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FSM Recap: Golden Knights vs Panthers – Game 39 – 2023

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Vegas Golden Knights (22-12-5)  |  Florida Panthers (24-12-2)

 

It was the Golden Knights vs Panthers on Thursday night at T-Mobile Arena. The Golden Knights continue to struggle as they lose 4-1 to the Panthers.

 

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The Golden Knights raised the Stanley Cup the last time the Florida Panthers were in Vegas. It seemed that emotions would be high for both teams entering the game on Thursday night.

The Golden Knights need two points greater than their need to punish their opponent physically. This game could be downright nasty from the opening faceoff. The Golden Knights may have to take a few punches and avoid retaliation to win this game.

Logan Thompson has had a stretch of inconsistent play and figures to face a lot of shots due to injuries to the Golden Knights.

Poor play and injuries have the Golden Knights in their most challenging spot of the season. The Golden Knights play seven of their next eight games at T-Mobile Arena and will have plenty of practice time to get things sorted out. William Karlsson is expected out for the next two games and will be re-evaluated next week. Adin Hill, Ben Hutton, Shea Theodore, and Kaeden Korczak remain out without expected return dates.

With Karlsson out, coach Bruce Cassidy broke up the former top line of Ivan Barbashev, Jack Eichel, and Mark Stone. Stone and Jonathan Marchessault switched places in the lineup.

The Panthers entered Thursday’s game against the Golden Knights, riding a five-game winning streak. The winning streak began two weeks ago against the Golden Knights. Matthew Tkachuk brought out the boo-birds every time he handled the puck and figured he would be involved in every scrum. Sam Reinhart leads the Panthers with 45 points.

During the Stanley Cup Final, the Golden Knights had zero issues solving goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky in T-Mobile Arena. Could the Golden Knights find some of their Stanley Cup magic in Thursday’s game?

Unfortunately, the answer was a resounding no for the Golden Knights and VGK fans. VGK couldn’t get back on track as Florida beat Vegas again; this time, the score was 4-1.

 

Golden Knights vs Panthers First Period:

 

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The Golden Knights started on time and scored the game’s first goal. Pavel Dorofeyev found VGK captain Mark Stone on the left circle. Stone’s shot bounced right to Dorofeyev, who buried it. The Golden Knights had a 12-2 advantage in shots and seemed to be on the cusp of scoring more goals.

William Carrier took a penalty, which led to a Panthers powerplay goal. Oliver Ekman-Larsson’s shot from the left side ricocheted off the back boards directly to Sam Bennett, who one-timed the puck.

The Panthers had momentum for the period’s last five minutes and did an excellent job of slowing the game down.

 

Golden Knights vs Panthers 2nd Period:

 

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The second period was rough and could go down as a turning point in the VGK season. The Golden Knights started the period with a two-man advantage that stretched for approximately two minutes and failed to generate any high-danger chances. Coach Bruce Cassidy called a timeout during the second, two-man advantage and drew up a play on the clipboard. Cassidy was visibly upset as the powerplay failed.

The Panthers found goals from Matthew Tkachuk and Carter Verhaeghe.

To make matters worse, the Panthers lost forwards Evan Rodrigues and Aleksander Barkov. The Golden Knights failed to capitalize on a short Panthers’ bench.

 

Golden Knights vs Panthers 3rd Period:

 

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Sam Reinhart scored the Panthers’ third powerplay goal early in the period to give the Panthers a three-goal lead over VGK.

The Golden Knights fell 4-1 and never were in the game from the second period on.

Mark Stone had a positive spin on the first period. “We dominated the first 20 minutes.” Stone also had a message for the team. “20 guys come to the rink every day. Everybody has to play better. The forwards have to play better, the defense has to play better, and the goalie has to play better.”

Brayden McNabb’s press conference painted a picture of the Golden Knights locker room. He stated, “We are not going to turn on each other” multiple times during his presser.

At the end of the day, there will be lulls in the season where your intensity doesn’t match the other teams’. But this has been way too long.” Coach Cassidy on the loss.

 

The Golden Knights will host the New York Islanders on Saturday, January 8th at 7:00 p.m. PST. Thanks for visiting FranchiseSportsMedia.com for your Las Vegas Sports news today.

 

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