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CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS 4 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 (7-0-1, 15 PTS) – OT

Recap: The undefeated Golden Knights hosted the Chicago Blackhawks for their annual Nevada Day matinee. Vegas jumped on the puck immediately, scoring on their first two shots of the contest. First Pavel Dorofeyev tipped-in his first goal of the season and minutes later William Karlsson deflected Vegas’ second score in the opening four minutes. The Blackhawks fought back and scored two straight to even the score before the first intermission.

Tied 2-2 the Golden Knights drew an early penalty in the middle frame but came up short. Both clubs had chances in the period, but neither could snap the tie.

The visiting team took the lead 1:11 in the final period. Late in the frame the Golden Knights carried the puck the distance of the ice to set up Shea Theodore for the game-tying goal. In overtime the Golden Knights were forced to kill off a penalty which Chicago capitalized on. The Blackhawks break the Golden Knights unbeaten streak 4-3 in overtime.

Golden Knights record drops to 7-0-1 falling to the Blackhawks 4-3 on Nevada Day. Vegas will take their point streak into LA tomorrow. Puck drop against the Kings is scheduled for 7:30 PM.(Recap by Jason)

Analysis: Vegas came out on for to start the game but gave it all back in the 1st period. They played well enough to win the game but couldn’t hit the net and turned the puck over too much in the 3rd. (Analysis by Ken)

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS 3 (6-0-0, 12 PTS)

Recap: The Stanley Cup champions traveled to Chicago trying to stay unblemished in the young season. The Blackhawks jumped on the board with an early power play goal by 1st overall pick Connor Bedard. Minutes later William Karlsson evened the score with a PP goal of his own.

Jonathan Marchessault snapped the tie 7:30 into the middle frame by scoring his third goal of the season. 80 seconds later the Blackhawks scored the equalizer. After 40 minutes in Chicago, the game was locked in a 2-2 tie.

Vegas regained their lead 0:13 seconds into the final period from Nic Roy. The depth center picked up his third of the season to give the reigning champs a 3-2 advantage. Later Mark Stone doubled VGK’s lead, scoring his first goal of 2022-23. Paul Cotter sealed the game with a late game power play goal.

The Golden Knights’ record improves to (6-0-0) defeating the Blackhawks 5-3 in Chicago. Vegas will head back home for a Tuesday night matchup against the Philadelphia Flyers. Puck drop is scheduled for 8PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: Vegas didn’t quite look like themselves for the first 40 minutes of the game. Far too many turnovers, especially in the defensive zone plagued VGK early but Adin Hill kept them in the game. In the 3rd, the champs showed up and blew the Blackhawks away. (Analysis by Ken)

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VGK Fans Eyeing Home Ice Gentlemen’s Sweep

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After four Stanley Cup Finals games, the current situation couldn’t have set up any better for Vegas Golden Knights fans. Their favorite hockey team is 60 minutes away from hoisting the city’s first Stanley Cup trophy. Along with the Las Vegas Aces, the Golden Knights have a chance on Tuesday to deliver the second professional sports championship in city and state history.

Funny enough, Stanley Cup champions tend to end a series on the road. The Golden Knights can buck that trend a win in Game 5. Since 2000, 10 teams were presented the 124-year-old trophy on home ice, and only three over the past 10 seasons. That rare occurrence can happen for a fourth time in front of passionate home fans on Tuesday.

SCF Winning Team – Home/Road Clinching Game Since 2013

  • 2022: COL – Road
  • 2021: TB – Home
  • 2020: TB – Neutral
  • 2019: STL – Road
  • 2018: WAS – Road
  • 2017: PIT – Road
  • 2016: PIT – Road
  • 2015: CHI – Home
  • 2014: LA – Home
  • 2013: CHI – Road

Tampa Bay snapped the five-year road stretch in 2021 when they defeated the visiting Montreal Canadiens in five games. The Golden Knights could match the Lightning’s approach tomorrow night from T-Mobile Arena.

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Has Kane Shown Enough Flash For Vegas To Strike A Deal With Chicago?

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Last night the Golden Knights lost a frustrating game in shootout against Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks. Kane attempted to end the game in overtime but his last-second slap shot couldn’t beat the buzzer and the game was decided in a SO.

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While the goal didn’t count, Kane was highly noticeable to the thousand of fans, dozens of players, and about a handful of general managers. Most likely including the VGK’s front office.

I think Vegas is gearing up to do something. I think they’re looking at moves big and small. I think they’ve looked at the Ivan Barbashev. I think they’ve looked at the possibility of Patrick Kane. I have no doubt they’ve looked at the possibility of Timo Meier. –Elliotte Friedman on 32 Thoughts Podcast

On Sunday the former Conn Smyth trophy winner looked like his old self again. Kane reminded the hockey world that he’s still threatening by recording a natural hat trick against Ottawa. His flash, shot, and skill were on full display as they were last night to a lesser extent against the Golden Knights. Although Kane came up empty with time expiring he still created several quality scoring chances.

