Last night, Pete DeBoer reached a milestone becoming the 28th coach in NHL history to amass 500 wins. He’s one of just seven active coaches to hit that number, but after the game, his focus was more on how his team got him number 500.
When I reflect back on the 500th win, I think what I’m going to like the most is that it was a Pete DeBoer type game. -Pete DeBoer
DeBoer has stood behind the bench of four different teams over his 15 years in the NHL and he’s always preferred the same style of play. A style that has led him to two Stanley Cup Finals, five conference championship appearances, and a .674 points percentage with the Golden Knights.
We didn’t give them a lot. I thought we smothered them, defensively we were really solid, we had the puck in the offensive zone and we looked dangerous all night. I just really liked how we played. -DeBoer
Last year, this smothering style was the hallmark of the Golden Knight’s game and helped lead them to the Jenning’s Trophy and a tie for the most points of any team in the league. But this year that type of game has been few and far between.
Vegas allowed the Sharks just 17 shots on goal, the second lowest shots against of the season, and San Jose mustered up just 1.14 expected goals, the least any team has generated against the Golden Knights this year.
According to NaturalStatTrick.com, San Jose tallied just 13 scoring chances with six coming from high-danger areas. It’s just the third time Vegas has allowed six or fewer high-danger chances in a game, and the second time they’ve allowed fewer than 15 total chances.
Adding it all up, it meant win #500 for DeBoer. Now, if they want to give him the one thing missing from his coaching career (the Cup), they’ll have to start making that style of win a regular occurance. And against much better opposition.