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Struggles Continue For The Vegas Golden Knights

from David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

The Golden Knights showed flashes of turning the corner Sunday.

They registered more than 40 shots on goal for the second time in three games and cleaned up many of the defensive mistakes in the final two periods.

But it still wasn’t good enough.

The Knights couldn’t get a puck past goalie Ilya Sorokin and lost 2-0 to the New York Islanders in front of an announced crowd of 17,699 at T-Mobile Arena.

It was the fourth straight loss for the Knights, the first time that’s happened since Pete DeBoer was hired as coach Jan. 15, 2020. At 1-4, they also matched 2018-19 for their worst start in franchise history.

“When I look at our game, I thought we took a step last game and another tonight,” DeBoer said. “If you look at our record, are we a 1-4 team that’s going to miss the playoffs and have 50 or 60 points? I’m going to say we’re not. I think on all aspects, we want to just keep improving every day and judge all those things at the end of the year.”

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Vegas Golden Knights Injury Report

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Robin Lehner Plans To Push For Progress

from Ben Gotz of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

Golden Knights goaltender Robin Lehner, three days after tweeting about issues with player health and medical treatment, said Tuesday he has had productive calls with the NHL and NHL Players Association about potential changes.

Lehner said he tried other avenues before taking to Twitter on Saturday, but wasn’t seeing results. He said he’s excited after the initial talks and now plans to push for progress behind closed doors.

“All I’m asking is to be a part of that change, that discussion to fix some of the things for us as players,” Lehner said. “I don’t want to see any player suffer in silence anymore.”

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The Vegas Golden Knights Still Shooting For The Stanley Cup

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

Mark Stone was blunt after the Vegas Golden Knights were eliminated by the Montreal Canadiens in the Stanley Cup Semifinals last season, saying it fell on the top players and he'd have to see what went wrong.

So now that he has had a chance to process it, what did go wrong? What did he learn? What will it take for the Golden Knights to take the next step this season, starting with their regular-season opener against the Seattle Kraken at T-Mobile Arena on Oct. 12 (10 p.m. ET; ESPN, SN, TVAS)?

"I think there were a lot of things that went through my mind for a month, thinking about it," the Vegas captain said. "I don't think I handled the pressure well. I don't think I … obviously, my game changed because of it. I think there were a lot of guys that felt the same kind of pressure, and we didn't battle adversity as well as we [would've] liked."

The Golden Knights have played four seasons in the NHL and made the Stanley Cup Playoffs four times, including the semifinal round twice and the Cup Final once. They had the most wins (40) and tied the Colorado Avalanche for the most points (82) last season, losing the Presidents' Trophy due to the regulation-wins tiebreaker (35-30).

That's incredible and still not good enough, because their only goal is the Cup.

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Gary Bettman On Robin Lehner And Jack Eichel

from Sportsnet,

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman joined The Jeff Marek Show on Monday and was asked about his perspective on Lehner's position.

"We take his comments seriously and we'd like in short order to be in a conversation with him so we can hear his concerns directly and we're going to follow up to see what merit there may be to his concerns," Bettman said. "You don't have to tweet to get our attention. We have an 800 number people can call. You can call us directly, we're an open book. But if he has concerns we want to hear them and see how they need to be addressed."...

Bettman was asked for his latest insight into the ongoing Eichel situation.

"We're pretty up to speed in terms of what's going on," Bettman said. "And there's a legitimate disagreement among doctors as to what the course of treatment would be best, both in the short-term and long-term and that's something everybody's wrestling with.

"It's a terrible situation. I don't think it's fair to point the finger at anybody in terms of who's right and wrong. I think everybody's approaching this with the best intentions and that the injury is complex both in its diagnosis and its treatment and I think people need to be a little more patient."

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Vegas Golden Knights Thinking Stanley Cup

from Ed Graney of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

The Golden Knights opened training camp Thursday, and a few things were immediately evident about the coming season:

1. Coach Pete DeBoer won’t have to answer as many questions about who will be in goal on a particular night.

2. There is a great chance the Pacific Division is so bad that the Knights will resemble the ’27 Yankees and could start a third line of Ruth, Gehrig and Lazzeri and still win in a skate-over.

3. The expectations to lift a Stanley Cup are as robust as ever.

“Good to see you in person,” DeBoer told assembled media. “You look better in masks.”

