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FSM Essential Recap: Golden Knights vs Ducks – Game 3 – 2023

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Vegas Golden Knights (3-0) vs Anaheim Ducks (0-1)

 

Jack Eichel had a goal and an assist, Adin Hill made 22 saves, and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Anaheim Ducks 4-1 on Saturday night.

It is game 2 of the NHL season, and the Golden Knights took on the San Jose Sharks. 

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On Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena, the shorthanded Vegas Golden Knights secured a 4-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks. This win marked the third consecutive game in which they triumphed by this same scoreline. Furthermore, Vegas extended its remarkable all-time record against the Ducks to 21 wins, two losses, and five ties, making it the most dominant performance against a single team in the franchise’s history.

Despite missing five key starters from their regular lineup, the Golden Knights dominated the Ducks. They outperformed their opponents in every aspect, including shots on goal, scoring chances, and high-danger opportunities. The absence of William Carrier, Alex Pietrangelo, Zach Whitecloud, and Alec Martinez due to injuries, along with Brett Howden serving the final game of his two-game suspension, didn’t hinder their impressive performance.

That’s obviously the good thing about winning (the Stanley Cup) — you don’t have much time off,” Stephenson said. “Roll into camp, knock a little bit of rust off, and it doesn’t really feel like you left. That’s been really nice to start how we have. Hopefully, we can just keep rolling on this, building on it.

The Golden Knights faced off against their rivals, the Sharks, on Thursday night.

The Golden Knights were down a couple of men, but that didn’t stop them from showing why they are the defending Stanley Cup Champions.

It was all VGK in the Golden Knights vs Sharks game.

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The showdown on Saturday added another thrilling chapter to the intense Pacific Division rivalry, and it was Jack Eichel who sealed the deal for the home team with a spectacular goal just before the final buzzer. Notably, this goal marked the team’s first power-play goal of the season and was scored during a major penalty served by Sam Carrick. The Golden Knights extended their lead in the second period when Chandler Stephenson skillfully found the back of the net on a daring drive to the goal.

In the final frame, Shea Theodore, facing his former team, added another particularly special goal as it coincided with his 400th game as a Golden Knight. However, Adin Hill’s hopes of a shutout were dashed when Mason McTavish scored for Anaheim just 27 seconds after Theodore’s goal. Nevertheless, Hill put on an excellent performance, stopping 22 of the 23 shots he faced, including 18 of 19 during even-strength play, and all four shots faced while the Golden Knights were shorthanded.

Jonas Røndbjerg sealed the game with an empty-net goal, making the most of the opportunity he received in Brett Howden’s absence due to his suspension.

On the night, the Golden Knights had a 2 for six success rate on the power play and a perfect 3 for three on the penalty kills. Additionally, they managed to score at least one goal in each period, maintaining their season-long trend. Regarding individual offensive contributions, the team had multiple players stepping up. Stephenson concluded the game with a goal and two assists, Theodore had a goal and an assist, Eichel contributed with a goal and an assist, and Røndbjerg scored a goal. Furthermore, Paul Cotter, Nicolas Hague, and Brayden McNabb each chipped in with an assist.

Injury-wise, Alex Pietrangelo was absent due to an injury, and his status is considered day-to-day, according to Bruce Cassidy. William Carrier and Alec Martinez remained sidelined, with no set timeline for their return. On a positive note, Howden is expected to return from his suspension in the Golden Knights‘ next game.

Stephenson, Eichel, and Theodore were named the game’s first, second, and third stars, respectively.

The final score in the Golden Knights vs Sharks was 4-1 Vegas.

The Stanley Cup Champion Vegas Golden Knights are back in action Tuesday at home, and they will take on the Dallas Stars in a rematch of the most recent Western Conference Final. They drop the puck at 7:30 p.m.

 

– Joe Arrigo – Franchise Sports Media

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