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Vegas Golden Knights vs. Seattle Kraken 10-12-2021

 

The Golden Knights hosted the expansion Seattle Kraken for the start of the 2021-22 season. Vegas jumped on Seattle early in the opening period. Max Pacioretty scored the season’s first goal 3:10 in and Jonathan Marchessault added one a few minutes later. Goaltender Robin Lehner stopped all nine shots he faced in the first period.

Pacioretty tipped in a Nic Hague laser in the middle period giving the home squad a commanding 3-0 lead. However, Seattle woke up and scored two goals in 1:12 to get within one. After 40 minutes of play the Golden Knights held a 3-2 advantage.

Seattle surprisingly climbed all the way back to tie the game 3-3 in the third period but Vegas would catch a break to regain the lead. Chandler Stephenson legally deflected a puck into the Krakens net off his skate making it a 4-3 contest.

The Golden Knights win their first game of the 2021-22 season 4-3 over the expansion Seattle Kraken. Vegas will head to LA for their first road game of the season on Thursday night. Puck drop is scheduled for 730P.

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Preseason Game #6

 

The Golden Knights hosted old divisional rival Arizona Coyotes for their second to last preseason game before their season opener on October 12th.

Robin Lehner started in net for Vegas and held a scoreless tie for most of the opening period. With 1:09 remaining, Arizona opened the scoring with a lucky puck bounce over Lehner’s shoulder. Arizona held a 1-0 lead after the opening twenty minutes.

The Coyotes doubled their edge early in the second period but William Karlsson cut the lead in half with his third goal of the preseason. Arizona would regain their two goal lead in the final period, putting the game out of reach for Vegas.

The Golden Knights preseason record drops to (3-3) with their 3-1 defeat to the Coyotes. Vegas prepares for the final preseason game on Saturday night in San Jose. Puck drop is scheduled for 5PM.

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Preseason Game 4

 

The Golden Knights traveled back home to face off against the LA Kings in back-to-back nights. Undrafted prospect Daniil Miromanov gave Vegas the first lead of the game with his second goal in consecutive games.

Defenseman Alec Martinez doubled Vegas’ lead in the second period, scoring a one-timer on the power play. Martinez’ goal was the fourth on the man-advantage this preseason. Fellow veteran William Karlsson stretched VGK’s lead to 3-0 :18 seconds into the third period and Miromanov poked in another six minutes later. Vegas goaltender Laurent Brossoit stopped all 37 shots on net to secure the shutout.

The Golden Knights even their preseason record to 2-2 with their 4-0 victory against the Kings. Vegas will have a few days off and prepare for another exhibition game against the Colorado Avalanche. Game is scheduled for 6P PT from Denver, Colorado

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Preseason Game #2

 

The Golden Knights got off to a quick start to their second preseason game taking a 1-0 lead 2:07 in the opening period. Vegas forward Patrick Brown scooped up a rebound in front of the net for his first goal of the preseason. Eight minutes later Colorado evened the score but Vegas would regain their two goal on special teams. Nic Hague ripped home the Golden Knights second power play goal in as many games. Vegas took a 2-1 advantage into the first intermission.

Colorado scored the only goal of the second period and took the 3-2 lead early in the final frame. Vegas veteran Alex Pietrangelo settled things down a few shifts later by rifling the equalizer by the Avalanche’s goaltender. Mainstay Jonathan Marchessault score the game winning goal and Vegas’ second power play goal late in the period to capture their first victory of the preseason. 

The Golden Knights even up their preseason record with their 4-3 win. Next, Vegas will travel north to Salt Lake City, UT to play divisional rival LA Kings on Thursday night. Puck drops at 7P PT.

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Preseason Game #1

 

It may have been an exhibition game but Vegas fans cheered like it was Game 1 of the regular season. The Golden Knights hosted the San Jose Sharks for their first preseason game of the year from T-Mobile Arena

San Jose took the first lead of the game 15:29 into the first period and added another 1:02 into the second frame. Down two goals, Vegas’ Paul Cotter took advantage of his ice time and flipped one by Sharks goalie Adin Hill. Cotter received a nice pass from linemates Jack Dugan and Brett Howden to finish off the rush to put the Golden Knights on the scoreboard. San Jose would score again to take a two goal lead into the second intermission.

Newcomers Evengii Dadonov and Nolan Patrick had some strong plays on 5-on-5 and the Power Play. Dadonov made a nifty move in front of San Jose’s net collecting the puck and trying to jam it through Hill’s pads. Patrick had a beautiful tip attempt on the side of the Sharks goal that just missed the open corner of the net. On the power play both players were involved creating a nice slot opportunity for Dadonov.

Patrick would register a power play point early in the third when Max Pacioretty chopped in a loose puck to get Vegas within one. Dadonov and Pacioretty connected later for a great chance midway through the third that was stopped by San Jose. The Sharks would regain their two goal lead 4-2 with a quick goal on a late game power play. Vegas fought down the stretch but couldn’t close the gap.

The Golden Knights drop their first preseason 4-2 to the Sharks. Vegas prepares to take on the Colorado Avalanche this Tuesday at T-Mobile Arena. Puck drops at 7P PT.

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2020 VGK Draft Recap

2020 VGK Draft Recap

 

It was Vegas’ fourth NHL Entry Draft in team history and The Golden Knights added six new prospects to their pipeline. Here are the newest members of the Golden Knights organization.

