The Vegas Golden Knights won’t be participating in this year’s postseason after all. They were officially eliminated from playoff contention once they lost to the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3. This wasn’t the way that the team was hoping their season would come to an end. The two rosters went back and forth in an intense shootout, seven rounds to be exact. That was until Tyler Johnson scored the game winning goal to kick the Knights out.
To make matters worse, Vegas found themselves in their third straight shootout. Two of those went to seven rounds as well. Out of all of those attempts, the Knights went a combined 0-for-17. Their head coach Pete DeBoer was equally as shocked at the outcome for his team. When asked about it he said, “I don’t know. I don’t know how to explain that. I feel bad for out goalie. I thought LT did a great job in the shootouts giving us a chance. How do you explain that many good players don’t find the net? I don’t have an explanation for it.”
Out of their five seasons in the NHL, this will be the first time that the Knights won’t be in the playoffs.
Vegas Golden Knights Had Phenomenal Goaltending
One thing is clear though, you can’t pin any of this on their goaltending throughout these shootouts. Like their head coach said, Logan Thompson did an excellent job in an unlucky situation. He allowed just three goals in 17 shots on the net during those games. Unfortunately, their own players weren’t able to find the net once in any of those situations. This wasn’t the year that they were hoping for earlier in the season. However, injuries and other issues played a factor in them regressing.
What do you think? Will the Vegas Golden Knights be right back in the playoff mix next year? Or will this start to kill their confidence moving forward?
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