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Golden Knights 7, Avalanche 0: 3 Takeaways

Oscar Dansk pitched the first shutout in team history in a blowout win

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights /

And that was the biggest win in Golden Knights history.

At least in terms of the score.



Seven. To. Nothing.

This team is now 8-1-0, and it's just window dressing at this point to say this is the most impressive start by an expansion team in NHL history.

Here are three immediate takeaways from today's game.

1. Keep Dansk-ing

When a team scores seven goals, it's hard to say that the winning goalie was the story of the night.

Except today, Oscar Dansk was.

The 23-year-old goalie, appearing in only his third NHL game, stopped all 32 Avalanche shots he faced, on a day Vegas was actually outshot 32-21.

While Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov had one of the worst starts of his career, Dansk had his best and secured the first shutout in Golden Knights history.


Video: COL@VGK: Dansk denies Soderberg twice in close


2. Second Period Avalanche

Actually, we mean Golden Knights. Although it was quite an avalanche of goals.

After a first period where Colorado arguably had the better of play, Vegas owned the play in the second period, scoring four goals in just under 10 minutes.


Video: COL@VGK: Perron scores breakaway goal


It was fast and it was furious, and it put the game out of reach for the Avalanche.

The three goals the Golden Knights added in the third period were just icing on the cake. This game was decided in the second period.


Video: COL@VGK: Lindberg's terrific effort leads to goal

3. It Just Doesn't Stop

After the Golden Knights got off to a 3-1-0 start, the feeling around many people in hockey was that this was an unsustainable level of success for this team.

Especially when star goalie Marc-Andre Fleury went down to injury in that fourth game, opening the door for Malcolm Subban - he of two games NHL experience - to become this team's starter.

Since this occurred, the Golden Knights are now 5-0-0, including three straight wins after Subban went down to injury and minor leaguer Oscar Dansk stepped in, in his place.


Video: COL@VGK: Neal scores on deflection from the slot


Dansk is now 3-0-0.

As the Golden Knights conclude a 6-1-0 homestand and improve to 8-1-0, Vegas heads to the east coast as the absolute story of the first month of the NHL season.

Most experts still think this cannot continue for this team. So we'll just say this:

It didn't stop tonight.

And not only did it not stop, the Golden Knights' momentum increased with the most lopsided win in team history.

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