Vegas Golden Knights Coach Calls Out His 'Beer League' Team

Needless to say, Vegas Golden Knights head coach Bruce Cassidy was not a happy man on Monday night. His hockey club was in New Jersey to take on the Devils, in what turned out to be a back-and-forth hockey game that every coach hates.

Cassidy didn't mince words after the game and called out his club for looking like a beer league hockey team, something you don't hear very often in the national league:

We basically played a beer league game out there. We thought it was preseason, I guess. We didn't defend to our structure or principals at all. The plays we made, right up to the last goal, were careless, disrespectful to the game. At the end of the day, we lose. And it's what we deserve if we're going to play like that. At the end of the day, we have a veteran D core, and they were not good tonight as a group. Jersey will make you pay if you're not good there. Tonight was not something that should be acceptable.

The unacceptable even included overcoming a 3-1 deficit but then giving up a 5-3 lead, losing in OT eventually. The defending Cup champs are dealing with injuries but that shouldn't be any excuse to play as bad defensively as they did, considering that is what makes them the Golden Knights. 

Now, Vegas gets set to turn things around on Tuesday night as they make way to Long Island and have to take on a rejuvenated New York Islanders team led by their new bench boss Patrick Roy.

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