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VGK Crumbled Under Nashville’s Physical Brand Of Hockey

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When the Predators visited T-Mobile Arena back in January they laid 48 hits on the Golden Knights, the most any team has delivered Vegas this season. Despite not getting the outcome they preferred in that game, Nashville came back with the same game plan last night and this time it worked.

The 40 hits absorbed by the Golden Knights are the third most of the season and it really impacted Vegas in all three zones.

That’s their game. If you’re not on your toes moving the puck and supporting it well then you are going to take some hits and they’re going to recover some pucks. That’s what happened early on. It took us a while to get going against it. Credit to them, they stuck with it, that’s how they play. -Bruce Cassidy

Vegas struggled in two areas against the heavy Nashville game. First, the Golden Knights turned the puck over along the walls on numerous occasions. The Predators’ active defensemen took away VGK’s preferred exit route and it led to extended time in the defensive zone. Second, Nashville players were camped out in front of Adin Hill’s net most of the night.

They took advantage of our slow start and I think it had a lot to do with them gaining momentum throughout the game. -Cassidy

High hit totals against have been troublesome at times for VGK this year. Of the 13 times a team has delivered at least 30 hits to Vegas, the Golden Knights are 6-5-2 including multi-goal losses to Nashville, Seattle, Buffalo, and Florida twice. Even if the Golden Knights know it’s coming, sometimes it has caught them off guard.

This time of the year every game is going to be physical. That’s a team that lost big last week so you knew they were going to come out. They’re fighting for a playoff spot, and so are we, so we needed a little bit more. I know it’s a back-to-back but we needed more. -Alex Pietrangelo

Four of the next seven games are against teams in the Top 10 in hits this season. The Golden Knights are capable of running teams that play a physical brand of hockey out of the building, they just have to be playing at the top of their game to do so. Right now, they aren’t, but there’s no better time than now to pick it back up.


Recap: The Golden Knights were looking to sweep their back-to-back situation with a victory over the visiting Nashville Predators. The Predators got on the scoreboard first 5:35 into the opening period. Minutes later the Golden Knights drew a hooking penalty and had several chances on the early power play. Vegas wouldn’t score but later set up veteran defenseman Alex Pietrangelo’s third goal of the season. With under a minute left in the opening 20 minutes Nashville jumped ahead 2-1. 

Nashville took a two-goal edge deep into the middle frame and later added to their lead. After 40 minutes of action visitors held a 4-1 advantage. 

After missing some time in the 2nd period William Karlsson came back to score his 18th goal on the power play. With under three minutes remaining Michael Amadio got Vegas within one. Moments later Nashville scored an empty net to spoil the home team’s night. 

The Golden Knights record drops to 32-18-6 losing to the Predators 5-3. Vegas will next face the Toronto Maple Leads on Thursday night. Puck drop against the Leafs is scheduled for 7 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: Was not Adin Hill’s night which put the Golden Knights in a pretty deep hole. Nashville came in with a plan on playing a physical brand of hockey and Vegas did not respond very well. It was a valiant effort trying to get back into it in the 3rd but they came up short. Plus, Mark Stone leaving in the 2nd period leaves plenty of room for concern. (Analysis by Ken)

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Recap: The Golden Knights were looking to make two straight home wins with an out-of-conference win over the New York Rangers. At the 11:35 mark of the opening period, Jonathan Marchessault notched his 19th goal of the season, giving his team a 1-0 advantage. A few minutes later Ivan Barbashev was awarded a good goal after a lengthy review to determine if he kicked the puck in the net. Through 20 minutes the home team led 2-0.

Barbashev extended the lead late in the middle frame on the power play. The winger tapped in his second of the night courtesy of Mark Stone’s feed in front of the Rangers net. Moments later Keegan Kolesar tipped in VGK’s fourth goal of the evening.

The Rangers scored a power play goal to open up the 3rd period but Vegas went on to score an empty-net goal and pick up their second win in a row.

The Golden Knights record improves to 26-14-5 defeating the Rangers 5-1. Vegas will wrap up their homestand on Saturday night against the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins. Puck drop against the Penguins is scheduled for 7 PM.  (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Rangers controlled the first 10 minutes or so of the game but they couldn’t break through as the Golden Knights held most of the shots to the outside. Then a few transition chances sparked VGK and they scored a pair. From there, they frustrated the Rangers in the 2nd and took a commanding lead. (Analysis by Ken)

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Stone Hopes To Jumpstart VGK After Monday’s Offensive Explosion

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The last time Golden Knights fans saw Mark Stone explode offensively was the series-clinching Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals. The captain tied a bow on Vegas’ first-ever championship with three goals and two assists in a 9-3 blowout. Monday’s game was not nearly as important but Stone broke out again, solving Vegas’ scoring woes for one night.

