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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5 ST. LOUIS BLUES 4 (24-11-1, 49 PTS) – SO (2-1)

Recap: Alex Pietrangelo opened the scoring five minutes in against his former team. Pietrangelo roofed a nifty backhand for his 4th goal of the season. The Golden Knights killed off a late penalty to carry a 1-0 lead into the 1st intermission. 

St. Louis’ offense woke up in the middle frame. The Blues scored :39 in and twice later in the 2nd period. However, captain Mark Stone scored and made a great individual play to set up Michael Amadio for the game-tying goal. 

Tied 3-3, both teams swapped power plays but neither could score the go-ahead goal. Eventually, St. Louis took the lead midway through the final period but Vegas were fortunate to pick up a late power play. With under two minutes remaining, Chandler Stephenson tied the game to force overtime and a shootout. The captain yet again came through for his team and finished the game in shootout. 

The Golden Knights’ record improves to 24-11-1 defeating the Blues 5-4 in shootout. Vegas will take a break for Christmas and next hit the ice on Tuesday in Los Angeles. Puck Drop against the Kings is scheduled for 7:30 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: Another wacky home game with the Blues. VGK looked pretty good in the 1st period and then followed it up with another dud in the 2nd. However, they were able to score a few times in the 2nd mainly because of the dominance of Mark Stone. The late 6-on-4 goal was a big one and then as always, Logan Thompson gets it done in shootout. (Analysis by Ken)

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. St. Louis Blues at T-Mobile Arena.

  • Video breakdown of the power play success

Ken’s Three VGK Stars

*** Michael Amadio
** Chandler Stephenson
* Mark Stone

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23 Comments

  1. John W

    This is the kind of win that good/great teams get. Stone is back……no need to say more.

    Also-
    When everybody is back and healthy, I think it’s time for Kolesar to be scratched in favor of Amadio, Kolesar’s goals and assists are pathetically low.

    • DMR

      I would love to see Kolesar scratched for the remainder of the season! He does nothing but give away the puck and is basically a pure pylon with hands of concrete…don’t understand what the coaches see in him.

    • THE hockey GOD

      @john, there is another veteran player who is worse than Kolesar. And another not so veteran who has done nothing.

  2. Pistol Pete

    I like that idea. Amadio’s hands are far better than Kokesar’s.

    Thought Dorofeyev was fine tonight. +/- 0 . He can score. Leschyshyn and Rondbjerg can not and they were each -1. Doro’s TOI was higher and he had a block and a D zone takeaway. He may end up less a defensive liability than Kessel. We’ll see what Cassidy thinks.

    • Pistol Pete

      Doro did a back to back as well playing in Henderson yesterday. He seems to be getting stronger, strong enough for the NHL. We could really use another depth guy who can find the back of the net.

  3. Jailbird

    Yessssss baby!!! Big win! The captain is on fire! LT very good in SO again! Way to go boys!

  4. Mark

    Just pure guts. Petro’s smooth backhand is why he’s amazing, a talented guy. Stone is just so game, definitely the heart and soul of this team. 2 points, we are really hurting too. I’m proud of these guys !

    • SMH

      Loved this post, and agreed with every word! In fact, all of the posts tonight have been great. There’s nothing like a come-from-behind OT/shootout victory to shut up the miserable boo-birds on this site. Just amazing that we have the best record in the Western Conference with 6 starters (1/3 of our team) out injured. Go Knights Go, and Happy Holidays to all (even the VGK haters)!

  5. TS

    VGK MOJO is back on track!! With key players out, the guys rose up to the challenge, played great hockey. The team came together under pressure last night, didn’t buckle. Stone IS the heart and pulse of the team…so grateful he’s not hurt. Cheers to ALL the guys.
    (I bet Marchy and the other injured guys were cheering from their TV’s at home, as we ALL did! We ALL share love of Hockey..sports have that amazing ability of bringing fans together, no matter who they are. It’s the great equalizer! HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL!!!

  6. Jailbird

    Merry Christmas !

  7. knights fan in minny

    very entertaining game good win petro with a sweet backhander good to see a replacement step up amadio get healthy boys

  8. THE hockey GOD

    VGK puck luck continues, as Blues hit post several times. Too many softies, as goalie’s save % keeps going down. VGK held on to take another OT win.

    Watched the Blues feed, boy their announcers make up so many excuses it’s pathetic to listen to them. Panger wasn’t on, he’s decent sometimes but talks too much.

  9. knights fan in minny

    merry christmas to all true vegas hockey fans

  10. Danny

    Amadio is the perfect example of why hockey is all about CHEMISTRY. His puck hounding, puck retrieval style of play just fits in well with 20 and 61, and he complements their skills and m.o. He now looks more like the guy who scored 11 goals last season, and got a new contract.

    meanwhile Kessel is not fitting in, the chemistry is not there between him and the other top 6 forwards, and he is not a bottom six grinder. minus 12, the worst on the team by far.

    great, exciting win, hopefully a springboard into better home game confidence.

  11. Tim

    For me I was most happy for the fans in the stands they deserved an exciting game after all the crap games they’ve witnessed. At home if we don’t like the game we can turn the channel but when your at the game you have to endure all those painful moments. It was a nice Christmas present for all Knights fans and beating L.A. and Anaheim before New Years would be a great way to end the year.

  12. knights fan in minny

    3 day break comes at a good time how many bodies will the squad get back

  13. Walt

    Offer the entire roster with the exception of Stone, Smith and Carrier for Bo Horvat. Any combination of VGK goalies, forwards, D men and HSK players will do. Try to avoid draft picks. Make the money work.

  14. Jailbird

    McGm made a comment they are getting 2nd opinion on Jacks injury. That doesn’t sound good?

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