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A Bounce Back Win For Martin Jones And The San Jose Sharks

from Curtis Pashelka of the Mercury News,

William Karlsson picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone and darted into the Sharks’ end on a 2-on-1 with Reilly Smith. Karlsson put on the breaks, got the puck to his forehand and fed a perfect pass to Smith over the stick of Brenden Dillon.

Martin Jones stretched out his right leg, using every inch of his 6-foot-4 inch frame, to get a toe on the shot, preserving the Sharks’ one-goal lead and maybe his team’s season.

“Totally what we expected. He’s a heck of a goalie,” Sharks captain Joe Pavelski said. “We believe in this guy. We played the right way tonight and it probably started with him and he led the way out.

“We were committed, helped him out a little bit.  He made some great saves, especially that 2-on-1 there after they scored. A game saving save there, and that’s what he’s always done for us, get those key saves.”

After he was pulled in Game 4 after he allowed two goals on seven shots in the first period, Jones finished with 30 saves, and the Sharks came away with a gutsy 5-2 win over the Golden Knights on Thursday in Game 5.

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The San Jose Sharks Can’t Afford Another Loss

from Curtis Pashelka of the Mercury News,

Logan Couture was asked straight up: After three straight losses, two decisively, what gives the Sharks hope like they can still win this series against the Vegas Golden Knights?

“We’re still playing. We’ve got a chance,” Couture said. “It’s never over until it’s over. We need to go home, where we’ve been good all year, played two good games to start this series at home, and try and win a game, and that’s that.”

There was a lot to like about the way the Sharks played in the first two periods Tuesday night in Game 4. But goalie Marc-Andre Fleury made 28 saves for his 15th career postseason shutout and the Sharks didn’t get enough saves at the other end in a 5-0 loss at T-Mobile Arena.

Game 5 is Thursday at SAP Center in San Jose, and between now and then, the Sharks have to find a way to put a complete game together, or their once promising season that started with talk of a Stanley Cup will be over.

“For us it’s our starts. It’s very important. We haven’t played with the lead much. When we have, we’ve played well,” Sharks captain Joe Pavelski said.

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The New Guys Lead The Way For The Vegas Golden Knights

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

How do you follow the Vegas Golden Knights' inaugural season of 2017-18?

What do you do on Toshiba Plaza when you've had fans line up to get logo tattoos? What do you do inside T-Mobile Arena when you've set a new standard for pregame shows? What do you on the ice when the Golden Misfits made the Stanley Cup Final?

You add weddings and glow sticks and Paul Stastny and Max Pacioretty and Mark Stone.

The new forwards scored all the Vegas goals in a 6-3 win against the San Jose Sharks that gave the Golden Knights a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference First Round on Sunday, in the first Stanley Cup Playoff game at T-Mobile Arena since the Washington Capitals won the Cup in Game 5 of the Final on June 7.

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Video- Joe Thornton On His Head Hit To Tomas Nosek

from Curtis Pashelka of the Mercury News,

“I honestly thought I barely touched him,” Thornton said. “He just came right back; it was just one of those plays that it is what it is. I think my son hits me like that six times a day, it’s just a weird position to put himself in. That’s all.”

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Special Teams A Problem For The San Jose Sharks

from Paul Gackle of the Mercury News,

It’s a script that Sharks fans are all too familiar with. If they turned it into a full-length movie it would probably be called, “Five Minutes Late.”

For the eighth time in 16 franchise meetings with the Vegas Golden Knights, the Sharks surrendered the opening goal less than five minutes into the first period. By the 6:11 mark, Vegas held a 3-0 lead, making Game 2 of the opening-round series look like a sequel of last year’s Game 1 showdown between the Pacific Division rivals that saw the Sharks fall behind 4-0 in 11:43 en route to a 7-0 loss.

Despite the slow start, special teams ultimately decided Friday’s game. The Sharks went 1-for-8 on the power play, surrendering a pair of shorties. To make matters worse, the Knights also picked up a third period power play goal, which ended up being the game winner.

