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FSM Essential Recap: Golden Knights vs Flyers – Game 7

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The Vegas Golden Knights remain undefeated with an unbelievable 3-2 come-from-behind win over the Philadelphia Flyers.

It is game 7 of the NHL season, and the Golden Knights took on the Philadelphia Flyers. 

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In a thrilling matchup at T-Mobile Arena, the Vegas Golden Knights continued their remarkable season start, pulling off a spectacular comeback against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.

Paul Cotter was the hero, delivering the tying goal a little over 12 minutes into the third period. Then, with just 31.5 seconds left on the clock, Shea Theodore sealed the deal with the game-winning goal, securing a hard-fought 3-2 victory for the Golden Knights.

The spotlight was undoubtedly on the goaltenders in this low-scoring affair. Logan Thompson stood tall for the Golden Knights, turning away 26 of 28 shots with an impressive .929 save percentage. However, it was Carter Hart of the Philadelphia Flyers who put on a goaltending clinic, making 26 saves on 29 shots and maintaining a .897 save percentage. Hart’s heroics were the primary reason this contest remained in the balance until the very end.

With this nail-biting win, the Vegas Golden Knights extended their record for the best start in NHL history by a defending Stanley Cup champion. They notched their seventh consecutive victory, surpassing the previous record of five games set by the 1985-86 Edmonton Oilers. As a result, the Golden Knights became only the 16th team in NHL history to start the season with a perfect 7-0-0 record.

The Golden Knights faced off against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday.

The Golden Knights once again showed that they can never be counted out in any game and extended their winning streak to 7 games.

It was a tough matchup in the Golden Knights vs Flyers game.

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The Golden Knights made a solid opening statement, finding the back of the net less than seven minutes into the game. Ivan Barbashev scored his second goal of the season, capitalizing on a terrific effort from the top line. Jonathan Marchessault initiated the play by knocking the puck out of the air behind the net and feeding Jack Eichel. Hart turned Eichel’s shot away, but Barbashev was in the right place at the right time to bury the rebound, giving Vegas a 1-0 lead at 6:54.

However, the Flyers responded with the following two goals. The first came courtesy of Noah Cates at 13:07. Cates launched a backhand shot towards the net, which Joel Farabee batted out of the air. Cates followed the play and tapped the puck into the net.

Philadelphia’s second goal was a bit of a fluke, as Cam Atkinson fired a seemingly harmless backhand shot from an unfavorable angle. Thompson attempted to steer the puck to the corner, but it ended up deflecting off his blocker and into the net.

The Golden Knights came out strong, but the Flyers capitalized on their opportunities, leading 2-1 after the first period. It marked the first time this season that Vegas trailed heading into an intermission.

The second period featured some remarkable saves from both goaltenders. As the period progressed, Vegas dominated the play, but Hart’s exceptional performance prevented the Golden Knights from finding the back of the net. Hart made a pair of standout saves, including a glove save on a follow-up shot from Jack Eichel.

Despite numerous opportunities, Vegas couldn’t solve Hart during this period, making it only the second frame in which they were held off the scoreboard this season.

As the game went into the third period, the Flyers took a slashing penalty towards the end of the second, offering a power-play opportunity to Vegas. However, the Flyers‘ penalty kill successfully nullified the Tyson Foerster minor, leaving the Golden Knights 0-for-2 on power plays.

Vegas gained another power-play chance early in the third due to a lack of discipline from Travis Sanheim. Unfortunately, Vegas took a tripping penalty shortly after, canceling the man advantage. Nevertheless, the Golden Knights continued to press throughout the period, outshooting the Flyers 9-2.

Paul Cotter executed a sensational move to deek Flyers defenseman Egor Zamula before beating Hart with a goal, tying the game at 12:06. This goal, Cotter’s second in as many games, came after a brief benching during the second period.

The Flyers quickly answered, but Thompson made a crucial stop on Cates to maintain the tie. With just over a minute left in the third, Thompson came up with another big save, this time on Atkinson. Atkinson then made a game-saving diving play on the defensive end to disrupt a prime scoring opportunity for Vegas.

The Golden Knights would not be denied. With just 31.5 seconds left in regulation, Shea Theodore fired a precise wrist shot through traffic and past Hart, giving VGK a 3-2 lead and ultimately the win for Vegas.

The final score in the Golden Knights vs Flyers was 3-2 Vegas.

 

The Golden Knights will look to stay hot when they take on the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night at T-Mobile Arena. They drop the puck at 7:00 p.m.

 

– Joe Arrigo – Franchise Sports Media

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