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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 6 MINNESOTA WILD 2 (VGK 4-3)

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Recap: The Golden Knights were attempting to clinch a Game 7 for the first time at T-Mobile Arena. Mattias Janmark gave Vegas the early edge 5:09 into the game. The Golden Knights held the 1-0 lead for most of the period when Minnesota’s Zach Parise tied the game. The elimination game was even after the opening 20 minutes the game.

The scoring picked up in the middle frame. Vegas regained the lead 2:05 in but Minnesota tied it 2-2 a couple of minutes later. From that point on the Golden Knights controlled the game. In his first game since May 1st, sniper Max Pacioretty scored the go-ahead goal and defenseman Zach Whitecloud followed up with his first of the postseason.

Vegas held a 4-2 edge going into the final period and found a way to add to their lead. Janmark tallied his second and third goals of the game-ending any chance for a Minnesota comeback. Marc-Andre Fleury was superb in net stopping 19 of the Wild’s 21 shots.

With their 6-2 victory the Golden Knights clinch the series with the Wild and advance to the Second Round of the NHL playoffs. Vegas will travel to Colorado to take on the Avalanche for another best of seven series. Game 1 is scheduled for 5:00 PM PT on Sunday. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: Game 7 started like a lot of them do, in a complete state of chaos. Vegas handled the madness much better winning puck battles all over the ice and hopping on the issues Minnesota was creating for themselves. A huge broken play goal by Janmark settled the Golden Knights down but a penalty gave the Wild life. Minnesota came into their own at the end of the 1st and tied it. The 2nd was everything and more you want to see out of Vegas in any game against Minnesota. They made it tough on the Wild to get zone time and as Minnesota pressed harder and harder Vegas took their mistakes and ran with them. The three-goal 2nd period gave VGK the cushion they needed to save their season. Now, they must dig deep to play four games better than they’ve played any of the seven against the Wild to beat the Avalanche. Game 1 is key with VGK coming off the huge win and Colorado sitting waiting for the last week.  (Analysis by Ken)

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs Minnesota Wild Game 7 at T-Mobile Arena

  • What was different in how VGK created transition? (Opted to not write this article, because upon further review the answer was mostly Minnesota failures.)
  • Blueprint to beating Colorado
  • Carp’s Sunday column
  • Film study of Colorado’s offensive trick that VGK must be aware of

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Nic Hague
** Zach Whitecloud
* Mattias Janmark

Twitter Space Pre Game 7 Golden Knights vs. Wild – May 28th, 2021

We’re all about Game 7 on this one. We look at the style of play we expect from Vegas, dive into the goalie decision, consider the doomsday scenario, make predictions, and more.

Pete DeBoer’s Time Is Now

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When Kelly McCrimmon called Pete DeBoer to talk about becoming the next head coach of the Golden Knights, DeBoer’s reason why he was the right man for the job rested on one thing.

I’ve taken two teams to Stanley Cup Finals. I went to a Western Conference Final last year. We’ve played 60 playoff games in the last four years in San Jose so I think probably my biggest pitch would be I feel like I know what buttons to push to have success at that time of year. -DeBoer at VGK intro proess conference on 1/16/20 in Ottawa

It’s that time of year and there plenty of different buttons for him to press.

Whether we’re talking about tangible or intangible decisions, DeBoer has to make the right ones in Game 7 tomorrow night, or the castle the Golden Knights have built for themselves will instantly look much more like a house of cards.

If the Golden Knights lose this game, everything will be questioned. From the decisions made in Game 7 itself to those made across the series back to the ones made in the regular season and as far back as the offseasons before it that have brought us here. How good is this team actually? Is the whole thing a mirage? Have they gone completely in the wrong direction from where they were when they lifted the Campbell Bowl in Winnipeg in 2018?

It’ll all be on trial… if they lose.

But, if they win, the blown 3-1 series lead vanishes, and everything looks just like it did less than a week ago with the focus on upending a great Colorado team and continuing on towards the ultimate prize.

So, quite simply, the man who sold himself on knowing how to win these games has to do it.

His resume speaks for itself in this situation. DeBoer boasts a perfect 5-0 record in Game 7’s, he’s never been on the losing side of a series in which his team has led by two games, and he’s won 11 of the 17 series in which he’s coached. Plus, his team in Vegas, in this very same situation, blanked the Vancouver Canucks 3-0 in Game 7 last year and played an excellent game in doing so.

The past is the past though, the only thing that matters now is this very next game, and he must be perfect in every choice he makes.

Which goalie does he pick? Keep the lines the same or mix them up? Force the injured guys back in? Look for different in-game matchups? Balance the time on ice or keep leaning on the stars?

Every single one has to be right, and the only way to make them right is for the Golden Knights to score at least one more goal than the Wild at T-Mobile Arena on Friday night.