“It hard to win this time of year if you don’t win special teams,” Sharks coach Pete DeBoer said.

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Not The Best Game For The Vegas Golden Knights

from David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

As the Golden Knights stumbled toward the finish line of the regular season, the common refrain was they could find their game when it mattered most.

But as the postseason opened Wednesday, all the problems of the past two weeks remained.

The Knights were unable to match the intensity of a San Jose squad intent on making a statement and lost 5-2 in a hostile SAP Center to open the Western Conference quarterfinals.

Mark Stone notched both goals for the Knights, and Max Pacioretty finished with two assists. Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is here Friday at 7:30 p.m.

“They outplayed us in every facet of the game tonight,” coach Gerard Gallant said. “They played hard. They worked and competed, and we weren’t near good enough. They did a good job. They played hard. We weren’t close to good enough, and we’ll do better next game.”

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GIF- Joe Thornton And Ryan Reaves Fined For High-Sticking

NEW YORK (March 31, 2019) – San Jose Sharks forward Joe Thornton has been fined $2,500 for high-sticking Vegas Golden Knights forward Ryan Reaves during NHL Game No. 1211 in San Jose on Saturday, March 30, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 15:20 of the first period. Thornton was assessed a minor penalty for high-sticking.


NEW YORK (March 31, 2019) – Vegas Golden Knights forward Ryan Reaves has been fined $2,500 for high-sticking San Jose Sharks forward Joe Thornton during NHL Game No. 1211 in San Jose on Saturday, March 30, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 16:10 of the third period.

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The Vegas Golden Knights Are In The Playoffs Again

from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,

The Vegas Golden Knights have made it two appearances in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in their two seasons in the NHL.

The Golden Knights (42-30-6) clinched a 2019 playoff berth when the Arizona Coyotes lost 3-2 in a shootout to the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center on Friday. Vegas is third in the Pacific Division with 90 points and four regular-season games to play, five points behind the second-place San Jose Sharks.

Here are five reasons the Golden Knights clinched a playoff berth:

1. Stone on the scene

The Golden Knights acquired arguably the best player moved before the NHL Trade Deadline, getting forward Mark Stone from the Ottawa Senators with forward Tobias Lindberg for forward Oscar Lindberg, defenseman Erik Brannstrom and a second-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft on Feb. 23.

Since the trade, Vegas is 10-4-1 and Stone has 10 points (four goals, six assists) and has joined center Paul Stastny (16 points; six goals, 10 assists) and forward Max Pacioretty (eight points; four goals, four assists) to create a dominant second line.

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Video-Michael Haley Wanted A Piece Of Ryan Reaves

via Sportsnet's YouTube channel,

Ryan Reaves made it to the bench after a massive hit on Melker Karlsson, but Micheal Haley was searching for a fight and pulled Reaves off the bench to try and drop the gloves.

 

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Videos- Malcolm Subban Earns An Unsportsmanlike Penalty

A little bump too?

 

 

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Video- After Hours With Mark Stone

via Sportsnet,

Mark Stone talks about adjusting to life with the Vegas Golden Knights, how he developed as a NHLer and then also has his interview interrupted by teammate Ryan Reaves.

 

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Eight More Years For Mark Stone In Vegas

VEGAS (March 8, 2019) – Vegas Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee announced today, March 8, that the team has signed forward Mark Stone to an eight-year contract extension through the 2026-27 season worth an average annual value of $9.5 million. 

Stone was acquired by the Golden Knights on February 25, along with prospect Tobias Lindberg, from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Vegas Golden Knights forward Oscar Lindberg, Vegas Golden Knights prospect Erik Brannstrom and a 2020 Second Round draft pick (originally belonging to Dallas).

