Las Vegas–Today we caught up with Vegas Golden Knights forward Alex Tuch ahead of a potential first ever Stanley Cup Playoff clinching berth in club history.
In the last two matchups the Golden Knights have struggled a bit to close out games with consecutive losses to division rival San Jose and Colorado that had the same result of 2-1.
Malcolm Subban posted a career high in saves at 42 in the 2-1 overtime loss at SAP Center and Marc-André Fleury after coming back from a scare made 29 stops at Pepsi Center where the Golden Knights lost in a shootout, 2-1.
With those two losses though the Golden Knights did earn two points but the finished product to get a W for them has had it’s challenges.
“It’s a little frustrating at times, two goals in two games, overtime loss, shootout loss, we’re right there, we’re playing well, we’re playing sound defensively, Fleury’s been really good in net and Subban played well too.” Tuch said.
The offensive side of their game for the Golden Knights has hit a bit of snag and Tuch recognized that of what he saw in the last two matchups.
“I think offensively we just have to bare down a little bit, we haven’t been getting as many grade a opportunities that we had before, we’re not playing like a simple fast hockey that we like, we’re turning pucks over too many times, we have to simplify our game.” Tuch continued.
With Tomas Tatar, he’s been getting more and more comfortable playing with the Golden Knights since coming over from the Detroit Red Wings via the NHL Trade Deadline and he’s been getting rewarded for it with 3 goals and an assist.
“He’s a really good addition from the trade deadline, really great guy off the ice, he brings a lot of experience, lot of skill to our team, I think he fits well on the first line right now with Reilly Smith out, he a goal a couple games ago, I think he’s been playing well.” Tuch on Tatar.
On the season with the Red Wings and Golden Knights, Tatar has 19 goals, 13 assists for 32 points in 75 games between the two clubs.
Tonight is the final matchup of the 2017-18 campaign for the Golden Knights vs. the Avalanche as the two teams have split the first two meetings as Vegas took game 1 back in October, 7-0, and Colorado getting the second game over the weekend in the shootout.
Tuch downplayed the pressure of the potential clinching matchup vs. Colorado as he sees this as more of opportunity to just play Golden Knights hockey.
“No pressure, we’re just going to come in and play our game and go for the win like always, if we clinch, we clinch it’s great, we want to keep continuing to win, we want to build towards the future and continue to get better every game.” Says Tuch
At home this season, the Golden Knights are 26-9-2 with a chance to capture points 102 and 103 which are up for grabs tonight vs. the Avs and Tuch commented with us to what he expects to see tonight out of the team.
“A really good one, I think it’s time for us to have a breakthrough game, we’ll be good offensively, we’ll be sound defensively, it will be a lot of fun to watch.” Tuch replied.
In his first semi-full season in the National Hockey League, Tuch has scored 13 goals, recorded 18 assists for 31 points and is -1 thru 71 games with the Golden Knights.
The last game he scored in was at Little Caesars Arena where he put the puck in the back of net twice that resulted in the first time in his career where he produced a multi-goal game in the NHL.
Full 1 On 1 With Alex Tuch
Tonight’s Clinching Scenarios For The Golden Knights