It felt normal again. City National Arena was packed with fans for the team’s initial workout, conjuring memories of those pre-pandemic turnouts. The dude waving his giant flag was there. So was the one who periodically breaks into loud cheers … by himself.

It was also different. There was no Marc-Andre Fleury in net, the Vezina Trophy winner now making windmill saves in Chicago. A slimmed down Robin Lehner is firmly supplanted as the starter in Las Vegas. There was no Ryan Reaves joking with teammates, although you can still find his signature 7Five beer inside adjacent MacKenzie River Pizza. But only in cans.

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Nolan Patrick Signs A Two-Year Contract With The Vegas Golden Knights

VEGAS (September 19, 2021) - Vegas Golden Knights General Manager Kelly McCrimmon announced today, September 19, that the team has signed forward Nolan Patrick to a two-year contract worth an average annual value of $1,200,000.

Patrick, 23, has appeared in 197 NHL games, all with the Philadelphia Flyers, and has posted 70 points (30 G, 40 A) after being selected as the second overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. He recorded a career-high 31 points (13 G, 18 A) during the 2018-19 season with Philadelphia. The Winnipeg, Manitoba native also spent three full seasons playing with the Western Hockey League's Brandon Wheat Kings.

Patrick was acquired by the Golden Knights from the Nashville Predators on July 17, 2021. He was a first-round selection (2nd overall) during the 2017 NHL Entry Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers.

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Questions For The Toronto Maple Leafs And Vegas Golden Knights

from Mike Zeisberger of NHL.com,

Has the goaltending been upgraded?

Jack Campbell and Petr Mrazek will be tasked with helping the Maple Leafs go on a deep run in the Stanley Cup Playoffs after Frederik Andersen signed a two-year contract with the Carolina Hurricanes on July 29. Andersen won 149 games over five seasons with Toronto, but the Maple Leafs did not win a playoff series. Campbell was 17-3-2 with a 2.15 goals-against average and .921 save percentage for the Maple Leafs last season and set an NHL record with 11 wins to start the season. Mrazek signed a three-year contract as an unrestricted free agent July 28 after being limited to 12 starts with the Hurricanes last season because of a thumb injury. The 29-year-old was 6-2-3 with a 2.06 GAA, a .923 save percentage and three shutouts.

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from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

Can they continue to evolve their game for the playoffs?

The Dallas Stars defeated the Golden Knights in the 2020 Western Conference Final by taking away the middle of the ice and getting great goaltending. Afterward, Vegas coach Peter DeBoer said players needed to add layers to their games.

The Golden Knights faced two teams in the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs that used the same formula the Stars did: the Minnesota Wild and Montreal Canadiens. They defeated the Wild in seven games in the Stanley Cup First Round, and DeBoer said, "We found a way this year where a year ago I'm not confident we would have."

But after defeating the Colorado Avalanche in the second round, they lost to the Canadiens in six games in the Stanley Cup Semifinals. Too often, they got frustrated by Montreal's defensive structure, turned over the puck and fed its quick-strike offense. Vegas' top scorers struggled to produce at even strength and on the power play, which went 0-for-15 in the series.

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Evening Line- Frank Seravalli

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VGK Trade Ryan Reaves To The NYR

I go out for the first night in six months to ave a burger and a few pops.  Of course a trade is made.


NEW YORK, July 29, 2021 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Chris Drury announced today that the team has acquired forward Ryan Reaves from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft.

Reaves, 34, skated in 37 games with Vegas this past season, registering one goal and four assists for five points, along with 27 penalty minutes. He led the NHL (min. 20 games played) in hits per 60 minutes of ice time in 2020-21 (23.02), and he also led the Golden Knights in hits (141) this past season. Reaves skated in 12 games during the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs while helping the Golden Knights advance to the Semifinals.

