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Winning Streak Snapped At Nine, Golden Knights Lose 3-2 To Blues

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

It was bound to happen sometime, that is, the Vegas Golden Knights losing a game. After a nine-game winning streak, the Golden Knights (13-3-0, 26 points) lost 3-2 Saturday night to the St. Louis Blues (5-8-0, 10 points). The record of ten-straight games in April of 2021 still stands as the VGK record.

It was an overall back-and-forth game, with the VGK getting away from some of the systems that make them so successful in the past nine games. They played a pretty spotty defensive game against the NHL’s lowest-scoring team.

Paul Cotter remained in the lineup for the Golden Knights in favor of Michael Amadio. Adin Hill got the start and stopped 25 of 28 shots.

The Blues opened up the scoring with Brandon Saad scoring with a snipe in the slot. Hill was in position, and defenseman Shea Theodore was on him; it was simply a great shot from the Pittsburgh native.

The Golden Knights had their own slew of offensive chances in the first. Jack Eichel and company continued to be confident with the puck and generate shots, and so did the Misfits.

But the VGK’s first goal of the game came a man down. Brett Howden was in the box for a crosscheck. Chandler Stephenson used his speed to earn a breakaway that was stopped by Jordan Binnington. But Stephenson collected his own rebound and found Reilly Smith all alone, who scored.

This is Smith’s third shorthanded goal of the season. There is only one team in the NHL with more shorthanded goals than smith, the Chicago Blackhawks. He now has eight goals on the season, and only one of them has come at five-on-five.

With goals in back-to-back games, Phil Kessel scored in the second period. William Karlsson found him cutting through the neutral zone, and he scored off his patented wrist shot. Paul Cotter collected an assist on the play and now has three points in two games back in the lineup.

At the other end of the ice, Hill was having an impressive second period until he wasn’t. He made a big side-to-side save on Nikita Alexandrov and was big in the team’s second penalty kill of the night.

But he started to implode in the second half of the period with a brutal turnover behind his net that led to an Ivan Barbashev goal. A few shifts later, Ryan O’Reilly beat him in the slot to make things 3-2.

Both teams’ defensive games got away from them late in the second as firewagon hockey started up. The Golden Knights were outshot in the second period, 19-9, and arguably played one of their worst periods of the season.

They started the third period off on bad ground too, having to kill two back-to-back penalties to Stephenson and Zach Whitecloud. But the VGK killed both and had a myriad of chances that simply wouldn’t go in. Brayden McNabb and Jonathan Marchessault both had grade-A chances stopped.

Hill was pulled with less than two minutes left but the VGK ran out of time and lost the game 3-2.

VHN’s Player of the Game: Paul Cotter

For what it’s worth, I thought Paul Cotter had another strong game with the VGK in their losing effort.

Up Next: Now looking to get back in the win column, the Golden Knights will continue their current three-game homestand Tuesday night against the San Jose Sharks at 7 p.m.

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Christopher Nowak BFA MLIS

The DEVILS and BRUINS have taken over as the TOP TWO teams in the NHL right now!!
GOLDEN KNIGHTS?!:
NUMBER THREE!!

Christopher Nowak BFA MLIS

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??!!
The LEAFS are in TOUGH against the DEVILS tomorrow night!!
As a LEAF fan, I would be satisfied with just ONE point or even just a ONE GOAL LOSS!!
SURPRISE SURPRISE!!
The result was BETTER THAN EXPECTED!!!
If the LEAFS can beat the DEVILS they should be able to beat thew WILD!!
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!!
The LEAFS are 10-5-5: NOT BAD but their OVERTIME record is AWFUL!!
They could EASILY be 12-5-3!!
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

THE FLORIDA PANTHERS.
THE ARIZONA COYOTES.
THE COLORADO AVALANCHE.
THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS.
THE UTAH JAZZ.
THE NEVADA GOLDEN KNIGHTS?????!!!!!

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??!!

Christopher Nowak BFA MLIS

Yes. The LEAFS are 12-5-5 but struggled against an AVERAGE team!!
I am NOT impressed!!
MATT MURRAY: Accidentally on purpose the first time the net came off!
THE SECOND TIME?: Accidentally by accident!!
PETAN and FLEURY are now both with the WILD.
It is IRONIC that when PETAN was with the LEAFS, he made shot that was looking that it was going to go in a wide empty net BUT FLEURY made a BRILLIANT stop when he was with VEGAS!!
JOHN TAVARES: BRUTAL on the WILD’S second goal BUT made up for that on the LEAFS’S 3rd goal!!
The WILD looked like the NORTH STARS if you took away the front logo!!
MITCH MARNER?: Just another FOUR games with points and he will have TORONTO’S consecutive point record!!
BTW, I always thought that the DALLAS hockey club should have been called the SOUTH STARS!!

Christopher Nowak BFA MLIS

JOHN TORTORELLA: AUGUST, 2020:
Toronto was GREAT!! We SUCKED!!
He should have same the same thing on NOVEMBER, 2, 2022!!
The FLYERS have a MORGAN that did NOT play.
The LEAFS have a MORGAN that DID play!
The FLYERS have a GOALIE that has a last name that starts with: SANS!
The LEAFS have a GOALIE that has a last name that starts with SAMS!!
SAMS won ALTHOUGH he was BRUTAL on the FLYER’S second goal!!
The FEMALE TENNIS PLAYER SAMSONOVA could have stopped that shot!!
TORTORELLA likes the word: SUCK(ED)!!
He used it quite often in an overtime loss to the BLUE JACKETS earlier this year!!!

Christopher Nowak BFA MLIS

Sorry. The LEAF goal net came off THREE times against the WILD-NOT TWO!!
RE: MAPLE LEAFS NOVEMBER 26, 2022:
It was nice to see CHRISTINA AGUILERA again!
I remember that she made her singing debut in 1992 at the STANLEY CUP finals.
She is a HOT blonde BUT NOT as hot as PAIGE SPIRANAC!!
DESMITH??!!
I wonder if there is anyone in the world with the last name of DEJONES??!!
A MALGIN and a MALKIN this night!
MALGIN wins this time!!
That would be like a JONES on one team and a JONAS on the other!!
MARNER: Just TWO more games to tie EDDIE and DARRYL: THREE more for the LEAF record for consecutive games with at least a point!!
Do it for BORJE MITCH!!
13-5-5 is MORE THAN JUST SOLID in mt books!!
GO LEAFS GO!!!!!!!!!!!!

Christopher Nowak BFA MLIS

In a few days, it will be the 22nd anniversary of the BIGGEST COLLAPSE IN MAPLE LEAF HISTORY for ONE GAME!!!
The LEAFS led 5-0 after TWO periods and LOST the game 6-5 in OVERTIME against ST. LOUIS!!
I can ensure you that the LEAFS were NOT celebrating TIE DOMI’S HAT TRICK that night!!
Exactly a month later, 33 years ago, the LEAFS made their BIGGEST COMEBACK EVER for ONE GAME!
Down 6-1 against BOSTON, in the second period, they came back to win 7-6 on WENDEL CLARK’S OVERTIME GOAL!!

Christopher Nowak BFA MLIS

For TWO great athletes from the ARIZONA AREA: PAIGE SPIRANAC and AUSTON MATTHEWS:
BLUES FOR THE DESERTS OF WESTERN AMERICA!!:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAKOt4G7kLg&list=OLAK5uy_k7M-0PcT5vtPSusxNDlUYOkkVOJEwZ5vM&index=3

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