The 26-year-old Stone is a veteran of 371 NHL games and has tallied 123 goals and 190 assists for 313 points in his NHL career. He has also appeared in 27 playoff games for Ottawa with five goals and eight assists in those postseason contests. This season, Stone has recorded a career-high 28 goals and 36 assists for 64 points in 64 games. He has recorded 20 goals or more in five consecutive seasons and last year finished with 20 goals and a career-high 42 assists for 62 points in 58 games.

The native of Winnipeg, Manitoba spent the last two seasons as an alternate captain for the Senators. In 2016, Stone recorded 10 points (4 G, 6 A) in 10 games to help lead Team Canada to a gold medal during the 2016 IIHF World Championship.

Stone was selected by the Ottawa Senators in the sixth round (178th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

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The Vegas Golden Knights Strengthen Their Lineup With Mark Stone

from David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

The Golden Knights acquired right wing Mark Stone from the Ottawa Senators in a blockbuster deal shortly before Monday’s trade deadline.

In exchange for Stone, the Knights sent prospect Erik Brannstrom, forward Oscar Lindberg and a 2020 second-round draft pick to the Senators.

Stone could make his debut Tuesday when the Knights host Dallas at 7 p.m. at T-Mobile Arena.

“He should definitely bring a lot of energy to our room,” coach Gerard Gallant said. “I was expecting us to be ready to play (Tuesday) whether we got Mark Stone or not. But hopefully he brings a lot of goals to our team, a lot of character, work ethic. Like I said, he’s a great all-around player. He’s definitely going to help us.”

Stone, 26, will be an unrestricted free agent this summer and announced on TSN he agreed to a contract extension with the Knights. A source said the deal was not finalized, but it was expected to be for eight years with a $9.5 million average annual salary and include a full no-movement clause.

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Ottawa Trades Mark Stone To Vegas Golden Knights

TSN reporting done deal.

 

 

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Another Home Loss For The Vegas Golden Knights

from David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

The boos started during the first period Friday after a Golden Knights power play went completely awry.

By the middle of the third, a portion of the announced crowd of 18,280 had seen enough and started to empty out of T-Mobile Arena.

The Knights continued their recent struggles on home ice and had two costly lapses that led to a 6-3 loss to the Winnipeg Jets in their final game before Monday’s trade deadline.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re in the game 56 minutes and you let (in) five goals in those four minutes,” center Pierre-Edouard Bellemare said. “It’s frustrating we lost again at home in front of our fans. It’s the last thing we want to do. Boston I could take that; this one is just a bad loss. A few of the goals should never happen. It’s on us, that’s it.”

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The ‘Soft’ Vegas Golden Knights

from Ed Graney of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

It’s like accusing a baker of using cheap ingredients.

It’s like suggesting a singer is tone deaf.

It’s like charging an attorney — or, well, football coach — with being honest.

The horror of it.

Professional athletes can be a predictable lot when it comes to what might push their buttons most, certain words or phrases that describe play in a less-than-flattering manner.

None gets their attention more than this: soft.

“It’s not a good word,” Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury said.

It’s one Knights coach Gerard Gallant used after a 5-2 loss to Arizona on Tuesday night, the team’s fourth straight at T-Mobile Arena and one that definitely bothered Gallant in terms of how his team did — or, specifically — didn’t compete.

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Gerard Gallant Not Happy With Home Loss To The Arizona Coyotes

from David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

Gerard Gallant stayed in the Golden Knights locker room longer than normal after Tuesday’s loss “spreading some truth,” according to defenseman Nate Schmidt.

And then the coach, who rarely blasts his team in public, didn’t hold back with the media, either.

“I don’t like the way we played,” said a visibly frustrated Gallant. “I thought we played about 10 minutes of real good hockey tonight. There was no passion in our game. There was no aggressive forecheck in our game. We played a soft game and, in my opinion, we gave them three goals from our mistakes, not from what they deserved.

“I’ll give them credit, but when you give them three goals like that, you’re not going to win many games.”

The Knights showed little pushback in the third period and suffered a 5-2 loss to the Arizona Coyotes before an announced crowd of 18,212 at T-Mobile Arena.

