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FSM Essential Recap: Golden Knights vs Jets – Game 5

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Vegas Golden Knights (5-0) vs Winnipeg Jets (1-3-0)

 

The Vegas Golden Knights beat the Winnipeg Jets 5-3 behind a strong performance from Jack Eichel.

It is game 5 of the NHL season, and the Golden Knights took on the Winnipeg Jets. 

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The Vegas Golden Knights continued their impressive unbeaten streak with a 5-3 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night at the Canada Life Centre.

Vegas managed to find the back of the net twice on power plays, with the game’s decisive moment coming from Jack Eichel, who delivered the game-winning goal with just 4 minutes and 36 seconds remaining in the third period. However, Logan Thompson truly stood out for VGK in his second start of the season. Despite this being the first time a Vegas goaltender allowed more than two goals this year, Thompson’s performance proved to be crucial to the Golden Knights‘ success.

Vegas now boasts an impressive 5-0-0 record, marking the best start in franchise history. This accomplishment is truly historic, as the Golden Knights become the first defending Stanley Cup champions since the 1985-86 Edmonton Oilers to begin the season with five consecutive wins.

The Golden Knights faced off against the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night.

The Golden Knights overcame a slower start to beat the Jets behind Jack Eichel, Mark Stone, and Logan Thompson.

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

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Just a minute and a half into the game, Alex Iafallo made a brilliant play, eluding the defense and scoring on the rebound to grant Winnipeg an early 1-0 lead.

In his first appearance of the season, Alec Martinez had an unfortunate mishap when he broke his stick in the neutral zone. Despite receiving Ivan Barbashev’s stick in a handoff, Martinez couldn’t recover in time to thwart the advancing Iafallo.

This marked the second consecutive game in which Vegas found themselves trailing after surrendering the opening goal.

Jonathan Marchessault, who had struggled to find the net during the five-game series against the Jets in VegasStanley Cup run, managed to level the score at 1-1 with a power-play goal at 17:42 of the first period. Marchessault beat his former teammate, Laurent Brossoit, with a one-timer from the slot.

The period ended with a spectacular save by Thompson, denying Cole Perfetti on a rebound with an incredible paddle stop, preserving the tie going into the intermission.

The second period started with another rapid goal, but this time, it was Vegas seizing their first lead of the night.

Brett Howden and Mark Stone collaborated to strip the puck from defenseman Dylan DeMelo. Stone then set up Howden at the side of the net for his first goal of the year, making it 2-1 a mere 49 seconds into the middle frame.

Bruce Cassidy’s mid-game line change once again paid off as Howden was moved back to the second line, skating alongside Stone and Chandler Stephenson.

Vegas extended their lead late in the period when Martinez notched his first goal of the season. It was an impressive shot from the slot, the result of a hard-fought shift by Paul Cotter and an excellent setup by William Karlsson.

However, the Jets swiftly responded, with Perfetti narrowing the deficit to one with his first goal of the season a mere 33 seconds later.

An ill-advised drop pass at the blue line by Stone resulted in an odd-man rush for the Jets. Perfetti capitalized, collecting a terrific pass from Vladislav Namestnikov and besting Thompson one-on-one.

The first half of the third period showcased the Logan Thompson show, with two more remarkable point-blank saves to maintain Vegas‘ lead. He continued to hold the fort as the Jets outshot the Golden Knights 11-0 before Vegas managed a shot on Brossoit.

However, the Jets‘ pressure eventually led to a holding penalty on Barbashev, and they finally overcame Vegas‘ penalty kill for the first time this season. Iafallo scored his second of the game in a tic-tac-toe play involving Mark Scheifele and Nikolaj Ehlers, tying the game at 3-3 at 11:32.

This goal halted Vegas‘ impressive streak of 12 consecutive penalty kills.

 

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Nonetheless, the Golden Knights were soon granted a power play opportunity of their own, and they capitalized on it. Vegas displayed extended zone time, and Mark Stone executed a no-look pass to Jack Eichel, who fired a top-shelf shot to regain a 4-3 lead with just 4 minutes and 36 seconds remaining.

Eichel’s third goal of the season ultimately served as the game-winner, and Nicolas Roy sealed the deal with an empty-net goal, securing the 5-3 victory with just 63 seconds left in the game.

We find a way to score some goals down the stretch, and we find a way to win,” Eichel said. “I think that’s important because you know you’re not always going to have your best effort. But good teams find ways to win, and we did that tonight.

It’s still nice to correct some things while you’re winning,” Cassidy said. “You don’t always have to learn hard lessons. … It could have easily gone Winnipeg’s way, but we found a way to win a game. … It’s OK for the group not to be perfect every night as long as you get better from it.

You need your power play and special teams to be good for you, so it was good to see our power play pick us up at the end of the game and find us a goal,” Eichel said. “It’s about executing and continuing to work at it. … We just want to continue to try and use that as a weapon.

The final score in the Golden Knights vs Jets was 5-3 Vegas.

The Golden Knights will take on the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday in Connor Bedard’s first home game. They drop the puck at 5:00 p.m.

 

– Joe Arrigo – Franchise Sports Media

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