This situation is exactly why he’s here. This is the moment Pete DeBoer sold the Golden Knights on and now he must once again deliver. He must deliver off the ice in preparing his team to be at their best, and he must deliver on the ice with the right answer to every question posed above.

It is unacceptable for this team to lose in the 1st Round, as it was in 2019 when they were robbed against the San Jose Sharks. A lot has happened since then, a lot that was supposed to make the Golden Knights better. The time has come to prove they are better. Win and move on. Lose and the house of cards collapses.

Welcome to Game 7. They hired the savior, now he must save them.

MINNESOTA WILD 3 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 0 (Series 3-3)

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Recap: The start of Game 6 in Minnesota was tight and difficult to possess the puck. Each team had less than 10 shots on net and both goaltenders were strong in net.

The 2nd period was even tighter. Vegas got quality chances from several players but couldn’t convert one into a goal. Marc-Andre Fleury didn’t see much action but stopped all five of the Wild’s shots.

Minnesota took control of the game in the final 20 minutes. The Wild scored three unanswered goals to force a Game 7 on Friday night.

After their 3-0 loss the Golden Knights are tied up with the Wild 3-3 in their seven-game series. The deciding Game 7 is Friday night in Vegas. Puck drop is scheduled for 6:00 PM PT. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: Well, the Golden Knights are headed into a familiar place, being up 3-1 in a series and now needing a Game 7 win to avoid embarrassment. Game 6 was a tight-checking game that just never saw the Golden Knights generate any offense. They didn’t get enough from the dangerous areas, they couldn’t get enough shots through, and the forecheck was non-existent throughout. A few moments went against Vegas and with it they now face this same scary proposition for the 3rd straight season. All is not lost though, VGK have played great in both Game 7’s they’ve participated in. (Analysis by Ken)

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs Minnesota Wild Game 6 at Xcel Energy Center

  • Back to Game 7

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Nick Holden
** Zach Whitecloud
* Nic Roy

Vegas Needs Mark Stone’s Greatness To Continue Tonight

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Golden Knights captain Mark Stone has been as advertised against the Minnesota Wild. He leads the team in goals, points, average minutes by a forward and has shown his true leadership this postseason. However, it’s still not enough.

In order for the Golden Knights to advance past Minnesota, Stone will need to continue supplying Vegas with offense. With his linemate Max Pacioretty out it adds stress on the 29-year-old captain to come through night in and night out in the playoffs. And unfortunately when Stone can’t produce offense the team doesn’t fare well.

Starting with Stone’s first postseason as a Golden Knight in 2018, the winger has tallied 34 points in 32 playoff games. His average points per game is 1.06, up from 0.77 before the 2021 postseason began. However, the bulk of Stone’s postseason points come in Game’s 1-4. His production drops 50% in the last three contests of a seven-game series.

Stone Postseason Points Per Game w/ VGK

Games 1-4: 20 Games, 24 Points = 1.20 PPG
Games 5-7: 9 Games, 5 Points = 0.60 PPG

Vegas’ leader shouldn’t have to take on all of the responsibility but when he doesn’t score in one of the last three games the Golden Knights record is 1-6. That’s a problem.

This trend goes back to the regular season. Vegas heavily relied upon Pacioretty and Stone’s nightly offense to scoop up two points. When the two top liners came up dry, often so did their team. That can’t happen tonight or going forward in the playoffs.

In Game 5, Stone registered a goal in a losing effort. Even when he’s producing a point per game his club has come out on the losing end. Ultimately, most of the pressure falls on Stone to create more offense when Pacioretty is unavailable and Alex Pietrangelo continues to underachieve. Against Minnesota, the captain has made up for the absence of other’s production.

My guess is Stone will be active tonight and hard to keep off the scoresheet.

Twitter Space Pre Game 6 Golden Knights vs. Wild – May 25th, 2021

In this Twitter Space broadcast, we look forward to Game 6, look back on the mistakes that cost Vegas Game 5, and discuss the goalie situation once again simmering under the surface.

“Self-Inflicted Wounds” Haunt Golden Knights In Game 5

If you replay that game, nine times out of ten you probably win. -Pete DeBoer

Unfortunately for the Golden Knights, the one out of ten was last night, and now they have to go back to Minnesota to take a second crack at ending the Wild’s season.

Vegas won every measurable stat in Game 5 aside from the only one that counts, goals. They outshot the Wild 39-14, out-chanced them 37-16, and racked up 77% of the game’s high danger chances at 17-5.

It was the 1st period that did the Golden Knights in. Marc-Andre Fleury, who came in having allowed just four goals on 116 shots, allowed three on seven shots in the 1st. Meanwhile, Vegas generated very little on the other end, scoring once on a familiar-looking neutral zone chip in, but were limited to just two of their 17 high-danger chances.

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1st period woes are becoming a bit of a trend as the Golden Knights now trail 5-2 in the opening frame while outscoring Minnesota 12-3 following the first intermission.

