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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5 SAN JOSE SHARKS 4 (20-6-1 41 PTS)

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Recap: For the fifth time in five games against the Sharks, the Golden Knights scored the first goal of the game. Defenseman Shea Theodore gave Vegas the early 1st period lead and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped all 11 shots from San Jose. After the opening twenty minutes the Golden Knights led 1-0.

The Sharks turned up the pressure in the second period. San Jose rifled 16 shots and scored three straight goals to take a 3-1 lead. The Golden Knights left the front of the net undefended and the Sharks took advantage.

Trailing 3-1 the Golden Knights came out focused for the final period. Cody Glass got Vegas within one scoring on the power play, and Nic Hague tied the game 3-3 with his third of the season. Ryan Reaves had an earlier goal taken back due to goaltender interference but he scored the go-ahead goal in the 3rd period to give Vegas a 4-3 lead. San Jose would get one back but Alec Martinez added an insurance goal late in the period to close the door on the Sharks.

With their comeback 5-4 victory against San Jose, Vegas’ record improves to 20-6-1. The Golden Knights take a short trip to Los Angeles to faceoff against the King’s for the next two games. Friday night’s game is scheduled for 7 PM PT.(Recap by Jason)

Analysis: In what may have been the weirdest game of the season, the result ended up being what we figured it would have been coming in, we just got there a much different way. The 4th line led the way as the only consistent offensive line for the first two periods and then added a goal in the 3rd. Fights from Stone and Marchessault. Goals from Glass, Hague, Reaves, and Martinez. Weird, weird, and weirder, but sometimes that’s what it takes and this Golden Knights team just will not lose to the Sharks. (Analysis by Ken)


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Sharks Credit Limited Golden Knights Fans For Noisy Game, Poor Officiating

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It may have only been 20% but it felt like a full house last night at T-Mobile Arena. Not only did Vegas get a boost from their star goaltender but also from the 3,473 fans in attendance. Labeled the loudest fans in hockey, the limited amount of VGK faithful made sure San Jose heard them loud and clear.

According to San Jose coach Bob Boughner, the building was loud.

We were in another team’s building. There were fans in here tonight. It was loud and I think that makes things harder on everybody. -Bob Boughner, San Jose coach

One theme brought up several times by members of the Sharks was the officiating. San Jose felt there were two or three missed calls that should’ve gone their way. Even Sharks broadcaster Randy Hanh was upset with the zebras.

It’s possible the officials were distracted by the crowd. Like the players, they’ve been skating in empty arenas as well. More than likely Boughner was complimenting the noisy crowd by taking a jab at the referee. Either way, last night the fans made some impact on the ice.

Defenseman Shea Theodore sure thought so.

Yeah, even when we had 15% the fans were still buzzing. The more fans the better. I thought they were loud and there was definitely times we were feeding off that. Hopefully, that continues moving forward. -Shea Theodore

Since the inaugural season, Vegas fans have been recognized as one of the loudest and supportive fanbases in hockey. The team on the ice has undoubtedly benefited from their faithful’s rowdiness. Including last night’s victory against the Sharks, the Golden Knights are now 86-35-12 when playing on home ice.

Home ice advantage hasn’t existed in over a year now, but it should in these upcoming playoffs. More so if the Golden Knights play a team in California or Canada who aren’t rushing to open venues. Playing in an opponent’s empty building while they must come to Vegas and contend with a half-packed T-Mobile Arena should be a major advantage for VGK.

Everyone from fans to the state government is hoping T-Mobile Arena will get back to normal occupancy by the start of the postseason. Signs are beginning to point in that direction but nothing can be certain in 2021. (From what we are hearing, 50% seems likely soon but 100% still seems a bit far off.)

We now know what 3,400+ fans sound like and the effect an opposing coach believes they have. Imagine what 8,000+ can do.

