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FSM Recap: Golden Knights vs Sabers – Game 31 – 2023

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Vegas Golden Knights (20-6-5)  |  Buffalo Sabers (13-15-3)

 

The Golden Knights vs Sabers was a letdown for VGK fans. The Golden Knights lost at home to the Buffalo Sabers 5-2 after giving up four unanswered goals.

The Golden Knights vs Sabers played in Las Vegas on Friday.

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The Golden Knights were 6-1-3 in their last ten games, on a four-game winning streak, and have points in nine consecutive games. Outside of players missing games due to injuries, the only concern for the Golden Knights currently is the workload of Logan Thompson. Thompson had 11 appearances through the first seven weeks of the schedule and has five appearances in the last ten days. The Golden Knights brought Adin Hill back to balance starts and to keep both goalies fresh.

This game was not Alex Tuch vs. Jack Eichel, but it was to a degree. Players always like to stick it to their former teams. Tuch had a very nice run with the Golden Knights, and fans will appreciate seeing him back in T-Mobile Arena. Eichel had a hat trick against his former team last season.

Adin Hill and Alec Martinez returned to practice on Thursday. Martinez was in a non-contact jersey, and the general rule of thumb with coach Bruce Cassidy is at least one practice in a regular jersey before returning to the lineup. Hill is not expected back until next week’s road trip.

The Sabres were hoping to take a step forward from last season’s 91-point performance that saw them miss the playoffs by just one point. Unfortunately, it seems like they have taken two steps backward. Tuch enters the game with 17 points (eight goals) in 23 games.

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Golden Knights vs Sabers First Period:

It was the start of the Golden Knights vs Sabers first period. 

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The first period did not feature any goals, but the Golden Knights were the better of the two teams. The Golden Knights outshot the Sabres 8-2 through the first twelve minutes. All four Golden Knights’ forward lines had stretches of pressure.

The Golden Knights faced minimal pressure from the Sabres on breakouts and have been allowed to gain momentum through the neutral zone.

The Sabres had pockets of high-danger chances, but the Golden Knights gained quick rushes up the ice after most of the Sabres scoring chances.

It was the end of the Golden Knights vs Sabers first period. 

Golden Knights vs Sabers 2nd Period:

It was the Golden Knights vs Sabers at the start of the second period. 

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Dylan Cozens got the game’s first goal for the Buffalo Sabres at 7:42 of the second period. Cozens used Brayden McNabb as a screen, and the screen cut Logan Thompson’s reaction time just enough to score the goal. The Golden Knights Ivan Barbashev tied the game up at 13:44 on the power play. Brabashev drove hard to the net and cleaned up a loose puck while getting crushed by Owen Power.

Jack Eichel had a heavy hit on Power in the corner with under two minutes remaining in the second period. Peyton Krebs took exception and went after Eichel. Krebs seems to like having altercations with elite talent. Sidney Crosby and Krebs had a preseason fight, and Krebbs, the former Golden Knight, tried to pick a fight with Eichel all night.

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Golden Knights vs Sabers 3rd Period:

It was the Golden Knights vs Sabers at the start of the third period. 

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Things got started quickly in the third period. Paul Cotter did his standard toe-drag between the legs move that led to a rebound. Jack Eichel was in the position to bury it. The Golden Knights’ lead would not last long. However, Casey Mittelstadt scored a nice one-timer goal from the left circle from Cozens.

Things went from bad to worse for the Golden Knights. Zach Benson and Alex Tuch scored less than two minutes apart, and the Golden Knights trailed by two goals with just over eight remaining in the third period. Ivan Barbashev had a rough turnover that led to the Tuch goal.

You can call them breakdowns,Zach Whitecloud on what went wrong in the third period. “As a five-man unit, we got to make sure we are working together to limit that (Sabres rush opportunities).”

We feel like we are the better team and didn’t stick to our system.Mark Stone on the loss.

We’ve given up 12 goals at home over the last three games,” Coach Bruce Cassidy on the defense and goaltending. “That is a team thing; goaltenders are part of the team. That needs to improve no matter who is in the net.

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The Golden Knights will now host the Ottawa Senators on Sunday, December 17th, at 5:00 pm PST. Thanks for visiting FranchiseSportsMedia.com for your Las Vegas Sports news today.

 

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