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Golden Knights Defeat Coyotes In Kessel’s 1,000th Consecutive Game

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

The Vegas Golden Knights (14-4-0, 28 points) defeated the Arizona Coyotes (6-9-1, 13 points) by a score of 4-1 to round out a three-game homestand.

With his first shift of the game, Phil Kessel officially played in his 1,000th straight NHL game. Already the NHL’s leader in this category as Ironman, Kessel was honored before puck drop with a few gifts from Golden Knights director of hockey operations, George McPhee.

It was a special teams battle all night between the Golden Knights and Coyotes, as a total of eleven penalties were called. In the first period, both teams were unable to score. The Misfits had a couple of chances off the rush, and Nicolas Roy had a solid shorthanded chance

Both goaltenders were solid, with Vejmelka stopping 35 of 39 and Thompson 25 of 26.

To spice up the game, Keegan Kolesar and Liam O’Brien dropped the gloves for their third career fight against one another. It wasn’t a very spirited tilt, but it injected some energy into the building.

The Golden Knights continued to have solid chances and finally buried one on their 20th shot of the game. Alex Pietrangelo scored on the powerplay for the first home Golden Knights defenseman goal.

The penalty kill came up big late in the second period as both Paul Cotter and Zach Whitecloud went to the box, and the Coyotes had essentially back-to-back powerplays.

Killing off both penalties must have given the Golden Knights momentum heading into the third period, as they scored on their first shift. The fourth line of Kolesar, Nicolas Roy, and William Carrier cycled in the offensive zone and wore out the Coyotes’ defense.

Carrier then used his size and strength to make a slick drive to the net and score. Roy and Pietrangelo collected assists on the play.

After another Golden Knights powerplay, the VGK extended their lead to three, with Mark Stone scoring. He swatted in an airborne puck that came after Pietrangelo’s shot/pass hit a Coyote defenseman’s stick. Stone’s swing was below the crossbar and good for his fifth goal of the season.

In the third period, forward Nicolas Roy left the game and did not return. No blatant injury was seen that could have resulted in him leaving the game. Coach Cassidy stated postgame that Roy was having some lower-body aggravation, and that he expects him to be able to play next game.

A fluke goal ruined the shutout for Thompson as Clayton Keller scored off Alec Martinez. The Coyotes made things interesting by using their timeout and pulling Vejmelka. But the Golden Knights were able to hold on and close out the game 4-1 after Reilly Smith added an insurance goal.

VHN’s Player of the Game: Alex Pietrangelo

A goal and two assists, and overall strong performance at both ends of the ice for Petro tonight.

Up Next: A mini-two-game Canadian road trip now awaits the Golden Knights. They will travel to Edmonton to play the Oilers on Saturday at 7 and then have the Vancouver Canucks on Monday at 7:30.

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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

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

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

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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