The 6-2, 225-pounder has skated in 686 career NHL games over parts of 11 seasons (2010-11 – 2020-21) with St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and Vegas, registering 49 goals and 52 assists for 101 points, along with 937 penalty minutes. Since the start of his first NHL season in 2010-11, Reaves ranks third in the NHL in hits (2,322), ranks seventh in the NHL in major penalties (75), and ranks eighth in the league in penalty minutes. He has averaged at least 20 hits per 60 minutes of ice time in each of his 11 NHL seasons, and he led the NHL in hits in back-to-back seasons in 2018-19 (305) and 2019-20 (316). Reaves has helped his team advance to the Stanley Cup Playoffs in each of the last 10 seasons, and he has skated in 84 postseason games in his NHL career. He helped Vegas advance to the Stanley Cup Final in 2017-18, and he also helped the Golden Knights advance to at least the third round of the playoffs in three of his four seasons with the team. Reaves was coached by current Rangers head coach Gerard Gallant for parts of three seasons with Vegas (2017-18 – 2019-20).

The Winnipeg, Manitoba native was originally selected by St. Louis in the fifth round, 156th overall, of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

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Video- Kelly McCrimmon On Trading Marc-Andre Fleury

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Watch as Vegas Golden Knights Kelly McCrimmon gives an opening statement explaining the entire process of trading future hall-of-famer Marc-Andre Fleury to the Blackhawks, including the social media leaks, the rationale and the why behind the trade, what Fleury's reaction to the deal was, and most importantly thanks Fleury for all his amazing years of service in the organization, wishing him the best in the future.

 

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Marc-Andre Fleury Headed To Chicago

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Video- Review Of Last Night’s Vegas/Montreal Game

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Change Needed For The Vegas Golden Knights

from Ed Graney of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

It happened again. The script never changed.

Third time’s a charm?

Not if the Golden Knights don’t make offseason changes.

They assumed position for the sort of handshake line they were neither expected nor favored to experience as the Knights on Thursday evening were eliminated from a Stanley Cup semifinal in a 3-2 overtime loss to Montreal at Bell Centre.

The Canadiens won the best-of-seven series 4-2 and advance to the Stanley Cup Final, a direct result of executing their structure far better than the Knights countered with theirs.

Sound familiar?

Can’t stand pat.

The Knights were sent home from Canada in a semifinal series for the second straight season, falling to Dallas in 2020 in the Edmonton bubble when they also couldn’t score enough to advance.

“There is another door we need to find to barge through at this time of year,” said Knights coach Pete DeBoer. “Everybody has to look in the mirror, coaches included. I think everything is on the table. We have to look at what we can do different from a coaching perceptive. We have to look at our personnel. I think everything is on the table.”

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The Vegas Golden Knights Need To Find Answers Quickly

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

There are moments in the playoffs when a coach has to coach, and moments when he has to psychoanalyze. Times when your players aren’t in the right places, which you can fix, and times when they’re positioned perfectly but not making the plays they are accustomed to making.

The latter describes the Vegas Golden Knights, a favourite in this Stanley Cup semifinal that is watching the life get squeezed out of them by the strangulating Montreal Canadiens.

Their power play — dead last in the NHL and goalless in this series — looks like five guys who just met at the 10 a.m. 40-and-over pickup game down at the community centre. And their execution — simple passes and plays they’ve made routinely until now — is as bad as the ice on which they skated Tuesday night in Vegas.

After being routed 4-1 in Game 5 in their own building by the Habs, we wondered if head coach Peter DeBoer will be using a whiteboard at Wednesday’s practice? Or a couch and a notepad?

Do his players need fresh strategy? Or do they need Bob Newhart?

“We’re searching for those answers. That’s our job here: to turn over every stone,” DeBoer said. “Is there some X-and-O answers? The moments in this series where we’ve had success, we’re doing certain things. But we’re not doing them for long enough stretches, and with enough participants.

“I don’t have a clear answer for you,” he decided, sort of. “We’ve been in this spot before, we’ve had adversity and responded the right way every time with this group. I’m confident we’ll be ready to go in Game 6.”

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The Struggles Of Mark Stone

from Ed Graney of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

It was seven games ago.

It seems like, well, forever with Mark Stone.

The Golden Knights are one loss from elimination in the NHL playoffs, meaning it might be a good time for their captain to join the fray.
Montreal had little issue skating into T-Mobile Arena on Tuesday night and leaving with a 4-1 victory before 17,969 in Game 5 of the best-of-seven Stanley Cup semifinal....

Should he register a point, it would be Stone’s first of the series....

Now, the team’s best player hasn’t in any way delivered like that against Montreal....

