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No excuses for wounded Knights' blowout loss to Leafs

Ed Graney, Las Vegas Review-Journal on

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LAS VEGAS — It was Thursday morning when Vegas Golden Knights coach Bruce Cassidy spoke about how his team could best handle its rash of injuries.

He mentioned two areas that must lead the way: Defense and goaltending.

Uh-oh.

What a disaster this thing was. Toronto rolled over the Knights 7-3 before an announced crowd of 18,188 at T-Mobile Arena. A large contingent of Maple Leafs fans (as usual) was more than content to watch its team have its way most of the evening.

The seven goals allowed were a season high for the Knights. It just seemed like 10.

There was a lack of execution at times. A lack of effort at others. A lack of discipline at others.

 

No excuses. Veterans need to be better. This is the time.

“Obviously, it snowballed,” defenseman Alec Martinez said. “They scored a lot of goals. We just weren’t good enough. Got to give them credit, too. They capitalized on their chances. We didn’t. I liked the way the guys responded in the third but this isn’t the time of year for moral victories. We need points.”

It was 4-0 after one period in which the Maple Leafs had — count ’em — 22 shots. How bad was it early? Knights goalie Adin Hill was pulled in favor of Logan Thompson when the score climbed to 3-0 with 5:40 left before the first intermission.

You can count this as the Knights’ fourth straight home loss and Hill’s fourth straight overall. Maybe the road — which beckons with an upcoming five-game trip — will bring better results.

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