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ST. LOUIS BLUES 3 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 1 (25-11-2 52 PTS)

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Recap: The Golden Knights got off to a rocky start in St. Louis. The Blues scored :48 seconds into the game and added another seven minutes later. Marc-Andre Fleury settled in and held the two-goal deficit into the 1st intermission.

Neither team could generate offense in the middle period. Vegas outshot St. Louis 19-4 but couldn’t breakthrough and the score stood 2-0 after 40 minutes played.

The Blues and Golden Knights traded goals in the final 20 minutes. Vegas earned a late power play and pulled Fleury but couldn’t get any closer.

Vegas’ record drops to 25-11-2 with their 3-1 defeat in St. Louis. The Golden Knights travel back home to face the Arizona Coyotes for two games. Friday nights game against the Coyotes is scheduled for 7 PM PT.(Recap by Jason)

Analysis: Turnovers and lost coverages in the defense zone plagued the shorthanded Golden Knights all night. Playing a D-man short (again) due to the cap they were unable to consistently take care of the puck which led to a glut of dangerous chances for the Blues. Vegas did claw back a bit in regards to possession but didn’t solve Binnington until it was far too late. (Analysis by Ken)


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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 6 ST. LOUIS BLUES 0 (25-10-2 52 PTS)

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Recap: The Golden Knights got off to a fast start in St. Louis. Tomas Nosek continued his hot streak scoring the first goal of the game. Defenseman Alec Martinez gave Vegas a two goal lead later in the period with his 6th goal of the season. The Blues would get one back and the score stood 2-1 after the opening period. 

Vegas’ offense exploded in the 2nd period. Martinez tallied his second of the game regaining the two goal lead for the Golden Knights. William Carrier, Jonathan Marchessault and Nic Hague followed with goals of their own to give Vegas a commanding 6-1 lead after 40 minutes played. 

The game expectedly took on a slower pace in the 3rd period. The Golden Knights protected their five goal lead by possessing the puck and letting the clock run. Starting goaltender Robin Lehner was strong in net stopping 31 of 32 shots. 

Vegas’ record improves to 25-10- 2 with their 6-1 blowout win in St. Louis. The Golden Knights and Blues face off again on Wednesday night. The game in St. Louis is scheduled for 6 PM PT. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights came into the game in a bit of a scoring funk. By the 2nd period, that was over. The 1st period was fairly competitive, in the 2nd Vegas whipped the Blues all over the ice. St. Louis’s slide continues, Vegas’ is over. (Analysis by Ken)


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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5 ST. LOUIS BLUES 1 (22-7-1 45 PTS)

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Recap: Jonathan Marchessault got Vegas going early with his 9th goal of the year. Marchessault took a quick snap shot off the draw and gave his team a 1-0 lead. St. Louis built some offensive pressure but goaltender Robin Lehner stopped all six shots on net. 

St. Louis tied the game 6:52 into the 2nd period on a weird angled shot passed a screened Lehner. Both teams battled for possession but neither could controlled it long enough to take the lead. After 40 minutes the game was locked at one apiece. 

Mark Stone broke the tie with his 11th of the season early in the final period. Keegan Kolesar stretched Vegas’ lead to 3-1 scoring his first NHL goal. William Karlsson and Stone both added power play goals to make it a four-score advantage. St. Louis made several pushes but Lehner was outstanding down the stretch. 

The Golden Knights improve their record to 22-7-1 with their 5-1 victory against the Blues. Vegas hits the road to take on the Colorado Avalanche for two consecutive games. Thursday night’s game is scheduled for 6 PM PT. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: For two periods it looked like another one of those games we came to hate during the playoffs last year where VGK has the majority of possession but can’t seem to put one home. Then, in the 3rd, the flood gates opened and the Golden Knights completely took over the game. The St. Louis demons appear to be a thing of the past, which is a good thing considering they remain the most likely 1st round matchup. (Analysis by Ken)


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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5 ST LOUIS BLUES 1 (18-6-1 37 PTS)

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Recap: Shea Theodore scored four minutes into the game to give Vegas an early 1-0 lead in St. Louis. Marc-Andre Fleury looked sharp in net playing back-to-back games.

Neither team scored in the middle frame as both teams fought off several penalties. Fleury was flawless again and held the 1-0 Golden Knights after 40 minutes played. 

Vegas’ offense for going in the 3rd period, getting two goals from Mark Stone and one from Max Pacioretty. Alex Tuch scored a late empty netter to put the game away. St. Louis broke Fleury’s shutout in the 3rd period but the goaltender would lock down and secure the 5-1 victory. 