He is everything a captain should be — a consistent but unpretentious leader, incredibly driven to win, deferential to teammates at the first mention of his individual success.

But frustration has set in. That’s more obvious than the loud boos that greeted the Knights at different times Tuesday.

Example: It was Stone who turned the puck over at the blue line while the Knights were trying to kill a penalty midway through the second period and down 2-0. As the Canadiens rushed forward, Stone coasted behind, not back-checking with any level of authority.

His was more a casual stroll through the neighborhood.

Just an alarming lack of effort.

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Video- Quick Recap Montreal Canadiens/Vegas Golden Knights

Vegas won last night 2-1 in OT to tie the series at 2-2.

 

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Robin Lehner Responds For Vegas

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

If you thought Peter DeBoer was panicking when he made the call to sit Marc-Andre Fleury and play his backup in Game 4, Robin Lehner would like to thank you for your support.

Because in the hours before Lehner’s first star performance on Sunday night in Montreal, Lehner didn’t just lounge around watching the final round of the U.S. Open.

Instead, he did what most professional athletes would list as the very last thing they would do in his situation: he combed through Twitter to see what the hockey world was saying about his impending start.

“Not many people know,” Lehner began after a thrilling, 2-1 overtime win, “that I come to the game four hours early. I sat for two hours and watched you guys talk s— on Twitter about me, to get me motivated.

“I don’t care what people think,” he added, though his actions abjectly dispute that declaration.

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The Vegas/Montreal Series Is Tied 2-2

Nicholas Roy with the OT winner, Vegas beats Montreal 2-1 in OT.

On to Vegas for game 5 on Tuesday.

GWG in OT is below.

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The Vegas Experience

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Remember what we used to think about placing a professional sports team in Las Vegas?

That players would spend more time in the casinos than the gym. That game-fixing was inevitable, and only single players would want to be there. Certainly, “Sin City” was no place for spouses and children.

Vegas was all about Mike Tyson’s tigers and $500 bottle service. And anyhow, with all the locals working shift work at the hotels and casinos, how would they possible draw a loyal following?

Well, allow Vegas Golden Knights veteran defenceman Nick Holden — father to four children and a home owner in Vegas — to bring us up to speed on the Vegas experience, from a National Hockey League player’s perspective.

“Lots of guys have started to talk about retiring here,” said Holden, who grew up in the comfortable Edmonton suburb of St. Albert. “Once you get away from the strip, family living is awesome. The city has got everything you need, but it still feels pretty small. From our house out in Summerlin to the strip, you’re there in 15, 20 minutes.”

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Marc-Andre Fleury Entering Some Rare Air

from Dave Stubbs of NHL.com,

Marc-Andre Fleury has worked his way up the NHL goalie leaderboard with a style and flair as unique as his personality, and Patrick Roy, Martin Brodeur and Grant Fuhr are very much enjoying his journey.

Fleury and the Vegas Golden Knights are tied with the Montreal Canadiens in the best-of-7 Stanley Cup Semifinals with Game 3 at Montreal on Friday (8 p.m. ET; USA, CBC, SN, TVAS).

In his 15th NHL postseason, 11 with the Pittsburgh Penguins and the past four with the Golden Knights, the 36-year-old native of Sorel, Quebec, has kicked, sprawled, pirouetted, windmilled, dived and grinned to 90 Stanley Cup Playoff wins, two short of tying Fuhr, the Edmonton Oilers legend, for third place.

First and second are Fleury's boyhood idols: fellow Quebec natives Roy, with 151 for the Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche; and Brodeur, with 113 for the New Jersey Devils.

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It’s A Series Now Between Montreal And Vegas

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Well… What do we have here?

That fourth-place team from the ultra-weak Canadian Division that was going to get swept by the Vegas Golden Knights?

Ya, they’re heading home with home-ice advantage after winning Game 2 by a 3-2 score, proving to the hockey world that, yes, the Montreal Canadiens can play with the Golden Knights.

“Those people who said we were going to sweep,” dismissed Vegas head coach Peter DeBoer, “are the same people who said that Colorado was going to sweep us.”

One of hockey’s more accurate quips has always been, “A series doesn’t start until the road team wins a game.”

On Tuesday evening in Las Vegas this series got whittled down to a best-of-five, with the Canadiens stealing home-ice advantage. All of which doesn’t surprise the veteran Golden Knights coach.

