoff cut line and it’s only a matter of time until it becomes official that Vegas is heading to the postseason.
But, like everything in sports, nothing is a sure thing until it’s actually a sure thing. It can become a sure thing soon though, as soon as Sunday afternoon.
The Golden Knights currently have 89 points with eight games left to play. The first team out of the playoff picture is Arizona with 78 points, also with eight to go.
Thus, the easiest way for the Golden Knights to lock in their place is to eliminate the Coyotes. Using our “Points to Elimination” tool, it takes six points to do so (and only five VGK clinches the tiebreaker).
Arizona plays at New Jersey tomorrow and at the New York Islanders on Sunday. Vegas hosts Detroit tomorrow. If the Golden Knights win in regulation or overtime, and Arizona records only one point in those two games, Vegas will clinch.
If Arizona records two or more points, the Golden Knights still have a chance to clinch.
The attention would then turn to the Minnesota Wild, Colorado Avalanche, and Chicago Blackhawks. With a Vegas win tomorrow, the Golden Knights would need just one more point to eliminate Chicago and three to eliminate Minnesota and Colorado.
The Wild have a back-to-back in Washington and Carolina tonight and tomorrow while Chicago and Colorado have a home-and-home back-to-back against each other Saturday and Sunday.
So, if Vegas wins tomorrow, they would need Minnesota to record one or zero points in their two games, and Chicago and Colorado would have to split (with Colorado’s loss coming in regulation).
VGK win + ARI loss to NJD + ARI loss to NYI
VGK win + MIN loss to WSH + MIN loss to CAR + COL/CHI Split 2 Games
If any piece of both of those scenarios falls short, the next Golden Knights attention will turn to Monday in St. Louis.
It could happen Sunday, it could not, but either way, it’s happening soon. Once that’s locked up, the focus is going to start to shift towards San Jose, who as of this article are five points ahead of Vegas with eight to go. It’s a tall task, but if the Golden Knights can knock off the Sharks again on the 30th, things could get very interesting that final week.
A rather uneventful 1st period came and went without a goal. Vegas controlled possession and dominated in shots through the 1st, but couldn’t beat Darcy Kuemper. An offensive explosion occurred in the 2nd period with a pair of goals by each team. Arizona got the first two but Vegas stormed back with goals from Brandon Pirri and Nate Schmidt. However, the Coyotes took hold of the game with a goal midway through the 3rd and then another late. A solid effort, but once again the Golden Knights come up short, which is becoming a disturbing trend.
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Ken’s Three VGK Stars *** Alex Tuch ** Nate Schmidt * Cody Eakin
A quick penalty put the Golden Knights on the power play in the first few minutes of the game. After a sloppy PP, Vegas scored as the penalty time expired. A great cross ice pass from Alex Tuch to Brandon Pirri led to a tap in for Paul Stastny. Arizona appeared to tie it, but an offside challenge took the goal off the board. A few minutes later Reilly Smith hit a wide open net after Brad Hunt skewed a shot right to him. A rash of penalties to end the period led to the first Coyotes goal but the Golden Knights were able to kill off the last two. They then got another tap in goal, this time Cody Eakin put it across the line after a puck trickled through the goalie. The Golden Knights started pouring it on as the period went on getting goals from Brandon Pirri and a shorty from Ryan Carpenter.
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Ken’s Three Stars *** Ryan Carpenter ** Marc-Andre Fleury * Brandon Pirri
The Golden Knights are about to be 4-0-0 on Dad's trips.
They've scored at least 4 goals in every game and have outscored their opponents 18-8. Also, 3 different VGK goalies have tallied wins. (Subban x2, Fleury, Lagace)
The 1st period was mostly just 10 guys skating along the boards creating nothing offensively, but as the period rolled on the Coyotes started creeping closer and closer to a goal. It finally came late in the 1st, but Vegas responded well with a pair of goals from Tomas Nosek and Max Pacioretty. The Golden Knights had the third goal of the game taken away due to an offside challenge. Then, Arizona scored and another challenge went against Vegas, this time for goalie interference which tied the game at two. The overtime winner came from a freshly onto the ice Max Pacioretty.
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Three Stars *** Tomas Nosek ** Derek Stepan * Max Pacioretty
The Golden Knights picked up right where they left off scoring just :14 seconds into the game. Vegas continued to dominate the game pretty much the entire way through. Highlights were Max Pacioretty’s first goal, a Dylan Ferguson penalty shot save (after stopping the breakaway too), and Brannstrom singlehandedly drawing a 5-on-3 and then scoring on it.
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Three Stars *** Tomas Nosek ** Max Pacioretty * Jonathan Marchessault
Classic Golden Knights. Win the faceoff, Nosek wraps around the net, puck pops out and Marchy buries it. 16 seconds, VGK up 1-0 in the preseason. Welcome to 2018-19… it's a lot like 2017-18. #2Years1Cup
It looked like a somewhat uninspired from the Golden Knights but they managed to stay in the game for a majority tying it at one and two. Both times they surrendered the lead. A number of Vegas shots hit the post included a James Neal 3rd period attempt that even fooled the T-Mobile Arena goal horn operator. In the end, the Golden Knights just could not find the equalizer and dropped their first out of five games against the Coyotes.
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Three Stars *** Alex Tuch ** Erik Haula * Kevin Connauton
Couple solid chances in close late, but this one was never meant to be VGK's game. Took too long to get going and then when they did they couldn't bribe the post. #VegasBorn