The Vegas Golden Knights have struggled of late. Yesterday’s win however, was nothing short of spectacular.
The Vegas Golden Knights after finding themselves in the losing column for the last little bit, have started to get back on the right path. After getting a 5-4 win against the Anaheim Ducks followed by the win yesterday against the Ottawa Senators, they have now won back-to-back games for the first time in awhile.
Taking a look at their recent games, the last time the Golden Knights won back-to-back games was February 29th when they beat the Tampa Bay Lightning and then beat the Buffalo Sabres on March 1st.
Getting this win was huge for not just the standings but for confidence. With Jack Eichel, Alex Pietrangelo, Shea Theodore, Chandler Stephenson, Jonathan Marchessault, this team should not be losing. Finally, it appears that they are getting back on track.
So, with that being said, let’s take a look at the first takeaway from the Senators vs Golden Knights.
The Vegas Golden Knights are in a tough division which makes each and every game from this point out, very important. You can’t afford to lose games that you should win, and you definitely can’t afford games when facing in-division teams.
Now, getting these wins against the Ducks and the Senators is a good start but there is a tougher road ahead, and they need to take advantage of these easier games. Because they need all the points and wins they can get their hands on.
Jack Eichel has the clutch gene. That’s what you call ‘clutch’. With 05.2 seconds left on the clock, Max Pacioretty takes a shot from the point and Anton Forsberg directs it out to Eichel who beats Forsberg with a wrister.
The Golden Knights won because of that shot. If they go into overtime they have no idea what would’ve happened. Jack Eichel getting that goal was huge. Luckily, he put it in and now the Knights have four points in their last two games.
Hopefully the Knights can keep it going heading into Tuesday’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers. Hopefully the Golden Knights can continue to grow on these past two wins and get on a win-streak.
So, for the third takeaway, it’s not really as much a takeaway as it is a step in the right direction- Max Pacioretty returned to the ice. Given the fact that the Golden Knights are without Mark Stone for the foreseeable future, they need all the help they can get.
Adding Max Pacioretty back in the lineup yesterday gave the Knights a boost. And it did more than that. Pacioretty has the shot that makes a defense have to spread out in order to guard both sides of the ice. Because, well, let’s face it- Max Pacioretty has a much more dangerous shot than Nicolas Roy or Chandler Stephenson.
Yesterday, that win not only helps create a new start for the Golden Knights to build off of, but it also shows that they are finally finding a rhythm in their lines. Having moved multiple people around trying to figure out what works, they seem to be finding some consistency that is allowing for the Knights to grow as a team.