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CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS 3 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 (34-18-5, 73 PTS) – SO (1-0)

Recap: The Golden Knights traveled to Chicago to try and extend their winning streak to six games. Vegas jumped out early on Keegan Kolesar’s 6th goal of the season. Later in the period, the Blackhawks evened the score at 1-1. 

Jack Eichel scored the go-ahead goal for Vegas midway through the 2nd period taking a 2-1 lead into the second intermission.

Chicago had a few breakaways in the final period but goaltender Laurent Brossoit fended off the Blackhawks’ attempts. In the waning minutes of the game, Alex Pietrangelo was called for a delay of game which Chicago took advantage of. The Blackhawks tied the game 2-2 to force overtime. Chicago ended the game in a shootout 3-2. 

The Golden Knights’ record drops to 34-18-5 losing to the Blackhawks 3-2 in shootout. Vegas will head back home for a two-game set against the Calgary Flames and Dallas Stars beginning on Thursday. Puck drop against Calgary is scheduled for 6 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights fell right into the trap that was a one-game trip to Chicago during a win streak. They were sloppy all night and couldn’t convert on the chances they were able to generate. Brossoit almost willed them to the win but a late penalty doomed them. Tough loss but even getting a point playing poorly is fine.(Analysis by Ken)

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VGK Looking To Feast On Another Tired Opponent

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Even though the Golden Knights haven’t taken on the New York Islanders yet this season, VGK return home to a familiar situation. For the 5th time this year, Vegas will take on a team on the second game of a back-to-back.

Last night, the Islanders lost 5-4 to the Arizona Coyotes extending their losing streak to three. They are the third of the previous four teams to lose the front end of the back-to-back before taking on the Golden Knights.

VGK are 3-1-0 in the first four and there are lessons to learn about those games to help give perspective on what we might see tonight.

10/13 vs Chicago Blackhawks
VGK win 1-0

Vegas 2nd game of the season they took on a Blackhawks team that had played the night before in Colorado. Chicago got blasted against the defending champions, allowing four power play goals. The game was 4-1 heading into the 3rd and Chicago ultimately fell 5-2.

The Hawks looked much better against the Golden Knights the following night. They came out and blitzed Vegas attempting 25 shot attempts and generating six high-danger chances in the 1st period. But, Logan Thomspon was tremendous stopping all 10 Blackhawk shots. VGK took over from there landing 17 scoring chances in the 2nd period alone while allowing just 10 the rest of the game. A goal from Paul Cotter was the only one of the game.

Chicago switched goalies from their game the night before in Colorado. Backup Alex Stalock took on the Golden Knights and was excellent in this game.

10/20 vs Winnipeg Jets
VGK win 5-2

This one was the opposite of the Chicago game as the Golden Knights jumped all over the tired Jets, scoring four times in the 1st. Winnipeg also visited Colorado the night before and played into overtime where they defeated the Avs 4-3. Winnipeg held a 3-1 lead in that game but a pair of late 2nd period goals sent it to intermission tied at three where it would stay until OT.

The advanced stats tell a much different story of the game in Vegas though. Despite scoring four times, per NaturalStatTrick.com Vegas landed just four scoring chances and none qualified as high-danger in the 1st period. It was an opportunistic effort from VGK scoring early and often against a backup goalie. The next two periods, like against Chicago, Vegas locked it down allowing just three high-danger chances.

The Jets also chose to play their starter in the front end of the back-to-back before facing the Golden Knights. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 30 of 33 in Colorado while David Rittich got lit up in Vegas allowing four goals on 13 1st period shots.

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS 1 (22-9-1, 45 PTS)

Recap: The Golden Knights struck first in Chicago, scoring on their first power play opportunity. Chandler Stephenson drew a penalty and went on to score the game’s first goal. After the opening twenty minutes Vegas led Chicago 1-0.

Reilly Smith doubled VGK’s lead quickly in the middle frame. Smith scored shorthanded 3:56 into the 2nd period for his 13th goal of the season.

Vegas extended their lead in the final period. Phil Kessel picked up his 6th tally of the season to give VGK a 3-0 advantage. The Blackhawks scored to get within two but Smith regained the Golden Knights three goal lead with his second goal of the contest. 

The Golden Knights record improves to (22-9-1) defeating the Blackhawks 4-1 in Chicago. Vegas will return back to Las Vegas for a four-game homestand beginning on Saturday. Puck drop against the New York Islanders is scheduled for 7 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights played down to their competition tonight, but the competition played even worse. VGK did almost nothing at even-strength but scored on a power play, shorthanded, into an empty net, and got an own goal from Chicago. It was a terribly boring game, but winning them is always better than losing them. (Recap by Ken)

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