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 SAN JOSE SHARKS 1 (19-6-1 39 PTS)

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Recap: The Golden Knights hit home ice for the first time in six games. Vegas welcomed in the San Jose Sharks for the a two-game set. Max Pacioretty opened the scoring seven seconds into the Golden Knights first power play with his 14th goal of the season. Marc-Andre Fleury made some key saves late in the period to hold the 1-0 VGK lead.

The Golden Knights pounded the Sharks with 16 2nd period shots but nothing would come of them. San Jose goaltender Devan Dubnyk stood tall stopping several quality opportunities by Vegas. After 40 minutes played the game was locked 1-0

Mark Stone kept his point streak alive scoring quickly into the final period. Stone took a nice feed from Pacioretty and snapped in his 10th goal of the season. San Jose scored late in the game breaking Fleury’s shutout bid. The Sharks made a strong push near the end of the game but Fleury held the one-goal advantage.

Vegas’ record improves to 19-6-1 with their 2-1 victory over San Jose. The two teams face off again on Wednesday night. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 PM PT.(Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The 1st period was a bit of a slop fest for the Golden Knights but they stole a power play goal and Marc-Andre Fleury was tremendous. Then they took over the game in the 2nd and put their foot on the gas controlling the play as they should against San Jose. Got a little more interesting than it needed to with the goal and the late penalty but Fleury saved the day as normal this season. (Analysis by Ken)


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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 SAN JOSE SHARKS 0 (16-4-1 33 PTS)

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Recap: The Golden Knights and Sharks faced off for their second game in back-to-back nights. Mark Stone got Vegas started late in the 1st period scoring his sixth goal of the season. The captain and linemate Chandler Stephenson played catch with the puck in the offensive zone and Stone snapped it in. Marc-Andre Fleury looked sharp stopping all eight shots on net.

Alex Tuch continued to shine, scoring two in the second period. The winger scored his 11th and 12th goals of the season to stretch Vegas’ lead 3-0.

Reilly Smith added a goal in the third period padding the Golden Knights lead. Smith’s fifth of the year gave Vegas a commanding 4-0 lead. Fleury was flawless once again and picked up his fourth shutout of the season.

With their 4-0 win in San Jose, Vegas’ record improves to 16-4-1. The Golden Knights continue their road trip on Monday night in Minnesota. The matchup against the Wild is scheduled for 5 PM PT (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights simply asserted their dominance over the Sharks for the entire night. Vegas is a lot better than the Sharks and it really showed up as they controlled the puck for most of the night. Fleury came up with a few dandies but even despite the shutout he wasn’t the story of the night. (Analysis by Ken)


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Fresh Fleury Key To Tonight’s Back-To-Back

Since the inaugural 2017-18 season, Marc-Andre Fleury has started 169 games for the Golden Knights. His stout record of 102-53-14 has been one, if not the major reason for Vegas’ instant NHL success. This year the 36-year-old has played as well as he ever has since his arrival to Las Vegas. Once expected to start 50% or less games this year, the 36-year-old had his only night off in four weeks last night.

Since Fleury’s Last Game Off
10 Starts: 7-3-0 Record
9.37 Save Percentage
1.90 Goals Allowed Per Game
2 Shutouts
600:53 Minutes Played
9 Combined Off Days

Fleury has made 35 starts as a Golden Knights off two days of rest. When the goaltender is fresh, he’s one of hockey’s best. In four seasons, his overall save percentage is .917, and drops ever-so slightly to .911 on two days rest. Not only has Fleury performed well this season with limited days off, but he’s as good when he’s fresh.

The goaltender has been so reliable that it’s been tough for coaches to sit him. Fleury’s been such an anchor this season, that it’s difficult for coach Pete DeBoer to rely on anyone else for more than one start in a row. Dating back to 2017-18, Fleury has started 81 times on one days rest. Including six times this season, where his SV% wildly increased to .944.

