Subban Sparkles in 3-2 Win Over New Jersey

Pacioretty notches second game winner in a row, VGK streak now at six

Mark Warner @VegasHockeyPod
January 6, 2019

Malcolm Subban stopped 36-38 shots including twenty in the decisive third period and the Golden Knights beat the visiting New Jersey Devils 3-2.

The Devils jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by Nico Hischier and Ben Lovejoy. Hischier opened the scoring at 5:06 when he collected his own blocked pass right in the slot then beat Subban high glove. The Devils increased their lead to 2-0 when Ben Lovejoy walked out from behind the net on his backhand, skated across the crease with great patience, turned to his forehand and put the puck behind a sprawling Subban. Subban would not be beaten again.

Ryan Reaves started the comeback for the Golden Knights 3 minutes later when he blocked a pass by Devils centericeman Patel Zacha at the blue line and went in alone on Devils’ goaltender Keith Kinkaid. Reaves scored his career high 8th goal of the season when his shot trickled between Kinkaid’s legs and across the goal line.

Brayden McNabb tied the game with a wrist shot from the above the left circle at 11:17 of the second period on a goal that was initially disallowed. The call on the ice was goalie interference on Ryan Carpenter. The Golden Knights challenged the call, and replays showed no contact was made with Kinkaid. It was just a great screen by Carpenter and the goal stood.

Max Pacioretty, for the second game in a row since missing 7 games with a lower body injury scored the game winning goal. Less than 24 hours after the birth of his fourth son, the new dad deflected a Shea Theodore shot from the top of the left circle past Kinkaid at 15:46 of the 2nd period.

The rest was all Malcolm Subban. The Vegas netminder shutout the Devils the rest of the way, including during 2 power plays during the last 4 minutes of the game. Ryan Reaves went off for tripping at 16:38, and again at 18:58 for delay of game. Subban stopped 4 good chances in the last minute facing the 6 on 4 situation to seal the win, earning the games Third Star.


The win was the Golden Knights 6th in a row, second longest in their short history. The Knights won 8 straight from December 17th to January 2nd last season. Shea Theodore returned to the lineup after missing Friday’s game against the Ducks with illness. Next up for the Knights will be the New York Rangers Tuesday at 7:00 PST. The Golden Knights beat the Rangers in New York 4-3 on December 16th.

Half Season Review/ Second Half Preview

The latest episode of the podcast is our Half Season Review and second half look ahead. With the deep dive into #VGK and what to expect the rest of the way, then the guys go around the league and break down all the divisions

  • The four way race for the two spots left in the Atlantic
  • Who is more surprising the Sabres or the Islanders
  • Can any of the bottom 4 in the Pacific make a run

  • The wide open Central

  • There is much more including the OT segment when Mark and Chris debate deferring penalties in the last two minutes of a period. Check it out!

    Golden Knights Win Wild One

    Anaheim, CA

    January 4th, 2019

    The Vegas Golden Knights beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 on Friday night in a game that saw both teams score 2 goals in less than forty seconds during the second period.

    The Golden Knights opened the scoring at 6:52 of a dominant first period when defenseman Nate Schmidt took a pass from Brad Hunt and blasted the puck through heavy traffic for his 4th goal of the year to put the Golden Knights up 1-0. The tally created some controversy as there was a delayed penalty being called at the time. The Ducks goalie John Gibson appeared to control the puck just prior to the Schmidt shot by shoveling the puck into the corner to his left but the referee allowed play to continue.

    The Golden Knights finished the period with a 1-0 lead, out shooting the Ducks 17-6. John Gibson, showing why he was selected to the All-Star Game, kept the Ducks in the game with 16 saves, many of them on point-blank scoring chances by the Golden Knights.

    Nick Holden opened what would become a wild second period by taking a penalty at 1:22. The Ducks Daniel Sprong took quick advantage of the power play to tie the game at 1 a side. Just thirty-five seconds into the man advantage he took a pass from Josh Mahura and let go a blast from the top of the right circle. The Ducks Nick Ritchie provided an excellent screen at the top of the crease and Marc Andre Fleury never saw the shot.

    Just eighteen seconds later the Ducks took the lead on a goal by Carter Rowney. The Ducks started out of their end with Brian Gibbons leading the way up the right side. Entering the Golden Knights zone he spotted Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm down low on the left side and hit him on his tape with a perfect pass. Lindholm then tipped the puck across the crease to Rowney who didn’t miss the wide open net.

    Exactly eight minutes later the Golden Knights started their two goal outburst. Tomas Nosek parked at the top of the crease banged home the rebound of a Brayden McNabb slap shot for his fifth of the year to even the score. Nosek, who spotted the puck loose behind Gibson, managed to get his stick on it while fighting for position and shove it across the goal line while falling to the ice.

