Smith’s 2 Goals Guide Vegas to Game 1 Victory

Last night the series between the Chicago Blackhawks and Vegas Golden Knights began.


Vegas would take the 1-0 series lead with a 4-1 win thanks to two goals by Reilly Smith.


Chicago Blackhawks Projected Lines and Defencive Pairings



Dominik Kubalik Jonathan Toews Brandon Saad
Alex DeBrincat Kirby Dach Patrick Kane
Alex Nylander Dylan Strome Drake Caggiula
Matthew Highmore David Kampf Ryan Carpenter
Duncan Keith Adam Boqvist
Calvin de Haan Connor Murphy
Olli Maatta Slater Koekkoek
Corey Crawford
Malcolm Subban


Unfit to Play: None




Collin Delia MacKenzie Entwistle Brandon Hagel John Quenneville Dylan Sikura
Phillip Kurashev Nicolas Beaudin Lucas Carlsson Alec Regula Nick Seeler
Kevin Lankinen



Vegas Golden Knights Projected Lines and Defencive Pairings



Max Pacioretty William Karlsson Mark Stone
Jonathan Marchessault
Paul Stastny Reilly Smith
Nick Cousins Chandler Stephenson Alex Tuch
William Carrier Nicolas Roy Ryan Reaves
Brayden McNabb Nate Schmidt
Alec Martinez Shea Theodore
Nick Holden Zach Whitecloud
Robin Lehner
Marc-Andre Fleury


Unfit to Play: None



Patrick Brown Dylan Coghlan Oscar Dansk Reid Duke Deryk Engelland
Nicolas Hague Keegan Kolesar Peyton Krebs Jon Merrill Tomas Nosek
Gage Quinney


1st Period Summary and Analysis:


Good exchanges of puck possession are happening between both teams in the first game of the series.  Vegas would lose Shea Theodore for a brief period as he looked to get hit with an errant puck but would return to the ice after some discomfort.  He looked to get hit in the arm with a puck.

Not a lot of shots occur between both squads in the first ten minutes and it is a tough battle thus far.   There is a period where the Blackhawks do not get a shot off for over nine minutes and Chicago can’t expect to get many results with on ice action like that.

At the end of the first 20 minutes in the contest, we are scoreless.


1st Period Results:

No Goals
No Penalties


1st Period Stats:


Chicago Vegas
Faceoffs 11/17 6/17
Power Play 0/0 0/0
Shots 5 9
Hits 9 12


2nd Period Summary and Analysis:


A great shot for Chicago to get on the board would denied.  Jonathan Toews had a great shot but it would a great save by Robin Lehner to keep it a scoreless contest as the period would get underway.

Lehner would make great saves in front of the net as his left skate blade would break off of his skate before a halt in play would be made so that Lehner can get back in the net.

Pushing and shoving occurs at the 5:44 mark in the period in front of the Vegas bench after a Marchessault hit on Adam Boqvist. With that hit, the bench door would open and no one would get injured on the hit.  Toews would take exception to the hit and luckily there are no penalties doled out for the pushing and shoving.

Vegas would open the scoring at 7:22 in the period with a nice goal by Shea Theodore right under the arm of Corey Crawford.  The goal would be Theodore’s third in postseason play.  William Carrier would score to make the contest 2-0 with a goal at the 9:39 mark in the period.  The goal would be challenged for offsides but it would be determined that it is a good goal.  Because of that coach’s challenge being used, Vegas goes on the power play of a Delay of Game for the unsuccessful challenge.

Chicago would score a shorthanded goal at 10:49 with credit of the goal to going to David Kampf, his first of the postseason.  Chicago would be down briefly with a 5-on-3 penalty kill when Kirby Dach would be whistled for a tripping call at the 11:35 mark but the Blackhawks would kill both penalties that were doled out.

A holding call would put the Blackhawks on their first power play of the game when Brandon McNabb would head to the penalty box with 4:40 left in the period.  Play is whistled again for another skate repair job for Robin Lehner, his third skate repair in the game.  Vegas would successfully kill the penalty to keep the contest in their favour.

The second period would come to an end with no other penalties or goals.  Vegas heads into the second intermission leading 2-1.
2nd Period Results:


VGK Goal Shea Theodore (3) Assisted by Reilly Smith (30 Alec Martinez (1) 7:22
VGK Goal William Carrier Assisted by 9:39
Coach’s Challenge for offsides: Unsuccessful
CHI Pen Delay of Game – Unsuccessful Challenge served by Dylan Strome 2 min minor 9:39
CHI SHG David Kampf (1) Assisted by Brandon Saad (2) 10:51
CHI Pen Kirby Dach for Tripping 2 min minor 11:35
VGK Pen Brandon McNabb for Holding 2 min minor 15:20


2nd Period Stats:


Chicago Vegas
Faceoffs 22/38 16/38
Power Play 0/1 0/2
Shots 14 21
Hits 16 25


3rd Period Summary and Analysis:

A Reilly Smith shot that bounced off of Crawford’s blocker into the net would give Vegas the 3-1 advantage at the 3:32 mark. It would be Smith’s first goal of the postseason.  Smith would score again at the 8:14 mark with a saucer pass from Jonathan Marchessault to make the contest 4-1 Vegas.  The assist by Marchessault would be his second in the postseason.

Vegas goes on the penalty kill at 10:44 for a holding call on Alec Martinez.  Vegas would kill the penalty after several great attempts by Chicago.

Vegas takes the game with a 4-1 win over Chicago and the 1-0 series lead in this best-of-7.


3rd Period Results:


VGK Goal Reilly Smith (1) Unassisted 3:32
VGK Goal Reilly Smith (2) Assisted by
Jonathan Marchessault
VGK Pen Alec Martinez for Holding 2 min minor 10:44


3rd Period Stats:


Chicago Vegas
Faceoffs 33/60 27/60
Power Play 0/2 0/2
Shots 20 33
Hits 20 35

Game 2 takes place Thursday, August 13th at 5:30pm ET/3:30pm MT

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