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Videos- What You May Have Missed Last Night

Tampa Bay Lightining won the game 5-4 over the Pittsburgh Penguins, who won the battles?

 

 

Below, James Neal losses a tooth ot two and Marc-Andre Fleury with the bad goal of the night.

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Videos- Did Pierre-Edouard Bellemare Bite P.K. Subban?

First the evidence for you to view and below, P.K. Subban talks about it post-game.

 

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Videos- Goalie Issues Last Night

 

Fleury was not penalized.

 

 

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The Vegas Golden Knighs Have Won Seven Games In A Row

from David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

It’s a little bit like pointing out shoulder acne on a supermodel, but two issues still lingered during the Golden Knights’ season-long win streak.

— The power play hadn’t converted since last year.

— Jonathan Marchessault went even longer without scoring.

The Knights solved those problems Tuesday, and the result was a workmanlike 4-2 victory over the New York Rangers before an announced crowd of 18,249 at T-Mobile Arena.

“I think we’re getting some chemistry, but the guys are playing hard and competing hard,” coach Gerard Gallant said. “We’ve been more energized, we’re forechecking well and have had good defensive zone coverage. I like the way our game is.”

Brandon Pirri scored in the second period to snap an 0-for-17 drought with the man advantage. Marchessault notched his first goal since Dec. 22 to help the Knights win their seventh in a row, which is the longest active win streak in the NHL after the New York Islanders lost to Carolina on Tuesday.

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Video- Fight Of The Night

Ryan Reaves And Adam McQuaid.

 

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Here Comes The Vegas Golden Knights

from Tracey Myers of NHL.com,

Vegas is back to being Vegas.

"I just think we're catching our stride," Vegas Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant said prior to an 8-3 win against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Tuesday. "The last four games, we played our game exactly as we did last year."

Last season, the first-year Golden Knights parlayed a hot start (15-6-1) into a success story beyond imagination. They finished with 109 points, won the Pacific Division and advanced to the Stanley Cup Final, losing to the Washington Capitals in five games.

The run of good fortune halted early this season. Vegas lost four of its first five games and was 8-11-1 on Nov. 16.

But the Golden Knights (13-12-1, 27 points) have found their footing again. They've won four straight games, are third in the Pacific Division behind the first-place Calgary Flames (14-9-1, 29 points) and second-place San Jose Sharks (12-8-5, 29 points), and their confidence is surging entering the game against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on Thursday...

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Not A Good Night For The San Jose Sharks

from Paul Gackle of the Mercury News,

 A 53-second stretch in the second period told the entire story.

Trailing the Vegas Golden Knights 5-0 late in the period, Evander Kane received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, a 10-minute penalty for abuse of officials and a game misconduct after he argued with the referees over a tripping call. Less than a minute later, head coach Pete DeBoer got tossed from the game, as well.

In the third, Barclay Goodrow took an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and a 10-minute misconduct. Even Justin Braun let his frustration show, drawing a roughing penalty in the game’s final minute.

The emotional meltdown matched the implosion on the ice as the Sharks got run out of T-Mobile Arena Saturday by the same team that eliminated them from the playoffs last spring.

“You’re going to kick a guy out for arguing a call because emotions are high?” DeBoer said. “Have a feel for the game.

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The Slumping Edmonton Oilers

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Talbot surrendered three in four Vegas shots early in the second period Sunday, as the Golden Knights turned a 2-1 deficit into a 4-2 advantage. Then, two more in the opening 3:03 of the third period, just in case there might be a comeback in the offing.

The Golden Knights eventually prevailed by a 6-3 score, at which point Talbot surrenders one more thing:

His label as the No. 1 goaltender for the Edmonton Oilers.

Step right up, Mikko Koskinen. The job is yours as long as you can hold it....

The Oilers have now lost six of their past seven games, and after looking forward to a five-game stretch against Pacific Division opponents that was supposed to serve as a launching pad, Edmonton is 0-2 in the division and is officially a team adrift.

