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FSM Recap: Golden Knights vs Rangers – Game 48 – 2023

Franchise Sports Media

Vegas Golden Knights (29-14-6)  | New York Rangers (29-16-3)


It was the Golden Knights vs Rangers on Friday night at Madison Square Garden. The Golden Knights scored their second big-time win vs the Rangers in 8 days after their 5-2 win on Friday night.


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The Golden Knights were looking to get their second win over the New York Rangers in the last eight days on Friday night at Madison Square Garden. Golden Knights defeated the Rangers 5-1 inside The Fortress last Thursday night.

The Golden Knights were 2-0-1 since last Thursday’s game against the Rangers. This will be the third game of the four-game road trip, featuring an overtime loss to the New Jersey Devils and regulation victory against the New York Islanders.

The Rangers came in 1-1-1 since last Thursday’s meeting against VGK. On Thursday, the San Jose Sharks defeated the Rangers in San Jose 3-2 in overtime.

Leading up to Friday’s game against the Golden Knights, the Rangers scored two or fewer goals in six of their last eight games. Led by Jonathan Marchessault, VGK went on to win 5-2, extending the Rangers‘ streak of 2 or fewer goals to seven of their last eight games.


Golden Knights vs Rangers First Period:


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The opening period was very physical, much more physicality than finesse. It was a far cry from the meeting between these two teams last week, when it did not have much physicality at all.

The Golden Knights scored first, which was key to the victory. VGK Coach Bruce Cassidy opted to keep Sheldon Rempal in the lineup over Brendan Brisson. Brisson opened the game’s scoring by driving to the net and deflecting a pass behind Shesterkin.

Blake Wheeler beat VGK goalie Adin Hill’s glove side to tie the game a little later in the opening period. The teams were tied going into the first intermission.


Golden Knights vs Rangers 2nd Period:


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Keegan Kolesar started the scoring in the second period by causing a turnover at the Golden Knights blueline and sniped a shot over Shesterkin’s shoulder. Kolesar also had a big hit on Ryan Lindgren in the first period that knocked him out for the remainder of the game.

Jonathan Marchessault scored the first of his three goals on the night less than a minute later. The VGK winger scored by tipping a shot from Ivan Barbashev. Marchessault added his second goal of the game off a shot from Barbashev that bounced off the wall behind the net.

This type of game makes you wonder just how good this Golden Knights team can be when all members are healthy. The Golden Knights started the season 11-0-1 with all members healthy.


Golden Knights vs Rangers 3rd Period:


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Later in the third period, an empty net goal was added by Marchessault to complete the hat trick for the Golden Knights winger.

Kappo Kakko scored with the Rangers’ net open. A shot from the point hit Alex Pietrangelo, and the puck bounced directly to Kakko.

The Golden Knights won this contest 5-2 and outscored the Rangers 10-3 in eight days. VGK heads to Detroit to take on the Red Wings on Saturday evening.

Hill, in both those games (Tuesday against New York Islanders and Friday against New York Rangers) in the first periods when the other teams were better than us, was able to keep us in it.” Coach Cassidy said after the game.



The Golden Knights continue their road trip against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday, January 27th, at 5:00 p.m. PST. Thanks for visiting for your Las Vegas Sports news today.


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