1st Round, Pick #29: Brendan Brisson (F)

A native Californian, Brisson recorded 59 points (24 G, 34 A) to go with 50 penalty minutes in 45 games for the USHL’s Chicago Steel during the 2019-20 season. During his 2018-19 campaign with the Green Bay Gamblers (USHL), Brisson finished with one goal in six games. The 18-year-old forward is expected to play and study at the University of Michigan next season.

 

3rd Round, Pick #68: Lukas Cormier (D)

Cormier is a puck-moving defenseman who has good vision and can make quick decisions in the defensive zone. He’s a little undersized but with the success of smaller defenders in the NHL, Cormier will get his chance in Vegas.

 

3rd Round, Pick #91: Jackson Hallum (F)

Hallum is a quick, 6-foot forward from Minnesota. He’ll need to use his size and explosive speed, like Alex Tuch, to become a successful NHL forward. Like Brisson, Hallum has committed to play at the University of Michigan.

 

5th Round, Pick #125: Jesper Vikman (G)

The Golden Knights picked up another Swedish goaltender with size. Like newly signed Robin Lehner, Vikman is big (6-3) and was developed through the Swedish junior leagues.

 

6th Round, Pick #184: Noah Ellis (D)

Ellis became the third American prospect drafted by the Golden Knights. The Iowan is a big, strong skating defenseman. The right-handed blueliner is committed to play at the University of Massachusetts.

 

7th Round, Pick #215: Maxim Marushev (F)

The Russian forward is a two-way player that has experience in both offensive and defensive roles. He’s 21-years-old making him by far the oldest player Vegas has ever selected. He posted 40 points in 30 games last season in a professional Russian hockey league.

 

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Game 3 Of The Western Conference Finals

The Golden Knights began Game 3 of the Western Conference finals looking to take a 2-1 series lead over the Dallas Stars.

The opening period was tight with Robin Lehner and Anton Kuhdobin both coming up with big saves to keep it a scoreless tie heading into the first intermission.

Lehner continued to play strong frustrating Dallas into the first two periods. However, the Stars would finally get one by the Vegas goaltender with:17 seconds left in the period.

Vegas’ offense broke out of their slump when Shea Theodore scored his 7th goal of the postseason tying the game 1-1. Dallas regained the lead 2-1 a few minutes later but Vegas wore down the Stars and eventually Mark Stone tied the game with his 7th goal of the playoffs.

Dallas didn’t take long to win the game 3-2 in overtime. The Stars found an opening:31 into OT scoring their third on Lehner.

With their 3-2 OT loss, the Golden Knights trail the Stars 2-1 in their best-of-seven series. Game 4 of the Western Conference finals is set for Saturday night. Puck drop is scheduled for 5P PT.

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Western Conference Finals – Game 1

It was the second Western Conference final in three years for Vegas as they face the Dallas Stars, a team that hadn’t been since 2008. In a surprising decision, coach Pete DeBoer gave Marc-Andre Fleury the start in Game 1.

Dallas came out hard, attacking Vegas’ zone right from the opening faceoff. The Stars quickly scored 2:36 into the series taking a 1-0 advantage into the first intermission.

The Golden Knights couldn’t generate much in the middle frame. Vegas took only four shots on net and was 0/2 on the power play in the second period. Both goaltenders were strong stopping all shots faced in the second period.

Vegas failed to convert again on the power play going 0/4 on the game. The Golden Knights made a strong late push but the Stars were able to stave off and win the game 1-0.

With their 1-0 loss, the Golden Knights trail the best-of-seven series 1-0 to the Stars. Vegas will hit the ice for Game 2 on Tuesday night. The game will air on NBC Sports Network scheduled for 5P PT.

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Golden Knights Look Ahead To Game 7

The Golden Knights got off to a bad start to Game 6 allowing the Canucks to score 2:50 into the first period. Vegas fired nine shots on Vancouver goaltender Thatcher Demko but couldn’t convert. After the opening 20 minutes, the Golden Knights trailed 1-0.

Both goaltenders were strong in the second period shutting both teams offenses. Robin Lehner allowed only one goal through two periods but Canucks led 1-0 heading into the second intermission.

Vancouver doubled their lead 1:03 into the third period. The Canucks took a 3-0 lead later in the period putting the Golden Knights in desperation mode. Vegas coach Pete DeBoer pulled Lehner with under six minutes to go but Vancouver took advantage and scored on the empty net. Demko was flawless in net and shutout Vegas 4-0.

With their 4-0 win, the Canucks tied up the series and force a Game 7. Vegas will have another chance at clinching the second round matchup with the Canucks tomorrow. Game 7 will air on NBC Sports Network scheduled is TBD.

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Golden Knights Look To Closeout The Canucks In Game 5

The Golden Knights skated into Game 5 looking to clinch their second round series against the Vancouver Canucks. Neither team could generate offense in the first period and both goaltenders were flawless. Game 5 was scoreless after the opening 20 minutes.

Both teams got on the board in the second period. The Golden Knights came out firing on Vancouver goalie Thatcher Demko. Vegas took 18 second period shots on net and at the 15:12 mark Shea Theodore gave Vegas the 1-0 lead. Vancouver would respond quickly tying the game:24 seconds later. The game was tied 1-1 after the second period.

The Canucks took their first lead of the game early in the third period. Vancouver held their tight 2-1 lead the entire game fighting off Vegas’ late game charge.

With their 2-1 loss the Golden Knights now lead 3-2 in their best-of-seven game series. Vegas will have a another chance at clinching the second round matchup with the Canucks on Thursday night. Game 6 will air on NBC Sports Network scheduled for 645P PT.

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