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Kessel Officially Becomes Ironman as Golden Knights Defeat Sharks

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Phil Kessel, Vegas Golden Knights NHL Ironman (Photo- Vegas Golden Knights via Twitter)
Phil Kessel, Vegas Golden Knights NHL Ironman (Photo- Vegas Golden Knights via Twitter)

The Vegas Golden Knights (6-2-0, twelve points) beat their Pacific Division rival, the San Jose Sharks (2-7-0, four points), Tuesday night in San Jose by a score of 4-2.

Phil Kessel became the NHL’s ironman and scored career goal no. 400, and scored his first goal as a Golden Knight all in this game. He started the game for the Golden Knights, and with his first shift, he officially passed Keith Yandle to become the NHL’s ironman.

Kessel has played in 990 straight NHL regular season games, which is the largest amount of games in NHL history. He started this streak in Nov. of 2009 with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

No lineup changes were made outside of Adin Hill getting the start against his former team. This game was the second half of a back-to-back for the Golden Knights, their first of the season.

Just like Monday night’s game against the Maple Leafs, Kessel appropriately scored the first goal of the game. The difference was that this goal counted. He used his speed to cut past a defender and beat his former teammate James Reimer for his 400th career goal and first as a Golden Knight.

The Golden Knights dominated the first period with 14 shots in the frame. This is the most the Sharks have given up in a single period so far this season. But only putting one in the back of the net allowed the Sharks to battle back into the game in the second period.

With the VGK tired playing two games in as many nights, with travel in between, the Sharks took advantage in the second period and scored two goals. Nico Sturm scored off a deflection which was shot initially by Kevin Labanc. After the Sharks killed a Golden Knight’s penalty, they scored again.

Matt Nieto received a stretch pass from Tomas Hertl for the go-ahead goal late in the period. But the Sharks were unable to carry this momentum into the third period after they outshot the Golden Knights 15-9 in the second.

Just 55 seconds into the third, Shea Theodore scored with a simple point shot.

The Golden Knights were lively once more in the third with the Theodore goal and a chance by Chandler Stephenson, where Reimer had to make a big stop.

Scoring the Golden Knight’s third goal was William Karlsson, who danced around Erik Karlsson (no relation). The go-ahead goal came with 6:47 left in the third and was the backbreaker for the Sharks, who then let in a goal a minute later

The Shark’s defense simply collapsed in the third after the Karlsson goal and let the Golden Knight’s top line of Stephenson, Mark Stone, and Jack Eichel work in the offensive zone. Stone scored backdoor from a feed from Stephenson.

The goal horn at SAP Center went off for Stone’s goal for some reason.

Reimer went to the bench for the extra attacker with over four minutes left in the game. For the second straight night, the VGK were unable to score on the empty net despite having over four minutes to shoot for it. No goalie goal for Hill.

Nonetheless, the Golden Knights walked away with a 4-2 win over the Sharks Tuesday night. Ten different players for the Golden Knights collected points in their victory.

VHN’s Player of the Game: Phillip J. Kessel

For the first time this season, we have a player receiving back-to-back player of the game awards. I don’t think anyone else on the team, no matter how good they played, can compete with Kessel’s story.

Up Next: The Golden Knights will play against the Anaheim Ducks on Friday at a unique time. With it being Nevada Day, the Ducks and VGK will face off from T-Mobile Arena at 3:00 pm. See you there.

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Owen Krepps covers the Vegas Golden Knights as editor-in-chief for Vegas Hockey Now. A 2022 Robert Morris University graduate, he has previously written for The Boulder City Review, RMU Sentry Media, Colonial Sports Network, The Titusville Herald, Pittsburgh Sports Now, and Pittsburgh Hockey Now. You can follow him on Twitter @OKrepps85