“You don’t get to the Final Four without knowing that this is going to be a battle,” DeBoer said post-game. “If it takes overtime and seven games, then it takes overtime and seven games. You just want to make sure you move on.

“We knew this wasn’t going to be easy — we have a tremendous amount of respect for their hockey team. They’ve beaten two very good teams to get here, and won a lot of games,” he concluded. “We’re in a better spot than we were last series after two games (down 2-0 to Colorado). We’ll go into Montreal and look to win a game.”

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The Vegas Golden Knights Take A 1-0 Series Lead Over The Montreal Canadiens

from the CP at TSN,

The uphill climb facing the Montreal Canadiens just got a little steeper.

The only Canadian team with a shot at the Stanley Cup gave up a 4-1 loss Monday in their first of a best-of-seven semifinal battle against the top-seeded Vegas Golden Knights.

It was Montreal's first game outside of Canada in 2021, and it came before a boisterous crowd of 17,884 — a far cry from what COVID-19 restrictions have allowed north of the border all season.

It was also against an imposing and powerful team, one the Habs haven't played all year, thanks to the one-time-only North Division — again, a product of the pandemic — that kept all their regular-season games against Canadian rivals.

"It's the situation that we're in this year — for everyone right now, at this stage, you're playing a team that you haven't played all year," said interim head coach Dominique Ducharme.

The Habs appeared to be keeping pace with the Knights throughout the first period Monday, but a sudden flurry of penalties in the second — including a fluke delay of game in the opening seconds — seemed to sap their strength.

"They have their strengths for sure, but we have ours also," Ducharme said. "I really liked the way we started, but the penalties really killed our momentum and our rhythm."

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Open Post- Day 29 Of The Stanley Cup Playofffs

An intriguing matchup starts tonight with the Vegas Golden Knights hosting the Montreal Canadiens.

We are about to find out if the Canadiens can continue their strong play or will the Golden Knights offensive power be too much?

Pre-game stats and numbers are below.


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Videos- Wrapping Up Vegas/Colorado

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The Vegas Golden Knights Return To The Semi-Finals

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

As the Vegas Golden Knights celebrated their third trip to the National Hockey League’s final four in the past four years, Dunnville, Ont., native Peter DeBoer — himself a 12th round draft pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs back in 1988 — managed to find some Canadian perspective for the anomaly that are the expansion Golden Knights.

“It’s so hard to win,” began DeBoer. “Everybody talks about winning the Stanley Cup. I’m an Ontario guy, I watch the Toronto Maple Leafs closely, I was drafted by the Leafs, always been a fan of the franchise… They haven’t got out of the first round in what? Seventeen years? And that’s a good franchise, well coached.

“What these men here [in Vegas] have accomplished is unreal.”

Ironically, it is the Colorado Avalanche who have taken up residence in Done-ville. They lost Game 6 on Thursday by a 6-3 score, swept in six by Vegas.

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Videos- The Vegas Golden Knights Advance To The Semi-Finals Of The Stanley Cup Playoffs

via Sportsnet,

The Vegas Golden Knights have defeated the Colorado Avalanche, 6-3, winning their best-of-seven series in six games.

With the victory, the Golden Knights have advanced to the third round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, where they will play the Montreal Canadiens.

In a game that saw leads established and erased four times heading into the third period, Vegas and Colorado traded scoring punches for the first 40 minutes.

Devon Toews opened the scoring just 23 seconds into the game, capitalizing on a cross-ice feed from Nathan MacKinnon. The Golden Knights notched the next two goals, courtesy Nick Holden and William Karlsson.

The Golden Knights, who were 5-0 when leading after 40 minutes prior to Thursday’s game, held a one-goal lead heading into the third thanks to Alex Pietrangelo’s first goal of the playoffs.

In the final frame, a goal by William Carrier at 8:14 gave Vegas a two-goal insurance marker it wouldn’t relinquish. Max Pacioretty added an empty-netter to close out the Golden Knights’ victory.

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Mark Stone To The Rescue

from Ed Graney of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

This was never going to be easy, no matter how inept Colorado was at times during Games 3 and 4 losses at T-Mobile Arena. They entered 20-0-1 in their last 21 home games. The Avalanche win here like the town is hit with snow flurries across December.

