Vegas Golden Knights lose another match, 3-2 to avalanche

The collapse of the Colorado Avalanche (39-10-4) once again showed the Vegas Golden Knights (29-20-4) what the real contender looked like Saturday night when he came back from behind and defeated VGK 3-2.

Overall, there was a lot to like from Saturday’s Golden Knight game against such a tough opponent. But overall, they could not maintain their lead and lost to a better team. The Golden Knights have now lost five of their last six matches. They continued to drop in the Pacific Division standings as the Calgary Flames and Los Angeles Kings continued to win.

Max Pasuritti and Matthias Janmark were both absent Saturday night after leaving Friday night’s game against the Arizona Coyotes. Jonathan Marchesault is back in the squad after missing a game with the flu, and so did Henderson Silver Knights call-up Jonas Rundberg.

Friday night was also the night of the Black History of the Golden Knights. They wore special T-shirts that were, as always, auctioned during the match.

The Golden Knights came out of the gate strong against the avalanche and played one of their best periods of the season. They had eight shots on Darcy Comber during the first four minutes of play.

Jack Eichel Chandler Stevenson appeared on a breakup. Stevenson then went five holes on Kuemper and scored his 14th goal of the season, equaling the highest of his career.

This is the fourth match in a row where the Golden Knights scored the first goal of the match. However, at this range, the Golden Knights are 1-3.

Keegan Kolisar conceded a penalty in the first half which drained some momentum from the Golden Knights. Andre Burakovsky scored right after the powerplay expired on a broken play.

However, the Golden Knights managed to bounce back and score another goal before the first century. Working on the spin of the avalanche’s neutral zone, Jonathan Marchesault scores well from Riley Smith.

The shots were 15-6 after the first half and the Golden Knights continued their pressure in the second half. No goals were scored in the middle frame, but the Golden Knights managed to confine Nathan McKinnon to zero shots on goal during the first forty minutes. Brayden McNabb in particular did a great job of pounding McKinnon every time he touched the disc.

But the main factor that led to the Golden Knights losing out on Saturday night was their inability to bring the game back home and score an insurance goal. The Golden Knights had the chance to play the Force but they continued to struggle in this division. They have only scored 2 goals in the last 30 chances.

Not scoring a lockout allowed the avalanche to slowly creep back into the game. They certainly tied the match up with JT Compher in a point shot from Jack Johnson.

Then, just 28 seconds later, Cal Makar and Nathan McKinnon went to work. McCar showed his unreal skateboarding abilities, gained territory, and fed McKinnon a perfect pass on a board. McKinnon scored on his first shot of the night and became the winning goal.

Just like that, the game took a turn and the Golden Knights ended up losing their second game in a row. The two shots from Compher and Mackinnon were two last shots from the avalanche period.

Again, there were a few areas to like, but at the end of the day we lost two more points for the Stanley Cup chasing the Vegas Golden Knights. If this continues, they will be in danger of missing out on the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs altogether.

Stay tuned for tonight’s info, I have a lot to say about the current state of this team.

The Golden Knights play the San Jose Sharks next Tuesday, at home, at 7:00 p.m. PT.

VHN’s Game Player: Jonathan Marquesault

Twenty-one goals for Marquesault this season. It is still the most reliable offensive weapon this team has.

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