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FSM Recap: Golden Knights vs Lightning – Game 68 – 2023

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Vegas Golden Knights (36-25-7)  | Tampa Bay Lightning (37-25-6)

 

It was the Golden Knights vs Lightning on Tuesday night at T-Mobile Arena. The Golden Knights allowed soft goals and were again inconsistent in a 5-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

 

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On Tuesday night, the Golden Knights took on the Tampa Bay Lightning at T-Mobile Arena. Nikita Kucherov had a goal and three assists to help the Lightning defeat the Golden Knights 5-3. Jonathan Marchessault, Brett Howden, and Ben Hutton all scored, while Keegan Kolesar had two assists. Adin Hill made 16 saves.

The Golden Knights were again tied or leading after two periods, but the season of inconsistency continued. Tied 2-2 with the Tampa Bay Lightning after the second period, the Golden Knights dominated the beginning of the third period, outshooting their opponent 7-1 in the first 10 minutes.

I didn’t leave the game anxious about how we’re playing,Vegas coach Bruce Cassidy said. “When I watch it again, I’ll look at it and say, ‘We played well enough to win, but we didn’t.’ You got to make sure you’re putting yourself in position to win every night. We did do that.

 

Golden Knights vs Lightning First Period:

 

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The Golden Knights jumped out to take the lead immediately out of the gates. Jonathan Marchessault recorded his 38th goal of the season 1:14 into the game.

This is how it should look. Let’s clean up a few areas, but when we review this game, there’s going to be a lot of positives,Cassidy said. “We played a pretty good game from start to finish. We just didn’t win.

The Golden Knights squandered an opportunity to add to their lead seven minutes into the game when they allowed Anthony Cirelli’s shorthanded goal.

 

Golden Knights vs Lightning Second Period:

 

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The teams traded goals in the tight contest. Tampa Bay forechecks well, and neither team afforded the other much space. A few minutes after Cirelli’s shortie, newly acquired Anthony Duclair netted the go-ahead goal.

The Golden Knights needed most of the second period to find the tying goal. Despite heavy pressure, the Golden Knights tied the game when Brett Howden took advantage of careless pinches by Tampa Bay defensemen and kept the puck on the resulting two-on-one. Howden snapped a low wrister past Vasilevskiy for his sixth goal of the year.

It’s a tough this time of year,Hutton said. “We’ve just got to keep grinding. Bounce back.

 

Golden Knights vs Lightning 3rd Period:

 

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The Lightning scored the following two goals in the third period to make the score 5-3, defeating the Golden Knights.

The Golden Knights’ regulation loss was compounded by the Minnesota Wild’s 4-0 shutout win over the Anaheim Ducks. Minnesota and goalie Marc-Andre Fleury’s late-season charge has put them just three points behind the Golden Knights with one more game played.

The L.A. Kings lept ahead of the Golden Knights for third place in the Pacific Division.

We got to look in the mirror and remember what we do well,Kolesar said. “Every guy’s got a job. That’s what makes us a good team when everyone’s pulling their weight. You see it tonight. When things get loose in our game, it can fall apart.

 

The Golden Knights are back home to take on the Seattle Kraken on Thursday, March 21st, at 7:03 p.m. PST. Thanks for visiting FranchiseSportsMedia.com for your Las Vegas Sports news today.

 

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