It’s also true the Knights were beyond fortunate that it was only a 2-0 deficit after two periods. The forecheck that allowed them to smother Colorado in Las Vegas instead belonged to the Avalanche those first 40 minutes.

But belief is a strong attitude to own and no team remaining in these playoffs is more confident in its ability than DeBoer’s side.

Think about this: Alex Pietrangelo is a defenseman expected to do significant things, but when he has six shots to zero from your top line after two periods, something is amiss.

It wasn’t at all the most productive of nights for Stone, Chandler Stephenson and Max Pacioretty. The trio combined for two shots on goal.

Until, of course, it became the most productive of nights.

“(Stone) was exhausted and then you saw how hard he skated all the way down the ice (in overtime),” said Knights forward Alex Tuch, whose third-period goal got his team to within 2-1. “He is the heart and soul of this team. He wears his character on his chest. He’s the captain that we have always wanted.

“I think he was a little frustrated with himself at times during the game, but then he came up huge for us.”

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More Work Needed From The Colorado Avalanche

from Ed Graney of the Las Vegs Review-Journal, 

I am sure about this: DeBoer and his team are flawlessly playing the underdog role.

Perhaps the Avalanche should try such a narrative.

Sportsbooks still favor Colorado to emerge victorious in this West Division final, but anyone who witnessed Games 3 and 4 at T-Mobile Arena might struggle buying such a forecast.

Its confidence will rightly stem from going 16-0-1 in the final 17 regular-season home games and being 4-0 in the playoffs at Ball Arena. Its doubt will stem from how the Knights have controlled play from the second period on of Game 2.

“I don’t know if mental toughness is the right (term),” Colorado coach Jared Bednar said. “But your mentality coming into the game and your approach from a mental standpoint is really important. We can talk about adjustments and this and that, but it’s pretty clear what they’re doing.”

The Knights are making life difficult on Colorado, and the Avalanche aren’t responding in kind. They’re getting beat up and down the ice time and again. It’s not like pickup basketball at the YMCA and nobody feels a need to get back on defense, but it’s close enough.

In the two losses, Bednar’s team couldn’t crack the structure of the Knights, who have been terrific at making a play in the defensive zone, throwing the puck out and attacking the neutral zone.

“They’re coming at us 100 miles per hour,” Bednar said. “All of their lines are executing really well. We have to start getting back above them. They’re coming every single time. We have to earn our ice and earn our space.”

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The Vegas Golden Knights Win A Thriller

With less than 6 minutes left in the 3rd Vegas trailed 2-1.

A minute later, Vegas is leading the Colorado Avalanche 3-2.

The tying and winning goals can be watched below.

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Video- Ryan Reaves Suspended Two Games

Roughing/Unsportsmanlike conduct

 

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A Hearing Today For Ryan Reaves

 

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The Top Line Of The Colorado Avalanche Dominated In Game 1

from Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

The NHL’s most dangerous top line combined for 183 points in the regular season to lead the Colorado Avalanche to the Presidents’ Trophy.

It only felt as if they matched that total Sunday night.

Nathan MacKinnon, Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen combined for eight points in Colorado’s 7-1 victory over the Golden Knights in Game 1 of the West Division final at Ball Arena.

“We played a good game,” Landeskog said. “It doesn’t mean anything going into Game 2. We’ve just got to follow it up and do the same thing again.”

The three combined for nine goals and 24 points in the first-round series sweep of St. Louis and picked up where they left off Sunday. Colorado has outscored its opponents 27-8 in starting the postseason 5-0.

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Video- A Match Penalty To Ryan Reaves

The Colorado Avalanche defeated the Vegas Golden Knights 7-1 tonight.

This of course happened in the third period of a blowout game.

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Ryan Reaves shoved Ryan Graves down to the ice and kneed him in the face after crosschecking Philipp Grubauer in the back of the head. Reaves was assessed a match penalty for 'intent to injure' and ejected from the game. Jonathan Marchessault also received two double minors on the play, leading to a 9-minute powerplay for the Avalanche.

 

 

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The Vegas Golden Knights Enter Their Series With The Colorado Avalanche As Underdogs

from Ed Graney of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

An interesting and yet perhaps meaningless stat: When a team in a first-round matchup of the Stanley Cup playoffs goes seven games to win a series and then meets a higher seed that swept its opponent, the lower seed is 5-0 in that next round.