As Talbot loses his starting gig, everyone’s job is at stake in Edmonton this morning. From the general manager, whose trade record is simply not good enough, to the head coach who has had four years with this group and is still patching systemic holes on a number of fronts.

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Injury List Grows For The Vegas Golden Knights

from Justin Emerson of the Las Vegas Sun,

It appears the Golden Knights are preparing for the worst when it comes to the health of center Erik Haula.

Haula was placed on injured reserve Tuesday night, according to the team’s website, and coach Gerard Gallant confirmed today that Haula he will be out “month-to-month.”

Gallant also said center Paul Stastny, who played in three games this year before going on IR, is “not close” to returning.

“Injuries are part of the game. Every team goes through them, so we can’t use them as an excuse,” Gallant said. “If we’re going to win, everybody has to step up. That’s the way it is. When guys go down, people have to step up and take a bigger role.”

Gallant said he wasn’t sure if either player would require surgery.

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Video- Max Pacioretty On Leaving The Montreal Canadiens

via Sportsnet,

Max Pacioretty sat down with Christine Simpson to outline what exactly went down with regards to his departure from the Montreal Canadiens.

 

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The Slow Start By The Vegas Golden Knights

from Rory Boylen of Sportsnet,

So as Vegas is off to a slower 7-8-1 start in 2018-19, it’d be wise to not draw any conclusions about their demise too early. Sure, many expected Vegas to regress in some ways, but not to this degree as a team. The Golden Knights are 26th in the NHL with more games played than anyone else behind them.

So what has happened out of the gate?

There are a number of factors at play, and here we’ll highlight six of them:

THE SCHEDULE
Remember the Vegas Flu? The Golden Knights won 19 of their first 23 home games and were tough to beat there all season long. They were 5-3 at home in the playoffs, dropping their final two games at T-Mobile Arena to the Washington Capitals....

This season was a bit more of a challenge. After playing one home game to start, Vegas went on an eight-day, five-game road trip over which time they scored just eight goals. They did come home for five straight after that from Oct. 16-28 — and won four of them — but six of their next seven games after that are roadies. Saturday’s game in Montreal is the second-last stop on this trip.

Vegas is 4-2-1 at home so far this season and 3-6-0 on the road right now, so the fact they had a less favourable start to the schedule in 2018-19 is one reason they are slower out of the gate in Year 2.

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Video- You Make The Call Ottawa/Vegas

Good goal, VGK win 5-3.

 

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Video- Erik Haula Injury

Tough one to watch.

 

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Golfer Bryson DeChambeau Suffers A ‘Hockey’ Injury

from Brentley Romine of GolfWeek,

Notice the bandage on Bryson DeChambeau’s hand Sunday at TPC Summerlin? Turns out, DeChambeau injured his right hand on Saturday night while trying to pump up the crowd at an NHL game in Las Vegas.

DeChambeau was a special guest of the Las Vegas Golden Knights and was asked to “ring the siren” before the start of the third quarter. While cranking the air horn, DeChambeau said Sunday that he “ripped part of my hand off.”

“I’m like, ‘Wow, I’m really in some doo-doo; not in a good place,’” DeChambeau said.

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Vegas Golden Knights Extend Nate Schmidt For Six Years

VEGAS (October 24, 2018) –  Vegas Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee announced today, October 24, that the team has signed defenseman Nate Schmidt to a six-year contract extension through the 2024-25 season worth an average annual value of $5,950,000.

Schmidt, 27, had 36 points (5 G, 31 A) and 19 penalty minutes in 76 games during the 2017-18 regular season. He appeared in all 20 games of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, including the Stanley Cup Final, recording seven points (3 G, 4 A) with 4 penalty minutes. In his five NHL seasons, Schmidt has skated in 276 games and has recorded 79 points (13 G, 66 A) to go with 64 penalty minutes.

