Vegas Golden Knights lock up No.2 seed after beating the Blues

Zach Whitecloud #2 of the Vegas Golden Knights is congratulated by his teammates after scoring a goal against the St. Louis Blues during the Third period in a Western Conference Round Robin game. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)
Zach Whitecloud #2 of the Vegas Golden Knights is congratulated by his teammates after scoring a goal against the St. Louis Blues during the Third period in a Western Conference Round Robin game. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images) /
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Mark Stone #61 of the Vegas Golden Knights is congratulated by his teammate Nate Schmidt #88 after scoring a goal against the St. Louis Blues during the Third period in a Western Conference Round Robin game.
Mark Stone #61 of the Vegas Golden Knights is congratulated by his teammate Nate Schmidt #88 after scoring a goal against the St. Louis Blues during the Third period in a Western Conference Round Robin game. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images) /

Three Stars of the Game

  1. Alex Tuch has been a revelation since the restart and the Golden Knights will be hoping that the forward remains healthy and at the peak of his powers for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Tuch scored two goals in the space of a few minutes in the second period, making it a tied game before then scoring what was the go-ahead goal on the power play. His second goal was a beautiful deke and then a backhand to beat Jordan Binnington, and if Tuch can keep this up then it will provide the secondary scoring Vegas so desperately needs.
  2. Shea Theodore, like Alex Tuch, lit the lamp twice and the blueliner really is establishing himself as one of the best offensive defensemen in the NHL right now. Theodore beat Binnington with two wrist shots and the defenseman’s wicked release makes him a real weapon on the power play for the Golden Knights.
  3. Mark Stone had a goal and an assist for two points in 20:13 minutes of total ice time, and the star came up big for his team when they needed him most. With the game tied over midway through the third period, Stone crashed to the front of the net to redirect a centering feed from Brayden McNabb for the go-ahead goal. Stone has been impressive since the restart and he’s the real heartbeat of this team.

What’s Next

The Vegas Golden Knights have one round-robin game left and it will be a winner-takes-all showdown with the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.

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Whoever wins that matchup will secure the No.1 seed in the Western Conference for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and the Golden Knights will be desperate to claim that prize in order to secure home-ice advantage (if that’s even a thing this year) and easier matchups.