    Thirty one seconds later, Mac Pacioretty, who earlier in the day was activated from the injured list after missing 7 games, put the Golden Knights ahead for good. Alex Tuch created a turnover at the Golden Knights blue line when the Ducks Adam Henrique tried to enter the zone along the left side boards. Tuch pushed the puck up ice to Paul Stastny, who had Pacioretty breaking up the left-wing to create a 2 on 1 attack. Stastny sailed a beautiful cross ice pass down low to Max who buried the puck behind Gibson for his eleventh goal of the year, the eventual game winner.

    To make room on the roster for Pacioretty the Golden Knights announced earlier in the day that Brandon Pirri would be sent down to the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League. Pirri, who has quickly become a fan favorite in Las Vegas by scoring six goals and 9 points in just seven games with the big club appears to be a victim of his waiver exempt status. Assistant General Manager Kelly McCrimmon seemed to confirm that the team would like to keep Pirri at the NHL level by saying “he’ll be back.”

    Fleury and the Golden Knights shut down the Ducks the rest of the way, stopping all eleven shots he faced in the third period to seal a dominating performance and earn the two points. The Ducks netminder John Gibson showed why he is an All-Star selection this season, stopping thirty-nine shots by the Golden Knights. Many of them high quality, point-blank chances by the Golden Knights, who carried play most of the night.


    With the win the Golden Knights move into a points tie with the Calgary Flames for first place in the Pacific Division at 54 points, and a tie for second overall in the NHL with the Flames and the Toronto Maple Leafs. THe Golden Knights have now won five straight and extended their point streak to eight games, capturing 14 of a possible 16 over that span. THe Golden Knights start a three game home stand against the New Jersey Devils Sunday at 1:00 PM PST.


    Golden Knights Win Franchise Opener

    Marc-André Fleury made 45 saves and James Neal scored twice in the third period as the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Dallas Stars 2-1 in their first game in franchise history.

    In what may be the prototypical Knights game this season, Fleury stood on his head and kept the game close until the offense was able to come up with just enough to get the win.

    Trailing 1-0 midway through the third period, James Neal took a drop pass at the blue line from Defenseman Nate Schmidt, skated into the top of the right circle and snapped a wrist shot past Stars Goalie Kari Lehtonen for the first goal in franchise history. 

    Five minutes later, with time winding down, Neal scored the game winner. Jason Garrison started the play at center ice, pushing the puck up to a streaking Cody Eakin who split the defense, barreling his way right down the slot before sneaking a cross ice pass to an open Neal on the right wing. Neal, who was falling to his knees after receiving the pass, lifted the puck over the sprawling Lehtonen and into the top of the net for the game winning goal. 

    After a moving pregame ceremony honoring the victims of last Sunday’s senseless attack in Las Vegas that saw the entire Stars team skate over and stand with the Golden Knights for the National Anthem, the teams skated to a penalty filled scoreless tie at the end of the first period.

    Tyler Seguin opened the scoring 17 minutes into the second period with his first of the year following a holding penalty on Knights Defenseman Colin Miller. 

     Marc-André Fleury shutout the Stars the rest of the way, stopping all 11 shots he faced in the third period, giving the Knights the opportunity they needed. 

    The Knights are back in action tonight, facing the Arizona Coyotes in Arizona before heading home for their TMobile Arena debut on Tuesday, also against the Coyotes. Puck drop is at 6:00 PM PST.

    Mark Warner

    Pacific Division Preview 

    In this episode, Dana Lane takes us in depth into the players left in camp, who’s in, who’s out, and what to expect from the Knights this season. Then, Jeff Duarte, NHL Editor for Cali Sports News takes through the rest of the Pacific Division and gives us his unique insight of what to look for in the 2017-18 NHL season. 

    • Has Alex Tuch done enough to make the opening night roster for the Golden Knights?
    • What happens with the log jam on defense for Vegas?
    • How to define success for the Golden Knights after the season?
    • Who wins the division?
    • What does the new coaching staff mean for Drew Doughty and the rest of the Kings?
    • Has the window closed for the Sharks?
    • Can the Ducks stay in the race with Ryan Kesler out long term?
    • How good can Calgary be with Mike Smith between the pipes?

    Dana and Jeff break it all down for us in our final preview show before the games start to count. Don’t miss it!

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    Next up, Dana Lane wraps up UNLV’s regular season and gets us ready for the playoffs, offers his thoughts on the Capuano story and gives out some good gaming insights for us to take to the window. Don’t miss this episode!

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    Shane Hnidy