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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 6 MONTREAL CANADIENS 5 (13-3-1, 27 PTS)

Recap: The Golden Knights were looking to bounce back in Montreal after their 3-0 road loss to the Washington Capitals. Vegas came out firing the puck right out of the gate. William Karlsson and Michael Amadio had several quality chances, but the Canadiens kept the puck out of their net. Montreal went on to score twice in a span of a few minutes. After the opening 20 minutes, the Stanley Cup champions trailed 2-0.

Brett Howden cut the lead in half early in the frame with a shorthanded goal. Minutes later the Canadiens regained their two-goal edge, but Brayden McNabb got it right back :18 later. Jonathan Marchessault evened the score by snapping his scoreless streak although Montreal took a 4-3 advantage in the following seconds. Defenseman Shea Theodore scored on a late-period power play to tie the game before the second intermission.

Both teams had chances in the final frame but neither could find the back of the net. In the final minutes of the game the Golden Knights were awarded a four-minute power play which they quickly took advantage of. First Jack Eichel gave Vegas their first lead of the game and Mark Stone added an insurance goal over a minute to go. The Canadiens got one back but the Golden Knights were able to kill off the final :53 seconds.

The Golden Knights record improves to 13-3-1 after defeating the Canadiens 6-5 in Montreal. Next, Vegas continues their road trip to Philadelphia for a matchup with the Flyers on Saturday morning. Puck drop is scheduled for 10 AM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: An absolutely wacky game saw the Golden Knights dominate the advanced stats in the 1st period but exit down a pair of goals. Then, the 2nd period was a goal fest despite not getting nearly as good of chances. In the 3rd, VGK’s offense dried back up but a late penalty saved them and the game as Eichel buried a shot. Not sure what to take from that game. (Analysis by Ken)

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 MONTREAL CANADIENS 2 (9-0-1, 19 PTS) – SO (2-1)

Recap: The Golden Knights hosted the Montreal Canadiens looking to stay undefeated in regulation. Both teams traded scoring chances early in the period but the period shifted after Vegas drew the first penalty of the game. Paul Cotter gave the Golden Knights the opening lead with a fluttering power play goal. After twenty minutes the Stanley Cup champions held a 1-0 edge.

The 2nd period was full of penalties committed by both teams. The Canadiens evened the score with a shorthanded goal 5:38 into the frame. With minutes winding down the Golden Knights forward William Carrier regained their lead.

Vegas held their one-goal advantage for more than 15 minutes into the final period but Montreal struck again. The game finished 2-2 in regulation and required an overtime period. Two minutes into OT Jack Eichel was awarded a penalty shot but couldn’t convert a game-winning goal. Shea Theodore and Jonathan Marchessault scored in shootouts to pick up another win for Vegas.

The Golden Knights remain unblemished in regulation and bump their record to 9-0-1 after defeating the Canadiens 3-2 in shootout. Vegas will hit home ice again on Thursday against Winnipeg. Puck drop vs. the Jets is scheduled for 7 PM.(Recap by Jason)

Analysis: It was quite a peculiar game as both teams scored their first goal in a weird way. Eventually, the Golden Knights started to jam up everything the Canadiens were trying to do in the offensive zone. Montreal did find a nice goal late and forced OT, but the Golden Knights win another one beyond regulation. Not the cleanest, not the most impressive, but a win is always a win. (Analysis by Ken)

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 MONTREAL CANADIENS 3 (38-19-6, 82 PTS)

Recap:  The Golden Knights welcomed the lowly Montreal Canadiens to T-Mobile Arena and jumped all over them right from puck drop. It took a bit to finally break through but then Shea Theodore opened the scoring and Ivan Barbashev tallied his first VGK goal.

The Golden Knights continued pummelling the Habs into the 2nd frame and got a quintessential Misfit goal from Reilly Smith on a 2-on-1 feed from William Karlsson.

Things went a little haywire in the 3rd as the Habs broke the shutout then started to make a real comeback. Ivan Barbashev’s chin helped him score Vegas’ fourth goal and give them a 4-1 lead but a pair of Montreal goals in less than a minute made things interesting. Jonathan Quick held strong down the stretch and the Golden Knights took home the victory.

The Golden Knights’ record improves to 37-19-6 defeating the Canadiens 4-3. Vegas now head to the road for a lengthly and difficult five-game swing. The first of the trip is in Florida on Tuesday. Puck drop against the Canadiens is scheduled for 4 PM. (Recap by Ken)

Analysis: For the first 40 minutes of the game it looked exactly like you’d expect from a 1st place team against a last place one. But the 3rd period was a bit of a mess and kinda marred Jonathan Quick’s debut. Wouldn ‘t take too much from that game though. (Analysis by Ken)

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 6 MONTREAL CANADIENS 4 (11-2-0 22 PTS)

Recap: The Golden Knights looked to stay undefeated on their Eastern Conference road trip with three games remaining. Vegas’ Nic Hague opened the scoring with his 1st goal of the season. Montreal tied the game less than a minute later to take a 1-1 tie into the 1st intermission.

