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Recap: The Golden Knights were looking to pick up more points on their road trip facing off against the New York Rangers. Vegas took the opening lead at the 5:02 mark courtesy of Sheldon Rempal. The 28-year-old scored his second goal in his second straight game. New York evened the score 91 seconds later. After one period of play the game was locked in a 1-1 tie.

Vegas didn’t take long to get their offense going in the 2nd period. First Keegan Kolesar gave the Golden Knights a 2-1 lead 3:03 into the frame and less than a minute later Jonathan Marchessault stretched their advantage.

Marchessault gave Vegas a three-goal lead 2:11 into the final frame, registering his 24th goal of 2023-24. The Rangers added a second goal with under two minutes remaining in the contest. Marchessault recorded a hat trick with seconds winding down. 

The Golden Knights record improves to 29-14-6 defeating the Rangers 5-2 in New York City. Vegas will wrap up their east coast road trip tomorrow night in Detroit. Puck drop against the Red Wings is scheduled for 5 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: This matchup with the Rangers was almost a mirror image to the one eight days ago. New York controlled the puck a lot of the 1st period but couldn’t get too much dangerous in front of the VGK net. Then, as the game wore on, Vegas improved in breaking the puck out and eventually they got enough bodies in front of the goal that they scored plenty. (Analysis by Ken)

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Surviving The 1st Period Key To Success For VGK At MSG

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As the Golden Knights continue their tricky pre-All Star road trip the focus shifts to a team they smoked at home just eight days ago.

When the Rangers visited T-Mobile Arena the away team got off to a hot start putting massive amounts of pressure on the Vegas net, but Logan Thompson and the VGK defense held strong to keep them off the board. Then, midway through the period the line of Jonathan Marchessault, Ivan Barbashev, and Nic Roy got the Golden Knights on the board not once, but twice, and the Golden Knights were off and running.

Surviving and ultimately thriving in the 1st period has been the recipe for success for the Golden Knights.

We’ve kept ourselves out of trouble early in games and have gotten some leads. In New York the other day we didn’t do much but we didn’t give up much. We got our legs under us and got a goal late so you have a lead going into the 1st intermission and now you’re going and you find your game as it goes along. -Bruce Cassidy

In each of Vegas’ last five games, the result has been directly linked to whether or not the Golden Knights have conceded in the opening frame. In all four wins, VGK entered the locker room after 20 minutes posting a goose egg against. In the one loss, the Golden Knights gave up two late goals to the Devils.

Under Cassidy, the score at the end of the 1st period has been a powerful indicator of how the rest of the game will go. When Vegas leads after one, they are 44-6-2, when they trail the record drops drastically to 10-8-8. In other words, lead after the 1st, and VGK have an 85% chance to win, trail after one and it’s just 38%.

Cassidy says it’s even more important right now considering the lineup.

We’ve had two days off so we should be fine, we should have a better start today. That’s one thing on the road if you can get ahead it’s much easier, for us especially, down some guys who are dynamic players. -Cassidy

The Rangers will surely remember the butt-whipping Vegas put on them last week, so they will likely come out strong. As Cassidy said though, all the Golden Knights need to do is find their way through it without allowing a goal, what they do on the other end doesn’t matter as much.

Vegas should like their chances despite New York’s strong overall record. The Rangers still lead the Metropolitan division, but they’ve won just three of their last 10 games and the cushion has slipped to two points (on January 1st it was 7).

Golden Knights Are Smoking Eastern Conference Teams At Home, But Struggling On The Road

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Exactly half of the NHL’s 32 teams only get to travel to the greatest city in the world one time a year to play a hockey game. Typically in front of a throng of their own fans, you’d think they want to make the most of it by playing a great game against the defending Stanley Cup champions.

Well, that hasn’t been the case so far here in 2023-24.

With last night’s drubbing of the current Metro Division-leading New York Rangers, the Golden Knights have now improved to 7-2-0 against the Eastern Conference at home this year. The win is VGK’s third straight against the East and the second consecutive against division leaders.