The St. Cloud, MN native was selected by the Vegas Golden Knights from the Washington Capitals during the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft.


Schmidt is currently suspended for violating the NHL's performance-enhancing drug policy and can return on November 18th.

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Alex Tuch Signs A Seven-Year Extension With The Vegas Golden Knights

VEGAS (October 19, 2018) –  Vegas Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee announced today, October 19, that the team has signed forward Alex Tuch to a seven-year contract extension through the 2025-26 season worth an average annual value of $4,750,000.

Tuch, 22, had 37 points (15 G, 22 A) and 27 penalty minutes in 78 games during the 2017-18 regular season. He appeared in all 20 games of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, including the Stanley Cup Final, recording 10 points (6 G, 4 A) with 12 penalty minutes. In his two NHL seasons, Tuch has skated in 84 games and has recorded 37 points (15 G, 22 A) to go with 27 penalty minutes.

The Syracuse, NY native was acquired by the Vegas Golden Knights from the Minnesota Wild during the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft.

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Video- Marc-Andre Fleury Had A Day To Remember

A shutout for Fleury, faced 26 shots and he needed to stop every one in the 1-0 win by the Golden Knights over the Philadelphia Flyers.

 

 

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We Have A Stanley Cup Final Rematch Tonight

from Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post,

As the Vegas Golden Knights crammed into the quaint visiting locker room at Capital One Arena, they insist the feeling wasn’t different than any other game. Yes, they were here for two games in the playoffs. Yes, they lost both of those. No, that’s not weighing on them as they prepare to play the team that topped them for the Stanley Cup four months ago.

“Seriously, it hadn’t even crossed my mind,” Golden Knights Coach Gerard Gallant said. "Last year, they won the Stanley Cup. They were the better team in the final. They deserved it. They played well. This year, for me it’s about trying to get back to the Stanley Cup playoffs. That’s what we started out with. ... So, I’m not worried about, because Washington beat us in the final last year that we’re playing them Game 4 in the regular season. It means no more to me.

"Is it a rivalry? Do we really want to beat them? We want to win because we want two points. It has nothing to do with what happened last year in the playoffs.”

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The Vegas Golden Knights Have A Few Issues

from David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

Granted, it’s a small sample size. But three games into the Golden Knights’ season, two disturbing trends continue to play out.

1. They’re making costly lapses in the defensive zone.

2. They’re struggling to score despite generating plenty of shots.

“I didn’t like anything again today,” a clearly frustrated Gerard Gallant said Monday after his team’s 4-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres before an announced Columbus Day crowd of 16,004 at KeyBank Center.

“We didn’t play good enough to win the hockey game. I’d like to say just because we had lots of shots and that, but they were the better team. They were more committed to winning today, and we didn’t show up good enough.”

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Video- Hockey Days Are Here Again For The Vegas Golden Knights

The Vegas Golden Knights open at home tonight hosting the Philadelphia Flyers.

 

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Shea Theodore Signs A Seven-Year Contract With The Vegas Golden Knights

VEGAS (September 24, 2018) - Vegas Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee announced today, September 24, that the team has signed defenseman Shea Theodore to a seven-year contract through the 2024-25 season worth an average annual value of $5,200,000.

Theodore, 23, had 29 points (6G, 23A) and 14 penalty minutes in 61 games during the 2017-18 regular season. He appeared in all 20 games of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, including the Stanley Cup Final, recording on 10 points (3G, 7A) with eight penalty minutes. In his three NHL seasons, Theodore has skated in 114 games and has recorded 46 points (11G, 35A) to go with 44 penalty minutes.

The Langley, British Columbia-native was acquired by the Vegas Golden Knights via a trade from the Anaheim Ducks during the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft.

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Vegas Golden Knights Announce A Partnership With A Sports Book

VEGAS (September 18, 2018) – William Hill US, the world’s leading sports book operator, and the Vegas Golden Knights today announced a landmark, multi-year partnership, the first-ever between an NHL team in North America and a sports book.