Reilly Smith broke the tie with his 4th goal of the season 2:24 into the 2nd period. Adin Hill was sharp in net shutting down every Montreal shot on net. After 40 minutes played the Golden Knights held a 2-1 advantage.

Montreal’s Nick Suzuki evened the score 2-2 early in the final frame. However, Smith regained the lead on the power play, scoring his second of the game. Keegan Kolesar deflected a puck into Montreal’s net and :21 later Nic Roy added another for Vegas. Suzuki tacked on his second but Jonathan Marchessault doubled the lead on the PP. Again the Canadiens got closer but the Golden Knights went on to defeat the Canadiens 6-4, earning their seventh win in a row.

The Golden Knights record improves to 11-2-0 with two games remaining on their five-game road trip. Vegas will stay in Eastern Canada to face off against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday. Puck drop against the Maple Leafs is scheduled for 4 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: A bit of a sloppy 1st period was completely erased by about as dominant a 2nd period as we’ve seen all year from the Golden Knights. They lived in the offensive zone and completely stifled everything the Habs were trying to do to get out. The goals didn’t come until the 3rd though, and once they did they didn’t stop. It’s another high scoring win proving that if you aren’t buttoned up defensively against VGK, they’ll make you pay. (Recap by Ken)

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November Notes: Cassidy And VGK Match Thanksgiving Success

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Tonight, in Ottawa the Golden Knights continue a challenging five-game eastern conference road trip. This is the first extended journey for Vegas this season. Up until now, the Pacific Division leader’s longest road trip was a two-game trip to Seattle and Calgary. It’s possible the Golden Knights are fortunate to go on a cross-coast so early in the season. Normally, lengthy road trips allow a chance for players to bond and go through the grind together. Five cities in ten days against teams all with a .500 winning% or higher will help grow chemistry.

With the exception of the 2020-21 shortened season, the Golden Knights annually take an early season trek to the east coast for a handful of games. Here are the results from the previous five seasons.

VGK’s First Extended Road Trip Of The Season

  • 2021-22: (2-2-0) – L 4-0 @TOR, W 5-1 @OTT, W 5-2 @MTL, L 5-2 @DET
  • 2020-21: (2-1-0) – L 3-2 @COL, W 3-0 @COL, W 3-2 @ANA
  • 2019-20: (1-2-1) – W 2-1 @CBJ, OTL 2-1 @TOR, L 5-2 @WAS, L 3-2 @DET
  • 2018-19: (2-3-0) – W 2-1 @MIN, L 4-2 @BUF, L 5-2 @WAS, L 4-2 @PIT, W 1-0 @PHI
  • 2017-18: (1-4-1) – L 6-3 @NYI, L 6-4 @NYR, L 2-1 @BOS, W 5-4 @OTT, SOL 3-2 @TOR, L 3-2 @MTL

Traditionally this road trip hasn’t been kind to the Golden Knights. Defeating the Capitals 3-2 in Washington was a good start for the Golden Knights, considering they’ve lost their opening matchup four out of five years. Since the opening season Vegas has combined for only 18 of 42 points on their early November trips. The 2017-18 club struggled to the point that former coach Gerard Gallant made his now infamous “we’re not an expansion team” speech after losing to the NY Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 MONTREAL CANADIENS 3 (24-15-2 50 PTS)

Recap: The Golden Knights hosted the struggling Montreal Canadiens attempting to break out of their three game winless streak. Chandler Stephenson opened the scoring with his 12 goal of the season. Late in the period Montreal took advantage of a loose puck and tied the game 1-1.

Midway through the second period William Karlsson broke the tie on a Vegas power play. It was Karlsson’s sixth of the season. A few minutes later the Canadiens evened the score 2-2 with a power play goal of their own.

Montreal surprisingly took the lead six minutes into the final period but Vegas would take advantage of another man-advantage. Jonathan Marchessault tied the game scoring a second VGK power play goal of the night. The game needed overtime to decide a winner. Defenseman Shea Theodore ended the game 4-3 with a beautiful individual move in front of the Canadiens net.

The Golden Knights record improves to 24-15-1 defeating the Canadiens 4-3 in overtime. Vegas travels east for a four game road trip beginning in Washington. Puck drop against the Capitals is set for 4 PM on Monday. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: It was a grind, and the Golden Knights gave up two leads but they were able to gut it out with a pair of power play goals and the OT winner. Robin Lehner had one of his worst games of the season. The only real positive from this one is how much possession of the puck Vegas had, amassing 53 shots. (Recap by Ken)


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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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