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FSM Recap: Golden Knights vs Canucks – Game 24 – 2023

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Vegas Golden Knights (15-5-4)  |  Vancouver Canucks (15-8-1)

 

The Vegas Golden Knights halt their three-game losing streak with a win in Vancouver against the Canucks.

The Golden Knights vs Canucks played in Vancouver on Thursday.

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The Vegas Golden Knights wrapped up their three-game road trip against the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night as the two clubs battle for the lead in the Pacific Division.

Vegas and Vancouver are the top two teams in the division, with 32 and 31 points so far this year.

The Golden Knights are coming off a 5-4 shootout loss to the Edmonton Oilers. Ben Hutton and Keegan Kolesar scored two goals in the final 6:30 of regulation to force overtime. Though the Golden Knights came up short in the shootout for their third loss in a row, Vegas collected another critical point thanks to the late rally.

Vegas was without Shea Theodore, who is week-to-week after undergoing successful surgery for an upper-body injury. Alec Martinez remains out of the lineup as well.

The Canucks went 6-1-0 at the start of November but have gone 5-4-1 in their last 10. They are coming off a 3-1 win against Anaheim, which improved their league-best home record to 8-1-1.

This is the first of four meetings between these teams this season.

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Golden Knights vs Canucks First Period:

It was the start of the Golden Knights vs Canucks first period. 

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Ivan Barbashev started the scoring for the Golden Knights just under five minutes into the game. VGK captain Mark Stone, Jack Eichel, and Barbashev had sustained pressure on Thatcher Demko. Barbashev was able to backhand a loose puck to get the Golden Knights on the board.

Eichel got the top line’s second goal of the night with just under four minutes remaining off a dime of a pass from Barbashev across the top of the crease.

“It’s been awhile since we played that way,” Barbashev said. “I think our whole game was pretty good. It’s a good feeling, especially to end the road trip. We didn’t give them a lot of chances, and when we did, our goaltenders were there to take care of it.”

It was the end of the Golden Knights vs Canucks first period. 

Golden Knights vs Canucks 2nd Period:

The start of the Golden Knights vs Canucks second period. 

William Karlsson scored the period’s only goal on the power play. Karlsson took a pass from Eichel to the right faceoff circle and fired a wrist shot that beat Demko.

I was ready for a little bit of time, that’s kind of how they defend.” Karlsson on what led to his powerplay goal.

Trying to balance what we accomplished last year versus being in the moment and getting to our game,” coach Bruce Cassidy said after the game. “We made an effort to get more pucks to the net. We are not shooting just to shoot. We are shooting when people are there.”

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Golden Knights vs Canucks 3rd Period:

It was the start of the Golden Knights vs Canucks third period. 

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Everything was going well for the Golden Knights. However, Logan Thompson came in to relieve Adin Hill for “precautionary reasons,” per the Golden Knights. This will be something to monitor. “The trainers recommended to use precaution,” said VGK coach Bruce Cassidy on the decision to bring Thompson into the game to replace Hill.

The Golden Knights wasted no time getting Thompson a goal. Brett Howden won an offensive zone faceoff and did what you are supposed to do: rushed the net. Alex Pietrangelo fired a puck to the net that deflected off Howden to give the Golden Knights a 4-0 lead just 14 seconds into the period.

The Vancouver Canucks got on the board due to poor puck management on the redline. Alex Pietrangelo, Paul Cotter, and Keegan Kolesar collapsed on the puck leading to a two-on-one for the Canucks that Andrei Kuzmenko converted.

To finish that way is a good feeling for us.” Pietrangelo after the win. “We generated a lot because we defended well.”

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The Golden Knights will now host the Washington Capitals on Saturday, December 2nd, at 7:00 pm PST. Thanks for visiting FranchiseSportsMedia.com for your Las Vegas Sports news today.

 

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