“We could not be more excited to partner with the Golden Knights.  We are headquartered in Las Vegas and have seen first-hand what this team has done for our community,” said Joe Asher, CEO of William Hill US. “William Hill is the leader in the U.S sports betting market and we are proud of the fact that this is the first sponsorship agreement between a sports book and an NHL team in the country.  We appreciate the leadership of Bill Foley and his Golden Knights management team in bringing a winning franchise to Las Vegas and always working to make the in-game experience the best anywhere.”

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Marc-Andre Fleury On The New Modified Equipment

from Jesse Granger of the Las Vegas Sun,

The NHL altered goaltenders’ chest-protectors this offseason, making them smaller in several areas to cover less of the net. With last year’s padding Fleury’s arms weren’t as mobile, and he never could have slicked his hair back while wearing it.

“I guess that’s one of the benefits,” Fleury joked.

But Fleury and many goalies around the NHL aren’t completely satisfied with the new equipment. They are still requesting small tweaks to provide them with the proper protection. Fleury is still awaiting replacement parts with preseason already started and the regular season quickly approaching.

“I think it just feels a little bit rushed,” Fleury said. “There are still come complaints about parts so we’re still waiting for pieces to be signed off on by the league. I’m hoping I get the pieces here in time.It would have been nice to get comfortable, make sure it’s safe and wait for parts before the season started.”

The changes include making the shoulder floaters (small pieces that hang on the shoulders) 1.5 inches narrower, and narrower arm pads around the elbow. They are designed to make the pads fit the shape of the goalie’s body and not protrude.

Fleury said there have been a small amount of shots in practice he thought were going to hit his shoulder, but sailed by and into the net.

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Views On The Max Pacioretty Trade

from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,

Max Pacioretty is a sweet and gentle soul. Too sweet and gentle, you might think, for the helter-skelter mayhem of the National Hockey League, with its sharp elbows, sharper skate blades and still sharper critics ready to pounce on every move.

Yet gentle Max has prospered in the world of gap-toothed warriors, and rose to become both a feared sniper and captain of the once mighty Montreal Canadiens. Not bad for a college boy from Connecticut.

Much has been written — and much more will be written — about how Pacioretty’s relationship with his club declined from that moment three years ago when GM Marc Bergevin and former head coach Michel Therrien showed up at Pacioretty’s door bearing a jersey with the captain’s “C”.

Pacioretty was the organization’s fair-haired boy back then, the one chosen as captain over the self-regarding P.K. Subban, the one chosen to lead the bleu-blanc-rouge into what was supposed to be a beautiful future.

Instead, that future had turned ugly as a baboon’s behind.

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from Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star,

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A Four-Year Extension For Max Pacioretty With The Vegas Golden Knights

VEGAS (September 10, 2018) - Vegas Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee announced today, September 10, that the team has signed forward Max Pacioretty to a four-year contract extension through the 2022-23 season worth an average annual value of $7 million.

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Montreal Trades Max Pacioretty To Vegas For Tomas Tatar, Nick Suzuki & A 2nd Round Pick

via a press release from the Montreal Canadiens,

CANADIENS ACQUIRE FORWARDS TOMAS TATAR AND NICK SUZUKI, AND A SECOND ROUND PICK IN 2019 FROM THE VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS, IN RETURN FOR MAX PACIORETTY

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Afternoon Line- George McPhee

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About Nate Schmidt’s Suspension

from Ed Graney of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

Schmidt’s case opens up a long-standing truth, that the protocol by which the NHL tests players remains a laughable option for catching those who cheat and, well, perhaps exonerating those who test positive but didn’t.

Of the four major professional sports — none of which come close to owning the credibility of how things are done through the United States Anti-Doping Agency — hockey is the worst.

More than any such past cases, I want to believe Schmidt, as popular and accommodating a player as Vegas has, engaging and introspective and gracious.

But herein lies the issue for an unbiased eye:

Any drug testing program should be evaluated on two factors.

