Las Vegas–Today we caught up with Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Deryk Engelland and forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare to get their thoughts of how their season has been going so far with this surprising 7-1-0 start.
For defenseman Engelland, he pointed out how the Golden Knights players have been playing as a complete group.
“Team effort, 20 guys going out there battling for one another and just playing that 200-foot game, forwards backchecking our goalies have been phenomenal obviously that helps, it’s just that full 200-foot game.” Engelland said on Vegas’s great start.
In terms of the power play which has been much better over the last two games with the Golden Knights scoring 4 times and improving their special team’s ratio to 6-31 and percentage at 19.4%, Engelland talked about the success it has been for the team.
“I think getting that traffic in front and getting shots there, were shooting a lot more, were not looking for those seam passes right away, pound the puck get it back up to the point, shot and traffic and I think we’ll get results from that.” Engelland said on the power play success as of late for the Golden Knights.
With goaltender Oscar Dansk taking the reigns for the Golden Knights and his performance against the Chicago Blackhawks from this past Tuesday that resulted in a 29 save night and .935 save percentage, Engelland highlighted the play of the 23-years young Swedish netminder.
“Oh really good for the first full game he was very calm back there, made some huge saves for us, you know you’ve seen him during camp and play in camp he stepped right in and did great for us.” Engelland on Dansk.
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Reaction From Defenseman Deryk Engelland
In his game vs the Chicago Blackhawks, Bellemare scored his first goal as a member of the Golden Knights he talked about putting his first past Corey Crawford.
“Be honest after the game I had an interview I told what happened and the interview guy told me that’s not what happened so I really I guess I had no clue, to be honest, I thought that Will won the puck by himself but actually it’s Nosek that won the puck back for us and gave it to Will, Will played it behind the net and then I’m just like staying there waiting for something to happen and Nosek made an unbelievable play I mean that’s his goal, he felt as soon as the d cheated a bit he felt that I should be somewhere there and was lucky enough to be there.” Bellemare on his scoring sequence against Chicago.
For the like the first time this season the Golden Knights put together a full sixty minute game something that since the beginning of the campaign has a bit of a challenge for them, Bellemare filled us in on the complete effort the team put on vs the Blackhawks.
“Yeah well St. Louis game we did not deserve those two points, we won those two points because our goalies like saved our [expelitive], simple enough so we were not happy about that game, were happy about the way we kind of got two points but like you cannot play with fire that often in this league we did with St. Louis and we really gearing to like to play a better full game and I think that’s what we did, Chicago is a good team so be able to do that at home it’s a good test.” Bellemare thoughts on the Golden Knights playing the full 60.
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Reaction From Forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare
After today’s practice Head Coach Gerard Gallant provided his remarks and for us, we asked about how the power play has been a major improvement as of late. Check out our video below to find out what has been the cause of the Golden Knights turning the page on the power play side of special teams.
Post Practice Reaction From Head Coach Gerard Gallant