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Golden Knights Takeaways: Miromanov’s Big Night Stars Shine

It's a long season, and we put out a lot of content here at Vegas Hockey Now. So forgive me for turning tonight's game…



It's a long season, and we put out a lot of content here at Vegas Hockey Now. So forgive me for turning tonight's game off when there were six seconds left in the game. I didn't think anything was going to happen. I was wrong. Mark Scheifele just had to score with one second remaining to complete his hat trick and make it 6-5.

Good for him, but the Vegas Golden Knights still emerged with the victory. Here are our takeaways from yet another Golden Knights road win.

Golden Knights Takeaways

Stars Elevate Their Game

Down three of their top players in, Jack Eichel, Alex Pietrangelo, and Shea Theodore, the remaining stars on the Golden Knight's roster, stepped up big against the Jets. Chandler Stephenson was all over the ice and really wanted to snap his 15, now 16-game goalless drought. But he'll have to settle for four assists and the win.

Both Mark Stone and Jonathan Marchessault scored two goals. Stone's two goals in his hometown give him 12 points in his last 13 games and his 500th career point. Marchessault's two goals leapfrog him over Eichel for the team lead in goals with 14.

"He's our leader, and he's our captain. He has been great on and off the ice for us. Any time that guy gets rewarded, I think it is meaningful because he plays so well everywhere," said Marchessault regarding Stone.

With three defensemen out of the lineup, head coach Bruce Cassidy mentioned that it would be a big part of the forward's responsibility to help out the defense. Scoring six goals will certainly ease the tension on the defense.

Miromanov's Moment

Speaking of the defense, second-year NHLer Daniil Miromanov collected three points in Tuesday night's win, including his first NHL goal. The undrafted Russian was paired with Brayden McNabb on the team's second defensive pair amid injuries.

Miromanov's first point came in the first period when he scored a goal on a shot from the blue line assisted by Reilly Smith. His two assists came on the powerplay, both to Marchessault's goals.

"We knew he was a good offensive defenseman, and he showed it today. I like his game; he is just not scared to make plays out there… good for him to get rewarded," said Marchessault.

In the second period, he almost scored again as his shot went through the pads of Connor Hellebuyck. However, it did not have enough momentum to go in the back of the net. Chandler Stephenson tried to stuff it in but was unable to.

"It's my upside to the game to help generate. Especially with Petro (Alex Pietrangelo) and Theo (Shea Theodore) not there jumping in on the rush and operating on the powerplays. I was just happy to contribute in that way," said Miromanov.

He continues to look strong for the VGK, and it is good to see him get rewarded for his play. Entering this game, Miromanov only had one assist in 16 career NHL games. He's now only 799 goals behind Alex Ovechkin.

New Norm

With the injuries the Golden Knights have, games like tonight's win over the Jets will be something the team will have to get used to until they can get bodies back in the lineup.

Outscoring the opponent is a game plan for every hockey team, but with the Golden Knight's current D-corps, it becomes even more of a focus to put up more on offense. 

There were plenty of moments in the game where the Golden Knight's defense looked sloppy as they were unable to get out of their own zone. Mark Scheifele scored a hat-trick after all, and there were eleven goals in this game. 

The VGK will have to get used to winning back-and-forth goal-filled games with tons of tipped shots and rebounds.