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OTTAWA SENATORS 4 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 (32-19-7, 71 PTS) – SO (1-0)

Recap: The Golden Knights kicked off their five-game road trip with a Hockey Night in Canada matchup against the Ottawa Senators. Jonathan Marchessault opened the scoring with his 30th goal of 2023-24. Goaltender Logan Thompson was sharp in net stopping all eight of the Senators’ shots to preserve Vegas’ one-goal edge.

Chandler Stephenson doubled the Golden Knights’ lead with an early 2nd period power play goal. It was Stephenson’s 11th goal of the season. The Senators began to heat up midway through the middle frame. Ottawa rattled off two goals before the break to even the score 2-2.

The Senators took their first lead of the game at the 5:48 mark of the final period. With under two minutes remaining Stephenson added his second goal of the game to force overtime. Ottawa would go on to win in a shootout 4-3.

The Golden Knights record drops to 32-19-7 losing to the Senators 4-3 in overtime. Vegas will take a short flight to Toronto for a rematch with the Maple Leafs on Tuesday. Puck drop is scheduled for 4 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: Ottawa came in to play a simple game and the Golden Knights dealt with it very well for the first 30 minutes. But, a few failed exits gave the Sens life. The first empty-net goal of the year rescued a point but a poor OT and a scoreless shootout cost them the extra one. (Analysis by Ken)

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Golden Knights Used Film Study To Score Tiebreaking Goal Against Ottawa

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There aren’t many better feelings in sports than preparing for a situation and then executing exactly what you prepared for during a game. The Golden Knights pulled this off last night in the 2nd period against the Ottawa penalty kill.

Before every game, the Golden Knights go through a few video sessions to get them ready for what they will see out of the next opponent. They go over things like neutral zone setups, faceoff plays, forecheck systems, and other generally unexciting concepts. Typically, these are more of review sessions than anything as most teams in the NHL run one of a few similar systems.

Every once in a while though, they’ll catch something they believe they can exploit.

We had a plan on the Nic Roy goal. We were watching video and they’ve given up a few of those breakaways to other teams so great play by that unit to capitalize on that. -Mark Stone

While studying the video, the Golden Knights recognized a weakness in the Senators penalty. In two of their last three games, they had allowed a player to get in behind the entire defense on a power play entry.

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In both instances, before Vegas pulled it off, the Ottawa defensemen on the blue line left a gap up the middle of the ice. If the puck carrier can get an angle around the first forechecker, there is potentially a lane for a teammate to head to that open area and be instantly sprung for a breakaway.

So we thought, well let’s take a shot at it and it worked out and we finished. Good play by Nic Roy. -Cassidy

As Ben Hutton carried the puck up the ice, they were presented with the exact same look they saw on video. Roy sprung into the open space and Hutton put the puck on his tape just barely beating Josh Norris’ defending stick.

The rest is history. (And now, so is the coach behind the Senators’ bench.)

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 6 OTTAWA SENATORS 3 (21-6-5, 47 PTS)

Recap: The Golden Knights were looking to bounce back from their 5-2 defeat to the Buffalo Sabres with a victory over the visiting Ottawa Senators. Jack Eichel wasted no time getting Vegas on the board with his 14th goal of the season 1:37 into the contest. Ottawa went on the score the next two goals but Jonathan Marchessault evened the score 2-2 before the first intermission.

The Golden Knights exploded in the middle frame. First Nic Roy scored on the power play and moments later Chandler Stephenson followed it up with a shorthanded goal. With 0:12 seconds left Ivan Barbashev extended Vegas’ lead to 5-2.

William Karlsson joined the scoring party in the final period giving the reigning champions a commanding 6-2 lead. Ottawa would tally one late.

