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FSM Recap: Golden Knights vs Sabres – Game 61 – 2023

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Vegas Golden Knights (33-21-7)  | Buffalo Sabres (29-28-4)

 

It was the Golden Knights vs Sabres on Saturday at the Key Bank Center in Buffalo. The Golden Knights got demolished after a horrible third period and lost to the Sabres 7-2.

 

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The Golden Knights were in Buffalo to take on the Sabres on Saturday evening. After rallying from an early 2-0 deficit, VGK collapsed later in the second and for the entire third period. The Sabres scored five unanswered goals for a comfy 7-2 win at Key Bank Center.

At some point, the Golden Knights will need to find some answers for their depleted lineup. The defending Stanley Cup champions have been bitten hard by the injury bug and hit harder by opponents. If you’re keeping track, the Golden Knights have now lost seven of their last nine games.

You can’t outscore your mistakes every night in this league,Cassidy told reports after the game. “Teams are good. It happened in Boston. We gave up some easy ones, mismanaging the puck. That, to me, is what happened. Snowballed from there, and Buffalo had lots of life and took advantage. If you give them gifts, they are going to take them.”

We scored 15 goals this trip, and we have one win,” Cassidy continued. “We’re finding ways to create offense with some of our top producers out. Is it at the expense of defense? I don’t think so. I don’t think we’re getting caught up the ice.”

 

Golden Knights vs Sabres First Period:

 

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Buffalo hit the score sheet early. The flat-footed Golden Knights played a defensive zone game of I’ll take it- you got it. Four Golden Knights converged around the puck in the d-zone, but Brendan Brisson didn’t make a firm play on it. Buffalo winger Jeff Skinner easily backchecked Brisson, stole the puck, and buried his turning wrister.

They were just out-competing us,” Cassidy said after the game. “And I think, honestly, a lot of self-inflicted errors again tonight. It’s been a costly road trip for us with that in terms of not managing the puck well at the offensive blue line. Another shot block that came back the other way, another bobbled puck. These are easy goals.

Golden Knights vs Sabres Second Period:

 

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Buffalo scored again early in the second period. Dylan Cozens beat Golden Knights starting goalie Logan Thompson with a wrister in the first minute of the second period. To add insult to injury, that was only Cozens’s first of two shorthanded goals in the game.

The Golden Knights flashed some of their resilient form. Brendan Brisson scored 52 seconds later on the same power play, and the Golden Knights had some life.

William Karlsson scored less than three minutes later. Paul Cotter kept the bouncing puck alive in the offensive zone, and Jonathan Marchessault hard-slapped a pass across the slot for Karlsson’s one-timer.

 

Golden Knights vs Sabres 3rd Period:

 

Cozens had a pair of shorties. Owen Power and Skinner each had a goal and two assists. Zemgus Girgensons and Casey Mittelstadt were the other Sabres’ goal scorers.

The Golden Knights finish their five-game East Coast roadie Tuesday in Columbus. They are 1-2-1 in their first four on the trip and have scored 11 goals in the four losses.

 

The Golden Knights finish up their road trip when they take on the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday, March 4th, at 4:00 p.m. PST. Thanks for visiting FranchiseSportsMedia.com for your Las Vegas Sports news today.

 

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