The Vegas Golden Knights came into last night sporting their all-new Retro Reverse uniforms.
While these uniforms looked snazzy, nothing looked better than the way their offense performed as the Vegas Golden Knights exploded for five goals in a 5-4 win against the Anaheim Ducks to improve to 8-1-1 on the year and take top spot in the West Division.
After their win against the Los Angeles Kings last Sunday, Vegas showed that they wanted to keep the gas pedal on the floor. Within the first period alone, the Knights scored two unanswered goals, the first was scored by Jonathan Marchessault and the second by Chandler Stephenson.
In the second period, Vegas scored two more goals by Nicolas Roy and Alex Tuch. The aggressiveness by the Knights was impeccable at this point of the game, and it seemed that the Ducks would never be able to catch up. Until they did.
The Vegas defense did not perform to their normal standards, allowing four total goals, two of which went unanswered. Veteran goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury also was not up to speed, missing positions at points during the third period.
Vegas Golden Knights explode for win while looking good in Reverse Retro jerseys
Luckily, the Vegas offense came through to help once again. Defenseman Zach Whitecloud scored the game-winning goal with just over four minutes left in the contest. Vegas’s aggressiveness in the zone allowed Whitecloud to create the opportunity and score on Ryan Miller’s blocker side. Whitecloud was later awarded the game’s First Star.
One of the big reasons why Vegas’s attack was near-perfect was the rise of their younger talent. Former First-Round selection Cody Glass added two assists to his 2021 stat-line. Glass was also awarded the game’s Second Star for his performance. Previously mentioned Chandler Stephenson was named the game’s Third Star for his one goal and one assist on the night.
The Golden Knights offense this season has proven to be one of the most aggressive offenses across the NHL. In the past three first periods they have played, the Knights have scored a total of eight goals, one of which came within the first five minutes of the game. With the young talent finally beginning to develop, the Knights attack is finally beginning to shape into elite form.
Puck movement has also been a huge upside for the Golden Knights. Defensive players such as Shea Theodore and Braden McNabb have been able to work the blueline and create opportunities in front of the net. Physical presences from guys such as Ryan Reaves have allowed the Vegas Golden Knights to win battles along the corners and get the puck to the middle of the crease, factors behind their success both on Tuesday night and so far during the 2020-21 season.