Another record that benefits the Golden Knights tonight is their strong response when playing the second leg of a back-to-back. This season Vegas’ record is 1-0 and overall 5-2 under Pete DeBoer. Including, a 2-1 mark in three back-to-backs last summer in the playoff bubble.

The Sharks will come hard just like they did yesterday, but it’ll be tougher to comeback from a three goal deficit with Fleury in net. Oh, and I forgot to mention he’s 11-4-4 lifetime against San Jose. Yep, tonight is setting up for a vintage Fleury performance.

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5 SAN JOSE SHARKS 4 (15-4-1 31 PTS) – OT

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Recap: It didn’t take long for the Golden Knights to take control of the game up in San Jose. In the first seven minutes Vegas received goals from Reilly Smith and Chandler Stephenson. Filling in for Marc-Andre Fleury, goaltender Oscar Dansk looked sharp and held the 2-0 lead through 20 minutes.

Max Pacioretty gave Vegas a 3-0 edge scoring his 11th goal of the season 2:57 into the 2nd period. San Jose began to warm up scoring twice in the middle frame. The Golden Knights narrowly led the Sharks 3-2 going into the second intermission.

Alex Tuch regained the Golden Knights’ two-goal advantage in the 3rd period with his 10th goal of the season. The Sharks answered with two 3rd period goals of their own to force overtime.

Pacioretty ended the game in overtime, scoring on a nice feed from Alex Pietrangelo.

With their 5-4 overtime win the Golden Knights improve their record to 15-4-1. The two teams will play again tomorrow night against in San Jose. The game is scheduled for 7:30 PM PT. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: Like always against the Sharks, it was a whacky game that had a little bit of everything and in the end, the Golden Knights came out on top. Vegas controlled the majority of the play but a couple of oddities helped lead to a pair of Sharks goals. Vegas certainly didn’t play their best game of the season, but they deserved the two points when it was all said and done. (Analysis by Ken)


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FEBRUARY 25TH GAME VS SAN JOSE POSTPONED DUE TO COVID

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The NHL has announced that tomorrow night’s game between the Golden Knights and San Jose Sharks has been postponed.

As a result of a San Jose Sharks Player entering the NHL’s COVID Protocols earlier today, the team’s game tomorrow night against the Vegas Golden Knights will be postponed. The decision was made by the League’s, NHLPA’s and Club’s medical groups while the League continues to analyze test results in the coming days.

As an appropriate precaution, the team’s training facilities have been closed, effective immediately, and will remain closed until further notice. The League is in the process of reviewing and revising the Sharks’ regular season schedule. The Sharks’ organization has, and will continue to follow, all recommended guidelines aimed at protecting the health and safety of its Players, staff and community at large as set by the NHL, local, state and national agencies. -NHL Public Relations

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 SAN JOSE SHARKS 1 (9-2-1 19 PTS)

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Recap: It was the Golden Knights’ first matchup of the season against the rival Sharks. Marc-Andre Fleury got his third straight start in net hoping to get his team back on a winning streak.

Vegas got on the board first with a power play goal from Jonathan Marchessault. The Golden Knights power play woke up caught fire in San Jose. Mark Stone added a second power play goal to give Vegas a 2-0 lead. San Jose scored to get within one before the second intermission, trailing Vegas 2-1.

Chandler Stephenson scored the Golden Knights third power play goal of the game setting up for a 3-1 edge. Fleury was strong down the stretch and held the two-goal lead. 

With their 3-1 win the Golden Knights improve their record to 9-2-1. Vegas will play again tomorrow against the Colorado Avalanche. Game is scheduled for 4P PT. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights’ power play came alive in San Jose striking for three goals with the man advantage. The rest of the game was a bit of a slop fest but Vegas found a way to keep the dangerous chances to a minimum and Fleury stopped almost all of them when they did come. Similar to many games this year, not Vegas’ best, but good enough to beat the West Division.  (Analysis by Ken)


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Postponements Bail Out Reeling Sharks

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By now all Golden Knights fans know the NHL announced there are four members from the organization that are isolating and complying with the league’s COVID-19 protocol. Due to the unfortunate circumstances, Vegas was forced to postpone at least three games.

