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Golden Knights Takeaways: Marchessault Blames Powerplay, Meier Plays Villian

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After nine-straight wins, the Vegas Golden Knights lost their second-straight game Tuesday night against the San Jose Sharks 5-2. The score was less indicative of the game, as two empty net goals were scored.

Here are Vegas Hockey Now’s takeaways from the game.

Golden Knights Takeaways

Powerplay Blunders

Jonathan Marchessault blamed the Golden Knight’s loss on their two late powerplay chances that failed to score when the game was tied at two.

“In the third period, our powerplay lost us the game, and their powerplay won them the game,” said Marchessault.

After the VGK went 0/2 and 0/3 on the night, Reilly Smith took a tripping call on Timo Meier. Naturally, Meier scored the go-ahead powerplay goal for the Sharks.

“We’ve got to find a way to score a goal. We had three power plays. And I think it’s on us to find a way. I think our powerplay is much better than last year’s. But we have got to be able to take over games sometimes, and tonight it was right there for us, and we didn’t,” said Marchessault.

Head coach Bruce Cassidy doesn’t think the powerplay was the sole reason the VGK lost, saying that the second Sharks goal to Matt Nieto should never have happened.

“It was a third-period breakdown. The powerplay answering your questions is part of it, but to me, it’s not the reason. Our special teams, in general, let us down late. A lot of your top guys are on that. But I thought the second goal give them life, and that should never happen if you’re a good hockey club,” said Cassidy.

Meier v Vegas

The game-winning goal Tuesday night went to Timo Meier, who has become quite the hated player in Las Vegas. As a star player on a division rival, Meier has six goals and five assists for 11 points in 23 games against the Golden Knights.

Last season he essentially crushed the Golden Knight’s playoff hopes with a buzzer-beater goal that propelled the Sharks to a shootout victory as the VGK were hunting down a playoff spot.

He also leveled Zach Whitecloud from behind in international play this past summer at the World Championships.

Injury Scares

Don’t look now, but the Golden Knights have been surprisingly healthy this season. Will Carrier and Keegan Kolesar are the only players to miss games unless you count Laurent Brossoit.

This nearly changed Tuesday night with Mark Stone taking a shot to the groin and Paul Cotter catching a stick in the face. Both players remained in the game but could have sustained injuries in the game.

We’ll see if both Cotter and Stone attend Golden Knights practice tomorrow at 11:30 a.m.

No Panic

A loss is a loss, and no team enjoys them. But for the 13-4 Golden Knights, Tuesday night’s game is one they take the good, learn from the bad, and then essentially throw out. It’s a long season.

“By no means is there any panic in this group. I think it’s still early in the season. We’ve gone on long stretches, and we’ve had a lot of bounces, and some nights are tougher. I think it is just something we have to regroup here and get ready for the next game,” said defenseman Shea Theodore.

The VGK have one game left on their current homestand against the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday at 7.

We know we need to play better. It wasn’t good enough. But, you know, then again, there’s some stuff that we did that was that was okay. We’re not gonna sit here and be all negative on each other. We know we’ve got a good hockey team; we’ve just gotta get back to doing what we do,” said Alex Pietrangelo.

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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

For hockey fans who like JAZZ:
John Tavares and I believe a few other MAPLE LEAFS like to vacation in MUSKOKA.
Check out:
THE BEST JAZZ BALLAD EVER WRITTEN!!:
AUTUMN IN MUSKOKA!!:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLLHZmRvMj4&list=PLpPgqItQXIhUZ1JqZ86jgPg7mlF5wLLi8&index=1

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

For hockey fans who like JAZZ and EXERCISE:
ENDORPHIA:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlHqH3yabOg

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!!

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