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Christopher Nowak BFA MLIS

The NFL has a LIKELY.
The MLB has a MOUNTCASTLE.
The NHL has a WHITECLOUD.
I think that I shall LIKELY go up to the cottage and MOUNT a sandCASTLE on the beach underneath the WHITECLOUDS!!
The GOLDEN KNIGHTS are LOOKING GOOD!!
As are NEW JERSEY and BOSTON!!
I am sure that NAZEM KADRI is wishing that he were traded to the DEVILS or the BRUINS right now!!
I am wondering how many hockey fans know that the original name of the LAS VEGAS hockey club was going to be: THE BLACK KNIGHTS??!!
Almost 100% of NHL hockey players are millionaires ( I think that EVANDER KANE with his gambling problem is an exception).
I will be one in 2027 DESPITE:
ONLY a $420,000 lifetime gross income for 40 years (1987-2027)!!
Only about 60% of that is EARNED GROSS INCOME!!
NO INHERITANCE or LOTTERY VICTORIES!!
LESSON: Get an EXCELLENT financial planner EARLY!!!!
It would be interesting to point out that my lifetime gross income is what is 60% of what an NHL hockey player would make for just ONE year at minimum wage!!
A GREAT milestone for JOHN TAVARES!!
400 goals is like hitting 700 home runs in baseball!!
ALBERT PUJOLS from the ST. LOUIS CARDINALS would not be able to beat my 45:53 10KM run for males 230 pounds + BUT I could NOT even hit ONE home run in the MAJORS!!
I did hit about 15 home runs in SOFTBALL for the PURE TOUCH SERVICES (carpet and upholstery cleaning) for AUGUST of 1990 and 1991!!
I got the MVP both years!!
Sorry folks.
the PURE TOUCH SERVICES COMPANY in KITCHENER, ONTARIO.
A HAT TRICK OF DISALLOWED GOALS FOR ONE TEAM????!!!
This MUST be a FIRST!!!!!!!!!!
The LEAFS are now 2-1-2 against the THREE best teams in the league!!!
11-5-5 overall!!!
SUNDIN was GREAT!! SANDIN will be GREAT!! SYNDIN, SONDIN, SINDIN, SENDIN and SAINDIN will be GREAT later on!!!
MARNER: Just another FIVE games for consecutive points and he will have the record for most consecutive points for games for a MAPLE LEAF!!

Christopher Nowak BFA MLIS

BORJE SALMING RIP.
How many people remember the sign at MAPLE LEAF GARDENS: BORJE WILL NEVER BORE YA!!??

Christopher Nowak BFA MLIS

I was a competitive runner and made the EXACT same mistake that ARIELLE did!
Unfortunately, I am suffering from permanent consequences.
I have modified my exercise program substantially.
Instead of 20 minute to two hour runs a day and one hour workouts in the gym, I am doing light weight lifting, running on the spot and exercises I learned at my retirement home for 33 minutes every day early in the morning.
I combine that with long walks.
I go get a MEDIUM ENDORPHIN HIGH rather than an EXTREME ENDORPHIN HIGH when I was competing.
I was a GUINEA PIG for a company that tried to cut costs for janitorial position for a VERY LARGE AREA.
MULTIPLE janitors should have been hired!
I developed SEVERE TENNIS ELBOW after 10 months of work.
ARIELLE used BENGAY (33% METHYL SALICYLATE) whereas I used KALAYA (11% METHYL SALICYLATE).
The directions were VAGUE!
DON’t USE THIS MEDICATION WITH A HEATING PAD should have been replaced with: DON’T APPLY BEFORE HEAVY EXERCISE!!
APPLY THE CREAM AFTER THE EXERCISE AND COOLING DOWN PERIOD!!
https://scienceline.org/2007/08/ask-cooper-bengaydeath/#:~:text=If%20you%20were%20to%20then,brands%20that%20contain%20methyl%20salicylate.

Christopher Nowak BFA MLIS

Now that the NFL CHARGERS have left SAN DIEGO, I believe that it makes more sense for the SHARKS to move from SAN JOSE to SAN DIEGO and join the PADRES!!
BTW, what about KANSAS CITY, PITTSBURGH, CINCINNATI and ST. LOUIS joining the NBA??!!
BOSTON in the NFL??!!
HOUSTON, MILWAUKEE, BALTIMORE, CINCINNATI and (rejoining) CLEVELAND and KANSAS CITY in the NHL??!!

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