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Nate Schmidt Suspended 20 Games For Violating Terms Of The Performance Enhancing Substances Program

NEW YORK (September 2, 2018) – Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt has been suspended for the first 20 regular-season games of the 2018-19 season, without pay, for violating the terms of the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program.

While Schmidt will be permitted to participate in team activities during Training Camp, he will not dress or play in any pre-season games.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the suspension is accompanied by mandatory referral to the NHL/NHLPA Program for Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health for evaluation and possible treatment.

The National Hockey League will have no further comment on this matter.


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The Pressure Is On Tomas Tatar

from Joey Alfieri of NBC Sports,

The Golden Knights aren’t up against the salary cap, but they still have to be concerned about Tatar $5.3 million per season for the next three years. He’s currently the third-highest paid player on the team behind Paul Stastny and Marc-Andre Fleury. He also has a no-trade clause. There’s clearly going to be some pressure on him to produce more than he did a year ago.

That’s not to say that he can’t have a rebound season because he definitely can. It just depends on what your expectations are for him. If the Golden Knights are looking for him to score 20 goals and 45-50 points, that’s realistic. If he does anything more than that, it would be considered a bonus. If he continues to struggle, they’ll be stuck with that contract for a while.

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Still No Contract For Shea Theodore

from David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

Restricted free agent Shea Theodore remains unsigned less than three weeks from the start of training camp on Sept. 13, and the situation is inching toward the danger zone for a possible holdout by the 23-year-old defenseman.

“We’ll hopefully have Shea under contract soon, and we’ll see how that goes over the next few weeks,” general manager George McPhee said Aug. 8 in an interview on Fox 1340 AM. “He’s in a unique position in that he doesn’t have arbitration rights. … So, this might be a little bit different. It might take a little longer, but it’s something that certainly he would like to have done and we’d like to have done.”

Since McPhee made those comments, not much has changed.

It’s unclear if the two sides are far apart on salary or whether the stalemate centers on Theodore’s desire for a long-term deal similar to the one defenseman Brady Skjei received from the New York Rangers this summer (six years, $31.5 million) or defenseman Damon Severson signed with New Jersey in September (six years, $25 million).

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The Vegas Golden Knights Intent On Protecting Their Brand

from Wade Tyler Millward of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

A “Neon Knights” Twitter account. A Henderson man’s “7th Knight” fan website. The familiar Spartan helmet decorating a handgun.

Online and off, the Golden Knights have sought protection for logos, slogans and even names that may confuse fans because they sound too similar.

But fake Knights-branded shirts, shoes, ties, and even blankets sold on the side of the road, or on websites like Facebook and Etsy, won’t go away anytime soon.

“Usage of our marks without licensing or without our permission has happened at different times throughout the season with various entities,” Knights spokesman Eric Tosi said. “We successfully addressed the matters with these entities accordingly and received their cooperation.”

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Questions Remain For The Vegas Golden Knights

from Ed Graney of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

It has been true all along that the Knights could prove even better than last season and still not come close to advancing as far in the playoffs. They could miss the postseason entirely, because while they remain a very good team when healthy, many of those in the Pacific Division have improved since the Capitals skated away with the Cup.

“We are pretty much in the same place,” Knights general manager George McPhee said. “We think we have excellent goaltending, and our defense is very good and we have very good forwards. We like where we are. We didn’t make predictions in the past. We said, ‘Let’s just go play the games and try to win and see what develops.’”

It begins in training camp, when coach Gerard Gallant no doubt will mix and match lines after his top one, needing to find out where Erik Haula now fits after the signing of center Paul Stastny, whether Alex Tuch is better on the second or third, if Tomas Tatar is more comfortable and prepared to produce after arriving at last season’s trade deadline, whether it will be Ryan Reaves or William Carrier.

Are the Knights really convinced that should goalie Marc-Andre Fleury again go down injured, that Malcolm Subban is a capable long-term answer?

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