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FSM Essential Recap: Golden Knights vs Penguins – Game 19

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Vegas Golden Knights (13-4-2) vs Pittsburgh Penguins (9-8-0)


The Vegas Golden Knights, playing the second of back-to-back games on Sunday, got shut out by the Pittsburgh Penguins, 3-0.

It is game 19 of the NHL season, and the Golden Knights took on the Pittsburgh Penguins. 

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Let’s be honest; it hasn’t been the best road trip, but it also hasn’t been that bad for VGK. The Golden Knights were not going to go undefeated this season, so they would have to cool off from their hot start eventually. Every team goes through highs and lows. The Golden Knights had earned three of a possible six points on a road trip where five total points earned would have been fine.

The Golden Knights were close to full health heading into Sunday’s game, but Nicolas Hague remained out. Pavel Dorofeyev was out for Saturday’s game, and it was unknown if he would be in Sunday’s lineup.

Like the Golden Knights, the Penguins had a Saturday game and lost 4-2 in Carolina to the Hurricanes. Sidney Crosby leads the Penguins with 22 points (12 goals). The Penguins had made the biggest offseason splash by trading for Erik Karlsson, who has 17 points (5 goals).

Golden Knights fans had been sad to see Reilly Smith traded to Pittsburgh in the offseason. Smith had found himself on a line with Evgeni Malkin and Radim Zohorna and had 12 points (6 goals).

The Golden Knights faced off against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday.

The Golden Knights started slow again against the Flyers, and it hurt them in the end.

The Golden Knights vs Penguins game saw VGK fall shortened and get shutout.

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In his return from injury, goalie Alex Nedeljkovic stopped 37 shots, helping to the Pittsburgh Penguins‘ 3-0 shutout victory over the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday.

Nedeljkovic recorded his first shutout of the season and the eighth of his career, marking his first since 2022, during his time with the Detroit Red Wings.

Ryan Graves and Noel Acciari each got their first goals of the season and their first with Pittsburgh. Evgeni Malkin added a late empty-net goal to put a cap on the scoring. Pittsburgh’s Jake Guentzel extended his point streak to eight games, providing an assist on the goal, as Pittsburgh halted a brief two-game skid.

The extended point streaks of Sidney Crosby and Erik Karlsson came to an end. Crosby’s 11-game streak, the third-longest active in the league, concluded, while Karlsson’s eight-game streak, the longest among NHL defensemen, also ended. Crosby experienced two point-less games in the 17 games played that season.

Nedeljkovic, returning from a ten-game absence due to a lower-body injury, was activated off long-term injured reserve on Sunday. During a conditioning stint with the Penguins‘ American Hockey League affiliate on Friday, he even scored a goal, marking his second career goal.

Adin Hill made 30 saves for the Golden Knights, who started the season 11-0-1 but faced a setback with five losses in seven games since.

In their fourth game of a season-long five-game road trip on Sunday, the Golden Knights navigated through a stretch where eight of nine games were played on the road.

I thought we had chances,Golden Knights center Jack Eichel said. “Just didn’t finish any of them. We’ve got to find a way to score goals.

Pittsburgh’s Graves initiated the scoring at 2:13 of the first period, continuing the trend of the Penguins scoring the first goal in 14 of their 17 games, ranking them tops in the NHL.

Acciari extended Pittsburgh’s lead to 2-0 at 11:39 of the second period. Hill, stationed on the opposite post, found himself in an unfortunate position when Alec Martinez, his defenseman, mistakenly sent a pass in front to Acciari, who capitalized and scored for Pittsburgh.


The final score in the Golden Knights vs Penguins was 3-0 Pittsburgh.

The Golden Knights will now head to Dallas to take on the Stars on Wednesday. They drop the puck at 6:30 p.m.


– Joe Arrigo – Franchise Sports Media

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