The Golden Knights were the darlings of the NHL last year as they had the greatest expansion season ever. Things haven’t gone as smoothly in 2018-19 with the Knights visiting Ottawa on Thursday.
This will be the last meeting of the season already between the Knights and Senators. On Oct. 28, Vegas beat visiting Ottawa 4-3 in overtime. Penalty shots are rarely called in OT, but when Mark Stone dragged down Jonathan Marchessault on what would have been a breakaway, it was called. Marchessault had never taken a penalty shot previously but beat Craig Anderson for the victory.
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Ottawa blew a 2-0 lead, coming on a first-period goal from Matt Duchene and a second-period power-play tally from Bobby Ryan. The Sens then took a 3-2 led at 7:49 of the third on a Ryan Dzingel goal, but Vegas answered less than a minute later with Alex Tuch’s season of the game. The Golden Knights outshot Ottawa, 53-22, so Anderson was the No. 3 star despite the loss thanks to 49 saves. Marc-Andre Fleury was in net for Vegas.
The Knights’ first-ever trip to Ottawa was almost a year ago to the day Thursday, a 5-4 win. Maxime Legace made 24 saves for his first NHL victory. Vegas scored in every period and was 3-for-5 on the power play compared to 0-for-2 for the Sens. Erik Karlsson, Stone, Alex Burrows and Dzingel scored for Ottawa, while Anderson stopped 29 shots.
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The Knights started a four-game trip on Tuesday with a 3-1 loss in Toronto. The lone Vegas goal, by Cody Eakin (fourth of season) was at 11:22 of the second to make it 2-1. Fleury gave up two goals on 20 shots to fall to 6-6-1 with a 2.47 GAA and .901 SV. Blueliner Deryk Engelland didn’t play for personal reasons, and centre Erik Haul was taken off the ice on a stretcher after being hit into the boards by Patrick Marleau.
No update as of this writing how long Haula might miss. He’s third on the team with seven points. The last thing Vegas needs is to lose one of its top scorers as the Knights are last in the league in scoring and 30th on the power play (11.8 per cent). Vegas is 4-10 in its past 14 vs. the East.
The Senators made international news recently with seven players from the team caught ripping assistant coach Martin Raymond during an Uber ride with the players unaware they were being filmed in Phoenix (Ottawa played there Oct. 30). The players issued a written apology Monday. Raymond is in charge of the team’s penalty kill, and that unit has been terrible (28th in league). The team then went out and played one of its best games of the year Tuesday, winning 7-3 over the visiting Devils – despite falling behind 2-0.
Stone had two goals and three assists and Colin White two goals. The Sens are hoping that rookie star Brady Tkachuk will return from injury on Thursday. He hasn’t played since Oct. 15 but has been skating.