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FSM Recap: Golden Knights vs Canucks – Game 63 – 2023

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Vegas Golden Knights (33-23-7)  | Vancouver Canucks (41-17-7)


It was the Golden Knights vs Canucks on Monday at T-Mbile Arena. VGK added a couple big pieces prior to the NHL Trade Deadline, but it didn’t help on Thursday as they fell to Vancouver 3-1.


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The Golden Knights were back home in Las Vegas to take on the Canucks on Monday evening. The Golden Knights were looking to avoid a three-game skid with a victory in Columbus. Well, that didn’t happen as the Blue Jackets beat VGK 6-3 in a game that once again leaves more questions than answers for the Golden Knights.

The Golden Knights have been active ahead of Friday’s NHL Trade Deadline. VGK general manager Kelly McCrimmon is not letting the opportunity to become the third back-to-back Stanley Cup champions slip away without a fight. The injury-ravaged Golden Knights lineup got one boost on Tuesday with the acquisition of Anthony Mantha from the Washington Capitals. Wednesday, the Golden Knights made trade #2, and it was the big blue line get: Noah Hanifin.

Hanifin, 27, was the prized trade deadline acquisition for clubs looking to upgrade their defense and is part of the Calgary Flames sell-off.

The Golden Knights dealt a conditional first-rounder, defenseman Danii Miromanov, and a conditional third-rounder that would upgrade to a second if the Golden Knights win a playoff round. The Golden Knights traded their 2025 first-rounder in the deal, but the condition is the pick becomes a 2026 first-rounder if the Golden Knights trade their 2025 pick in another deal.

The Golden Knights had $4.35 million in proportional cap space before the trade. Hanifin makes $4.95 million. Calgary is eating 50% and the Philadelphia Flyers are eating 25%, which means the Golden Knights will get Hanifin for a $1.23 million equivalent.

A really nice add for us,” VGK coach Bruce Cassidy said. “He plays in all situations and against top players. He’ll play some on the power play and on the penalty kill.

One of his best assets is his ability to move the puck out of the zone with his feet and his hands, for that matter. He’s a good hockey player.”

The Golden Knights are also parting with a fifth-round pick for the Flyers to take their share of Hanifin’s salary.

That didn’t matter on Thursday evening as the Golden Knights fell to Vancouver 3-1 in front of over 19,000 VGK fans at T-Mobile Arena.


Golden Knights vs Canucks First Period:


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The Golden Knights got into early penalty trouble and Vancouver took advantage. The Canucks were on the power play for six consecutive minutes, resulting in a 1-0 deficit. Then 55 seconds later, the Canucks lead was extended to 2-0, prompting Vegas to rally again.

I don’t think it helped that we’re chasing the game early,” Cassidy said. “We have to start digging in after the first negative thing that happens to us and bounce back. Get through it. We haven’t been able to do that.

You get stretches like that in the season, but you’ve got to get out of it as quick as possible,” Golden Knights center Nicolas Roy said. “It feels like we’ve been in it for a long time now.

Golden Knights vs Canucks Second Period:


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Michael Amadio cut the lead to one with a wrist shot from the point.

There were definitely times when we controlled and we got pucks in and got them back,” defenseman Shea Theodore said. “We had some good looks. (Jack Eichel) got robbed earlier. Those are the little things we can take from it.”

The Golden Knights, however, gave up another goal at the 15:58 mark when Connor Garland collected a rebound in front of Aidan Hill and put it into the net.

I thought we got going a little bit (after falling behind 2-0),” Cassidy said. “But again the third goal we don’t execute well enough yet again and then we don’t put out the fire after we don’t execute.


Golden Knights vs Canucks 3rd Period:


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The third period was the Cancuks hold, as neither team scored and the Golden Knights came away with a 3-1 loss.

On a positive note, the night saw the debut of the pair of Noah Hanifin and Anthony Mantha. Mantha played 15:14 with four penalty minutes, while Hanifin had two shots in 21:33 of ice time.

Cassidy said it was too early to evaluate their play.

I won’t evaluate them. I’d say this even with a call up. I don’t think it’s fair,Cassidy said. “Especially a game like tonight where we didn’t do enough as a team. Let them play a few games.

It’s a long season,VGK center Nicolas Roy told reporters after the game. “You get stretches like that in the season but you got to get out of it as quick as possible. It seems like we’ve been in it for a long time now. We’ve got to find ways to dig deep and come on top of it.



The Golden Knights are back at home when they take on the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday, March 9th, at 7:00 p.m. PST. Thanks for visiting for your Las Vegas Sports news today.


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