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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 SAN JOSE SHARKS 0 (32-17-6, 70 PTS)

Recap: The Golden Knights began to attack the Sharks right from the opening faceoff. Michael Amadio opened the scoring for Vegas two minutes into the contest. Moments later William Karlsson recorded his 17th goal of the season. The Golden Knights took a 3-0 lead into the first intermission after Mason Morelli scored his first NHL goal before the break.

Late in the middle frame Keegan Kolesar extended Vegas’ lead to 4-0 on the road.

Vegas continued to dominate San Jose in the final period. The Sharks struggled to generate any offense and Logan Thompson earned his first shutout of the season.

The Golden Knights record improves to 32-17-6 defeating the Sharks 4-0 in San Jose. The reigning champions will travel back home for a two-game homestand beginning on Tuesday night. Puck drop against the Nashville Predators is scheduled for 7 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights are miles better than San Jose. Really all that needs to be said about this game, or any of the last about 20 between these two teams. (Analysis by Ken)

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VGK Not Matching Historic Day Game Success This Season

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The Golden Knights are back in action with an early game in San Jose this Presidents Day. It will be Vegas’ 6th game this season with a puck drop prior to 5pm local time. The first five haven’t been kind to the Golden Knights as they enter with a record of 1-2-2.

In the first two, the Golden Knights used late 3rd period goals to push the games to overtime but couldn’t beat Chicago at home or Philadelphia on the road. The two regulation losses came in December at Florida and the Winter Classic in Seattle. VGK’s lone win was a 6-1 drubbing of the Stars in Dallas.

Historically, the Golden Knights have been good in day games posting a record of 20-13-5 in franchise history.

2023-24: 1-2-2
2022-23: 5-1-0
2021-22: 4-0-1
2020-21: 3-2-0
2019-20: 0-2-0
2018-19: 3-6-1
2017-18: 4-0-1

Coming into this season VGK had won nine of their last 11 day games but the results have not continued this year. With the Kings and Oilers charging behind the Golden Knights, an easy win in San Jose this afternoon would be nice.

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5 SAN JOSE SHARKS 4 (19-5-5, 43 PTS) – SO (2-0)

Recap:  The Golden Knights returned home after their short road trip for a Sunday night matchup with the San Jose Sharks. The visiting team took an early lead 0:29 into the game. San Jose fought off several Vegas chances to carry a 1-0 advantage into the first intermission.

Vegas was awarded multiple power plays in the 2nd period. Jonathan Marchessault evened the score at five-on-five and Chandler Stephenson snapped the tie on a man-advantage. The Golden Knights’ two goals in were enough to hold a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes of action.

Each team scored early in the period keeping it a one goal game. Brayden McNabb tallied his second goal of the season off a great feed from Jack Eichel. Five minutes later Marchessault gave Vegas a 4-2 lead with his second goal of the game and his 14th of the season. The Sharks fought back and scored two goals late to tie the game 4-4.

Jack Eichel had a good chance to end the game in overtime but San Jose’s goalie stopped the shot and forced a shootout. Vegas netted two and Jiri Patera stopped a pair to give the Golden Knights the win.

The Golden Knights record improves to 19-5-5 defeating the Sharks 4-3. Vegas will get back on the ice Tuesday night to host the Calgary Flames. Puck drop against the Flames is scheduled for 7 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: Not exactly VGK’s best game ever but when playing the lowly Sharks, it doesn’t take much to end up on the right end of the scoreboard. Eventually a few odd-man rushes and a number of power play came their way and they finished enough to have a decent lead. Even then though, they went back to coasting, and it almost cost them. VGK have become quite dominant in shootout though, which is nice. (Analysis by Ken)

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5 SAN JOSE SHARKS 0 (12-2-1, 25 PTS)

Recap: The Golden Knights entered their game against the San Jose Sharks as the highest favorite (-600) in Vegas history. Unsurprisingly, Vegas got off to a quick start to the game. Alex Pietrangelo scored his first goal of 2023-24 exactly one minute into the game. 10 minutes later fellow defenseman Alec Martinez doubled VGK’s lead. After the opening 20 minutes the Cup champions held a 2-0 advantage.

Vegas continued to outshot San Jose in the middle frame. The home team fired the puck 15 times but couldn’t find the back of the net. After 40 minutes the game remained 2-0 Golden Knights.

William Karlsson stretched Vegas’ lead 2:24 into the final period with a shorthanded score. Jack Eichel found Karlsson on the rush to score VGK’s third goal of the night. Moments later Martinez roofed a puck into the net for his second goal of the contest. Brett Howden tallied his 2nd of the season later in the period. The reigning Cup champions defeated the two-win Sharks 5-0.

The Golden Knights record improves to 12-2-1 defeating the hapless Sharks 5-0. Vegas will pack their bags and travel across the country for the next five contests. The Stanley Cup champions will face the 2018 Stanley Cup champions on Tuesday night in Washington. Puck drop against the Capitals is scheduled for 4 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Sharks are one of the worst teams the NHL has seen in decades. VGK did exactly what they should have done with them. The game was over 1:00 in… literally. (Analysis by Ken)

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Cup Champs Finally Face A Challenging Opponent

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Normally, after a team wins a championship the opposition tends to be heavily motivated the following season. Through three games, the Stanley Cups champions have been underwhelmed with their early season competition. That changed last night against the Dallas Stars.

