Laurent Brossoit Dominated Despite Loss to the Avalanche

Laurent Brossoit of the Vegas Golden Knights. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Laurent Brossoit of the Vegas Golden Knights. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /

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The Vegas Golden Knights are coming off a shutout loss to the Colorado Avalanche. Now, although the Knights lost 2-0, there are a lot of takeaways that need to be talked about.

First thing I’d like to talk about is the fact that the Vegas Golden Knights went into this game coming off a terrible loss to the Calgary Flames. In what could easily be considered the Knights worst game of the season, they came into yesterday’s game looking to rebound themselves.

The Vegas Golden Knights, although they did in fact lose the game, played very well when all things are considered. They were playing fast, taking good shots, passing well, playing good in the forecheck and backcheck, and played very good defensively.

The second thing I’d like to talk about is the fact that Jack Eichel made his Golden Knights debut last night.

Jack Eichel was acquired in October by the Knights, but hasn’t actually played in a game yet. Yesterday was his first game, and he played fairly well. He did all the little things right, but the one thing that should be talked about is the fact he only recorded one shot on goal. So despite the fact that he didn’t score, there were still some good things about his game.

Eichel, as a center, is there to act as a facilitator to the wings. Not everyone is Auston Matthews, and Jack Eichel isn’t. Eichel is a great playmaker, and a great scorer. However, he is a playmaker first and foremost and that is something he did very well.

The third thing that needs to be talked about is just how good was Laurent Brossoit in that game?

I mean, the Colorado Avalanche are nothing short of a juggernaut, and Laurent Brossoit walked away only giving up two goals in an outstanding performance. Now, for those of you guys that didn’t watch the game, it’d be hard to comprehend what I just said, but I assure you- he played phenomenal.

The Avalanche were applying constant pressure on Brossoit and had so many different chances to score and Brossoit came up with some great saves. I know that the stats don’t show it, but the fact that he only gave up two goals is so impressive.

Mikko Rantanen, Nathan MacKinnon, and Gabriel Landeskog were dominating the Knights defensive zone pretty much the entirety of their shifts. However, Brossoit stayed strong and big in net and made multiple saves.

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In that game, it very easily could’ve been 3-0, 4-0, even 5-0 after all the terrific saves that he made. However, he came up big, made big saves, and was definitely the player of the game for the Golden Knights.