It’s a potential reality for the Golden Knights.

They’re just not expected to do so.

Welcome to unfamiliar territory, the Knights entering their best-of-seven showdown with the Colorado Avalanche as an underdog in a series that begins with Game 1 on Sunday night at Ball Arena.

The Westgate sportsbook opened the Avalanche at -175 on Friday night. The market grew a tad higher Saturday....

The Knights have advanced to the playoffs in each of their four years and just once have not been favored to win a series. That came during the 2017 expansion season against Winnipeg in the Western Conference Final.

The Knights won in five games.

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The Vegas Golden Knights Advance To Round 2 Of The Stanley Cup Playoffs

VGK beat the Minnesota Wild 6-2 to advance to round 2 to play the Colorado Avalanche.

A lot of people where looking forward to an Avs/VGK matchup, now they have it.

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Handshakes

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We Have A Game 7 Tonight

NEW YORK (May 27, 2021) -- The Vegas Golden Knights and Minnesota Wild will decide their First Round series Friday in the first Game 7 of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs (9 p.m., ET, NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVAS). The Honda West Division rivals will meet at T-Mobile Arena, providing fans in Las Vegas their first-ever opportunity at witnessing one of sports' most compelling dramas.

The winner of Friday's game will advance to the Second Round and a meeting with the Colorado Avalanche to determine the Honda West Division's representative in the Stanley Cup Semifinals.

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3-1 Series Lead Disappears For The Vegas Golden Knights

from Ed Graney of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

Consistency is most always a valued trait in sports, but not this kind: The Knights on Friday head to Game 7 of a playoff series for the third time in as many seasons after losing all of a 3-1 advantage.

It’s the Minnesota Wild who rallied back this time, the capper a 3-0 victory in Game 6 on Wednesday of this divisional playoff at Xcel Energy Center.

It means the series will be decided in T-Mobile Arena, which will host a Game 7 for the first time....

“It’s a new year and (the past) doesn’t really matter,” Knights forward Reilly Smith said. “It’s an opportunity to come out in your home arena with all your fans excited and full of emotion.”

Feeling things out. Waiting for the other to make a critical mistake. Call it whatever you want, the Knights and Wild spent an opening two periods Wednesday playing as if whichever scored first would immediately be declared the winner.

It was a Game 6 with Game 7 nerves.

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The Much Anticipated Series Everyone Wants

from Damien Cox at the Toronto Star,

The Colorado Avalanche look unstoppable.

To that, the Vegas Golden Knights say, we’ll see about that.

Maybe.

The playoff matchup everyone outside the North Division has wanted to see — Toronto-Montreal was the one for Canadian fans — is close to happening.

It was difficult to make much sense of overall standings this season because teams didn’t play clubs outside their division. So while Colorado won the Presidents’ Trophy and Vegas finished second, it really only means they were by far the class of their division, which included three of the seven worst teams in the NHL, all from California.

But maybe that’s nitpicking. St. Louis and Minnesota sure seem to have discovered the strength of the Avs and Knights in the first round of the post-season. The undermanned Blues, further depleted when Robert Bortuzzo and Justin Faulk were eliminated by vicious and illegal Colorado head shots, were swept by the powerful Avalanche in a series that ended Sunday night.

The Wild, meanwhile, played Vegas very well during the regular season, but face elimination at the hands of the Golden Knights on Monday evening after four games.

So we could have Colorado-Vegas set to go by mid-week.

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The Vegas Golden Knights Even Their Series With The Minnesota Wild

from Ed Graney of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

Do you know the only real time a sports team faces a must-win game?

When a loss would eliminate it from a playoff series.

Do you know what might have been a just-outside-city-limits of such a test?

When the Golden Knights faced Minnesota on Tuesday night.

Calm down. Don’t go hiding under any covers and calling in sick to work. The Knights were able to even their best-of-seven divisional series against the team they have all sorts of trouble with by beating the Wild 3-1 at T-Mobile Arena.

Things are now a game apiece as the drama shifts to Minnesota for Games 3 and 4 on Thursday and Saturday.

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The Vegas Golden Knights Beat The Colorado Avalanche In the Battle Of The Big Boys

from Ed Graney of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

It might not be official, but things have reached city limits: Consider the Golden Knights the best varsity team in the Honda West Division.