The National Hockey League announced today that the games currently scheduled for February 1 and February 3 between the Vegas Golden Knights and the San Jose Sharks have been postponed and will be rescheduled for later in the season in San Jose. -NHL PR

It’s news Golden Knights fans were dreading but knew was always realistic possibility this season. Now, Vegas is without an opponent for another week, when they hope to host the LA Kings on February 5th. The club the Golden Knights were supposed to play beforehand quietly doesn’t mind.

The San Jose Sharks have had an up and down season, and may have seriously lucked out. Lately, they can’t keep the puck out of the net giving up 17 goals in their last four games. Dropping the two more games to the Golden Knights might have been devastating for the Sharks.

Vegas vs San Jose Regular Season History
VGK .792 Winning %
VGK (8-1-3) 19 Points
VGK Goal Differential +19

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It Can’t Happen Again, Can It?

It’s on Pete DeBoer’s mind. It’s on Marc-Andre Fleury’s mind. It’s on Mark Stone and Shea Theodore and Nate Schmidt and William Karlsson’s minds. It’s on George McPhee and Kelly McCrimmon’s minds. It’s on The Creator’s mind. And it’s on every single one of you reading this’s minds.

It can’t happen again, can it?

Whether anyone wants to stare the beast directly in the eyes or not, the memory of how last season ended is inescapable for the Golden Knights as they prepare their second Game 7 in franchise history.

The first one has been woven into the fabric of the team over the past 16 months. Every decision they’ve made has been done with at least a sliver of blowing a 3-1 lead on the minds.

They hired the coach on the other bench. They revamped the penalty kill. They replaced the goalie. They added reinforcements on both offense and defense. They did it all so that these playoffs wouldn’t end the same way the last ones did.

Everyone knows what’s at stake. Even if neither Pete DeBoer nor Mark Stone would say it in the moments following Game 6.

This is a different group, different team. We’ve hit a group over there that’s feeling confident and getting great goaltending and that’s going to happen on the playoff trail and you’ve got to find a way. This is our adversity and we’ve got to stick together and come through it. -DeBoer

It’s one game. We’ve got a great team. Guys are going to go out there and bring our best and whatever happens happens. We’re confident going into tomorrow. We were confident going into Game 5 and 6. We feel like we have the team to win. -Stone

This is a mental test unlike any the young franchise has faced. The answers above are already a testament to how the Golden Knights want to handle it. They are going to try to do everything in their power to focus solely on this one game and ignore the elephant in the room. They want to play great from the moment the puck is dropped, score quickly, win the game, and come out on the other side stronger and more together than ever before.

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That’s exactly how they’ll be feeling the moment they get on the ice. But if the adversity from Games 5 and 6 rear its ugly head again in Game 7, the way the Golden Knights handle the flood of emotions linked directly to their history will determine their fate even more so than hockey skill.

Normally, it’s about being the better team, and for the first 10 minutes of the game, it can, and it will if they put the puck in the net. It’s if, and probably when, the going gets tough inside of that game that this team will have to prove to the world, and to themselves, that they can overcome it. They can block out the negative memories of a terrible ending to last season and the frustrating end to the first one. They can bear down and play the way they know they can, the way that got them to 3-1 in the series, and the way that had everyone believing they were the far-and-away better team.

The crossroads is here. Either the Golden Knights win, exorcise the demons that have been haunting them since Joe Pavelski’s blood hit the SAP Center ice, and head into the Western Conference Final with the best chance they’ve ever had to win the Stanley Cup or they lose and they’ll earn a label of playoff chokers, a label that will stick with them for as long as it takes to win 16 playoff games in the same season.

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