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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5 DETROIT RED WINGS 3 (34-23-7, 75 PTS)

Recap: The Golden Knights were looking to snap their four-game losing streak with a win over the visiting Detroit Red Wings. Pavel Dorofeyev opened the scoring for Vegas midway through the 1st period. Five minutes later, Jonathan Marchessault scored his 33rd goal of the season giving the Golden Knights a 2-0 advantage. With less than 30 seconds to go in the frame, Detroit cut Vegas’ lead in half.

Vegas outshot Detroit 12 to 6 in the middle frame but neither team could find the back of the net. The score remained 2-1 after 40 minutes of action.

The Golden Knights committed a costly hooking penalty less than a minute into the final frame which the Red Wings took advantage of. Detroit found the equalizer before their power play expired to even the score 2-2. Brayden McNabb regained Vegas’ lead with his third goal of 2023-24. However, seconds later the Red Wings tied the game 3-3. With under three minutes remaining, Vegas’ leading goal scorer added his second and third of the game to elevate his team to a late 5-3 victory.

The Golden Knights record improves to 34-23-7 defeating the Red Wings in Las Vegas. Vegas will try for back-to-back wins on Tuesday night in Seattle. Puck drop against the Kraken is scheduled for 7 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: Need big goals? Call Jonathan Marchessault. Vegas was the much more active team in this game they just weren’t quite sharp in the offensive end. Fortunately, they were able to recover from blowing the two-goal lead with a good push back and then keep going even after allowing another game-tying goal. (Analysis by Ken)

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DETROIT RED WINGS 5 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 (29-15-6, 64 PTS)

Recap: The Golden Knights were looking to wrap up their four-game road trip with a win in Detroit against the Red Wings. The home team opened the scoring 5:04 into the contest and doubled their lead two minutes later. Vegas fought back and scored two consecutive goals in two minutes to tie the game 2-2. Both Ivan Barbashev and Paul Cotter recorded goals, evening the score. Detroit took advantage of a late period power play to take a 3-2 edge into the first intermission.

Both teams had several quality chances in the 2nd period but neither found the back of the net. Logan Thompson kept the game tight with multiple goal-saving stops in the middle frame. After 40 minutes the reigning Stanley Cup champions trailed 3-2.

Vegas outshot Detroit in the final 20 minutes but couldn’t come up with the equalizing goal. The Red Wings added to their lead in the third period to finish off the Golden Knights 5-2.

The Golden Knights record drops to 29-15-6 losing to the Red Wings 5-2 in Detroit. Vegas will head into the All-Star break with 64 points and are cemented in the second place in the Pacific Division. The Golden Knights next game will be on Tuesday, February 6th against Edmonton. The Oilers will look to tie the NHL record win streak at 17. Puck drop against the Oilers is scheduled for 7 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The first two periods were a fairly close game in which VGK might have even been the better team. But down a goal in the 3rd they just didn’t have the pushback necessary and they weren’t able to generate enough looks to net the tying goal. (Analysis by Ken)

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DETROIT RED WINGS 3 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 (28-16-2, 58 PTS)

Recap: The Golden Knights were trying to snap their two-game losing streak by hosting the Detroit Red Wings. Detroit got off to a quick start scoring on a tipped pass that VGK goalie Adin Hill couldn’t get to in time. Late in the period, Alex Pietrangelo evened the score at 1-1.

Detroit regained their one-goal lead early in the middle frame after Nic Hague committed a tripping penalty. Midway through the 2nd period the Red Wings extended their lead to 3-1, frustrating fans at T-Mobile Arena.

Vegas attempted a comeback in the final period, but their offense continued to struggle. Detroit blocked several shots in key moments to suffocate VGK down the stretch. William Karlsson made it a one-goal score with 0:47 left in but Vegas couldn’t find the game-tying goal. On the road, the Red Wings handed the heavy-favorited Golden Knights their third straight loss.

The Golden Knights’ record drops to 28-16-2 losing to the Red Wings 3-2. Vegas will next hit the ice on Saturday evening against the Washington Capitals. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: Different game but similar story. Inability to score first followed by a lack of forechecking pressure, and an unwillingness to get to ice in front of the goal. (Analysis by Ken)

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 DETROIT RED WINGS 1 (18-7-1, 37 PTS)

The Golden Knights got off to a great start against the Red Wings in Detroit. Star center Jack Eichel tapped in a one-time pass from linemate Chandler Stephenson 1:04 into the game. Vegas held the Red Wings scoreless and skated into the 1st intermission with a 1-0 edge.

Jonathan Marchessault doubled VGK’s lead early in the 2nd period, scoring his first goal of the road trip on a Golden Knights power play. Detroit got within one with a PP goal of their own, but the Golden Knights weren’t finished in the middle frame. After committing a hooking penalty, Phil Kessel exited the box and scored his 5th goal of the season on a breakaway. The visiting Golden Knights held a 3-1 lead after 40 minutes.

