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FSM Recap: Golden Knights vs Kings – Game 37 – 2023

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Vegas Golden Knights (22-10-5)  |  Los Angeles Kings (20-8-4)

 

On Thursday night, it was the Golden Knights vs Knights at T-Mobile Arena. The Golden Knights end the year with a big 3-2 win against the Los Angeles Kings.

 

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The Golden Knights ended 2023 on a high note with a 3-2 victory over their rival, the Los Angeles Kings, and snapped a 4-game losing streak on Thursday night.

Things haven’t been going all too well for the Golden Knights as of late, but they hunkered down and survived a late push by the Kings to secure two points and a much-needed victory. Logan Thompson once again was between the pipes for the Golden Knights, and he came up big with 32 saves on 34 shots faced. Jack Eichel (16), Michael Amadio (6), and William Karlsson (15) scored, and the Golden Knights can now look forward to the Winter Classic against the Seattle Kraken on New Year’s Day.

The Golden Knights entered Thursday’s game with the same amount of points they had four games ago and are slipping in the Pacific Division. The reigning Stanley Cup champions have two fewer points than the Vancouver Canucks and a .653 points percentage which trails the Kings who are at .710. If the season ended today, the Golden Knights would be in third place in the Pacific Division and fifth place in the Western Conference.

The Kings were the road warriors of the NHL with a 13-1-1 record away from Crypto.com Arena. Cam Talbot was in net and was 14-6-2 with a 2.06 GAA and .925 SV%. The Kings have eight players that are a plus-10 or better and three players with 30 points or more. Could the Golden Knights defend a team that comes at you in waves and has a solid defensive structure?

 

Golden Knights vs Kings First Period:

 

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The early parts of the first period were a feeling-out process for both teams. The Golden Knights were able to generate a bit of time and space, but the Kings kept the Golden Knights’ chances to the low-danger variety.

Jack Eichel got the scoring started for the Golden Knights. Ivan Barbashev found Eichel on the left circle and he was able to beat Cam Talbot over the left shoulder. That goal was exactly what the Golden Knights and fans needed to get positive energy flowing through T-Mobile Arena.

It was as close to a perfect period as the Golden Knights could have asked for given how the previous four games have gone.

 

Golden Knights vs Kings 2nd Period:

 

Michael Amadio wasted no time getting things started in the second period. Amadio streaked down the left side of the ice and Pavel Dorofeyev found him alone in front of Talbot. The teams started trading chances from about eight to six and a half minutes remaining in the second period. That is not the type of game the Golden Knights wanted this to turn to.

Anze Kopitar got the Kings on the board with just over seven minutes remaining in the second period. William Karlsson and the Golden Knights responded just under two minutes later.

Both teams got away from their games but the Golden Knights were able to extend their lead to two goals.

 

Golden Knights vs Kings 3rd Period:

 

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Photo Credit: David Becker/AP

The Kings registered three shots in the first 30 seconds of the period and had a fair amount of high-danger chances as the period progressed.

It appeared the Kings scored with about nine minutes remaining, but the Golden Knights caught a break as the goal was disallowed due to goaltender interference.

The Kings made things interesting with a Trevor Moore goal with the Kings net empty with just under two minutes remaining in the third period. Golden Knights fans held their breath as time ticked down. The Kings had a few shots from in tight and Logan Thompson was able to keep the puck out of the net to preserve a much-needed 3-2 victory for the Golden Knights.

 

The Golden Knights will travel to Seattle on New Year’s Day to take on the Kraken on January 1st at 12:00 p.m. PST. Thanks for visiting FranchiseSportsMedia.com for your Las Vegas Sports news today.

 

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