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FSM Recap: Golden Knights vs Flames – Game 43 – 2023

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Vegas Golden Knights (24-14-5)  |  Calgary Flames (20-18-5)

 

It was the Golden Knights vs Flames on Saturday night. The Golden Knights not only lost the game 3-1 to the Flames but have also lost superstar Jack Eichel for a while.

 

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The Golden Knights lineup against the Boston Bruins was not at full strength on Thursday night, so what would VGK fans consider a Golden Knights’ lineup without Jack Eichel? The Golden Knights had to try and find a way to a win without Eichel against the Calgary Flames on Saturday evening.

Eichel left during the second period of Thursday’s game after his skate blade became detached from his left skate.

The Bruins Matt Grzelcyk attempted to check Eichel and ended up pushing Eichel’s left leg into the boards. The scary moment for the Golden Knights and their fans came when Eichel attempted to push off with his left leg. His left leg buckled, and he fell to the ice.

Eichel had to be helped to the locker room after the hit but returned to the game before the end of the second period. After Thursday’s game, Eichel was asked how his left felt, and he said it felt” fine.”

Eichel had soreness Friday morning and got a further evaluation from the medical team. VGK Coach Bruce Cassidy told reports that Eichel would “miss a little time.” Trying to replace Eichel and his 44 points will take a lot of work.

The Golden Knights could have used Eichel on Saturday night in their 3-1 loss to Calgary.

 

Golden Knights vs Flames First Period:

 

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Calgary scored in the 1st period on the power play after Golden Knight Ivan Barbashev was called for a slashing penalty. Just minutes later, the Flames doubled their lead to 2-0.

I think the system we play has been good for us. We just have to execute,” Golden Knight Jonathan Marchessault said. “It’s a privilege to play in the NHL, and you’ve got to find a way to do the job. They don’t care what you’ve done in the past. You need to take the opportunity in front of you, and right now, we don’t have enough guys that are doing that.

After the first period, the Flames led the Golden Knights 2-0.

 

Golden Knights vs Flames 2nd Period:

 

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The Golden Knights pushed back and controlled the puck for most of the second period. Unfortunately, the Flames were able to sneak through the middle and pick up their third goal of the game.

Through 40 minutes, the Golden Knights were kept off the scoreboard, making it five periods in a row they were scoreless in their Winter Classic jerseys.

What I saw was guys getting out-willed in front of the net,” Golden Knights coach Bruce Cassidy said. “They’re in position. They’re right there. If they’re not there, it’s one thing.

You’ve got to take care of business there. We’re a big, strong team. Take care of business,” Cassidy said. “It can happen once, but now you’re chasing two goals, now you’re chasing a little bit. At the end of the day, we kept chasing, and we never caught it.

 

Golden Knights vs Flames 3rd Period:

 

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Trailing by three, the Golden Knights came out to the final period with a sense of urgency. Early on the Golden Knights took several quality shots on goal and eventually found the back of the net 8:54 into the 3rd period. VGK captain Mark Stone found Chandler Stephenson with a perfect pass to set up a successful one-time shot. Calgary tightened up their defense and finished out the clock with a 3-1 victory over the Golden Knights.

You don’t want to lose hockey games. It’s frustrating,” Golden Knights defenseman Zach Whitecloud said. “You’re not going to sit there and tell yourself the good reasons why you lost or the things you could have done better. You got to look at those no matter if you win or lose. Taking with that, we did some good things, obviously. But you can’t sit here and pat yourself on the back and tell yourself that you played good enough to win.

 

The Golden Knights will remain home to take on the Nashville Predators on Monday, January 13th, at 3:00 p.m. PST. Thanks for visiting FranchiseSportsMedia.com for your Las Vegas Sports news today.

 

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