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FSM Recap: Golden Knights vs Bruins – Game 42 – 2023

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Vegas Golden Knights (24-13-5)  |  Boston Bruins (24-8-9)

 

It was the Golden Knights vs Bruins on Thursday night. The short-handed Golden Knights got a scare when Stone and Eichel went down with injuries, but they returned to lead VGK in a 2-1 win OT win over Boston.

 

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Fans were wondering who would be playing for the Golden Knights when they took on the Boston Bruins on Thursday night.

The flu has hit the locker room and has forced Keegan Kolesar, Logan Thompson, and Michael Amadio to miss games. The Golden Knights were forced to go with an unconventional lineup with 11 forwards and seven defensemen last night in Colorado against the Avalanche.

The Golden Knights were forced to make roster changes for the second night in a row. Thompson returned after fighting an illness yesterday. Isaiah Saville backed up Thompson, which meant Jiri Patera may have sustained an injury against the Colorado Avalanche.

The Golden Knights leaders are stepping up. Jack Eichel has taken his game to its highest level, but he needs to find another gear to help get the Golden Knights out of their funk. Jonathan Marchessault had not logged a shot on goal in the two games before they played the Bruins, and Ivan Barbashev had gone four games without a point.

The Bruins have injury problems of their own. Linus Ullmark, Brandon Carlo, and Matthew Poitras were out for Thursday night’s game.

 

Golden Knights vs Bruins First Period:

 

The first period of the game was similar to Wednesday night’s game against the Avalanche. The Golden Knights had their fair share of chances, including a few high-danger chances. Jeremy Swayman gave up multiple rebounds directly to Golden Knights players but was able to keep the puck out of the net.

The Bruins took control of the game for the second half of the first period, but Thompson was able to keep the game scoreless.

The Golden Knights had an extended powerplay with a short two-man advantage and failed to capitalize.

 

Golden Knights vs Bruins 2nd Period:

 

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The second period did not feature any scoring, but critical moments had VGK fan’s attention. Golden Knights fans got a major scare when Jack Eichel and Mark Stone left the ice with injuries within minutes of each other.

Eichel lost a skate blade and had to be assisted to the bench. It was hard to tell if and when Eichel was injured during the sequence. It looked like he may have had trouble pushing off his left leg just before falling.

Stone’s injury is a little bit more of a mystery. Cameras picked up the Golden Knights captain hobbling down the tunnel with the assistance of the medical staff. With his history of having a back injury, VGK fans were worried that it may have flared up again.

Stone and Eichel’s injuries occurred with the score tied 0-0. Golden Knights Coach Bruce Cassidy briefly utilized the team’s last ten healthy forwards for five minutes in the second period.

 

Golden Knights vs Bruins 3rd Period & OT:

 

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Stone returned to the Golden Knights bench and was back on the ice during the third period.

The Golden Knights got their first powerplay goal of the night when Martinez worked a pass across the ice to Marchessault, who fed a perfect pass to Eichel.

All Eichel had to do was make contact with the puck to get it behind Jeremy Swayman.

The Bruins responded five minutes later to tie the game. Matt Grzelcyk fired a shot from the point through traffic that beat Thompson.

Fans got free hockey since overtime was needed to determine a winner.

Eichel won the opening faceoff in OT, and the Bruins never touched the puck. The Bruins stopped following the puck, and Stone took advantage. Pietrangelo went down the middle uncovered, and Stone found him with a nice pass. All Pietrangelo had to do was make contact with the puck for the win and to secure an important two points for the Golden Knights.

 

The Golden Knights will remain at home to take on the Calgary Flames on Saturday, January 13th, at 7:00 p.m. PST. Thanks for visiting FranchiseSportsMedia.com for your Las Vegas Sports news today.

 

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