The Golden Knights improve their record to 18-6-1 winning back-to-back games against the Blues. Vegas returns home to play San Jose on Monday night. The game is scheduled for 7 PM PT. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: For the second night in a row the Golden Knights controlled the majority of play at 5-on-5 against a decent Blues team. The penalty killing stepped up in this one to ensure there was no late comeback as well. Vegas ends the road trip with four wins out of six, but the two losses still sting. (Analysis by Ken)


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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5 ST LOUIS BLUES 4 (17-6-1 35 PTS) – OT

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Recap: The Golden Knights came out hungry in St. Louis against the Blues. The captain Mark Stone got his team started scoring his seventh goal of the season. Jonathan Marchessault made it 2-0 Vegas less than a minute later. Marc-Andre was sharp holding the Blues scoreless.

The Blues cut the lead in half early in the 2nd period, but the Golden Knights would respond. Tomas Nosek scored his second goal of the season to regain the two-goal lead for Vegas. The Blues added a second goal later in the period and the Golden Knights held a 3-2 edge after 40 minutes played.

St. Louis scored two 3rd period power play goals to take a 4-3 lead. Less than a minute later, Alec Martinez evened up the game for Vegas. Deadlocked at four, the game would need extra time to decide a winner. Reilly Smith won the game for Vegas scoring 5-4 in overtime.

The Golden Knights improve their record to 17-6-1 with their 5-4 overtime victory in St. Louis. The two teams will face off again tomorrow. The game is scheduled for 5 PM PT. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: Vegas’ forecheck was excellent all night and it helped lead to four goals in regulation. But a few power play goals against allowed the Blues to stay in the game. The key for Vegas was the swap of Nosek and Glass which really helped get the 3rd line going. In the end, it’s another crazy one against the Blues, luckily this time in St. Louis, it finally went VGK’s way. (Analysis by Ken)


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GOLDEN KNIGHTS VS ST. LOUIS BLUES POSTPONED

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The NHL announced that tonight’s game between the Golden Knights and Blues has been postponed.

As a result of a player and another member of the Vegas Golden Knights coaching staff entering the NHL’s COVID Protocols, the team’s game tonight against the St. Louis Blues will be postponed. The decision was made by the League’s, NHLPA’s and Club’s medical groups after recent tests warranted more caution while the League continues to analyze test results in the coming days.

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 Golden Knights’ regular season schedule and it is expected that a decision on next week’s games will be made in the next 24-48 hours. The Golden Knights 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 Press Release

Supplemental Discipline Not Likely, Nor Necessary, For Mark Stone’s Hit

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It was called a dirty play, an unnecessary hit, and not very smart. That is how the St. Louis Blues viewed Mark Stone’s 2nd period open-ice check on Tyler Bozak. Stone was forced into a fight, meanwhile, Bozak didn’t return to the game.

Questionable. We’ll look at him tomorrow.- Craig Berube, Blues coach

Stone was given a two-minute interference penalty for the mid-ice collision and the Blues were awarded their third power play of the night. After the penalty expired, Vegas’ captain dropped gloves with St. Louis defenseman Justin Faulk. It was an uneventful fight but it looked as if both parties were satisfied. St. Louis sent their message, Stone complied.

We got into kind of a battle in the corner and his elbow came up on me. Then we just jostled coming up the ice and I slammed on the brakes to get in his way. I didn’t expect to fight afterwards. He came after me and we fought. -Mark Stone

It seemed the bad blood was left on the ice, until Stone’s check was brought up several times after the game by St. Louis coach Craig Berube and his players. It’s possible the Blues were letting off some steam fresh from watching the replay, and learning their teammate was questionable to play next game. Either way, it was clear none of them liked it.

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ST. LOUIS BLUES 5 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 (5-1-1 11 PTS) – SO (2-1)

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Recap: It was reunion night at T-Mobile Arena as the Vegas Golden Knights hosted the St. Louis Blues. Vegas defenseman Alex Pietrangelo faced his former team for the first time and original misfit St. Louis’ David Perron always enjoys playing in his old hometown. 

Alex Tuch quickly gave Vegas the lead 3:17 into the game. It was Tuch’s third goal of the season. Perron got his revenge scoring two straight goals to give St. Louis the 2-1 advantage. The Blues would add another taking a 3-1 lead after the opening twenty minutes.

The scoring continued in the middle frame. Max Pacioretty made it a one-goal contest 1:42 into the period. The Blues regained their two-goal edge late in the period off a Pietrangelo turnover. After two periods, Vegas goaltender Robin Lehner and the Golden Knights trailed 4-2. 

