Las Vegas–Today after the Vegas Golden Knights played were defeated by the Detroit Red Wings in the young regular season they were back at it at practice getting back to the basics that made them successful in their first 3 wins of the season before their 6-3 loss.
After this mornings practice session at “City National Arena”, we caught up with veteran defensemen Deryk Engelland and Jason Garrison for their thoughts and reflection of their undefeated run and learning experience that took place from loosing to Red Wings last night.
Engelland reflected that last night’s loss to the Red Wings as a learning experience for the Golden Knights team moving forward.
“Yeah definitely for us, I think we to stay within our game, I think we maybe got a little fancy trying to make plays instead of getting it deep, trying to make that good breakout pass and the easy ones so it created turnovers and they thrive on that, they got a lot of skill and speed and they make you pay.” Engelland reflecting on the team collective loss to the Red Wings.
Vegas resident Engelland talked about the offensive skillset of forward James Neal who is currently on 4 game goal scoring streak.
“Yeah I played with him in Pittsburgh you know how much of a threat he is very little time, very little ice you leave him open he’ll make you pay and hopefully he keeps it going.” Engelland on Neal.
Engelland highlighted the takeaways that were good and what led to their loss vs Detroit.
“I thought for 40 minutes we played really good, a couple bad bounces that led to their goals and the third I think the first five minutes we sat back tried to hold the lead and we started to push back but just turning the puck over not getting the puck deep and not working them down low I think cost us.” Says Engelland.
For more reaction on Engelland check out our video below.
Post Practice Locker Room Interview With Deryk Engelland
For Garrison, he took the time to provide his reflection on the short run by the Golden Knights after their perfect season record came to end.
“I mean you know obviously in a situation like last night, there were definitely stretches that we didn’t play that we didn’t want to play and come with a loss you definitely have to look back and reflect kind of what happened and learn from it and move forward.” Garrison replied.
Garrison talked about how the team went away from the basic fundamentals that gave them that early season success.
“Absolutely I mean you know everybody on the team you know is skilled and has speed so when we try to do a little bit too much out there maybe just over complicating things and they capitalize those opportunities and we lost the game for ourselves that’s how we felt so we got to make sure that we learn from kind of the things we didn’t do well and learn from that a move forward to tomorrow.” Garrison reflectio on the last night 6-3 loss to Detroit.
Last night’s contest for the Golden Knights felt like a measuring stick game for them and Garrison didn’t shy away from the question that the team has to better against the NHL’s elites moving forward.
“Yeah I mean Detroit you know were the best franchises in hockey so you know they’re extremely consistent and definitely a team that you can play and learn a lot from you can tell they just play their game they play the full 60 minutes and you whenever the other team kind of breaks down, makes mistakes they capitalize on that, that’s what happened.” Mentioned Garrison on Vegas using Detroit as measuring stick moving forward.
For more reaction on Garrison check out our video below.
Post Practice Locker Room Interview With Jason Garrison
After practice today, Head Coach Gerard Gallant provided an update on the current state of the team post-loss from the Red Wings game on Friday.
Coach Gallant indicated that both goaltender Marc-André Fleury, forward Jonathan Marchessault took today off for a maintenance day, with Vadim Shipachyov coming back from being assigned with the Chicago Wolves, indicated that forward Erik Haula has been put on IR to getting back to basics.
Below is today’s video from Gallant’s update presser.