The Golden Knights have outscored their out-of-conference foes by a score of 31-21 and they have posted 3+ goal victories in five of the nine games at T-Mobile Arena.

On the flip side, the East has not been kind to the Golden Knights away from home. Vegas has traveled to the other side of the country twice this year to play a total of seven games. The Golden Knights are just 1-5-1 and are currently on a five-game losing streak.

Where VGK have a +10 goal differential against the East at home they are -13 on the road. The Golden Knights offense has been muted away from home as they score a full goal per game less (3.4 at home, 2.4 on road).

There’s good news and bad news with this trend on the upcoming schedule. The good news, the next game is at home against an Eastern Conference rival, the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Pens shut the Golden Knights out in Pittsburgh earlier this year and the game wasn’t particularly competitive. However, Washington did the same thing, and when they came to Vegas, the Golden Knights thrashed them 4-1.

The bad news is that the last four games before the All Star break are all on the road against Eastern Conference teams. To make matters worse, they are scheduled as a pair of back-to-backs. The Golden Knights are 1-2-1 on the second leg of back-to-backs including that shutout to the Penguins.

VGK are playing much better over the past few games, being led by strong goaltending and an offensive resurgence from the captain. They are in a solid position as it currently stands in the playoff chase, but with the teams charging behind them, these next five games will go a long way toward setting the tone for the long break that follows them.

Vegas The Talk Of Original Six Hockey Fans

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If you plan on traveling over the next few weeks, be prepared to chit-chat about the 2023 Stanley Cup champions. From the West Coast, Midwest, and Northeast, the Golden Knights Cup run has become a common conversation among sports fans.

I just don’t understand how a team can be so competitive and capture a Stanley Cup in six seasons. It’s mind-boggling to me that my team hasn’t been able to put together something so impressive like Vegas has. Maybe, we needed that coach behind our bench. -Dennis McCaul, Connecticut native & NY Rangers fan

At this moment Vegas fans cannot understand what it’s like to go through decade-long droughts like Islanders, Rangers, or Canadiens fans have gone through since before the turn of the century. Albeit all three clubs are massively popular with their fanbase, but to them it’s still a failure of a season if their team wasn’t the last one standing.

Local fans were introduced to a winning culture from the first puck drop of their 2017-18 inaugural season (“We played Arizona, and we beat the shit out of them”), but the Golden Knights didn’t take center stage in the sports world like they have now. Winning a championship brings more attention, more out-of-town observers, and more jealousy. While Ranger fans are frustrated with their team’s disappointing season, they were entertained and impressed with Vegas’ five-game Stanley Cup accomplishment.

I’m not sure why I cared. I was so pissed off by the Bruins performance I stopped watching the playoffs. Towards the middle of the conference finals I started paying attention again and the Golden Knights were the team I was rooting for. Obviously, Cassidy was a big reason for that but I also enjoyed watching the players on the team. They played like a team. Really, what I expected from the Bruins. Don’t even get me started, but overall I was glad to see Vegas win. -Jim Selvitella, Massachusetts native and Bruins fan

Specifically, Boston fans felt a connection to the Golden Knights because of their respect for former Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy. Many B’s fans have convinced themselves that if Cassidy hadn’t been let go in Boston, their team would’ve lifted their first Stanley Cup since 2011. Others were happy the coach won before their favorite team. That’s typical behavior from a fanbase with so much disdain for the Bruins brass. In their opinion, the wrong people were let go and Cassidy ended up being the scapegoat.

Overall, it’s been a mixed bag of emotions from mostly Eastern Conference hockey fans. You’ll notice more anger, frustration, and sourness from Western Conference and specifically Pacific Division fanbases. Outside of Miami-Dade County, East Coast fans are largely happy the Golden Knights became this season’s champions. The players, the coach, the theatrics. Vegas stole fans away from eliminated teams along their 2023 Stanley Cup chase. The bandwagon will likely end on opening night in October.