That was an intense game, it was a fun game. It felt just like a playoff game again. You’re fighting for every inch. That’s why we play until the very last second. We know what to expect. We have a target on our back. -Keegan Kolesar

Opponents have struggled to get off quality shots and create scoring chances. Which has led to an abundance of offensive zone time for Jack Eichel and others. With the exception of Dallas, Vegas has been living in the opposition’s defensive zone.

The lineup is defending, scoring, and stopping like it’s the Stanley Cup Finals. So, of course they’re spending most of their time in the lead. Last night was the only outlier, but Vegas still managed to earn more points in the waning minutes.

2023-24 VGK vs Opponents

  • VGK: 3.75 Goals Per Game
  • Opponents: 1.50 GPG
  • VGK: 33 Shots Per Game
  • Opponents: 26.1 SPG
  • VGK: 21.79 Hits Per Game
  • Opponents: 16.71 Hits Per Game
  • VGK: 15.67 Shots Blocked Per Game
  • Opponents: 19.71 SB Per Game
  • VGK: 13.3% Power Play Percentage
  • Opponents: 0% PP Percentage vs. VGK

Expectedly, the physicality so far has had a sniff of playoff intensity. There have been several fights, including two last night, a two-game suspension, and dozens of post-whistle scrums. Unsurprisingly, the Golden Knights are in the top ten in hits per game, penalties drawn per game, and have been sent to the box for fighting 4 times in 4 games. Even the youngsters in Anaheim took shots Vegas’ veterans.

After their shootout victory against Dallas, the Golden Knights will be facing another team with past emotions and motivation. Dallas pushed Vegas until the bitter end, Winnipeg on Thursday, and LA later this month should bring the same intensity. All three have reasons for revenge. Realistically, those are the toughest two matchups left in October. It won’t be until November that Vegas will get a chance to flash their championship jewelry to Calgary, Vancouver, and the embittered Edmonton Oilers.

They were locking up on defense pretty good in their own end. It was a great tip from Karlsson. Just a big play at big time. We know as a group we’re never out of a game. -Adin Hill

Unlike their other three opponents, the Stars came out hard, physical, and left T-Mobile Arena with a point. At this early stage in the NHL, only a handful of teams will travel to Las Vegas and perform that way. The way the Stanley Cup champions are built, there won’t be many times they’re out of a game.

The formula to the playoffs is already a pace ahead for the Golden Knights. They’ve collected their first eight points and it wasn’t all that hard. Vegas took care of their preliminary soft schedule and battled it out with Dallas in OT/SO. They’ll look to do it again to another playoff casualty on Thursday.

VGK’s Championship Identity Unmatched In Pacific

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Let’s take a look around the Pacific Division. Self-proclaimed contender loses 8-1. California’s brightest was outpowered by Colorado and the Western Conference’s surprise team is 0-2-0 with one goal in 60 minutes. Like years past, the Golden Knights will greatly benefit from their light divisional schedule. Five out of the eight Pacific teams are considered out or borderline playoff rosters.

NHL Power Rankings – Pacific Division Teams

  • Edmonton Oilers (2nd)
  • Vegas Golden Knights (5th)
  • Los Angeles Kings (11th)
  • Seattle Kraken (16th)
  • Vancouver Canucks (18th)
  • Calgary Flames (21st)
  • Anaheim Ducks (27th)
  • San Jose Sharks (32nd)

After their 4-1 opening night victory against the Seattle Kraken, the reigning champions walked into their locker room where they undressed, gave their postgame interviews, and moved on. It was business as usual for the Golden Knights, even after an emotional, jubilant celebration. At the end of the day, Bruce Cassidy complimented his guys for playing a full 60 minutes and the focus turned to San Jose. In an unsurprising fashion, Vegas handled their duties and left Northern California with two more points.

It won’t be that easy for other clubs in the division. The Golden Knights play with an identity, a championship identity, while the other seven are trying to find theirs. Take the Kraken for example. On Tuesday, Seattle left the ice and patted themselves on the back for their effort in a losing cause. Coach Dave Hakstol fluffed off the result and bizarrely tossed it aside because it was opening night.

Transition, execution in and around the net, getting to a couple of more rebounds. It’s early, it’s game one. There will be a number of things I’m sure we’ll want to look at and improve. That’s typical at this time of year. -Dave Hakstol, SEA coach

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 SAN JOSE SHARKS 1 (2-0-0, 4 PTS)

Recap:  The Stanley Cup champions traveled to San Jose for a divisional matchup against the rebuilding Sharks. Vegas was forced to kill off two penalties in the opening period which led to Michael Amadio’s opening goal of the game. Seconds after the PK did their job, Amadio gave VGK a 1-0 lead. San Jose evened the score minutes later to close out the opening period 1-1.

Both teams traded chances in the middle frame, but Vegas’ offense caught fire late in the period. Nic Hague’s slapshot broke the 1-1 tie and Nic Roy’s top-shelf wrist shot gave his team a 3-1 advantage.

Brayden Pachal stretched the lead to 4-1 early into the final 20 minutes. Vegas fought off a few offensive attacks from San Jose but Logan Thompson stood tall in net. The Golden Knights finished off the Sharks 4-1.

The Golden Knights remain undefeated and go 2-0-0 on the young season.  Vegas will travel back home to prepare for the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: A very strong defensive effort from the Golden Knights kept the Sharks away from the center of the ice all night. Offensively it wasn’t as pretty as it the Golden Knights didn’t generate a ton. But, they generated enough to continue the streak of never losing in regulation of a regular season game at SAP Center. (Analysis by Ken)

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