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FSM Essential Recap: Golden Knights vs Canadiens – Game 17

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Vegas Golden Knights (13-3-1) vs Montreal Canadiens (7-8-2)

 

The Golden Knights got back to their winning ways after defeating the Montreal Canadiens 6-5 in Montreal Thursday night.

It is game 15 of the NHL season, and the Golden Knights took on the SanJose Sharks. 

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The Vegas Golden Knights were shut out for the first time this season by the Capitals and fell to 12-3-1. Charlie Lindgren had been spectacular for Washington, and it had been a game of inches in which the team had been close to changing the flow and outcome of the game.

Last night, the Golden Knights were in Montreal to take on the Canadiens, and the hope was they wouldn’t overlook an opponent going through a rebuild. The two sides had faced off a few weeks earlier, and the Golden Knights had eked out a 3-2 win in a shootout.

Vegas owned an all-time record of 6-2-3 in games played against Montreal and was 2-2-1 in games played at the Bell Centre.

The Golden Knights were one step closer to full health. Nicolas Roy returns to the lineup for the first time since Oct. 24 after leaving the game with an undisclosed injury.

The Golden Knights faced off against the San Jose Sharks on Friday.

The Golden Knights found a way to escape Montreal with two points in a wild win on Thursday night.

The Golden Knights vs Sharks game saw VGK victorious over the Sharks.

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In the first period, VGK outshot Montreal 16-5. Seven of the shots could have gone in. Unfortunately, the Montreal Canadiens had taken a two-goal lead into the locker room. William Karlsson had been stoned multiple times by goaltender Cayden Primeau.

Alex Newhook and Johnathan Kovacevic had been the goal scorers for the Canadiens. Both goals had been similar: shots from the right faceoff circle that had beaten Adin Hill’s blocker.

The second period had not been the type of period that a coach would necessarily like. A total of six goals had been scored—high-event hockey at its finest. Brett Howden had scored the period’s first goal with the Golden Knights shorthanded, opening the floodgates for both teams. Jesse Ylonen had scored after Jack Eichel had lost a faceoff in the offensive zone. Alec Martinez and Alex Pietrangelo had pinched the blue line, but both had failed to secure the puck, and Ylonen had converted on the breakaway.

 

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Just when it had seemed like the game would be out of reach for the Golden Knights, Brayden McNabb had scored his first goal of the year less than 20 seconds after the Ylonen goal for Montreal. Jonathan Marchessault had converted a two-on-one opportunity from Ivan Barbashev to tie the game at three.

The scoring had not ended there. Ylonen had scored from the right circle to beat Hill’s blocker side, the same place Montreal had scored their first two goals. Shea Theodore had tied the game at four during the Golden Knight’s power play.

The Golden Knights had received a four-minute power play after Pavel Dorofeyev had taken a high stick that had left the training staff picking up his teeth off the ice. Jack Eichel and Mark Stone had converted on the extended power play to give the Golden Knights a late 6-4 lead.

Justin Barron scored for Montreal with a minute remaining to make it a 6-5 game, which was the final score.

The final score in the Golden Knights vs Sharks was 5-0, Vegas.

The Golden Knights now head to Philadelphia to take on the Flyers on Saturday morning. They drop the puck at 10:00 a.m.

 

– Joe Arrigo – Franchise Sports Media

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