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FSM Essential Recap: Golden Knights vs Avalanche – Game 12

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Vegas Golden Knights (11-0-1) vs Colorado Avalanche (7-3-0)

 

The Golden Knights blast the Avalanche 7-0 behind 41 saves from Adin Hill and improve to 11-01 to start the season.

It is game 12 of the NHL season, and the Golden Knights took on the Colorado Avalanche. 

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The Vegas Golden Knights are off to a scorching hot start in the 2023-24 season with an impressive record of 11-0-1.

Their latest win came against the formidable Colorado Avalanche, who entered the game as one of the top teams in the Western Conference with a 7-2-0 record and 14 points. However, the Avalanche couldn’t keep pace with the Golden Knights, who now boast an impressive 23 points from 12 games.

This was supposed to be Vegas‘ biggest test of the year, and the contest came one game after Vegas had delivered arguably its best overall performance of the season.

The Avalanche had started out a perfect 6-0-0 but proceeded to lose back-to-back games, both of which were 4-0 defeats in which Colorado had been held off the scoresheet. However, the Avalanche had bounced back with a 4-1 win against St. Louis, giving them some momentum heading into that battle.

Mikko Rantanen, Cale Makar, and Nathan MacKinnon led the team in scoring with 14, 11, and nine points, respectively. Rantanen had had a team-high six goals, and he and Makar had led the way with eight assists apiece. Ryan Johansen, acquired from Nashville in the offseason, had had a team-best three power-play goals.

In the all-time series against the Golden Knights, MacKinnon had a clear edge with 21 points in 22 games, while Rantanen had 12 points in 19 contests.

Colorado had averaged 3.44 goals per game that season, ranking ninth overall in the NHL (Vegas had been fifth: 3.64). The Avalanche had been the fifth-stingiest club in the league, giving up an average of just 2.33 goals per game (Vegas had been third: 2.18).

Needless to say, both teams had performed at a high level during that season.

In this game, though, three players for Vegas scored two goals each, and Adin Hill secured his first regular-season shutout as a Golden Knights member with 41 saves.

The Golden Knights faced off against the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.

The first period of the game was the closest part of the game, mainly because the Golden Knights had a slow start.

The Golden Knights vs Avalanche game saw VGK play their most complete game of the season.

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However, they quickly picked up the pace, and Mark Stone ignited their offense with a short-handed goal towards the end of the first period. Brayden McNabb and Chandler Stephenson provided the assists, and Vegas held a 1-0 lead after the first 20 minutes, outshooting their opponents 14 to 12.

The second period initially had a slow start, but the turning point came when Jack Eichel found the back of the net, marking the second anniversary of his trade to the Golden Knights. Eichel’s top-shelf goal beat Alexandar Georgiev and made it 2-0.

Jonathan Marchessault and Alex Pietrangelo contributed assists, setting the stage for more celebrations by the home crowd. William Carrier joined the scoring party, tallying his third goal of the season at 12:57, with Stone and Stephenson earning assists. Shortly after, Eichel notched his second goal of the game and fifth of the season on the power play, with Stone and Shea Theodore assisting.

At the end of the second period, the Golden Knights held a comfortable 4-0 lead, maintaining a slight edge in shots on goal at 25-24. Many of the team’s key players had contributed points, and the Avalanche struggled to mount a comeback.

The final frame confirmed the Avalanche’s struggles, with VGK captain Mark Stone delivering another short-handed goal to extend Vegas’ lead to 5-0. The Golden Knights continued to apply pressure, and William Karlsson added the finishing touches with two goals. His first, his fifth of the season, came at 9:13 of the period, assisted by Pavel Dorofeyev. The second, his sixth of the season, arrived with just over five minutes left in the game, with assists from Dorofeyev and Michael Amadio.

The Golden Knights demonstrated their dominance in special teams, scoring on the power play twice while also successfully killing off three penalties. They showcased strong puck management, opportunistic turnovers, and excellent shot-blocking. Adin Hill’s stellar performance between the pipes improved his record to 6-0-1 for the season.

The final score in the Golden Knights vs Avalanche was 7-0 Vegas.

The Golden Knights will be in action again on Sunday evening, taking on the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center in Anaheim. They drop the puck at 5:00 p.m.

 

– Joe Arrigo – Franchise Sports Media

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