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FSM Recap: Golden Knights vs Ducks – Game 82 – 2023

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Vegas Golden Knights (45-29-8)  | Anaheim Ducks (27-50-5)

 

It was the Golden Knights vs Ducks on Thursday night at T-Mobile Arena. The Golden Knights gave up three goals in the third period to fall to the Anaheim Ducks 4-1, as VGK now turns their attention to the NHL playoffs.

 

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The Golden Knights took on the Anaheim Ducks Thursday night inside T-Mobile Arena.

The Golden Knights could’ve determined their postseason path Thursday night simply by beating a team that sat 30th in a 32-team NHL.

If Vegas had beaten Anaheim, they would have stayed in third place in the Pacific Division. That would’ve earned the Golden Knights a series against the Edmonton Oilers in the first round of the NHL playoffs. The Golden Knights are 1-1-1 against Edmonton this season.

If the Golden Knights lost to Anaheim, it opened the door for the Los Angeles Kings to retake third place. In their race, Vegas started the night with a one-point lead (98 to 97 points) over the Kings. The Kings own the tiebreaker (wins in regulation) over Vegas. That means if the Golden Knights lost in regulation, the Kings would need only one point to regain third place.

If Vegas earned a point against Anaheim, the Kings would’ve needed to win to grab third.

The loser between the Kings and the Golden Knights would end up with the second wild card position. That will put them against the No. 1-seeded Dallas Stars in the first round.

Unfortunately, the Golden Knights fell to the Ducks 4-1 after giving up three third-period goals. To make matters worse, the Kings pulled out a 5-4 OT win over the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Golden Knights will open the playoffs against the top-seeded Stars.

It goes to show you there are no easy games in this league,Vegas coach Bruce Cassidy said. “You’ve got to show up and play. L.A. looked like they had it in hand, then all of a sudden, Chicago makes a push and throws one over the glass. At the end of the day, I wasn’t cheering for anybody,  just like a lot of people in our room; who do we have and let’s get ready for them.

Golden Knights vs Ducks First & Second Periods:

 

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Both teams skated to a scoreless first period.

Anaheim took a 1-0 lead at 4:25 of the second period on a power-play goal by Vatrano. He blasted a one-timer from the top of the right circle that hit the bottom of Hill’s glove and caromed into the net.

Vegas tied it 1-1 at 18:47 of the middle period on a power-play goal by Jack Eichel. He fired a wrist shot from the top of the left circle that deflected off the stick of Anaheim’s Isac Lundestrom and into the top right corner for his 31st goal. It was Eichel’s team-leading 11th power-play goal of the season.

Early on in the first period, I thought we played the right way in terms of how we were going to generate offense —  down below the goal line to the slot, o-zone,Cassidy said. “We did a really good job, just didn’t finish.”

Golden Knights vs Ducks Third Period:

 

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Anaheim then took a 3-1 lead with two goals in the span of 29 seconds to start the third period.

LaCombe got the first 51 seconds into the period when he snapped a wrist shot from the left circle under Hill’s right arm for his second goal. Hobey Baker Award finalist Cutter Gauthier, making his NHL debut, picked up the primary assist for his first NHL point.

Vatrano followed by snapping a wrist shot from the left circle over Hill’s left shoulder at 1:20.

Anaheim’s Troy Terry picked up a hooking penalty with 2:04 remaining, and the Golden Knights pulled Hill for a six-on-four advantage, but Vatrano sealed the win with an empty-netter with 14.1 seconds left.

I’m sure we can learn something from it, but we’ve got to move on and look forward to the playoffs,” center William Karlsson said after the game.

 

The Golden Knights will travel to Dallas to take on the Stars in a first-round matchup on Monday, April 22nd, at 6:30 pm. Thanks for visiting FranchiseSportsMedia.com for your Las Vegas Sports news today.

 

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