The Game 1 chirping between Ryan Reaves and Antoine Roussel during the Golden Knights’ 5-0 thrashing of the Canucks was certainly entertaining. There were even bawking chicken noises. But, if Roussel’s goal was to get the Golden Knights off of their games, it didn’t seem to do much.
That’s the challenge when it comes to a pest like Roussel. If you’re not sort of a new age pest like Brad Marchand or Matthew Tkachuk who pesters while being legitimate stars, you have to needle enough to make an impact. Can you draw a penalty out of frustration? Maybe make someone lose their focus?
Sure, it created a response, as Reaves delivered 11 hits (Roussel: seven). The Golden Knights didn’t find themselves killing a bunch of losing-your-cool penalties, though. There were hints of that self-destructive part of walking that pesky tightrope, too, as Roussel received a 10-minute misconduct for his shenanigans. Even then, no one received a power play, so it was really just a matter of the Canucks losing a supporting cast member when Game 1 was already well in hand for the Golden Knights.
“He’s running around out there, I don’t think he’s distracting anyone but himself.” – Reilly Smith on Antoine Roussel
“That’s why we pay Reavo the big bucks” – adds Jonathan Marchessault
— Thomas Drance (@ThomasDrance) August 24, 2020
Again, at minimum, it’s another bit of spice to a series that could be very entertaining (though it will need to be more competitive than Game 1 for this matter).
No. 1 Vegas Golden Knights vs. No. 5 Vancouver Canucks (VGK leads series 1-0)
Game 1: Golden Knights 5, Canucks 0 (recap)
Game 2: Tuesday, Aug. 25, 9:45 p.m. ET – NBCSN
Game 3: Thursday, Aug. 27, 9:45 p.m. ET – NBCSN
Game 4: Saturday, Aug. 29, 8 p.m. ET – NBCSN
*Game 5: Monday, Aug. 31 – TBD
*Game 6: Tuesday, Sept. 1 – TBD
*Game 7: Thursday, Sept. 3 – TBD