For the majority of this 2022-23 season, the Vegas Golden Knights have been in the top 5 for the Pacific Division. Last night, February 16th, they faced the San Jose Sharks. The Knights took the victory with a final score of 2-1. They started off tied with the Sharks 0-0 at the end of the first period, losing 0-1 at the end of the second and surprisingly coming back 2-1 in the third.
Just before the All-Star break, VGK was in second, just behind the Seattle Kraken. During this time, they were biting the ankles of the Kraken, trailing about 2 points behind them after each game. After the All-Star break, Vegas surpassed the Kraken due to their 3-game losing streak. This made VGK now first in the division by just a few points. Last night both teams played, Sea played the Philadelphia Flyers, and Vegas played the San Jose Sharks. Seattle defeated the Flyers 6-2, and Vegas won 2-1, now putting Seattle 2 points behind the Knights.
In their fight against San Jose, the Golden Knights had special warm-up jerseys featuring a unique design in honor of Black History Month. These were designed by Jaden Jones, who is one of the team’s Graphic Designers, according to the Knights’ Morning Skate Report. Jones also had involvements with other in-game elements to honor the special month of February. The jerseys were all signed by the players and put up for auction online.
In February, the Knights are now up 4-0, with wins against the Sharks, Ducks, Wild, and Predators. Last night was the VGK’s third of four games against the Sharks.
The Golden Knights have a record of 33-18-4, and San Jose has one of 17-28-11 as of last night’s matchup. There were no goals scored for either team in the first. 17:04 in the second, San Jose’s Alexander Barabanov scored his 10th goal with a wrist shot, with assists from Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Logan Couture. This was the only goal in the second period. Vlasic got his 14th, and Couture got his 26th assist of the season. Moving onto the third, 6:22 minutes in, Vegas’ Paul Cotter scored his 11th goal with a snapshot off of Jack Eichel. The last goal of the game that knocked San Jose out of the lead was a wrist shot from William Carrier from Chandler Stephenson and Shea Theodore. Carrier now has 15 season goals. Eichel now has 22 assists, Stephenson has his 36th, and Theodore has his 21st. The Golden Knights far out-shot the Sharks, with their final shots being 38-26 Vegas.
The Vegas Golden Knights’ goalies have done very well this season, as they both have Goals Against Averages under 2.70. Adin Hill is ahead of Logan Thompson in that field, as Hill’s GAA is 2.47, and Thompson’s is 2.66. Hill has also played 22 games this season, while Thompson has played 36. This year, Logan Thompson was also one of the Vegas Knights’ 2 All-Star players. Last night, Vegas represented and showed their love and appreciation for Black History Month with their special warm-up jerseys.
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