I was just fortunate enough to be in shooting spots tonight. I’d be a fool to pass up the ones that I got. Those just come some days and other days they don’t, but we just need to keep finding ways to play those 60-minute games as a good team. -Mark Stone

Stone completed the three goal challenge for the 3rd time in a Golden Knights uniform, two coming in the postseason.

Mark Stone Hat Trick Highlights

  • 04/14/19 – 1st Round Game 3 vs SJ: 3 Goals, 2 Assists, 4 Shots on Goal, 18:24 Time On Ice, VGK wins 6-3
  • 06/13/23 – SCF Game 5 vs FLA: 3 Goals, 1 Shorthanded Goal, 3 Shots on Goal, 16:54 Time On Ice, VGK wins 9-3
  • 01/15/24 – Game 44 vs NAS: 3 Goals, 5 Shots On Net, 18:48 Time On Ice, VGK wins 4-1

Going into Monday’s matinee, the reigning Stanley Cup champions were averaging an insufficient 2.5 goals per game in the last 14 games. Without the laundry list of injured Golden Knights, healthy players must step up and score enough to win. It was no surprise that VGK’s leader was the one to break out for three of Vegas’ four goals. Hopefully, his performance solved the Golden Knights’ lack of offense going forward.

We have to be a better version of ourselves for longer if we expect to get points. We’ve even talked about that. We might even be doing that and still not get points because teams will just be playing better. We’ve witnessed some of that lately. -Bruce Cassidy

Several times this season after a slow night offensively, Stone aided his team to success by scoring in the next game. In early November, Vegas began the month with a paltry three goals in nine periods. In Vegas’ next match, the captain scored a game-winner late in the final frame. He also added two power play assists, giving the Golden Knights offense a much-needed shot in the arm.

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Recap: The Golden Knights were hoping to get back on the winning track hosting the Nashville Predators to a Monday matinee. Captain Mark Stone opened the scoring 15:25 in the opening period to give Vegas a 1-0 going into the first intermission.

Stone didn’t take long in the middle frame to score his second of the game. Late in the period the Predators cut Vegas’ lead in half but Stone wasn’t finished. Less than :30 left in the period VGK’s Captain completed a hat trick. The home team lead 3-1 after 40 minutes of action.

Nashville had chances to get closer but with seconds remaining Jonathan Marchessault sealed the game with an empty net goal.

The Golden Knights record improves to 25-14-5 defeating the Predators 4-1 from T-Mobile Arena. Vegas will continue their homestand on Thursday night against the New York Rangers. Puck drop against the Rangers is scheduled for 7PM PT. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: It was a bit of a slow start as it took nearly the entire 1st period to record a shot on goal, but once they did the captain took over. Logan Thompson was excellent as well. (Analysis by Ken)

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Recap: The Golden Knights traveled to Music City for a matchup with the Nashville Predators. Nashville got off to a quick start scoring the game’s first two goals. The Predators had a third goal called back but carried a 2-0 advantage into the 1st intermission.

Six minutes into the 2nd period Alex Pietrangelo cut the Predators’ lead in half with his 10th goal of 2022-23. The veteran defenseman later tied the contest, shooting a dart into Nashville’s net.

Tied 2-2, Vegas heavily pressured Nashville in the final frame but the Golden Knights couldn’t snap the tie. For the second straight game, VGK needed overtime to decide a victor. After being awarded a power play, the Predators took advantage and the first draft pick in VGK history, Cody Glass, sealed the game.

The Golden Knights’ record drops to 47-22-8 falling to the Predators 3-2 in overtime. Next, Vegas will head home for an important divisional game with the LA Kings. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 PM on Thursday. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The 1st period was a bit of a nightmare in all areas aside from attacking in the offensive zone for the Golden Knights. However, what they did well carried over to the final 40 and they picked up the rest of the game after going behind by two. After a bunch of games in which they didn’t play great but won, this is one where they did and didn’t. Special teams were a problem. (Analysis by Ken)

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