The Knights beat Colorado 5-2 on Wednesday night before 3,950 at T-Mobile Arena, creating what should be an insurmountable cushion between them and the Avalanche for first place.

And, yeah, that matters a lot.

And, yeah, those in the lead hate to even consider having such an edge.

“A huge, huge result for the standings,” Knights coach Pete DeBoer said. “It gives us a real chance. We still have a lot of business to take care of over the last two weeks, but it sets up that our destiny is in our own hands. Which is at least what you want heading into the last few weeks of a season.”

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Mattias Janmark To The Vegas Golden Knights From The Chicago Blackhawks

In a follow up tweet, Dreger says the Sharks are involved too.

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Video- Ryan Reaves Hit Today

No penalty, play on.

 

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Video- Chandler Stephenson Suspended Three Games

Elbowing.

 

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Video- A Player Safety Hearing Today For Chandler Stephenson

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Vegas Golden Knights Win Their Way Against The Colorado Avalanche

from Ed Grainey of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

I’m not sure who would be doubting a team that has won as much as the Golden Knights. But if that perceived slight gives you the motivation to get a significant road split, who’s to argue?

It’s not just that the Knights defeated Colorado 3-2 in overtime Saturday. It’s how they won. Playing their way.

We saw Thursday what happens when they don’t against this specific side. It’s not pretty.
Responding to a 5-1 loss in which they were dominated two days earlier, the Knights remained atop the Honda West Division because they refused to get caught up in another track meet.

They can’t beat Colorado that way. Patience isn’t just a key against the Avalanche. It’s the only way to succeed. You either limit transition rushes or you lose.

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Alex Pietrangelo Continues To Be Out With An Upper-Body Injury

from Danny Webster at NHL.com,

Alex Pietrangelo will be out for "the foreseeable future" for the Vegas Golden Knights because of an upper-body injury, coach Peter DeBoer said Wednesday.

The defenseman returned to Las Vegas for further evaluation after he was injured blocking a shot in the third period of a 4-0 win against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday. Pietrangelo, who appeared to favor his left hand, did not play in a 2-0 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Monday.

"Obviously not a great sign that he returned home for evaluation," DeBoer said. "I'm not concerned it's long, long-term, but he's out for the foreseeable future."

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Mark Stone With Five Assists In A Comeback Win For The Vegas Golden Knights

from Ben Gotz of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

Mark Stone soaked in the moment as he skated around the T-Mobile Arena ice following the Golden Knights’ game Monday.

The captain pumped his stick once. Twice. He threw his gloved hand in the air.

Fans were back in the Knights’ home building for the first time since March 3, 2020, and the team made sure to deliver a classic for the announced crowd of 2,605.

The Knights trailed 4-2 after two periods against the Minnesota Wild but rallied for a dramatic victory. Left wing Alex Tuch tied the game with 42 seconds left in the third period, and left wing Max Pacioretty scored his second goal to lift the team to a 5-4 win in overtime.

At the center of all of it was Stone, who finished with five assists in his second five-point night with the team. His massive performance helped snap Minnesota’s six-game winning streak and kept the Knights in first in the West Division.

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A Point Earned For Kelly McCrimmon

from Ed Graney of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

As it is, Pete DeBoer and his assistants were kept away from Tuesday night’s game against St. Louis at T-Mobile Arena because of COVID-19 protocols. There was an exposure on the staff when a member tested positive.

Welcome to the bench, then, the pride of the Brandon Wheat Kings.

Kelly McCrimmon traded in his general manager’s hat and assumed head coaching duties in a game the Knights would drop 5-4 in a shootout.

He spent 26 seasons with the Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League, holding roles from owner to general manager to head coach and more.

Translation: He knew his way to the ice.

“Usually, when you get a point at home, you don’t call it a good point,” McCrimmon said. “But when you’re down (4-2) in the third period, you do.”

Still, it was strange. McCrimmon was joined by the coaching staff of the American Hockey League’s Silver Knights. I can’t be certain, but I wouldn’t put it past much of anything that few Golden Knights players knew much about them before Tuesday.

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COVID Precaution For The Coaching Staff Of The Vegas Golden Knights

added 6:57pm, VGK statement is below.

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