Recap: The Golden Knights were looking for their first win of the road trip with a stop in New York City to face the Rangers. Vegas came out strong in the first period, driving to the net and outshooting New York. The Rangers heated up in the backend of the period and took a two-goal lead before breaking for the first intermission.

Phil Kessel cut the Rangers’ lead in half early in the middle frame. Vegas was awarded two power plays in the period but couldn’t take advantage of their four minutes of a man advantage. After 40 minutes New York held a 2-1 edge.

Vegas kept pushing in the final period, but New York scored the backbreaker with five minutes remaining. The Rangers also added an empty net goal that the Golden Knights were unable to recover from.

The Golden Knight’s record drops to 29-18-3 losing to the Rangers 4-1 in New York. Vegas will jump right back on the ice tomorrow against the New York Islanders. Puck drop is scheduled for 4:30 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The age-old hockey story of opportunistic vs inopportunistic. The Golden Knights played well in the 1st period but they found themsevles down two because they couldn’t bury a chance. As the game continued, VGK’s offense slowed down and the chances came fewer and further between. They couldn’t muster up more than one and that means a three game losing streak, a drop to 3rd place in the division, and a 1-5-1 record since losing Mark Stone. (Analysis by Ken)

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Recap: The Golden Knights were back home hosting the New York Rangers after going 3-1-0 on their four-game road trip. New York caught Vegas off guard early, taking the first lead 6:49 into the game. The Rangers outshot the Golden Knights 15 to 5 in the opening 20 minutes.

Vegas picked up the pace midway through the 2nd period, outshooting New York 17 to 11. After drawing two concurrent penalties, Jonathan Marchessault evened the score with his 11th goal of the season.

Penalties ultimately cost the Golden Knights the game in the 3rd period. On New York’s second PP opportunity, the Rangers took the lead six minutes into the period and extended their lead 0:24 later. New York added three more to finish off Vegas 5-1.

The Golden Knights record drops to 19-8-1 falling to the Rangers. Vegas will next hit the ice on Friday night vs. the Philadelphia Flyers. Puck drop against the Flyers is scheduled for 7 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: It’s always tough playing the first home game after a long road trip, especially a successful one. VGK fell right into that trap for the first 30 minutes of the game getting outworked all over the ice. They picked it up for 10 minutes and it looked like they might rescue the game, but it all fell apart in the 3rd before they lost their cool and resorted to loser hockey. Was always going to be tough, especially without Eichel and Pietrangelo. (Recap by Ken)

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Ken’s Three VGK Stars

*** Chandler Stephenson
** Jonathan Marchessault
* William Karlsson

Golden Knights Make Statement In Win Over Rangers

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Last night was a good reminder. To fans, to the New York Rangers, to the rest of the NHL, and even to the Golden Knights themselves; when Vegas plays at their best, they are an absolute juggernaut.

On a night where the Golden Knights played with multiple starters still out of the lineup, they completely took it to the Rangers in all phases of the game. It was a familiar sight to those who have watched hundreds of Golden Knights games over the past five years, but one that hasn’t quite been as common this season as in years past.

Against New York, Vegas was exiting their own zone with ease, flying through the neutral zone, generating chances off the rush, and forechecking as a unit to keep the pressure on the Rangers all night long. It led to a game that appeared to be fairly close for 25 minutes to get completely out of hand by the time the full 60 had elapsed.

We started turning those pucks over at the blue line and we started defending in our D-zone instead of playing… giving them time like we’re killing a penalty. When you let them go D-to-D and get pucks to the net and win battles, you’re not going to beat that team. -Gerard Gallant, NYR coach

Vegas scored five goals in total but tallied four in the final 32 minutes of the game when their hard work early started paying off.

I thought in the 1st we were a little slow, but in the 2nd we upped our pace and caught them a few times in between. -Pete DeBoer

The main difference came in the center of the ice. While Vegas’ in-zone defending was solid the entire night, they struggled to control the puck through the neutral zone early against a good Rangers team. In the 2nd, those issues cleaned up and they looked like the team many projected to win the Stanley Cup before this season game.

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