Late in the third the Red Wings decided to pull their goaltender and Reilly Smith took note. Smith took a long-distance shot from the neutral zone to ice the game for Vegas. The Golden Knights picked up their second win on the road trip but more importantly, the team lost Eichel to an undisclosed injury in the final period. VGK Coach Bruce Cassidy didn’t have much of an update on Eichel after the game and said the center was being evaluated.

The Golden Knights record improves to (18-7-1) with their 4-1 victory in Detroit. Vegas will wrap up their road trip on Monday in Boston to take on Cassidy’s former team. Puck drop against the Bruins is scheduled for 4P PT. (Recap by Jason)

(In game tweets by Gary Kondler and Kondler & Associates)

Vegas Catching Up With The Eastern Conference

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After defeating the Detroit Red Wings last night, Vegas clawed back to one game under .500 against Eastern Conference teams this season. The Golden Knights received three goals from defensemen, one from veteran Reilly Smith and rookie Paul Cotter added another. Whatever coach Pete DeBoer drew up before the game, it couldn’t have worked out any better than their well-rounded 5-2 result. It hasn’t gone as smoothly against other teams from the East.

On Tuesday, the Golden Knights faced a much more complete team and lost by two at home. Carolina is one of the NHL’s best overall clubs, and happen to be much healthier than Vegas. The Hurricanes high end forwards and mobile defense troubled the Golden Knights. Star forward Sebastian Aho shot seven times, registering 2 points and the Canes took 14 shots from defensemen. Carolina boasts 3.5 goals per game and like Vegas receive a good percentage of their offense from their blue line. Injuries aside, both rosters are among the elite and would make for an entertaining final.

The NY Islanders were another Eastern Conference team Vegas struggled with, losing 2-0 at T-Mobile Arena in late October. New York played defensively, waited out mistakes, forcing Vegas into bad shots and one and out opportunities. The Golden Knights fell into the Islanders trap and outshot New York two to one, but were out scored 2-0. Games against New York are consistently uneventful and Vegas will need patience and quality shooting to win a tight, low scoring contest. Unfortunately, the Golden Knights fell in similar fashions in back-to-back semifinals, so there’s plenty to learn from an Islanders loss.

At times in an NHL season it’s pick your poison night; a slow frustrating game or an exhaustive track meet. Earlier this month, Vegas traveled and lost by four in Toronto. The loss wasn’t the problem, the concern was the Golden Knights getting blanked 4-0. We’re all aware of Toronto’s weak defense and goaltending of the past, so at full strength Vegas should capitalize.

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5 DETROIT RED WINGS 2 (10-7-0 20 PTS)

Recap: Both teams traded chances in the first period but neither could break through. The game was scoreless after a tight opening 20 minutes.

Vegas’ offense broke open in the middle frame. The Golden Knights defense picked up three goals, two from Zach Whitecloud and one from Nic Hague. Rookie Paul Cotter later stretched the lead with his second of the season.

Reilly Smith scored his sixth goal of the season putting the game out of reach five minutes into the final period. Detroit added a late second goal but couldn’t get any closer.

The Golden Knights record improves to 10-7-0 with their 5-2 victory against the Red Wings. Vegas’ six game homestand concludes after their match up with Columbus on Saturday night. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: After a fairly even first period, with a couple miserable Vegas power plays sprinkled in, the Golden Knights exploded in the 2nd. They scored just about every way you can including a pair from Whitecloud. Vegas added a fifth goal and then it turned into a game of pond hockey. Excellent game for the Golden Knights in all three zones. (Recap by Ken)


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DETROIT RED WINGS 5 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 (6-6-0 12 PTS)

Recap:  The Golden Knights traveled to Motor City for a matchup with the Red Wings. Vegas’ Nic Roy opened the scoring a few minutes into the game with his second goal of the season. However, Vegas would take a couple of costly penalties allowing Detroit to tie and take the lead. The Red Wings would add a third taking a 3-1 lead into the first intermission.

The middle frame was quiet with only one goal in the period. The Red Wings stretched their lead to 4-1 after 40 minutes.

Jonathan Marchessault gave Vegas a chance with 15 minutes remaining, scoring his sixth goal of the season. Pete DeBoer pulled his goalie down the stretch but Vegas couldn’t take advantage and Detroit scored an empty net goal to hand Vegas a 5-2 loss to close out the road trip.

The Golden Knights record drops to 6-6-0 and split their four game road trip. Vegas travels back to Las Vegas for a six game home stand beginning on Tuesday. The Golden Knights welcome in the expansion Seattle Kraken for the second time this season. Puck drop in Montreal is scheduled for 7 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: Special teams was the story of the night. Detroit’s power play ripped the VGK PK apart on their first two chances while the Golden Knights’ power play returned to its usual pathetic look. At even-strength Vegas actually outplayed the Wings, but they fell behind early and just couldn’t find a way back in. (Recap by Ken)


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