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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5 FLORIDA PANTHERS 3 (33-22-8 74 PTS)

Recap: Vegas hosted the Florida Panthers for Miracle Night at the T-Mobile Arena. 40 years ago, the United States hockey team beat the Soviets, and the Golden Knights welcomed in the Miracle on Ice roster.

Florida jumped out to quick start taking the 1-0 lead 3:28 into the game. Tomas Nosek tied the game later in the period scoring his 7th goal of the season. After the opening 20 minutes the game was locked up 1-1.

The Panthers regained the lead quickly into the 2nd period. On a carryover power play, Florida took advantage and took a 2-1 edge. William Carrier tied the game for Vegas with his 7th goal of the season. Max Pacioretty scored his 29th, giving his team the 3-2 lead right before the period expired.

Reilly Smith doubled Vegas’ lead just :19 seconds into the final period. Smith buried his 24th goal of the year stretching the lead 4-2. The Panthers got within one but Smith would score his second of the game on an empty-net goal. The Golden Knights closed out the game 5-3.

Vegas’ record improves to 33-22-8 and remain in 1st place in the Pacific with 74 points. The Golden Knights take a quick trip to Anaheim to play the Ducks tomorrow night. Game time is scheduled for 7p. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: Like the Tampa game, it took the Golden Knights a minute to sort out their puck management issues early in the game. When they did, late in the 1st, they took over and started controlling a majority of the play. A few excellent plays by the Panthers kept them in the game, but the Golden Knights were the better team and wore the Panthers down. A 5-game win streak against some of the best teams in the league has the Golden Knights looking at an exciting end of the season and playoff run. (Analysis by Ken)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs Florida Panthers at T-Mobile Arena

  • Carp’s Sunday column on the deadline, Quinney, and Team USA

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Marc-Andre Fleury
** William Carrier
* Reilly Smith

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 7 FLORIDA PANTHERS 2 (28-21-7 63 PTS)

Recap: The Golden Knights were looking to finish off the road trip in Florida earning nine of a possible 16 points. Vegas did just that with a quick goal by Mark Stone 2:15 into the game. The Panthers would tie it up late in the 1st, and took a 1-1 tie into the intermission.

Stone would add his second early go ahead goal 1:41 into the 2nd period. Up 2-1 for most of the period, Florida tied the game 2-2 close to the midway point of the game. However, Vegas regained the lead :26 seconds later with Max Pacioretty’s 22nd goal of the season. After 40 minutes, the Golden Knights led the Panthers 3-2.

The Golden Knights took over the game quickly in the final 20 minutes. Nate Schmidt added Vegas’ 4th goal of the game :17 seconds into the 3rd period. Shea Theodore and Jonathan Marchessault later added goals to take a commanding 6-2 lead. Pacioretty would add his second to finish off the Panthers 7-2.

Vegas’ record improves to 28-21-7 and head home after a long eight-game road trip. The team will hit the ice on Saturday night against the Carolina Hurricanes. Game time is scheduled for 7 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights used early goals to take control of this game. However, they allowed the Panthers to claw back into the game after the 1st and 2nd goals. From the moment the game was tied at two though, Vegas took over and completely dominated the Panthers. An absolutely perfect 3rd period started with a goal from Nate Schmidt and snowballed on the Panthers as it appeared they gave up midway through. Excellent road win and a great night with the whole division taking L’s. (Analysis by Ken)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs Florida Panthers at BB&T Center

  • Survived, now time to thrive

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Everyone else was good too
** Mark Stone
* Mark Stone

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 6 FLORIDA PANTHERS 5 (34-26-5 73 PTS) – SO (1-0)

A great start for the Golden Knights got them on the board first with a Paul Stastny draw win and goal. Then, Vegas found itself in the box a few times and ended up allowing three straight. They would go on to dominate the first 18 minutes of the 2nd period scoring three unanswered of their own including a pair from defensemen Colin Miller and Jon Merrill. But once again, a late period goal by the Panthers tied it up heading into the 3rd. Florida struck again and was starting to get late when Vegas tied it back up to go into OT. A few chances each way including one off the pipe for Pacioretty but no one could put one home. Subban stones them all in shootout and Shea Theodore hits the game-winner.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs Florida Panthers at T-Mobile Arena.

  • Nikita Gusev’s team is down 0-2 in the KHL playoffs. Could he come as soon as mid-March?