The Golden Knights record improves to 21-6-5 defeating the Senators 6-3. Vegas will hit the road for a four game, coast to coast trip. Puck drop on Tuesday vs. the Carolina Hurricanes is scheduled for 4 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: This one was all about the dominance in the back half of the 2nd period. VGK flipped the switch and started to control every aspect of the game. Just completely leaned on a team that isn’t anywhere near the same level as the Golden Knights. It’s also the 9th consecutive win against the Senators. (Analysis by Ken)

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 OTTAWA SENATORS (16-4-1, 33 PTS)

The Golden Knights returned home from Western Canada for a Thanksgiving eve matchup against the Ottawa Senators. Former Senator Mark Stone gave his current team a 1-0 advantage with a 1st period power play goal. Ottawa scored on the PP as well locking in a 1-1 tie after the opening twenty minutes.

This season’s most surprising player William Carrier weaved in and out through Ottawa’s defense to regain the lead for Vegas late in the middle frame. Carrier’s 7th goal of the season made it 2-1 Vegas after two periods.

William Karlsson didn’t wait long in the final period to add more offense. Karlsson roofed a backhanded shot past the Senators goalie, taking a two goal edge. In the final minutes, Jack Eichel scored a long-distance empty netter to seal Vegas’ victory.

The Golden Knights record improves to (16-4-1) defeating the senators 4-1. Vegas will next face Seattle on Friday evening from The Fortress. Puck drop against the Kraken is scheduled for 5P PT. (Recap by Jason)

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

(Analysis/Tweets by Kevin Iole @KevinI)

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5 OTTAWA SENATORS 4 (10-2-0 20 PTS)

Recap: The Golden Knights traveled to the Canadian Capital for a matchup with the Ottawa Senators. Vegas opened the scoring 1:22 into the 1st period. Minutes later the Senators evened the score off a lucky bounce past Logan Thompson. However, the Golden Knights weren’t finished scoring and received goals from each Reilly Smith and Zach Whitecloud. Smith recorded the Golden Knights 8th PP goal of the season and Whitecloud picked up his first of 2022-23. VGK held a 3-1 advantage heading into the first intermission.

Chandler Stephenson extended the Golden Knights lead by picking up a shorthanded goal in the middle frame. William Carrier took advantage of a Senator miscue and tapped in his second goal in as many games. Ottawa got closer with two 2nd period goals of their own. After 40 minutes Vegas held on to a 5-3 lead.

Ottawa got even closer in the 3rd period jumping on a turnover in Vegas’ end. The Senators kept attacking but couldn’t find the equalizer. The Golden Knights held on to the lead to win their sixth game in a row.

The Golden Knights’ record improves to 10-2-0 defeating the Senators 5-4 in Ottawa. Vegas will continue their road trip by taking a short flight to Montreal. Puck drop against the Canadiens is scheduled for 4 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: A weird game from start to finish that began with the Golden Knights flying offensively and making the Sens pay for their errors and finished with a strong defensive effort down the stretch. In between though, it was a rocky road as VGK’s puck management was a bit of a disaster and they seemed a bit behind a pesky Senators team. They found a way though, as they have 10 of the first 12 games this year. (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 2 OTTAWA SENATORS 1 (32-21-4 68 PTS)

Recap: The Golden Knights hosted the Ottawa Senators to try and string together a two-game winning streak. The first 20 minutes were open with 32 shots combined. 

Vegas took the first lead early in the middle frame when Jonathan Marchessault scored his 24th of the season. The Senators tied the game minutes later to take a 1-1 score into the 2nd intermission. 

The 3rd period tightened up as both goaltenders were flawless. Late in the period, Vegas was awarded a power play which they took advantage of. Jack Eichel scored the game-winner with six seconds remaining. It was the center’s third goal as a Golden Knight. 

The Golden Knights record improves to 32-21-4 defeating the Senators 2-1. Vegas will hit the road for the next five games starting in Philadelphia on Tuesday night. Puck drop is set for 4 PM PT. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: In a game that was described by Pete DeBoer as a “playoff-type game” the Golden Knights experienced some of the same issues they’ve seen in the actual playoffs. Luckily, in this one, they got an elite goaltending performance from Robin Lehner and were able to stick one in just before the horn. Not a ton to like about that game other than the fact that Vegas came out on top and Jack Eichel was the hero. (Recap by Ken)


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