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FSM Recap: Golden Knights vs Ducks – Game 36 – 2023

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Vegas Golden Knights (21-10-5)  |  Anaheim Ducks (13-21-0)

 

On Wednesday night, it was the Golden Knights vs Ducks in Anaheim. But VGK dropped their 4th game in a row after yet another poor goaltending performance in the 5-2 loss.

 

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The Golden Knights last won on December 17 vs. the Ottawa Senators and have now dropped games to the Carolina Hurricanes, Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers, and, on Wednesday night, the Anaheim Ducks.

Simply put, the Golden Knights are looking for answers right now. The defending Stanley Cup Champions are in a loll and need to fight to get out of it.

I just didn’t think we were ready to play, myself included.Alec Martinez and what led to the poor start. “We got to figure this out as a team. Look at the last four, five, six games. We are giving up four or more goals. That is not what we do.

Too many turnovers; the first few shifts, we were not ready to play,” said Nic Roy on the loss. “We know we are a good team. We proved it in the past.

You need saves. Right now, there is an opportunity for Logan Thompson and Jiri Patera to step up,” said Coach Bruce Cassidy on the goaltending situation. “We need them (goalies) to play better. We need them to get back to form. I do not want this to turn into a shit all over the goalies post-game; that is not what it is.

The Golden Knights dropped their game to the Ducks 5-2 on Wednesday night and will continue looking for answers. Here is how it all went down.

 

Golden Knights vs Ducks First Period:

 

The first period was far from what coach Bruce Cassidy and the Golden Knights had in mind. The Ducks scored four first-period goals on Logan Thompson and the Golden Knights. This was Thompson’s first start after missing two games due to an upper-body injury.

The theme of the first period was poor puck management and the Golden Knights being caught flat-footed.

It was not a great period for Thompson, but the score deficit did not 100% fall on Thompson.

 

Golden Knights vs Ducks 2nd Period:

 

The Golden Knights had a much better start in the second period. Goals by Alec Martinez and Mark Stone gave the Golden Knights hope. Brett Leason took some of that hope away when he scored his second goal of the game with 2:15 remaining in the period.

A 5-2 deficit is much better than a 4-0 deficit. The Golden Knights began the third period with 1:56 remaining on the powerplay.

 

Golden Knights vs Ducks 3rd Period:

 

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The Golden Knights had an OK third period, but they could not find a way to score on the Ducks, who deployed a “bend but do not break defensive scheme” in the third period.

There were some positives buried in the filth of a 5-2 loss to the seventh-place team in the Pacific Division. Pavel Dorofeyev was played hard. Dorofeyev might have been the most noticeable forward for the Golden Knights and did everything he could to bring the team back into the game.

Thompson finished the game and appeared to be healthy. It was not his best performance, but finishing this game healthy is a step in the right direction for him and the Golden Knights.

 

The Golden Knights will travel to L.A. on Thursday to take on the Los Angeles Kings on December 28th at 7:00 PST. Thanks for visiting FranchiseSportsMedia.com for your Las Vegas Sports news today.

 

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