There have been some good 1st periods, some bad ones, and then there was Game 5’s, which was somewhere in between. Vegas didn’t play poorly but succumbed to what head coach Pete DeBoer called “an opportunistic” Wild team. Alternate captain, Reilly Smith, saw it a bit differently.

I think we just have to be a little smarter and have a little bit more urgency with the puck in the 1st period. I really don’t think it’s anything they did, it’s self-inflicted wounds. -Reilly Smith

Smith’s right about the last part, self-inflicted wounds. The Golden Knights made critical mistakes on all three of the Wild’s 1st period goals.

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MINNESOTA WILD 4 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 (VGK 3-2)

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Recap: The Golden Knights needed one win to clinch their first-round series with the Wild and their first on home ice. Vegas captain Mark Stone opened the scoring with his fourth of the postseason. Minnesota would answer right back scoring three unanswered goals. After the opening 20 minutes the Wild led 3-1.

The Golden Knights took control of the 2nd period outshooting the Wild 22 to 1. Near the midway point of the period Vegas’ power play finally came through to make it a one-score game. Defenseman Alec Martinez one-timed a second a pass into the Wild’s net for the only goal of the period.

Trailing 3-2, Vegas tried to keep the pressure on but Minnesota battled back and held their one-goal lead. The Golden Knights had several quality chances in front of the Wild’s net but couldn’t tie the game. Minnesota would add an empty-net goal to finish off the game 4-2. 

After their loss the Golden Knights now lead the seven-game series 3-2. Game 6 is scheduled for Wednesday night in Minnesota. Puck drop is TBD. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights weren’t quite on top of their game as a group in the 1st and a few opportunities were pounced on by the Wild. Then, Vegas completely took over the rest of the game, but couldn’t quite get over the hump. Tough one to lose, reminds me a bit of the other closeout game VGK had on home ice, hopefully the rest of the series has a much different outcome. (Analysis by Ken)

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs Minnesota Wild Game 5 at T-Mobile Arena

  • “Self-inflicted wounds” in the 1st period

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Reilly Smith
** Zach Whitecloud
* Mark Stone

How VGK’s Play In The Neutral Zone Has Unlocked Their Offense

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Remember when the storyline surrounding the Golden Knights was a scoring drought spanning over three series in two postseasons? Well, that appears to be over, or at least on hold, as Vegas has exploded for 12 goals in the last 8 periods and won three straight with a chance to close it out tonight.

A huge reason for the turnaround offensively has been the way the Golden Knights have played in the neutral zone. Since Pete DeBoer took over in Vegas, the ability for the Golden Knights to shut down teams through the center of the ice has been excellent. When they are scoring at a high rate, much of the offense comes from play in the center third of the rink.

In Game 4, Vegas utilized two plays where they used their speed and offensive-minded decision-making in the neutral zone to score goals and eventually help them win the game.

Here are the two plays.


The first one, keep an eye on Keegan Kolesar (VGK #55). He glides through the neutral zone constantly presenting his stick. Nic Roy’s (VGK #10) ability to hold onto the puck forces Zach Parise (MIN #11) to challenge which leaves Kolesar open. Kolesar’s decision to chip in, and then the perfect execution of it, turns what is a 2-on-3 rush into a breakaway chance.

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 MINNESOTA WILD 0 (VGK 3-1)

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Recap: The Golden Knights were forced to kill a penalty a minute into the game which helped them build early momentum. Vegas’ Nic Roy scored his first of the series driving the length of the ice and flipping one past Minnesota goaltender Cam Talbot. Coach Pete DeBoer used his challenge for the second time in the series and successfully won a second reversal. After the opening 20 minutes the Golden Knights held a 1-0 edge. 

Alex Tuch left the game in the 1st period with an apparent injury but returned and gave Vegas a 2-0 lead in the middle frame. Captain Mark Stone added an important Shorthanded goal to stretch Vegas’ lead to 3-0 after 40 minutes. 

Vegas clamped down in the final period forcing Minnesota to take low-quality shots. Roy would put the game away with a late empty-net goal. Marc-Andre Fleury continued to frustrate the Wild’s top scorers and preserved his first shutout of the playoffs. 

With their 4-0 victory Vegas now leads the first-round set with Minnesota 3-1. Vegas will have a chance to close out the series on Monday night at T-Mobile Arena. Game 5 is scheduled for 730P PT. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: Like they did in the second half of Game 3, the Golden Knights settled into the game using their forecheck and puck management. They put constant pressure on the Wild which forced them into turnovers all over the ice. The Golden Knights took advantage of some more of the opportunities and took a stranglehold of the series. (Analysis by Ken)

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs Minnesota Wild Game 4 at Xcel Energy Center

  • Carp’s Sunday column

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Marc-Andre Fleury
** Mark Stone
* Nic Roy

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