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!
Carrier-esque goal by Karlsson!!! Spinorama like Denis Savard!!! Yikes!! 3-1 Knights
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)
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.
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)
Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Ottawa Senators at T-Mobile Arena.
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.
Recap: It was a busy day for the Golden Knights in Ottawa, announcing the franchise-changing acquisition of center Jack Eichel followed up by a date with Senators.
Robin Lehner shut down several rushes in the opening period to keep the game scoreless. The Golden Knights offense woke up in the 2nd period scoring three times against the Senators. Ottawa would get one back but Vegas held a 3-1 advantage after 40 minutes.
The Golden Knights struggled again to score on the power play but defenseman Alex Pietrangelo stretched Vegas’ lead, wristing in his first of the season. Jonathan Marchessault iced the game late in the period with his second of the game.
The Golden Knights record improves to 5-5-0 after their commanding 5-1 victory in Ottawa. Vegas will travel to Montreal for a meeting with the Canadiens on Saturday. Puck drop in Montreal is scheduled for 4 PM. (Recap by Jason)
Analysis: It was a fairly even game for the first two periods, but a wacky bounce and a couple defensive breakdowns helped Vegas get some much-needed scoring. Then, in the 3rd, we finally saw the defensive effort we’ve grown used to in the Pete DeBoer era. (Recap by Ken)
Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Ottawa Senators game at Canadian Tire Centre.
It was a tough start to their four-game road trip. Travel, time zone change and adding insult to several injuries, the Golden Knights were forced to cover Austin Matthews and Mitch Marner without another impact player. The Maple Leafs’ high-end talent took advantage of a beaten up Golden Knights lineup and eventually cruised to a 4-0 victory.
Their best players were on tonight. It was one of those nights, and with the lineup we’ve got right now, we’re going to have to red line every night in all areas in order to compete, especially against good teams, and that’s a real good team. -Pete DeBoer
Sure, the odds were stacked against Vegas but it was all but over after the second goal of the game. The Leafs are an excellent 35-2-3 when Marner and Matthews score in the same game, so it would have been nearly impossible for even a healthy Golden Knights roster to win under those conditions.
The focus now shifts to how the road trip finishes.
Big ask tonight when you look at what we’re dealing with. I think our effort actually wasn’t an issue. I thought we didn’t execute against a team that puts a lot of heat on you, and they put a lot of pressure on us in tough areas. -DeBoer
This season the Golden Knights are 2-2-0 on the road with three upcoming games to improve their record. Stealing 4-6 points over the next three games would send Vegas back home with their heads held high.
A couple of weeks back Pacific rival San Jose Sharks swept their trip to Eastern Canadian. Unlike Vegas, San Jose’s first matchup began in Montreal and ended in Toronto. Against the Canadiens, the Sharks scored two in the first four minutes to ignite a 5-0 victory. Montreal was/is reeling and San Jose pounced on them in several different ways. The Golden Knights have enough weapons in their current lineup to win in a similar fashion.
The Sharks received two goals from rookie Jonathan Dahlen, one from defenseman Erik Karlsson and two on the power play. Between Alex Pietrangelo, Shea Theodore, Alec Martinez and Nic Hague, the Golden Knights have plenty of options from the blue line. Without piling on, Vegas can’t rely on their power play but they may have enough offense to win a low-scoring affair. Now would be the time for 20-year-old Peyton Krebs to start contributing and registering points. The 2019 1st rounder is young and learning on the fly but he’s pointless through nine games this season and has just 10 shots. Vegas could really use his offensive skill as one goal could change their road trip. No matter who’s in the lineup, there should be plenty of motivation to squash the Canadiens after last season’s six-game semifinal defeat.
Recap: The Pete DeBoer era got off to an incredibly quick start in Ottawa. Paul Stastny gave the new coach his first lead :24 seconds into the game. Marc-Andre Fleury stood tall in the opening period stopping all 10 of the Senators shot.
The 2nd period featured a couple of dangerous chances for both teams but goaltending and team defense kept it scoreless. Mark Stone doubled up the lead with his 17th goal of the season. Vegas held a 2-0 edge in Ottawa after 40 minutes of play.
The Golden Knights took over the game in the 3rd period getting goals from Chandler Stephenson and Ryan Reaves. Ottawa would add two of their own but Vegas would close out the game 4-2. Snapping their four game losing streak.
Vegas’ record improves to 25-19-6 and win their first game under new coach Pete DeBoer. The Golden Knights continue their road trip and next face the Montreal Canadiens. Game is scheduled to start at 4P. (Recap by Jason)
Analysis: A goal in the first minute always makes a game a lot easier on the team that scores it. Vegas really needed a lead, especially after all that’s transpired the last few days. They kept the foot on the pedal for most of the 1st and 2nd but weren’t able to bury any more until late in the 2nd. From there, they continued playing well but a few breakdowns in their own end could have really cost them if not for the tremendous goaltending from Fleury. (Analysis by Ken)
Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre
Something about Pete DeBoer probably
Ken’s Three VGK Stars *** Paul Stastny ** Marc-Andre Fleury * Mark Stone
Every coach in Golden Knights history has won his first game.
The game began like a heavyweight title fight. Golden Knights forward Ryan Reaves (6’2) and Ottawa Senators forward Scott Sabourin (6’3) dropped gloves 2:27 into the game. Both players were penalized five minutes for fighting. A couple of minutes later the Golden Knights offense went to work. Reilly Smith scored his sixth goal of the season to give Vegas the early lead.
Vegas had an early 2nd period power play but couldn’t convert. Ottawa took some chances but Marc-Andre Fleury made some tremendous saves to keep it a one goal lead.
JG Pageau score the game-tying goal for Ottawa 4:25 into the 3rd period. Both teams had chances throughout the period but both goaltenders were brick walls down the stretch. The game would need an overtime period, and eventually a shootout to decide the winner. Jonathan Marchessault would win it for the Golden Knights.
Vegas improves their record to (5-3). The Golden Knights travel to Pittsburgh to play the Penguins on Saturday evening. Puck drops at 4P PT. (Recap by Jason)
Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs Ottawa Senators at T-Mobile Arena
VGK assistant coach shares how/why they pick D-pairs
4th line scoring usually leads to wins
Photo gallery from tonight’s game.
Ken’s Three VGK Stars *** Reilly Smith ** Nic Hague * Marc-Andre Fleury
This penalty kill is something else. Not sure if this will last all year, but it sure is fun to watch while it's hot.