The two teams traded power plays in the third period but neither converted. St. Louis’ 4-2 held for most of the period behind a strong performance by Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington. The Golden Knights were awarded a 5-on-3 midway through the period and Pacioretty took advantage. The veteran’s second goal of the game cut St. Louis’ lead down to 4-3. Pacioretty added his third, tying the game 4-4, picking up a hat trick, and forcing overtime. 

St. Louis handed Vegas their second loss of the season with a 5-4 win in shootout. The Golden Knights record drops to 5-1-1 and they still lead the Blues by two points for first place in the West Division. The two contenders face each other again on Thursday night. Game time is set for 6 PM PT. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: Yet another wild Golden Knights/Blues game. The cards were stacked against the Golden Knights and they did a whale of a job to keep coming at the Blues until they finally cracked and tied it up late. Vegas was the better team at 5-on-5, they were the better team on special teams, they were better in 3-on-3, they just didn’t get a great performance out of their goalie (especially in the 1st) and it cost them a point. (Analysis by Ken)


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Vegas’ Cup Run Got Tougher With New Playoff Format

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With the new divisional alignments, the NHL needed to create a playoff format that fits. Canada has its country-wide division intact, and the US will provide the other three. The Golden Knights will be in a division with most of their Pacific buddies, but will also have to deal with two top Central teams in Colorado and St. Louis.

East: Bos-Buf-NJ-NYI-NYR-Phi-Pgh-Was
Central: Car-CBJ-Dal-Det-Chi-Fla-Nas-TB
West: Ana-Ari-Col-LA-Min-SJ-STL-VGK
North: Cgy-Edm-Mtl-Ott-Tor-Van-Wpg

With a mish-mash of divisions and conferences, the NHL decided to come up with a plan to reward the team that preserves from each division. Essentially, the Golden Knights will have to beat two teams from their division to secure a spot in the final four.

Any other season, the Golden Knights would regularly begin the postseason by playing a Pacific division team. In 2018, Vegas swept a first-round series against LA and in 2019, San Jose controversially sent the Golden Knights packing after the opening round. This year though, without wild cards, Vegas will have to be the best in the West to win the Cup.

The new playoff format throws a wrench at tradition. Since divisional realignment in 2014 (with exception of the 2020 postseason), every Stanley Cup champion was forced to defeat two divisional rivals. This season will have more of a twist. Each division will have a four-team playoff to decide one team to advance to the NHL semifinals.

With temporary divisions in place, the Golden Knights may end up having a difficult path to the Finals. Depending on their seeding, Vegas could face both Colorado and St. Louis to reach the semi-finals. Talk about some heavy lifting. If we simply go off paper, the Avalanche, Blues and Golden Knights are the top three teams in their expanded division. Leaving one spot for Anaheim, Arizona, LA, Minnesota, or San Jose.

Of course it’s not a foregone conclusion the Golden Knights will secure one of the four open playoff seats, but I think we all agree it would be a major surprise if they didn’t. Which is why it’s imperative for Vegas to get off to a strong start. A sluggish beginning to a shortened 56-game schedule could mean a lower seed, and a tougher path through the Colorado and St. Louis.

Unlike last postseason, there are no lightweights in the 2021 playoffs.

Golden Knights Keep Up With 2020 NHL “Oddity”

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In a year where strange is normal, the NHL was no exception and did their part to add to the madness. Unusual statistical occurrences happened over the 2019-20 season, and the Golden Knights were one of those teams in on the action.

There were 125 multi-goal comeback wins, the most in NHL history through 1,082 games (the amount of games played this season instead of 1,271). This is my favourite stat here today because I came across some commentary this season about “hockey today” being less entertaining (less physical, too fast to follow, copycat styles), yet the game itself gave us great drama. The most multi-goal comeback wins EVER. When your team is down in today’s NHL, they aren’t necessarily out.-Justin Bourne, Sportsnet

It really is a remarkable statistic. Just over 1,000 games played and 125 instances where a team comes back to win from a two-plus goal deficit. Early multiple-goal leads in this league won’t always ensure a victory. I guess that’s why we’re constantly told by coaches and players the need to “play the full 60.” Damn, I miss hockey cliché speak.

To add to the oddity, the Golden Knights achieved the feat twice in the regular season, both against the same team.

VGK Comeback Wins Trailing By 2 Goals

1/4 vs. STL: VGK wins 5-4 in OT/Trailed 3-0 in 1st Period
2/13 vs. STL: VGK wins 6-5 in OT/Trailed 4-2 in 2nd Period

Then, in the playoffs, Vegas did it again to St. Louis!

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