The Vegas Golden Knights were shut out by Kaapo Kahkonen and the Minnesota Wild on Monday night by a 2-0 score.
Kahkonen stopped 26 shots against in recording his first career shutout while Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 20-of-21 shots against.
Kevin Fiala recorded the game’s first goal at 10:51 of the first period, the eventual game winner. Jonas Brodin added an empty net goal at 19:54 for the final margin of victory.
The same two teams go back at it Wednesday night in the second game of the two-game series.
- The Vegas Golden Knights power play didn’t look good in three power play chances. Movement away from the puck was sparse and it made the kill much easier for the Wild.
- For the most part, this game was a grind. The Wild did a great job of not allowing the VGK to set up and maintain puck possession on a regular basis. Plus Minnesota also forced the Golden Knights into several defensive zone turnovers, especially in the first period.
- Marc-Andre Fleury was once again extremely good in net for the Golden Knights. His anticipation, reads and puck tracking are all excellent. You can’t hang this one on him.
- This was the second time this season the VGK were shut out.
- Brayden McNabb did not return for tonight’s game despite some speculation he might be ready to return from a broken foot. He may be back Wednesday.
- Also missing the game on Monday were Mark Stone who left Saturday’s game in the second period and did not return, and Alex Pietrangelo who was also a game time decision. Both are considered day-to-day.