VGK stays warm to start East Coast swing
There were no signs of the Vegas Golden Knights slowing down their high scoring offense to start this four-game east coast swing that started Tuesday, Dec. 14 against the Boston Bruins from TD Garden in Boston.
The Golden Knights scored three goals in the first period including a last second power play en route to the 4-1 victory.
“I liked our defensive game,” head coach Pete DeBoer said. “It was a good start to a tough road trip tonight in a tough building, and I liked our game.”
Touching on an area that has improved in recent games for the Golden Knights, forward Max Pacioretty said that, “The power play has been better. The team has been playing better.”
The VGK will continue their east coast swing on Thursday, Dec. 16 as they travel to Newark, New Jersey to play the New Jersey Devils.
Puck drop is set for 4 p.m. and can be seen on AT&T Sportsnet in Vegas.
This game marked the ninth game in a row that Pacioretty has scored a goal.
Pacioretty also recorded his fourth multi-goal game this year picking up his eleventh and twelfth goals on the season.
The VGK also continued to show strong offensive skills from the defensemen group as Shea Theodore found the score sheet in the first period to get the scoring started for Vegas.
Now a huge storyline of this game had to be the news that Boston left-wing Brad Marchand would miss this game due to being on COVID-19 protocols. Judging by how the Bruins played, Marchand is a very vital piece to this team’s success.
The Bruins looked to be skating a step behind Vegas and it never felt like they were fully into the game.
With a final score of 4-1 in favor of the Golden Knights and goalie Robin Lehner was in net for Vegas, one could probably guess what’s coming next right?
Sure, Lehner only allowed one goal tonight which was a big improvement from where he’s been in previous games but let’s take a little deeper look into the numbers.
Lehner saved 23 shots on only 24 attempts for a save percentage of .958.
Now while some might say that the defense stepped up for Lehner which is partially true but it’s also fair to say that the game was being played primarily in the Bruins end making it a relatively easy night for Lehner outside of a few moments here and there.
Lehner did say after the game that he felt the team looked really good and that it was one of the better games for them as a whole all season.