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Paul Stastny
** Jon Merrill
* Reilly Smith

FLORIDA PANTHERS 3 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 1 (29-21-4 62 PTS)

Florida scored just 12 seconds into the game on a break started by a collision from Paul Stastny and Shea Theodore. An individual effort by Max Pacioretty tied the game up in the 1st. A fast-paced 2nd period came and went without any goals. A turnover in the offensive zone by Jonathan Marchessault led to a bad pinch from Shea Theodore and a poor defensive effort from William Karlsson to allow the game-winning goal.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights at Florida Panthers at BB&T Center.

  • Steve Carp’s Sunday column
  • A case to split up the only working line

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Paul Stastny
** Alex Tuch
* Max Pacioretty

FLORIDA PANTHERS 4 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 (30-11-4 64 PTS) – OT

The Golden Knights fall into three holes by scores of 1-0, 2-1, and 3-2, but they were able to tie the score each time. An incredible goal by James Neal with less than three to go sent the game to overtime, but a quick 3-on-3 session ended with a Florida goal.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights at Florida Panthers at BB&T Center.

  • Perron’s ability to control the puck is unmatched and irreplaceable for the Golden Knights.

Three Stars
*** James Neal
** Aleksander Barkov
* Aaron Ekblad

Bye Week Returning The Favor; Next Three Opponents Coming Off Bye

Coach Gerard Gallant is not a fan of the CBA mandated bye week the Golden Knights just returned from. In fact, he pretty much blamed the loss to the Oilers on the break.

Tonight was all about having five days off, for me. We weren’t sharp, we didn’t do the right things, we didn’t play our typical game. -Gallant

It’s easy to say that your team is rested and you’re ready to jump. But when you have five days from your break, it’s tough to get going. -Gallant

Where the bye week taketh, the bye week really giveth too. (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

In the mind of the man behind the bench, the bye week took a point away from the Golden Knights.

Of the 14 teams to have played after their bye, 12 of them played each other, the other two are the Golden Knights and the Coyotes, who both played Edmonton. Both Vegas and Arizona lost.

The same trend occured last year.

As of February 21, 2017 there have been 25 teams that have completed their league mandated holiday and those teams are a staggering 7-18 (28%) in their first game back. Breaking down this unique situation even further, teams returning from their mid-season vacations on home ice are a pathetic 4-13 (23.53%). -Rob Hansen, Covers.com

Ok, now time for the good news. The Golden Knights next three opponents are ALL coming off the bye to play Vegas. Yep, Nashville’s bye ended yesterday, Tampa Bay’s ends on Wednesday, and Florida’s ends Thursday.

The Golden Knights felt fortunate to get a point out of their first game back, now they’ve got a chance to to get that point back, and then some, with three straight games in an envious position.

It’s not quite VegasFlu, but hey, ByeWeekFlu might be just as good this week.

(stick tap to @HockeyResearch8)

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5 (21-9-2 44 PTS) FLORIDA PANTHERS 2

Florida scored the first two but Vegas was able to get both back in the 1st period. A lackluster scoreless 2nd period left the game tied with 20 minutes to go. Erik Haula tipped one home about midway through the 3rd to give the Golden Knights the lead. Two empty netters later, the Golden Knights are back in first place!

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Florida Panthers at T-Mobile Arena.

  • Golden Knights hold Florida to their lowest shot total of the year. What are they doing so well defensively. Have allowed just six goals in the past three games.
  • The Subban/Fleury balancing act has begun, and it worked. (Possibly)
  • Back-to-back opposing goalies have said the Golden Knights “don’t do anything special.”

Three Stars
*** Erik Haula
** Colin Miller
* Jonathan Marchessault

 

Imminent Arena Announcement For Coyotes Great News For Vegas

Remember way back when, there was some news that the Arizona Coyotes were picking up and leaving the Phoenix area to relocate here in Las Vegas? Well if you don’t, here’s the now clearly false story.

Talking to an Arizona radio station, Coyotes co-owner Anthony LeBlanc had some positive news to share about his franchise potentially getting a new home, and soon.

I’m very positive that we will have something out in the community if not in the next month or two but certainly by the end of the regular season. -Anthony LeBlanc

Why is this significant for Las Vegas? Because it shores up another situation that could have caused the league to have to move one or more of its franchises. With the Broward County deal bailing out the Panthers (and the fact they are dominating) and now this new stadium on the horizon, only the Carolina Hurricanes remain in a tumultuous position.

Speculation has been Quebec City may be a better place to move a team rather than be home to an expansion team. With just the one team left that might have move, the path is completely clear for the NHL to feel comfortable expanding their league and opening up shop in Las Vegas.

Double Minor With Jason Pothier – 1/27/16

Canada shut out? Blackhawks suffering back to back syndrome? Ken’s appearance on TV. Jason heads to the box to take a look at the week in hockey. It’s Double Minor with Jason Pothier.

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